WOD: Pulau Perhentian 2013

Dates: June 1—4 (Sat—Tues)
Pre-trip briefing & full payment due: 15 May (Wed) at 7pm, MNS HQ Auditorium KL
Boat leaves from: Kuala Besut Jetty 10am (June 1); Arwana Jetty 12pm/4pm (June 4).

Join the Marine Group (Selangor Branch) to celebrate an early World Oceans Day (WOD) at Pulau Perhentian Besar!! Open to all MNS members and the public (joining fee applies). We’ll stay at Bayu Dive Lodge and snorkel/dive with Alu Alu Divers/SCUBA Schools International (SSI).

Click here to read about our WOD event last year.

Snorkel Diver course (Package 1): Are you comfortable in the water? Can you swim proficiently without the aid of a life vest? If yes, then this course will teach you how to snorkel and duck dive properly without harming yourself and the marine environment.

Day 1: Academic – Introduction to Snorkelling and Marine Life I.D.
Day 2: Confined water skills training and Marine Life I.D.
Day 3: Snorkel training
and completion of course
Day 4: Free and easy
Cost: RM795/adult and RM398/child 8—12 years old includes return boat transfer ex-Kuala Besut, 3 nights accommodation in air-con room/hot water shower on twin or triple sharing basis, meals, course fee, *MNS sessions, Marine Park conservation fee and a nominal donation to the marine group fund.

Testimonial by Mary Chan, snorkel diver 2012: “I took the course even though I have snorkeled hundreds of times before! No regrets though; it was good to go through a systematic snorkeling course as they not only teach you the basics (which, of course, I already know) but also the safety and ecological side of being in the sea.” 

PACKAGE 2: Ecological Diver course

Open Water divers will learn two specialty courses – Perfect Buoyancy (how to hover with correct finning techniques) and Underwater Naturalist (identify marine life).

Day 1: Academics/Briefing
Day 2: Perfect Buoyancy (PB) module + Reef clean up (ecological module)
Day 3: PB dive/underwater naturalist and completion of course.
Day 4: Free & easy
Cost: RM1,230/pax includes return boat transfer ex-Kuala Besut, 3 nights accommodation in air-con room/hot water shower on twin or triple sharing basis, meals, course fee, *MNS sessions, Marine Park conservation fee and a nominal donation to the marine group fund.

Testimonial by Valle Sinniah, ecological diver 2012: “I signed up for this course mainly because I wanted to improve my buoyancy. Instead I got more than I hoped for. I learnt about fish, coral and other marine life and at the same time an opportunity to contribute something back to the reef.” 

PACKAGE 3: Fun Dives

Six day dives with free equipment rental. Additional day dives are RM60/dive and night dives are RM90/dive.

Cost: RM850/pax includes return boat transfer ex-Kuala Besut, 3 nights accommodation in air-con room/hot water shower on twin or triple sharing basis, meals, *MNS sessions, Marine Park conservation fee and a nominal donation to the marine group fund.

Testimonial by Jelli B., fun diver 2012: “We learned from each other as well as about each other, for example, a talented artist and a passionate beach-comber (who enthusiastically led the group on a beach-combing night-walk along the tide-receded beach).”

NEW PACKAGE 4: Family Members

For accompanying family members (non-divers/snorkellers) of participants taking up at least one of Package(s) 1-3.
Cost: RM550/pax includes return boat transfer ex-Kuala Besut, 3 nights accommodation in air-con room/hot water shower on twin or triple sharing basis, meals, *MNS sessions, Marine Park conservation fee and a nominal donation to the marine group fund.

*MNS sessions consist of after dinner fun activities, beach clean-up and data recording and guided low-tide beach exploration. For the low-tide walk, please bring a torchlight and wear slippers/sandals/booties.

To enquire, book/or pay: Two pax have signed up but a minimum 8 pax required to guarantee trip. Deposit RM250 to book your place. If trip is cancelled, we will refund your deposit. Please e-mail H.Y. Leong at mnsmarinegroup-perhentian(at)yahoo(dot)com for bank-in instructions.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

1) An adult must accompany all children under 21 years old
2) For non-MNS participants, please add RM70 for one-year MNS membership or for families (parents and children up to 18 years old) add RM80.
3) We find roommates for those travelling solo.
4) You can also make full payment at the pre-trip briefing but please bring exact change.
5) Every participant must sign a waiver of liability form; parents can sign on behalf of children under 21 years old.
6) Participants who complete the courses will receive a SSI certification card.
7) Transportation to/fro Kuala Besut is on your own. See below for options and speedboat departure time.
8) Divers, please bring your dive card! If flying, divers are advised to wait a minimum 24 hours after the last dive before boarding a plane.

How to get to Kuala Besut: 

Car-pooling arrangements can be made at the pre-trip briefing. Please offer to share travel expenses and driving duties.

Flight: Air Asia / Fire Fly / Malaysia Airlines to Kota Bharu, taxi/van to Kuala Besut. Pre-arrange with other participants so you can split the taxi fare.

KTM Train: Due to early morning boat transfer, you’ll have to overnight in Kota Bharu first. Check KTM’s website.

Bus: Long-distance buses serve Kota Bharu. Check with your nearest bus station.

Speedboat Departures

Boat transfer is included in the cost and is about from half hour to 45-minutes depending on the tide, and is likely to be bumpy. We will be dropped off at the Arwana jetty, and it’s a 500m walk to Bayu Dive Lodge.

Besut Jetty: Please arrive at the jetty by 10am on June 1 and congregate in the seating area next to the Marine Park office where you will meet our event volunteers/facilitators: Lai Chong Haur and Siva Prakash.

Arwana Jetty: Boat(s) pick-up is 12pm and 4pm from the island on June 4. Please plan your onward travel accordingly.

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