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20 September, 2012

Bubbles Dive Resort at Perhentian Island



Bubbles Dive Resort is located on Perhentian Besar (Big Island) and at the back part of the island which is called Tanjung Tukas. Tucked away at a private beach spanning about 300 meters, the resort remains hidden behind a facade of trees. As you approach from the sea and you would think there is no resort here which makes this place for those looking for some privacy and alone time. The nearest next hotel or resort is a ten minute boat ride away too.

Bubbles Dive Resort beach in Perhentian

Overall, Bubbles Dive Resort is perfect for just about any traveller, couple or just wanting to get away from the main areas of Perhentian, this will serve all your needs. The resort is well known for family travelers and divers as I have seen children as young as If you are a family with infants, six months old here. The place also faces the open sea so you get a steady flow of sea breeze throughout the day. On a side note, turtles are known to come up to the main beach here to lay their eggs during the season. 

Note that Perhentian Islands observes the monsoon season therefore Bubbles Dive Resort is open from end of March till end of October yearly.  It is also operated by a group of Malaysians that go all out to make your stay comfortable.


My two stays here reminded me of the good old days of resort living where live if simple and basic. After my morning dive, I would have an early lunch and lie on one of the many hammocks located along the beach. Within minutes I would doze off to sleep before being waken for the next dive. I could not ask for more from one of Malaysia’s beautiful islands.

Diving at Perhentian Island, Bubbles

Snorkeling, scuba diving and water activities
As a diver, I would most definitely recommend this place as the dive center is fully equipped and ready to serve all kinds of divers. They also cater to Nitrox Divers and also multiple dive courses. You can simply walk in and inquire at Bubbles Dive Resort. Snorkelers will find the bay here pretty interesting as there is a decent amount of marine life just outside the beach. For water activities, they only offer kayaking as there are no motorized sports available here due to conservation and ecology reasons. For me, safety wise, I use a Suunto Dive computer which I bought in Malaysia. They are highly recommended for those who dive frequently. 

Rooms at Bubbles Dive Resort

Food and accommodation at Bubbles Resort

As for accommodations, there are a total of 30 rooms where 26 of them are air-conditioned with four being family rooms. Not your beach villa type but more of concrete rooms which are really spacious with attached bathrooms and hot water. A main restaurant serves ala-carte or package meals. There is no pork served too. Beer and other soft drinks are available at reasonable prices while there is WiFi available at the main restaurants for those who cannot be disconnected from the digital world. But there are no televisions at all here for the couch potatoes.


Accommodations at Bubbles Dive Center and Resort

Turtle Hatchery at the resort

Bubbles has their own little turtle hatchery which is located just in front of the main restaurant by the beach. The area is well fenced up and has about 22 holes that contain turtle eggs which have been carefully relocated from various nesting sites. For the lucky guest, you may even have the chance to witness Hawksbill and Green Turtles come up to the beach at night to lay eggs.
 
The nicely hidden resort view from the sea

For more information you can visit the website of Bubbles Dive Resort. They have packages for rooms, diving and much more information including the turtle conservation program in Perhentian. 

Overall, if you are looking for that special private place on this amazing island, this would be one of my recommendations. Friendly service, kid-friendly, great atmosphere and a private beach all to yourself is what you will find at Bubbles Dive Resort at Perhentian Island.

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Item Reviewed: Bubbles Dive Resort at Perhentian Island Description: Rating: 5 Reviewed By: David Jr
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