Starting this blog post off by saying 'hi' through the bubble ring made by Abang Wan, our boat captain in Redang. I must say, this is one of my favourite travel blog posts ever. It's so blue-ish and the photos are so coordinated. Not only that, it had always been my wish to go to the islands in Terengganu since I was young. There is something about the islands, the sea, the ocean or anything related to the beach that fascinates me. My previous blog was named after a sea, so that's how much I love being able to feel the salty air by the beach.
But first, some side stories. After completing my A-Levels programme, I had suggested to my friends to go to Redang. You know, it's that situation where everyone said they were keen to go but no actions were taken. It was frustrating. However, I worked things out. I went with Jia Chi. So both of us started to plan everything then off we went!
We wanted to go to both Redang and Perhentian for 3 days 2 nights, meaning that we were planning to stay at each island for a night. Little did we know that Redang and Perhentian were far from each other, hence it wasn't suffice to fully experience the vibe at each island. We ended up spending a lot of time and money on the boat just to travel from Redang to Perhentian. Despite that, we managed to make the best of it in this trip.
The second day in Redang, Jia Chi and I started the day off by snorkelling. Mornings don't get any better than this. It was my first time snorkelling and I enjoyed it so much! When I first went into the sea, I accidentally swallowed a mouthful of sea water. It wasn't a very pleasant introduction to snorkelling but I eventually got the hang of it. I was wearing the life jacket the whole time in Redang because our boat captain, Abang Wan didn't suggest taking it off. Speaking of our boat captain, he was extremely helpful in bringing us around and discovering the world under the sea. Here's a tip guys, stick to the boat captain and you will get to find the gems there like what the locals do. Not to forget, the bubbling trick that Abang Wan did, it was something I had never witnessed before.
After the morning dip in the ocean in Redang, I wore the exact same bikini underneath my shirt and took a taxi boat to Perhentian Island. The water in Perhentian was more turquoise compared to Redang in my own opinion. One interesting observation throughout this trip was that when I was in Redang, I met more Malaysians there, but when in Perhentian, almost all the tourists there were caucasians. Jia Chi and I were the only Malaysian tourists there, making us feel like we were in a foreign country.
The next morning, we went snorkelling at several areas to swim with the turtles and baby sharks. In Perhentian, we were provided the fins. For experienced swimmers, the life jackets could be taken off as it would prevent them from swimming deeper. At first, I didn't have the courage to take the life jacket off, but I did in the end and felt so proud of myself.
I had one of the best times of my life relaxing at these two islands. The sand was incredibly soft, massaging our foot whilst walking on it. You know it's a perfect getaway when you can enjoy the simple pleasures of life, such as gazing upon the billion stars at night, feeling the salty air blow through your wet hair, getting a tan when you usually avoid the sun in the city, etc.. These two places were on my bucket list before going to Australia and I can finally tick it off.
Lim Thong Jean