Sunday, August 09, 2009

Getting Your Own Boat for the Day

The best way to really enjoy a snorkeling trip is to have a boat that takes just your own group. This way, you can decide where you want to go, how long you want to stay, and all those sorts of things. The best experience I've had of this variety was probably when a group of 8-10 of us had our own boat to go around Perhentian. We saw a huge parrot fish that day (about a meter and a half long), loads of huge clams, and, best of all, a giant sea turtle. The turtle was in deep waters, and with our own boat, we were able to stop out there and get really close to it. Five of us even got down and swam with him for some distance.

We had our own boat for our day of snorkeling in Pulau Sibu recently too, and had lots of fun with that. It worked out well for us, as we had little ones with us and wanted to be able to decide when to come back based on their needs.

If you want to get a boat for your own group at Pulau Sibu, you can book it from the Tanjong Leman ferry terminal. You have to bypass the main window, though, and go over the the small shops behind it that sell snacks and so forth. In some of those shops, you'll find name cards for boat operators who can get you started.

Having your own boat for the day is definitely the way to go, so it's worth the extra leg work to get it arranged. The operators are all friendly and helpful, and I've never run into any who weren't ready to do what was needed to make the trip a fun one.

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