Sunday night brought our first chilled beach bar adventure. After a very windy trek through the forest with only our torches to guide our way, we arrived on petani. Dulcie and one of the ecoteer interns Brian cracked out the guitar and sang some country tunes, while we all sipped coconut juice and listened to the waves crashing against the shore. Our journey home was adventurous as Lydia, who was leading our way home, was bitten by a giant ant and chaos ensued. The sight of all of us jumping up and down and screaming in the dark, trying to avoid the ominous ant nest, definitely deserved Jainka's I told you so!
Monday brought our first day off and our last day on the Perhentian Islands! We had a lie in (until 9.30!!!) and had a welcome change from rice with roti for breakfast. After obsessively suncreaming we made our way in dribs and drabs back to the beautiful Petani beach. We played 'under the sea mafia' and catch trying to avoid stepping on the hoards of sea cucumbers - not a pleasant sensation! Lunch was exciting, with our first taste of western food since we left England! A small group of us ventured to Mira beach, the next beach along the coastline which looked like the beach from lost, with crystal blue waters and a white sandy beach. The Wilson jokes were rife. We saw a blue sting ray in the shallows which was pretty cool and tried our hand at hailing a passing boat as a taxi. We ended our day off with a presentation from the ecoteer staff and lots of unflattering photos of our short taste of island life.
Saying goodbye to the ecoteer staff was an emotional affair, with lots of hugs and promises to keep in touch, and even a few tears (Lydia). We're not sure if any of us will ever visit this little beach paradise again, but we'll never forget how welcome the staff and community made us and how special our first week in Malaysia was!
Now on to the next adventure with the Great projects in Matang and Ketapang!