Last night we decided to do it a little big and go to a BBQ joint.
So I forgot to mention the part of Malaysia where our camera was broken. For fifteen dollars a person, Eunice and I went on a guided snorkeling tour around Perhentian Island. The fifteen dollars included a life jacket, goggles, snorkle, and a guided tour of four different locations. Our guide’s name was Sambree. Each stop was unique in its own way. The first stop was a shark tour. We got to swim with baby sharks which were still about a meter long. The second stop was all kinds of coral and exotic fish. We took bread with us down in the water and the fish would eat it right out of your hands. For the third stop we got to swim with a sea turtle. The water was clear enough where we spotted the sea turtle from the surface of the water. The turtle was about 20 meters deep. The final stop was called “Romantic Beach.” There was a pool of fresh water that ran down from top of the mountains and it was very cold. Sambree told me I could drink it, but there was some kid basically taking a bath in it. We also went snorkeling directly off the beach and the corals were amazing. I really wish I could show you guys pictures of what I saw because it was truly unbelievable. So while we were chilling on Romantic Beach, I asked Sambree if he goes fishing. He said he goes whenever he has time and asked if Eunice and I would want to join him the next morning. He was nice enough to cancel his snorkeling tours to take us fishing all morning. So the next morning Sambree took us out to different locations and in the four hours we were out there, we caught 8 barracudas, 2 king fish, and 1 yellow grouper. So Malaysians don’t go fishing with a rod and reel. They just use a line, hook, and weight. You throw the line out and you basically use your arms and hands as your fishing rod. Sambree says it’s a much better technique because you can feel the bites better and know exactly what you are pulling in. He was right, I never want to use a rod and reel again. And yes, Eunice was able to pull in those barracudas with her own strength. Once we were done fishing Sambree took us to Fisherman’s Village, his hometown. We took the fish and our leftover bait (fresh squid) to a local restaurant where they prepped and cooked it for us. The fish were deep fried and the squid was served with vegetables in a sweet and sour sauce. I apologize we could not document this part of the trip. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget. So if any of you guys end up on Perhentian Island, ask for Sambree or his boat, the Dolphin.