You’ve seen the beauty of Pangkor Laut Resort and the fabulous dining options available there, but what about things to do when you’re not eating or in the villa? To be honest, this was one of my worries planning a trip to a secluded island, because Saucer is not one who takes boredom lightly. If I bring him to a place where he has nothing to do for 3 whole days, I will never hear the end of it! So after our little getaway, I’m happy to announce that no, you won’t be bored in this little precious gem of an island. Here are the five (5) FREE things that you can do:
1. Read a book/ Surf the internet
The library located adjacent to the reception lobby is very cosy. There are plenty of couches for the comfort of readers, with quite a decent selection of books. On one side of the library, there are several beds for you to lie down on, while reading, or napping! The beds looked too comfortable for words that I simply had to lie down there if only for a few minutes.
Comfortable couches in the library
Beds to read on
Outdoor reading, if you prefer?
For those who cannot stay away from the Internet, good news! There are 4 units of computer located at a corner of the library for the convenience of Facebook addicts or MSN/Skype chatters. Me? I can wait. I can definitely do without Internet for a couple days.
2. Nature Walk
Nature walk – now, this is more of my kinda thing! I had to practically drag Saucer to join me in this 2-hour slow hike to Emerald Bay, led by Uncle Yip the amiable nature-lover. The Nature Walk happens at 10.30am every morning, starting with Uncle Yip briefing us on the route at the library. According to him, the route we were going to take could be completed in less than half an hour, but we would take longer time to listen to his explanation and to allow us to take pictures. Soon, our walk began!
Uncle Yip briefing us about the Nature Walk route
Walking out of the library
It was a sunny afternoon
Hornbill visiting us
As usual, the sight of hornbills was not uncommon by now. We saw at least one of them joining us during breakfast or lunch every day. They felt totally at home with us. But what was more interesting to note was the abundant bats hanging upside down from a tree near the beach! If we had not looked up, we would not have noticed them, shielding themselves from the bright sun. According to Uncle Yip, this was the only tree that one could find these bats, probably due to the comfortable shade that this huge tree had to offer.
Plenty of bats hanging on the tree
Along the way, we also saw this pretty dendrites marking the stone steps near the tennis court. This was yet something that we wouldn’t have noticed if not for the nature walk. Don’t they look like plants?
Beautiful dendrite formed on the staircase that looked like a plant
At this point, the sun was already shining hot above us, but we were only halfway through! We continued walking and walking, past the Sea Villas and towards the forest. If you’re lucky like us, you would spot some monitor lizards along the way too.
Walking towards the Sea Villas
Monitor lizard spotted on the rock
And in the water
We walked and we walked
Across the emerald sea
The long path ahead
Under the shining hot sun
After one hour or so, we reached the starting point of the forest, and braced ourselves for the uphill hike. Don’t worry, it’s not that difficult. There were only a few flights of stairs at the beginning of the hike and mostly downhill afterwards. If I were you, I’d worry more on the mosquitoes. Yes, there were plenty of them! Remember to bring mosquito repellent if you’re planning to go for this hike. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
And we reached the jungle trail
More steps before we reached
Gigantic tree in the virgin forest
First signs of Emerald Bay
Mushrooms along the way
After about 45 minutes of slow walk, we reached Emerald Bay. The sound of waves lapping up the beach was a welcome change to the slapping of mosquitoes.
The tall coconut trees against the blue sky – we’re at the beach!
3. Emerald Bay
Now that we’ve reached Emerald Bay, let’s spend a couple of hours lazing under the sun on the clean beach. The water was clear and emerald in colour, exceptionally gorgeous on a sunny afternoon when the sky was blue. It was a breathtaking scene to behold, and I could not stop myself from snapping pictures of the gorgeous beach. Since this is a private island, the beach is secluded and quiet, absolutely perfect for sun-bathing or a siesta without interruption.
Beach at Emerald Bay
The clear blue sky
The clean emerald waters
The lone tube
We even went for a swim in the shallow part of the sea, just for the fun of it. But remember to apply plenty of sunblock lotion before doing so, or you’d end up with peeling skin!
Getting ready for a swim
Going swimming in the secluded beach
The fabulous beach at Emerald Bay
Sports lover? Rejoice! Apart from the sea activities such as kayaking that you have to pay for, there are some free sports that you can do on the island itself. For starters, there’s a gym with complete facilities just next to the swimming pool. And then there’s a game room where you can play table tennis. If you’re more of an outdoor person, take a dip in the swimming pool, with the view of the sea to boot!
Swim in the gorgeous pool
How about a game of tennis in the newly refurbished courts? Too bad for me since I know nothing about tennis! Plus, I can do without the sun, thank you.
Every morning, there are complimentary Yoga and Tai Chi sessions held at the Spa Village. If you’re a morning person, this would be perfect! Imagine doing yoga in the cool and crisp morning air, all the while listening to the sound of peaceful waves. Such a bliss! I would have joined this activity, if I could wake up early in the morning.
Spot the anchovies in the water!
Another activity that you can do for free is fishing! There are fishing trips that bring you out to the sea for a few hours but are chargeable. For the cost-free option, you could bring your own fishing equipment or borrow them from the sports counter, and fish at the island itself. There’s a designated beach area near the jetty where one is allowed to fish.
Towards the jetty
Last but not least, if everything else doesn’t excite you, I’d suggest for a romantic walk in the evening along the bridge connecting the Sea Villas to the Spa Village. I’d say this was the perfect path for a quiet walk with the sound of waves, the sight of calm sea and the warmth of orange lights, without the mosquitoes. Yes, I have to admit, I love walking on this bridge, especially at night.
Romantic walk in the evening
5. Camwhore around the Island
Needless to say, with such a gorgeous resort, there are countless of photo opportunities around the island! A picture speaks a thousand words so I shall let my pictures do the talking!
Saucer at the bridge
Heading to the Spa Village
Picture on the way to the jetty – spot the Hill Villas
Waiting for our boat
The calm and green sea
Last picture of us before we left
The beautiful Pangkor Laut Resort
Soon, it was time for us to leave! As usual, the hospitality at Pangkor Laut Resort was like no other. From the moment we entered, right up to the moment we left, we were in very good hands. The staff was always smiling and cheerful, with this warmth they had about them, making us very reluctant to say good bye.
The friendly staff waving us goodbye
Farewell Pangkor Laut Resort!
Pangkor Laut Resort took our breath away
Pangkor Laut Resort
Pangkor Laut Island
Tel No: +603-2783 1000
GPS Coordinates: N 4° 11′ 58.76″, E 100° 32′ 46.92″