I have actually completed my PADI Open Water Diver certification here in Vietnam.
I have a business trip to Malaysia in the end of April and am planning to extend the trip by taking a holiday in the long weekend (28 Apr to 1 May).
We are 2 couples. 1 couple (mine) has an infant daughter (slightly less than 2 yrs old) and another couple has 1 kid daughter (9 yrs). All adults can snorkel while I am the only certified diver. Since we have gone to Redang and our options are limited to peninsular Malaysia (other other couple stay in KL), we have zeroed in on Tioman and Perhentian Islands. My queries are:
1. Which island is better in terms of:
b. Marine life
2. Accomodation that we are getting are:
a. Tioman – Berjaya (400 RM per night for std chalet with BF)
b. Perhentian – Coral View Island Resort (270 RM without BF) and Bubbles Dive Resort (180 RM without BF)
3. My worries are:
a. Tioman- Visibility and Marine life would good, not spectacular
b. Perhentian-Accomodation would be basic, not at all luxurious (as per Tripadvisor), far from KL
4. Postitives for both the islands are:
a. Tioman-Luxurious accommodation (Berjaya), Availability of non-sea activities (trekking to waterfall etc.), proximity to KL
b. Perhentian-Great marine life and visibility, more exotic
We are really torn between the two. Can fellow travel enthusisasts help us decide? Really need help.