Tuna Bay Resort arranged all transfers from Kota Baru Airport to the resort, and everything went smoothly, as detailed in a previous blog.
There are only a few resorts on this part of the beach. Tuna Bay, Cocohut, Abduls…
There are water taxis to get you to other parts of the island, tours you can do – by boat, and diving and snorkelling trips, or you can learn to dive.
We arrived at about 11.30AM, and check in is at 1PM. We took a couple of deck chairs, swam, and relaxed on the beach until then.
There are books to borrow near reception if you wish– as have many of the resorts. There are books in many languages.
Wi-fi works in the restaurant – they don’t hassle you to order anything while there. If you are in Room 18 you may also get wi-fi. It works on and off. Either way, it is slow.
The rooms have a safe, but it is very small – only a small laptop will fit in, wallets etc.
There is some coral just a few feet from the shore on some parts of the beach. If you snorkel here you can see fish.
Breakfast is included. It is OK. Get there early as not everything is replaced when taken. The best is the salad bar – tomato, lettuce, melon, watermelon, pineapple, red lettuce, carrot … Otherwise basic bread, chicken sausage, mee (noodles) etc. And there is an egg station – omelettes, sunny side up etc. The coffee is pretty stewed. So my choice was to load up on salad and fruit, get some baked beans and an omelette – or two.
Generally the menu was not interesting for me. Nachos and fish and chips, or the grill were about all I wanted to eat. So my best bet was to load up on fruit and vegetables at breakfast, and treat that as my main meal. There is no refrigerator in the room, but you can buy a cup of ice if you want to make your own drinks.
Tuna Bay seems the nicest of the resorts I saw on this island – Perhentian Besar. More relaxed, friendlier, and although the beach is not as nice as the one at the Perhentian Island Resort, it has a nice mix of coral, where you can view fish, and swimming areas. The beach area is lively without being crowded. The staff are friendly and helpful, and everything seems well organised. Our air-con suddenly started leaking, and after I told Reception, the maintenance guys were there in two minutes to fix it.
Tuna Bay also has electricity 24 hours a day – so you can always use the air-con – and seems to have plenty of fresh water for showers etc.
So, we had a great holiday there.