What a 24hours!!
The street food outside if our hotel was amazing. On Jalan Alor I saw prawns the size of my forearm, the green papaya salad so spicy it will melt your face but it was fantastic.
Checked out of the Apple hotel at 0500 where everything was apple shaped, the soap, the sink the chairs... Guess what flavor the shower gel was. Orange .. Joking. Apple.
Raced tot he airport to check in for our 1 hr flight from KL's low cost carrier terminal (LCCT) to TGG.
I forgot we were in a Muslim country until I tried to order my favorite breakfast from the airport McDonald's.. BACON and cheese mcmuffin.. Their alternative is chicken roll! And cheese .. Not quiet the same. But scoffed it nonetheless.
It was not until we were boarding that Frankie realised that he left his phone at the hotel.. and his toothbrush. Clever boy that Frankie. Called apple hotel and they found it and will hold for us until we are back on the 25th.
Both tired and grumpy so luckily the flight was smooth and easy to TGG. AIRASIA really are kings of the low cost market. They were fantastic. Seeing their rows and rows of little airbuses in the predawn hue was rather cool. Then seeing the line of 4 ready to take off.. Like big taxis.
After landing at TGG the man from the hotel shuttle met us and we all boarded a bus heading for the jetty to catch the ferry to Laguna Redang Island. I have to admit I slept most of that transfer. I was still wrecked from the night before.
After arriving at Laguna Redang Island we went thought the mandatory briefing.. It's a a marine park, to sea shell collecting etc. by 11 we were unpacked and resting until lunch.
One of the best things was that all meals are included. Buffet everything. Admittedly due to the location of the island and its clientele it is geared towards Chinese so there is a heavy bias to feed them. But I never went hungry.
1500 was our first organised snorkeling excursion. There are 2 daily. The afternoon session is 'open water' which they define as swim off boat. Coral was amazing and the local crew even managed to get some close ups of 'Nemo' clown fish.
All snorkeling equipment is included. Life jacket is not mandatory but highly recommended. It did make cruising easier as we were in the water for 2 hours.
That evening saw us massaged within an inch of our lives and we were asleep by 2130.