Sunday, August 12, 2007

Perhentian Island Challenge

Signed up for Perhentian Island Challenge's Novice Race! The fee is RM120 which include 2-way bus transport from KL to Terengganu, boat transfers, meals, tent accomodation, T-shirt, goodie bag and race certificates!!

RM120 for 3D/2N fullboard stay in Perhentian is really cheap! So i get to join the race, laze and snorkel in a gorgeous island for 3 days at only RM120!! Nice!! Race is subsidised by Tourism Malaysia and Terengganu government in conjunction with the country’s 50th Merdeka celebrations, Visit Malaysia Year 2007 and leading up to Visit Terengganu Year 2008. :)

Looking forward to shoot at Pulau Perhentian! Meanwhile, here's a gorgeous pic of Perhentian from Alfred Molon.

It was recently featured in an article in The Star Weekender too. Some snippets here:

The RM120 fee covers the cost of transportation by coach from Kuala Lumpur, boat ride and accommodation from Aug 24-Aug 26 at the Race Village – basically tents spread over two beachfronts with full toilet facilities.

It also includes meals and entertainment programmes, T-shirts, goodie bags and race certificates. There will also be a food fair and handicraft exhibition.

“We also identified the location and type of food stalls and drink stations to have, and have ensured that ample tents and kayaks would be made available for participants”

Snorkellers, for example, are not allowed to wear flippers as they could end up kicking and damaging the island’s precious coral reefs. The races are also planned in such a way that the routes take participants through the most beautiful scenery. Arrows will be strategically placed on the ocean floor to direct participants to look around and see the colourful fish and other marine life.

Markers will also be put up at strategic sites to force participants to either look up at the trees or around them. So no matter how rushed, participants are forced to pause and appreciate nature.

The Race Village will be very lively throughout the weekend with a food fest, handicraft demonstrations, traditional games, concerts and fire shows taking place during the day and late into the evening.

Wow, looking forward to 23-26 Aug! Will definitely take lotsa pics of the event and post them here! :)

*More details at Perhentian Island Challenge website.


forestfyre said...

I will be in Perhentian that weekend too eh... But am not joining the Perhentian Challenge, am taking a course :P
Enjoy yourself there ya~

ashlight said...

There will be like 500 ppl crowding the island for the Challenge that weekend.

Probably not a good time for peace and quiet island trip.. but do have FUN anyway!! :)

blueameba said...

haha.. good to hear you joining this event.

Good Luck!

ashlight said...

haa.. thanks! Just go for fun... no intention to win the race or anything.. haha

Will be leaving KL for Perhentian tonight! yay!

forestfyre said...

How was the trip? I did see some of the participants running by, right in front of my dive resort, didn't see you though.

No worries about the crowd. I was underwater most of the time... :P

ashlight said...

forestfyre: yeah, only the Elite participants passed through the big island - Perhentian Besar.

The Novice course was around the small island - Perhentian Kecil.

Will post more on that later... as usual, i'm behind my postings! haa... will make time for that when i'm back in KL ;)