We stayed in this hotel during the time when we took part in Eco-challenge 2010. 3days and 2 nights.
Rooms were fairly decent. A standard room has 3 beds, 1 shower, a dressing table, small TV with Astro connection but limited channels. Quite spacious and can definitely fit 3 people. A little crowded for 3 people. Must bring own toiletries as only towels and laundry plastics are provided.
They have different types of rooms, beach front facing, on the swamps and others. Me and my girlfriend stayed in the chalet accomodation on stilts over the swamp. All rooms are connected by a wooden bridge. There is a water tap outside each room for us to wash up after we return from the beach,
There were Koi fishes in the pond. Very scenic and relaxing. Swamp is kept clean so theres' no smell. In the evenings people would actually sit on the stilts and chat. Of course alternatively you can sit by the beach which is 2 minutes away. White sand, clean and breezy, especially in the evenings. There were a lot of corals to see here.
Receptionist was extremely friendly. Generally everyone on the island were nice. Boat uncle was also hospitable.
We took a bus from KL to Mersing town. From the local bus station, you can either walk or take a taxi to the jetty. We walked as we were told that it is not very far, about 15mins walk from the bus station. If you are driving, you can park your car at the Mersing jetty itseld. Overnight parking costs RM6 or around there. Safe too. At the jetty, you will need to take a sea taxi or ferry. Options include speed boat, motorboat. Either ways, the journey from jetty to the island is around 1 1.2hours. Fare is RM15 per way.
We had to get a water taxi to get to Berjaya Island from Paya Beach resort for the race. And the rates are between RM40 - RM50. You can even bargain for lower if you want to. If you ask the receptionist nicely, she'll recommend you to her friend who only charges RM30.
The taxis are speed motorboats. When it is dark, they are not allowed to commute passengers as these boats are not properly equipped with proper lighting and safety features. There is no seat belt. One person rides the motor and another person sits on the boat end.
Buffet spread for breakfast, lunch and dinner. BBQ dinner is available on 2nd night. Choices are local and western cuisine. Drinks - fresh fruit juices, coffee, tea and water. There are mineral water dispensers all around the restaurant area so ample of clean drinking water available.
Ample of activities to be done or free and easy is good as well. Snorkelling trips are available. Equipment rental is at a cost at the shop near reception. You should enquire on the price, book a slot if you are really keen. They usually leave to snorkel very early in the morning and back by noon. Make sure you bring heaps of sun block to protect yourself. Remember to bring your swimsuit! You cannot resist the clear waters for swimming or playing with your pals. Island hopping is also available. Fishing is no longer encouraged. For those who are adventurous, jungle trekking is also available. Need to enquire in advance for a guide to take you in. The jungle called Gunung Datuk is a virgin as there are no proper trails to follow. Cannot be trekked on your own. Need to bring a guide along.
If you want a cheaper and more adventure, you should take part in the eco-challenge, a yearly event held in the Island on the Berjaya Resort grounds. However, it is advisable to stay in Berjaya Resort if you are taking part in this event as the travelling bit might get to you as it is rather costly. We made the mistake of staying in Paya Beach, not knowing that the connection between the resorts is only via water taxi - quite costly for RM4o per way.
Duty free! Cheaper to buy the bottles from the restaurant instead of the duty free shops on the island itself. They charge an extra RM1++ at the shops. Hoegarden is only RM5 here! You can drink and swim all day long.
There are a few tourist shops in this place. Highly recommended to scout around each as they can differ in prices. I.e. T-shirt in SHOP A = RM5, T-shirt in SHOP B = RM10. So don't settle for the first thing you see. Look around. They also sell underwater cameras here for about RM35. Good buy for snorkelling trips. Can capture about 50 images only so need prudence use.
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