My first impression of this quirky seaside retreat was that it seemed quite small, with a limited beachfront, and tucked away by rock and jungle from the rest of the island's attractions. Within our first 10 minutes of being there, we had been greeted by warm staff and sat marveling at the sun coming up with a complimentary cup of tea in our hands, waiting for our 12 o'clock check in. I then realized I was too quick to judge this laid back spot for its size.
Thank you to Turtle Bay Divers for organizing a dive course, fun dives, our Ferry tickets with Mr. Azahar (Seven Seas Travel) from Kuala Besut to Perhentian Kecil and back, and our multiple taxi-boats between D'Lagoon and Long Beach.
D'Lagoon is quite exciting if you don't have a problem with wildlife; there's a beautiful yellow tree frog that lives in the shared shower area and one of the receptionists has a rather exotic friend (a tame civet cat) who comes to eat tea-soaked marmalade on toast every other night. The jungle is literally a stone's throw away with walking paths to other beaches. Turtle Beach is only 5 minutes walking distance away - we had a great afternoon snorkeling there (beautiful parrotfish and a black-tip reef sharks can be seen up close from the shore when the tide goes out) and were fortunate enough to witness a giant turtle lay her eggs on the same beach that evening!
We stayed in the dorm, which I would say is pretty basic, with doors open 24 hours, a fan and creaky bunk beds but after a long day of diving, a simple bed it was really all we needed. My only real complaint regards the food; it's quite boring, repetitive and most dishes cater to Western taste so we were left wondering what local food there was. On the positive side, food is quite cheaply priced.
I would describe D'Lagoon as down-to-earth place which is attractive to backpackers, to those looking to escape civilization for a while, and even for families who are in favour of letting their kids interact with nature; the rope swing was rather popular with the little ones and hammocks are wonderful for sun-tanning or reading.
After meeting some long-term boarders and talking to the owner, it seems visitors either love this place and end up extending their stay, or dislike it immediately and therefore transfer to Long Beach. We will personally be looking forward to our next visit in the not-so-distance future!
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