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Perhentian Tuna Bay Island Resort
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Montevideo, Uruguay
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“Great resort, great service, great restaurant”
Reviewed November 25, 2012

This resort was the best priced one for what it offered. The staff were super friendly and helpful. The restaurant is great and the prices really good considering they could charge anything on a secluded island! Try the evening BBQ - yum yum! Would be great if the restaurant offered a kids menu though. They offer snorkelling trips, fishing trips etc. The baby cot they gave us was good. We had to ask for more blankets and pillows but they gave us them. Pressure in shower was bad but they are on a generator so expected. The A/C system was our biggest complaint - you can not change the temperature or power of air flow because they are all programmed the same! it was too cold for us and our 2 children and very annoying. The A/C units are really old and noisy too. There was a ceiling fan but this was too noisy too. The resort needs to upgrade their towels and sheets asap. They also need to provide cushions on the beach loungers and the staff should walk along the beach each morning and pick up any rubbish they see. There was always lots of staff hanging around so if they are being paid then they should do something useful. The resort had concrete paths around the rooms which was great for our baby stroller. Would help if there was a ramp up to the restaurant though. We would go back or next time maybe try the Perhentian Island Resort around the next bay. You can't fault the island, it is truly beautiful. We saw monkeys around the resort, the tropical fish were amazing, we even saw a harmless snake and lizards etc.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

Stay in a Superior deluxe sea view chalet. The most expensive option, but you won't regret it! Great chalet with private terrace and fantastic views. Tuna cafe is a great place for an evening meal and for lunch try the little place on the beach just on the left side of the resort.

We went on a daytrip snorkelling with Mr Shawal (he works at Abdul's next door). I highly recommend him. Such a lovely and peaceful person. He jumps in the water with you to show you all the wonderful sea life and isn't in a rush. He took his time to properly show us everything of interest and tell us all about his wonderful islands.

I would love to go back!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

After a lot of research and reviews I decided to stay at Tuna Bay Island Resort. Having a good idea what to expect I was not disappointed in any way. The resort is a bit worn down but mostly pretty clean. The service was organised and the staff were, in general, pretty friendly. The food is expensive compared to most of Malaysia, but is ~$4USD for a burger, fries n salad or a seafood Tom Yum or ~$10 for a pick your own big fresh snapper bbq dinner, all very tasty, really that over priced? A can of cold Tiger or Heineken was $3 and a fresh fruit smoothie was $4. I didn't go and check out any of the competition along the beach as I was quite content with the selection and taste at the resort.

The rooms are mostly attached cabin/chalets facing the beach or back towards an upsloping jungle. Some are newer than others and I was put in a new one at the far end of the resort. It was very quiet with no air conditioners or compessors making noise near my room. It was a big room facing the jungle with a queen and single, very functional storage area with chair, mirror and plug adapter. The good-sized shower had good hot water though pressure was a bit low.

I came at the end of the season so it was raining most of the time. I didn't mind too much as I was scuba-diving with Universal Divers located next door. The marine life was good and the corals were fantastic. Several guests were snorkeling right out front of the resort, just a few metres out. The boat ride to the island was in a cabin cruiser, which was nice, but on the way back was on a little boat. I sat at the back and watched the people at the front get slammed into their seats a few times. I could see the potential for rough rides if the weather was bad.

All in all I was quite satisfied with the whole Tuna Bay Island Resort experience.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

The place did not meet any expectations.Being very basic overall,
rooms are veeeeeery worn-out, dirty curtains,stains on the bedsheets, half-broken shower, aircon noisy like hell,
strong smell of insecticide. Nevertheless place is always full: they sell beer in the bar (very rare in Muslim Perhentians), the beach is nice (you can still visit it even not staying there).
But I would never recommend it.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

We stayed in two adjoining rooms (chalets), one facing the sea, right on the beach, and the adjoining room facing the other way. A lot of reviewers have suggested that Tuna Bay is too expensive, but I really can't understand the logic. Essentially the beauty of the Perenthians is that there is no mass tourism here. There are no large hotel groups dominating the islands. The all inclusive brigade have not moved in here yet, thank goodness. It still has an upmarket backpacker feel to the place, but it is popular and rooms fill up quickly. There are varying standards of accomodation available on the Perenthians. There are cheap but very basic chalets, and there are more upmarket rooms that one might not have found on these islands ten years ago. Tuna Bay offers just that. The rooms aren't five star luxury, but ask yourself how much you would be prepared to pay for a room overlooking the sea, with sand right outside the room, a fantastic reef right off the beach where we spotted fish galore including a turtle which allowed us to swim with it for 15 minutes, a massive bump head parrot fish and a couple of blue spotted rays by the pontoon. The kids loved the pontoon, where they spent all day jumping and diving into the sea. The restaurant tried hard and we found the food quality second only to Watercolours. The trouble with Watercolours is that it fills up very quickly and the service can be hit and miss. We can't complain about the service in Tuna Bay and it is worth noting that people from other bays caught a water taxi here to eat nightly. There is also a seperate bar here.
The dive school here was friendly, had reliable equipment and offered some great dives at ridiculously cheap prices. They kindly took non divers of the family out snorkeling with us for a nominal charge.
There are just a few negatives. There is a busy jetty right by the resort, but you can quickly switch off to that. There are hoards of local tourists that turn up with their bright red jackets and walk all over the reef. It is their country after all, but it would be nice if the operators that brought them here educated them about reef survival. They are gone again after half an hour or so. The beach is quite busy, so if you want peace and solitude this may not be the place for you.
In conclusion, a great up market backpacking experience at reasonable prices with fantastic snorkelling, good food and reliable services. What more could you want?

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

We stayed for three days and have only positive feedback:
- emerald sea, white sand, coral and fish right a few meters from the shore - snorkeling should be in your programm at this location,
- good combination of price and quality,
- friendly and helpful staff,
- good food,
- well-organized transfer to the island from Kota Baru airport.
Thanks to the hotel for great time!
Svetlana

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Apparently Tuna Bay is one of the more comfortable places on the Perhentian Islands, but it is still super basic and not anything nearing the word luxury, although the price is significantly higher than many of the other beach chalets available. The rooms were clean enough, though far from spotless (spots on the sheets, loose ceiling tiles, worn out towels, ants, etc). The beds were comfortable and the air conditioning worked okay, showers had good water pressure and hot water. Walls were paper thin and we could hear absolutely everything in the surrounding rooms. The beach is very nice with a small coral reef in the swimming area, but the area is very congested and it is far from tranquil with almost constant marine traffic buzzing around. The beach chairs are extremely uncomfortable and there is no padding available except for severely overpriced (35 RM) cheap junky floaty mattresses for sale at the "shop" down the beach. The included breakfast buffet wasn't great--most especially because most things were usually empty as they were so slow to replenish it. The staff, besides a couple exceptions, were somewhat unfriendly and stand-offish. Free internet in the restaurant that sometimes even worked. Everything we ordered at the restaurant was delicious, although quite expensive. Overall there wasn't much of a spirit of hospitality here, and although the rooms were comfortable, I'm not sure that the extra level of "luxury" was worth the extra amount of money as it still felt very basic and quite worn.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Perhentian Tuna Bay Island Resort
Address: | Perhentian Island, Pulau Perhentian Besar 22300, Malaysia
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Location: Malaysia > Terengganu > Pulau Perhentian Besar
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Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Spa
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#1 Top resorts Hotel in Pulau Perhentian Besar
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Pulau Perhentian Besar
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Hotel Class:2 star — Perhentian Tuna Bay Island Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perhentian Tuna Bay Island Resort is located on the south west coast of Pulau Perhentian Besar (Big Island), a quiet, untouched part of the island surrounded by tropical jungle, on a broad expanse of powdery white sand. The resort commands a breathtaking view of Pulau Perhentian Kecil (Small Island) and the South China Sea, right on your doorstep. All chalets are just a minute's walk from the beach and are tastefully built with wooden furnish. ... more   less 
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