I arrived at perhentian on the first boat (7:15am) and headed directly to Matahari. I had called the manager, Jeng, up ahead of time to let him know of my arrival. While they don't typically take reservations, the fact that I'd be doing scuba diving at their dive center might have given the right of first refusal to a room. While a RM60/night fan chalet w/ attached bathroom was being cleaned, I walked over to the other chalets, Symphony and Moonlight to check out their rooms and rates. The RM50-60/night rooms are pretty consistent with what I saw at Matahari so i was happy to just settle with Matahari because I wouldn't have to wait any longer for a room.
The room I had was much better than I had expected -- I imagined bug infestation, clogged toilets and mold growth all over. I saw none of that, thankfully. Though far from what I would call luxurious, it is comfortable for the few hours that I spent in the room each day. Electricity is available from 6:30pm-8:30am and 12noon-4pm everyday. I did have trouble sleeping well on the warmest nights with just the fan, but the nights typically cool down quite a bit, especially if there's rain showers (obviously the weather varies by the season and I can imagine that it might be get really warm during the dry months). And thank the sweet lord for mosquito nets!
Matahari chalet is located at the heart of Long Beach. Panorama restaurant (probably the most popular on Long Beach), Shisha cafe, a couple other bars and convenience stores are right next to Matahari. The location is perfect as far as meeting people and enjoying the nightlife.
The dive center's dive masters are just incredibly congenial and provided excellent customer service. They were sufficiently knowledgeable of the marine life that I was curious about. The dive center was also a fun place to be -- most divers just ended up hanging out there before, after dives and even in the evenings.
- Also Known As:
- Matahari Chalet Hotel Pulau Perhentian Kecil