Bayu Dive Lodge
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Probably OK for the Perhentians where nearly every place has a bad review Aug 12, 2012
While at Perhentian Besar, we stayed at Bayu Dive Lodge which is co-located with Alu Alu Divers.
Because I only booked my accommodation 6 months in advance, the best places were all booked up. Nearly every review of every property on the two Perhentians are bad; it isn't a high-comfort destination.
Based on what was available, Bayu Dive Lodge seemed like a good choice. We booked the most expensive beachfront chalet as a treat as I'd be wrapping up nearly 3 months of travel by then. They also have non-beachfront chalets and the cheapest option are the longhouse cabins.
On arrival, the air-con chalet looked good. And it was for most intents and purposes. Except that they have a serious rat problem. We heard squeaking in the night; after trying to ignore it for a while we had to find the source. We tilted the wardrobe to find a huge pile of rubbish comprising of mainly food wrappers and a packet of Oreos. We thought that previous guests have left the garbage underneath.
In the morning we realised that one of the two packs of Oreos we brought was gone. It dawned on us that the rat had chosen the peanut butter one over the blueberry ice-cream one, dragged it underneath the cupboard and opened it for consumption. Clever rat, it can read in the dark (or have a really keen sense of smell). It must have been doing likewise with previous guests judging from all the other food wrappers. Chats with two other couples confirmed they had a rat problem too. Other people suggested it might have been a squirrel instead (sounds cuter).
Food at Bayu was reasonably good; it is a bit pricey by Malaysian standard but not ridiculous considering it is a resort, being remote and serving a captive market. However the logistical aspect of getting the right meal within a reasonable timeframe was far from desirable at times.
Air-conditioning (if equipped) and power supply seems a bit erratic.
I often find that internet reviews of accommodation in developing countries are overly harsh; I stay at places with bad reviews and find them acceptable. I don't make a big deal of lizards and insects as they're part of the ecosystem. Even hair on beds are excusable if they're not short and curly.
However, in the case of Bayu Dive Lodge, there was a premium paid for the beachfront chalet and I expect better. The cheaper neighbouring places described as complete dumps in internet reviews don't seem that bad at all (but not as nice as Bayu).
Part of the 2012 China, Pakistan, Seychelles & Vietnam travel blog
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Bayu Dive Lodge Overview
From start to finish, we aim to give you the best experience possible. Our goal is to provide you with an unforgettable day of diving, made as easy as possible for you, so you can relax and enjoy your vacation! Alu Alu Divers staff of experienced and multilingual dive crew are available to assist you and answer all your questions. Always greeting visitors with a warm friendly smile, our qualified staff is also trained to ensure your adventure with us is a safe and memorable one. Local diving sites are suitable for all levels of experience, from beginners to experienced divers. Experience the crystal clear blue water, abundant sea life and thriving coral reefs. Variety is the key word on the reefs around Perhentian: soft and hard corals, sponges and anemones abound, and you will be amazed by the sheer range of fish species in these waters. We specialize in providing personalized service for small dive groups and try to be as flexible as possible. New divers can gain experience with the individual attention they may require and experienced divers can enjoy the freedom of spectacular reef diving, wreck diving and underwater photography opportunities. With five specially fitted dive boats, Alu Alu Divers is able to meet the needs of any size group while keeping each dive party small and personal. Bring your equipment and store it in our secure equipment room, or use our well-maintained rental dive gears. This description is based on information provided by the specialty lodging.
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