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Dive Review of Watercolours Dive Center in
Malaysia/Pulau Perhentian Besar

Watercolours Dive Center, Jul, 2014,

by hin lee, TX, US ( 1 report with 3 Helpful votes). Report 7686 has 3 Helpful votes.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The very bad:
Unfortunately the Malaysian Govt, despite charging a Marine park conservation fee, does not do any enforcement. Fishing boats are everywhere and seem to have taken the big schools of snappers. The locals told me that the govt has essentially lined their own pockets as none of the money has come back into the local community for beach cleanups or anything of that sort.

Just Ok:
The hotel is a just a place to stay. By American standards, they are quite low. I paid $30USD a day for a room with two bunk beds, and a queen. It is what it is. Shower, toilet, and sink all in the same room; unfortunately this keeps the bathroom perpetually wet.

The good:
Dives at 9 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. On Fridays, due to Muslim prayers, the 1 pm is cancelled but there may be a 11 am dive in its place.

The furthest dive is 30 minutes away. The nearest is 5 minutes away and most dive sites are within 5-15 minutes away.

Favourite dives sites include Tokong Laut (Temple of the sea), Terumbu Tiga (T3 or Three Reefs), Batu Nisan, and DeLagoon.

I stayed here for eight days and seven nights and dived every dive. I brought my own dive equipment but full gear is available. If you rent their equipment, you will find that all the gear is setup when you come to dive and they will change out the tanks for you for second and third dive. When you are finished for the day, you rinse out your gear and hang them up to dry.

On my first day of diving at DeLagoon, I got to swim with a school of Bumphead Parrotfish. These fish are hard to find. After coming back for three years, I finally saw them and never did see them again.

On my second day at Batu Nisan, I saw a couple of male cuttlefish fighting for the affection of a lady-cuttlefish.

On my third day, I saw a Black tip reef shark just swim by us without a care.

All my dives were either good or great. There were storms that passed over during the evenings and nights that caused the viz to drop but even those dives were still good; the divemasters then looked for small things and hidden things.

As I had said, this is my third year to come to Watercolours. I talked to other divers and found out that they were also returning back. The person running the diveshop, Uwei, was young but she is respected. All the guides were also instructors. The entire staff is friendly and they look after their divers.
Websites Watercolours Dive Center   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 83-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 15-60 Ft/ 5-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dives were limited to one hour or 50 Bar.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments The DMs/Guides/Instructors know where things are and are great for finding them. Young eyes perhaps?
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