Lovely three day stay on Besar at Tuna Bay - great for families, snorkeling or lazing around on the beach.
My partner and I stayed at Tuna Bay for three days, three nights and really enjoyed it. It's reasonably priced (we booked directly), has a good restaurant and sits in a lovely stretch of Main Beach on Besar. We came here after two days on Long Beach on Kecil and it's definitely the quieter of the two islands.
Our standard garden facing queen chalet (room 9) was good and I found it really spacious. Our room backed into one of the beach facing chalets, so we were right next to the beach but far away from the restaurant which was good. The rooms are pretty basic, but have good bedding, a warm shower/toiletries and a safe. We had a double and single bed in our room, but not on request. If you prefer a king bed then you should probably ask when reserving. (My understanding is these rooms coming with either or)
Food options on the island are fairly limited, unless you want to take a walk in the dark at dinner along a path that leads to other hotels and restaurants. We found that Tuna Club was pretty decent, serving asian, seafood and western food (though we stuck to Asian and seafood which we found delicious, so can only recommend that). The included breakfast is good and seems to change somewhat daily and included good western options including toast, eggs, pancakes etc.
The beach is very pretty and has sun loungers but without cushions. During the week it feels very calm but was quite busy over the weekend (as expected). Tuna Bay has a stretch of beach directly in front of the hotel but anyone can of course swim in front.
We organised to go on the Rawa Island snorkling trip with Tuna Bay and it's an absolutely must. It was one of our highlights on our trip to Malaysia. You can also snorkel on the reef directly outside of the hotel and rent snorkel equipment for 10RM a day.
The staff were helpful and did their best to make us comfortable. They also helped us organise our onward travel to Taman Negara.
We had a great stay and can definitely recommend at a mid-priced option on Besar.
Couples - Sep 26, 2017