A very relaxed encounter with turtles
The overall experience at Walai Penyu was worth 4-stars, and while there were some issues (eg. having to wake the usually very enthusiastic chef to cook us breakfast in the morning), they didn't detract from my enjoyment.
We had a very relaxing 2-night stay here, the highlight of which occurred on our first night, when a Green Turtle came ashore to lay eggs at 3:30 in the morning. Our guide, Harun, was great. He answered all our questions knowledgeably, and chatted with us while we waited to release the baby turtles in the evening. You aren't guaranteed a sighting of a nesting turtle, but the whole experience is very private and relaxed - just a handful of people compared to the 40-odd vying for a view on Turtle Island. Also, while you can't enjoy reef snorkelling here, it's great to explore the unique mangrove environment, either by kayak or when the tide goes out, when fiddler crabs and mudskippers abound. When we arrived, I was very worried that the tents would be stinking hot in the night, but they were surprisingly cool and comfortable.
With a few extra small touches this would be a 5-star for me. I feel like there's potential for even more, a few things that could really set Libaran apart from Turtle Island: a guided walk to the village perhaps? A coconut drink upon arrival? We felt a tiny bit neglected as we were staying for 2 nights, but at the same time this was really relaxing. If you need constant activity then come for 1-night only, if you want a bit of r&r, then stay longer.
Family - 19 Ogs 2017