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1. The Northern Lights
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India: West India
Stayed here for about 4 days back in April 07.. It was really beautiful.. We stayed at the Rimba Resort which is a really laid back place with African inspired huts (No doors and windows though, just tarp flaps!) and amazing 4 course meals each day either in the small restaurant or out on the deck of the awesomely chilled out bar. Our bartender for the nights we were there was Carlee who makes a mean Perky Nana. The beach is really amazing although the tide goes out all the way back, but is usually in by mid afternoon. Didn’t actually have a problem with sand flies although the mosquitoes can get on some peoples nerves – repellent suggested but mosquito nets are provided.
There’s a really good diving point off a dug out rock face close to the shore where you can see loads of live coral and plenty of fish if you decide to go snorkeling (The gear is already there so no need to take your own). The beach can be a little stony on this side of the island but a short trek through the jungle will take you to the other side to near the Sea Gypsy Resort where the beach is all white sand although slightly more touristy – good if you’re looking for a change of scenery and to meet some new people :)
I went here in 2006 with my sister and her flatmate for 4 days and it was GORGEOUS! We stayed at the Aseana Resort which was excellent value for money. The food was just okay but the staff was exceptionally friendly ~ special mention out to Juice who not only made our stay brilliant but even took time out to take us on a bike ride around the tiny island. The place itself is beautiful with white sand beaches and crystal clear calm blue waters. There’s a few fish and things to see while snorkeling close to the shore although if you want to see live coral you might have to ask around for the best places which is most likely further out. Overall, Pulau Besar is just a really good place to chill out and relax where you have big mountains as a back drop and sandy beaches just a few steps from your cabana :)
There’s a small shop selling odds and ends next door to the resort so no worries if you forgot to bring something. There is also another resort called De Coconut I believe just a short walk away and has a nice bar if you’re looking for a change of scenery.