Monsoon season setting in, Terengganu islands quiet down
Last Update: 03/11/2019
JERTIH, Nov 3 -- Most resorts on Terengganu’s popular islands are no longer receiving bookings following the impending arrival of the monsoon season soon.
Only several resorts were reported to be operating throughout the year especially in meeting the demands of foreign tourists who were keen on the wave surfing sport.
Based on information which was obtained from the Terengganu Tourism Department, all resorts on Pulau Perhentian had been closed from October except four, namely, Sharila Perhentian Resort, Coral View Resort, D’Rock Garden Resort and Aina Ohana which would be operational all year round.
Meanwhile, on Pulau Redang, Kuala Nerus and Pulau Kapas, Marang, the operations of most resorts had ended in October, while on Pulau Tenggol, Dungun they would close at the end of this month.
Generally, the operators who were met by Bernama said the closures were done in response to the government’s call as it was worried over the safety of the tourists especially due to the uncertainty of the weather and turbulent seas.
A survey together with the Terengganu Department of Marine Park Malaysia to Pulau Perhentian recently also found most operators were making preparation and relocating numerous equipment especially boats to safe locations.
Currently, most islands were only occupied by workers and operators to monitor their surrounding conditions throughout the monsoon season and paving the way work works to repair damaged rooms at the resorts.
An operator of one of the resorts on Pulau Perhentian, Masron Mustafa, 40, said the closure would surely reduced the income of many of his workers but it was necessary to avoid untoward incidents.
He said it was an annual routine for them to temporarily close their places of accommodation from October to February and to reopen them in March each year.
‘’I have closed down the resort since mid-October. I understand some operators are still operational and will close in early November, while some are said to operate until the end of this year.
‘’The uncertain seas during the monsoon season can be a safety threat to tourists visiting the islands and the activities which can be carried out are also limited compared to normal days,’’ he said when contacted by Bernama here today.
Masron said the boat services would also not operate like normal in the monsoon season and rendering it difficult to the tourists to go to the islands.
Asked on the usual risks on Pulau Perhentian during the monsoon season, he said the situation was normally under control as the resort areas were protected by hills from the full forces of the winds.
In fact, he said the damages sustained were not as bad as those experienced by the other resorts such as on Pulau Kapas.
A resort operator on Pulau Kapas, Hawa Abdul Rahman conceded that she suffered damages since the past several years and had to cough out more than RM1 million on repairs.
She said the assault of the waves and strong winds had resulted in damaged equipment and blown away roofs at her resort
“Ombak Kapas Resort will still be operational albeit on a small scale during the monsoon season for safety reasons. There are still some European tourists who check into our resort to play with the (monsoon) waves,’’ she added.