Perhentian Escape is a unique experience, a shift from our annual Perhentian challenge. There will be no pressures of race day, just the opportunity to explore the serene beauty of the Perhentian Besar & Kecil Islands. You’ll be swimming through breathtaking underwater scenery, with schools of fishes & other fascinating sea creatures flitting through the expanse of coral, juxtaposed against an amazing backdrop of tropical jungle and rocky outcrops. You’ll have the opportunity to explore some of that jungle landscape with a short 2km hike to an amazing vista on Perhentian Besar.
We’ll be taking you alongside some of the race courses from our 4km annual race, both to swim safely as well as partnering up to do a swim/kayak relay! This fun little event is just a warm up for the main event, which is a coaching & technique improvement session by our Guest Coach, in addition to having a chance to put those new tips into action with some guided swims too.
We are here to offer you a wonderful swimming experience and an unforgettable trip. Come and join us!
Date - 9-11 Oct 2020
Registration closing date: 30th Sept
Location - Perhentian Besar & Perhentian Kecil Islands
Max Participation - 40
Who can join? To make sure everyone has the time of their lives we try as much as possible to group together swimmers with almost similar pace; So you really get the most out of your Escape experience. We recommend being able to swim non-stop about 1000m in a pool within 40 minutes; any kind of stroke choice.
Minimum age: 13 year old - swimmer’s age as of Dec 31, 2020
Events: OWS|Life Saving coaching session with special guest coaches, 2km|4km Relay (swim & kayak/SUP) at Perhentian Besar | lifesaving beach game, Swim&Hike at Perhentian Kecil with options of 2.5km | 5.0km swim + 2km | 7km hike any combination
Sneak Peek Video
Friday - oct 9
|boat trip to Island (8am to 2pm)||Kuala Besut Jetty|
|The barat/mama Chalet|
own private time 3-6pm
welcome dinner & program briefing 6:30pm - 8pm
|The mama's Chalet|
Saturday - oct 10
Open Water Swim or Life Saving Rescue Coaching (8am to 11am)
|a. Motivational/inspiration sharing by participants/Coach|
|b. Secrets of a successful Open Water Swimming / lifesaving|
|c. Training tips building to an open water race / open-water rescue technique|
|d. Teams swim fun race! / SUP rescue|
|Leisure Swim (11am-12pm)||Teluk Pauh|
|a. Underwater filming of participants (for memory and art but not stroke correction)|
|b. Swim/snorkel/Kayak skill refreshment at Teluk Pauh|
|Break & private time|
2KM | 4KM Relay Swim | Lifesaving Beach Game (3.30pm to 6:30pm)
|4km Annual swim route|
Swimming/Kayaking/Lifesaving warm up
relay swim & kayaking/SUP to Turtle beach (2km | 4km) | lifesaving fun beach game
Sunday - oct 11
|7am to 2pm | 4 pm Main Adventure: Swim Run adventure begins!||Location|
boat transfer Romantic beach (7am)
|The Barat Jetty|
2.5km or 5.0km swim adventure begin
|Coral Bay Jetty|
Beach hop at Romantic Beach
Beach hop at Adam & Eve Beach
|Adam n Eve Beach|
Hiking start for 2.5km swimmers
|Adam n Eve Beach|
|5.0km swimmers to resume swim|
5.0km swim ends at D'lagoon beach
Transition for hiking at D'lagoon resort area
Hiking start d'lagoon
|Hiking break at windmill||Windmill stop|
hiking end at long beach (2pm)
Lunch or refreshment at Long Beach (for 2km hiking group)
|Boat transfer to the chalet/hotel/Barat Jetty (for 2km hiking group)|
7km hiking group resume hiking until Fisherman village and boat transfer to Barat Jetty
Adam & Eve Beach (Beginners swim start ) Trail Path
Turtle Beach (hiking start for 700m|2000m group)
Teluk Pauh (OWS|Lifesaving Coaching Session)
Lunch at Long Beach
Romantic Beach (2km|3.8km swim start)
2km|4km Duo Relay - Swim&kayak Course
0.7km|2km|3.8km swim & 2.0km|2.3km Hike Course
The fee is RM645 (without accommodation below)
if you choose the following accommodation(3d2n at the Reef), then add additional cost
a. Triple sharing (dorm) - rm108 per pax
b. Duo sharing - rm139 per pax ; 3 room available
c. Single room -rm278 ; 2 room available (not shared/matched with any participant)
Please contact us if you would like to arrange own accommodation. Note that the fee does not inclusive of marine park ticket RM5.00 for locals and RM30 for passport holder.
Safety & Support
Safety and support are paramount to us for this escape, so we guarantee to have the following in our trip:
Detail of safety plan will be provided in the playbook.
Jose Luis Larrosa - OWS Coaching
Tsuyoshi Sawada Amzar - OW Life Saving Rescue
New Normal for OWS:
We are committed to comply with government SOP and our own internal OWS SOP to protect us and others against COVID19. Details of SOP will be provided in the Playbook which will be distributed within 2 weeks of the trip date.
Beside this website; are you going to provide more details or reference?
Yes, we will provide the escape Playbook that contains detail of the trip, rules, tips,safety,etc.
Do I have to complete all of the swims?
No. This is a holiday, after all! If you need to take a break during a swim you are welcome to jump on the support boat at any time.
Can I bring a non-swimming guest?
Yes you can. For safety reasons, they are not allowed to join our safety crafts that accompany our swimmers.
I am planing to exit the Island on Monday, could I continue to hike toward the fish village?
Yes, you can. It is about 4.5km from the long beach via coral bay.
What are the items should I bring along?
- safety buoy
Optional: snorkel, hand paddles, pull buoy, water shoes
- mosquito repellent
- cap / hat
- trail / jogging shoe
- backpack / drawstring bag
Optional: trekking poles, hydration bag
How safe are your the swim/hiking course?
The swim course we choose is one of least busiest location. We have tested the all the route before. With local guides accompany us, it will be safer.
Can I use a snorkel on the swims?
Yes, you can use. We recommend to use front swimming snorkel. You will be enjoying more on underwater view without worrying on breathing. We also allow you to use hand paddle, and pull buoy. We discourage to use fins due to possibility of getting cramp. If you used to it then we allow too.
Can i use a wetsuit?
Yes, you can. with the water temperature around 29 degree, wearing a wetsuit is not suitable.
Is wearing cap compulsory?
It is not compulsory to wear swimming cap. However wearing tow float or swimming buoy is compulsory for everyone.
I can only swim with breast stroke. Any issue?
While front crawl is the most widely used stroke on the trip, all strokes are welcome - even butterfliers!
If I chose my own accommodation, which chalet or hotel could you recommend?
We recommend you to stay at Perhentian Besar due to logistic convenience. Perhentian Island Resort, The Coral View, The Barat, The mama's Chalet are highly recommended.
Whom I contact for more help?
Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org or whatapp +019 277 8554 (Amir)
more FAQs to be added soon