Free shore access
This spot have a free shore access: you can go snorkeling there freely and without having to book a tour or pay an entrance fee.
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Last updated on September 13, 2023
Shark Point is located at the southern tip of Perhentian Besar Island, just west of Flora Bay.
Most snorkelers get to the spot with one of the many boat tours offered by local tour operators. This spot is for example included in the “5 spots” snorkeling tour, which in one day stops at Shark Point, Fish Point, Coral Garden, Turtle Point and Fisherman Village (from 25$pp.).
Nevertheless, it is possible for confident swimmers to enter the water east of Flora Bay beach, and to snorkel along the rocks to the spot, which is easily identified by the presence of boats. Just keep in mind that you have to be able to swim the 400 to 500m distance between the beach and Shark Point, and then come back.
To reach Flora Bay, the water entry point if you want to reach the spot by yourself, there are 3 options :
If you are on a tour, you will enter the water from the boat.
If you explore this spot from the shore, you will enter the water from the east side of Flora Bay.
Departing from the shore, you will first swim over about 200 meters of shallow flats, made of sand and damaged corals. This area may allow nice sights, such as small sea turtles, sergeant majors, damselfish, huge schools of parrotfish, trevally and jacks. Some giant clams can be noted here and there, as well as moray eels in the crevices.
As you snorkel towards the wall, the water becomes deeper, the seabed is colored with corals, and the fish are more numerous and bigger. Then swim along the drop off, where the depth varies from 15 to 30ft/5 to 10 meters.
Wrasse, titan triggerfish, snappers, blue ring angelfish, wrasse and clownfish are easy to spot at reef. It is also in this area that you can encounter sea turtles, as well as the blacktip reef sharks.
Note that if Shark Point is renowned for its sharks, they can be seen in other locations around the island, and that they are not always present at this spot.
At Shark Point, watch out for boat traffic, as well as for the many other snorkelers.
There are a dozen hotels and restaurants in Flora Bay. If you take part in a boat tour, lunch is often included. Check with when you book.
These spots are accessible to anyone with basic snorkeling skills, and feeling comfortable in the water and with his snorkeling gear. You will enter the water from the shore (beach, pontoon, ladder, rocks) or from a boat. The water height in the sea entrance area is reasonable, but you will not necessarily be within your depth. Moderate currents can occur in the area, even when the sea conditions are good. The distance to swim to reach the most interesting snorkeling areas of the spot does not exceed 200 meters.
This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.
Still a great spot for seeing black tip reef sharks, though visibility was limited when I went.
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Snorkeling spots are part of a wild environment and their aspect can be significantly altered by weather, seasons, sea conditions, human impact and climate events (storms, hurricanes, seawater-warming episodes…). The consequences can be an alteration of the seabed (coral bleaching, coral destruction, and invasive seagrass), a poor underwater visibility, or a decrease of the sea life present in the area. Snorkeling Report makes every effort to ensure that all the information displayed on this website is accurate and up-to-date, but no guarantee is given that the underwater visibility and seabed aspect will be exactly as described on this page the day you will snorkel the spot. If you recently snorkeled this area and noticed some changes compared to the information contained on this page, please contact us.
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