The Sea Gypsy Tip List for a happy holiday!
- Have about RM 20 in change with you for paying the jetty fee of RM 5 per
person and perhaps a drink if waiting at Tanjong Leman.
- Pack everything into black garbage sacks and then put the black
sacks into your bag. Even when the sea is flat the bottom of the boat
can be wet. We provide plastic bags to pack wet swimsuits, etc. into
just before leaving.
- Have a bag with a change of clothes and a small towel in your bag
so that if you get wet on the boat ride home you won’t be sitting in wet
clothes for the car journey.
- Practically the only footwear you need is a pair of flip-flops. If
you’re planning on doing any of the walking excursions a pair of
trainers or sandals with ankle straps would be sensible.
- Swimsuits, sarongs, sun hats, T-shirts, shorts, cotton tops and
skirts or dresses is the only clothing required. Leave the glad rags and
the jewelry at home. The mosquitoes come out at sun up and sun down
(only bothersome for about an hour) so you may like to bring long pants
and a long sleeved cotton shirt if you don’t like to use mosquito
repellant. We recommend Off (which we also sell in our shop), the herbal
ones sound great but don't appear to do the job. Citronella oil not only
smells delicious but is great for dabbing on wrists and ankles for those
among you that will always attract an insect no matter what time of day.
- Start taking large quantities of Vitamin B and eating as much
garlic as possible one week before your trip as this will change the
aroma of your sweat and make you unattractive to mosquitoes
**We now sell homemade Sea Gypsy Sand Fly Remedy
for RM68 per bottle **
That’s about all. Don’t hesitate to
if you need any further advice about what to bring, or more likely what
not to bring as we do try to provide most things (including beach
towels, children’s toys, books and games, plus a very loveable Golden
Retriever named Henry who loves to play and swim).
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- Oil is the answer to the Sand Fly. Repellants, no matter what they
may claim, really seem to have no effect. Oil stops them completely. It
is irrelevant what oil, cooking, baby, etc., but we recommend sun oil to
avoid being cooked. Do not substitute it for your regular sun lotion
simply put it on over the top. The best tip in the world for Sand Flies
is to by a bottle of spray on tanning oil, pour a little out, add a
small bottle of Tee Tree Oil and a few drops of liquid disinfectant
(e.g. Detol). spray this on and no sand fly will touch you! The recipe
comes from Australia, where they really know about sand fly problems,
and is known as bush oil over there. (Amazing what I've been finding out
since Richard started boarding school in Perth!)
Note: This is a great tip if you are traveling anywhere in the world that has Sandflies.
My first encounter was in West Africa about a hundred years ago (or so it seems).
Don't forget the mainland jetties are quite often the place where you get attacked and
not the actual beach that you are going to. If in doubt put the oil on your feet and
ankles before you get there.
P.S. Some recent guests from New Zealand
said they expected to be greeted with swarms of Sand Flies, as
encountered in the South Island back home, and almost didn't come. They
asked me to point out that for most people the Sand Flies are not
noticeable and much of the time they are not there at all!