...ja richtig!!!February 22, 2015 in Malaysia
Eine der 10 schönsten Inseln der Welt!!
Eine der 10 schönsten Inseln der Welt!!
After a sleepless night in the hostel I walk to the port. At the water dispenser I meet Faye. She and her travelmate Jess were in my hostel. On the ferry we talk a lot and the two hours are flying. Also in our group is Will, he is from Belgium und gonna be my roommate for the next days in YPs Chalets. We choose the ABC beach of Tioman for our stay. The chalet is nice and is next to the beach. As we arrive is low tide so everything is very muddy and full of rocks and corals.
We go for a walk and pass a very nice beach were we use the chance for a swim in the sea. I recognize that Faye maybe isn't the brightest person I meet on my trip. She doesn't know anything about the equator and neither about historical stuff in Cambodia or Borneo. Usually this doesn't matter but if you travel this country's it's good to know some basics to avoid any trouble.
The evening is very relaxed and we have some beer's, like every following evening.
The next day we rent some snorkels and fins to discover the corals close to the shore. I see a big barracuda and a black tip reef shark. The other have less luck.
It's Ramadan, so it's hard to find some food in the afternoon. Breakfast isn't possible before nine in the morning.
The island life is quiet and very nice. It is high season and it feels like low season. Less tourists are on the island and the locals are very sleepy. Dinnertime is about eight in the night.
The place where we rent our equipment for snorkeling is called eco-divers and Jeffrey is a very kind and nice guy. He explains the best spots for snorkeling even as we didn't book trips with him.
One of our Hiking trips leads us to juara beach. It's a kind of exhausting to do the track. Faye joins us for the trip. She has no interests in walking, hiking or snorkeling but on the other hand she trys to be part of the group. After half the track she decides to hitchhike back to Tekek.
OK, no complaining anymore. The walk on the street is steep. 45 degrees downward. Our legs and backs hurt and we know already we get a ride back to Tekek.
The bay is nice even if our place is better. The food in the restaurant is delicious and we enjoy a few hours in the shade of the palm trees. Backwards we do half of the way till we get a ride. Will and me, still wet from a dip in a small lake of a waterfall are sitting in the back of a Jeep while jess got a seat in the car.
The choice to hitchhike back is the best idea ever. The whole way goes 45 degrees downward and suddenly one car crashes into the rails at the street.
The elderly couple drops us off, close to the town we live instead of Tekek what's very kind.
We are hungry again. Three full dishes per day doesn't be enough for us. We could eat the whole day. And we do.
The next day es a relaxed one while hanging at the beach and snorkeling for fish. Jeffrey recommends a place where we could see sea turtles. This is amazing. They are not afraid of us and we can swim with them. On another spot Jess and me are able to watch a huge puffer fish. It's this kind of fish whose able to blow water in his inside to get bigger if he feels danger.
The days go by and Faye leaves on the 29th of may. Will decides to do his open water diving course. Jess and I take Lina, our neighbour, with us to monkey bay. A really laid back place one and a half hour hiking away from our place.
The day is enjoyable and we rest at a very good restaurant close to the beach. The afternoon we lay next to the water to take a nap or read a book.
This evening will be our last one four the next days. Will stays on the island, me and Jess leave. Jess head to Singapore while I do my way to melaka to meet Sasha, Chelsea and Kyle! His is also there. Coincidence? Good timing or destiny? I don't know but I'm looking forward. Life is awesome.Read more
Arrived at Tioman Island after an unexpectedly stressful day. We were booked to take a bus from. the Singapore Flyer at 6.30am. Up at 5am, we sorted ourselves out, gulped down a couple of cups of coffee and arranged to take a taxi. When we turned up at the nominated departure point at 6am - shock, horror (really), we were not on the passenger list. Eventually the bus operator told us that there were no available seats and that the fault lay with the toking agent. So...time for the emergency plan...made up on the run. We took a taxi to Queen Street, found a Malaysian taxi driver and took a ride to Mersing for our ferry. We swallowed muesli from a pack as we drove and tried our best to relax! Unfortunately, we were taken to wrong ferry wharf, although it still had ferries to Tioman (thankfully). Having arrived at about 9.45am, we hastily negotiated to get on the 10am ferry. About 2 hours later we arrived at Tioman, to more confusion. Where was the resort and how did we get there? No taxi in sight. We eventually were shown the shuttle bus that runs around the island as the best means to get to the Swiss Cottage (or vacation spot). There are oversized trucks with plastic seats that presently seem to shuttle around the island. Well, we are here now. A nice rustic seaside bungalow with beautiful surroundings. Peace and relaxation - at last! Quickly discovered the duty free supply of alcohol (after Singapore prices what a relief! 3RM for imported beer...) and later ate at the highly Tripadvisor rated (but fairly averaged) seafood BBQ restaurant just down the road.Read more
A relaxing day after the turmoil of travelling here yesterday. We were up early (6ish), grabbed cups of coffee from the restaurant and sat on our porch facing the beach and watching the light change over the sea and mountains. We went snorkelling from the resort before lunch, saw coral (mostly dead) and a few fish but did not think highly of what we saw, although the water temperature is so sensational that overall it was lovely just to be swimming around. After lunch we walked into town (in the heat of the day) to get some local money to pay the resort bill, before returning for a lazy afternoon, mainly escaping the heat on our front porch by going inside (with the air-conditioning on). We tied a local rice snack from a street vendor (Pulut Panggang). A late afternoon/early evening swim (at about 6pm) was followed by a really great meal at a Muslim restaurant (water, no beer). We enjoyed an after dinner porch party with some German travellers, Marcus & Fredericka, retiring about 11pm - pretty much exhausted.Read more
You might also know this place by the following names:
Kampung Tekek, Текек