Sungai Air Batang

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  • Day111

    PADI Open Water Certified!

    March 19, 2016 in Malaysia ⋅ ☁️ 64 °F

    Surprise! We did decide to do something interesting and exciting while on Tioman Island. We took a SCUBA course and are now certified to do open water dives up to 18 meters deep! We just finished up our five day course this morning with a team dive and then got to do an extra fun dive at another site (as there had been some logistical problems earlier in the week). Included are pictures of us with our instructor James, as well as an imperfect selfie of our six person dive class (from left to right: Nick, Rachel, Ace, Lester, Hasiq, and Franz). Though the class felt kind of large at times, we had a great group of guys with whom to learn and get to know. We also made some friends the first night at a beach bar (Neshay, Pable, and Eva) and spent many subsequent evenings with them (when we got out of dive class early enough!). Everyone we've met on the island has been nice, with friendly locals and low-maintenance other tourists.

    So, we've spent most of the week in the water or in the classroom. With a couple 10-12 hour course days, there isn't much else to report. However, we've seen a TON of aquatic life. The bay on which this town sits is excellent for driving, snorkeling, and instruction. On most days, we had great visibility underwater and could see 8-10 meters away. Aside from many varieties of coral, anemones, sea cucumbers, and as-yet-unidentified tropical fish, there were definitely some sightings we want to share on here. We saw bat fish, two types of sea turtles, two types of sea snakes, a porcupine fish, a map puffer fish, a school of barracuda, parrot fish, titan triggers (really large and colorful), and blue spot rays. Once we got the hang of diving, it was super cool. We both really enjoy it, though after five days of it we are ready for a short break. We'll spend this afternoon and all day tomorrow relaxing on the beach (and maybe do a quick snorkel in front of our chalet where there is another reef for us to explore). We are both really excited about the new doors this course has opened for us, and we're already planning our next dive in a couple weeks!
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  • Day106


    March 14, 2016 in Malaysia ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

    We know we've only been here about 5 hours, but we already love Tioman. We swam in pewter blue water, dined and drank with our feet in the sand while watching the sunset over the water, made some new friends (from Pakistan and Spain), and are generally loving the island life.

    Wildlife update: A long-tailed macaque (monkey) sauntered up to our front yard earlier to eat a fallen coconut. Came within two feet of people. Later, we saw another spend about 5 minutes trying to pry open a closed plastic trashcan, at which the monkey was eventually successful. Restaurant owners here (which are all open-air) have told us the monkeys enjoy sneaking into the kitchens and absconding with full plates of food just prepared for meals. Smart little guys :) Also, we have made several feline friends already, including one orange tiger cat who likes to keep watch over the beach from our front porch.Read more

  • Day106

    Ahoy from Tioman (a.k.a. Bali Hai)

    March 14, 2016 in Malaysia ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

    This afternoon we arrived on the island of Tioman, off the east coast of the Malay Peninsula. We took a three hour bus from Singapore and then a two hour ferry from Mersing, Malaysia to arrive at this island paradise. We have a beachfront chalet with a great collection of flowering plants surrounding our porch that seem to only attract beautiful butterflies. We saw the tracks of a reptilian in the sand as well but haven't yet figured out the source.

    Tioman is a significant snorkel and scuba destination. There are numerous boat tours each day to different dive sites. We are staying in the Air Batang area where you can actually just walk right into the ocean and see coral and sea life that way, no boat needed. Getting around the island is primarily done by boat taxi for tourists. We've seen motorbikes utilized for transporting luggage, but have yet to see any cars (or any roads, for that matter; there is only a wide paved sidewalk leading away from the jetty). There are also some mountains on the island that we're looking into climbing, though no one else seems to be interested in leaving the beach. We don't blame them!

    This will be another week of few FindPenguins updates. The Internet is extremely scarce here, and we'll mostly just be swimming and reading on the beach. Hopefully, though, something wonderful and exciting will happen that will lead to more Tioman updates. If not, that's not a bad thing; it just means we're busy relaxing! After this we head back to Singapore for a night before flying to Bangkok, Thailand.
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