Here for a good time, not a long time
After a month into our journey across south east asia, constantly traveling from one place to another, to another, Diana and I were ready for a well-deserved vactation from our vacation The place we set out for is called Pulau Tioman Island, a group of 64 small islands off the east coast of Malaysia. With endless beaches of white sand, crystal blue waters, thick jungles on moutainous terrain it was the perfect place to mellow out.
The ferry over was more of a barf-fest than our crazy road trip to the plain of jars. Diana and I faired well but it wasn't the most ideal situation... we were placed in the front of the boat in the lower portion with small windows and huge waves. The waves would pick up the front of the boat what felt like 15ft and hurl it back down again...butterflies in your tummy feeling....not good!
At the very back of the boat you could venture outside and that was amazing, scenic views of all the surrounding islands and the fresh ocean wind blowing in your hair. Arriving at the island was something like that of a postcard....it made our long journey there completely worth it...truely paradise.
Our main goal was to relax...and avoid tours at all costs and we did just that. We've had many amazing beach days, sunning ourselves with not a care in the world.
Our part of the island 'Salang' is a pieceful cove with no roads and very few resturants. Palm trees surround the bungalows creating the perfect comination of sun and shade and monitor lizards lazily roam the water's edge. The thick of the jungle is at our finger tips with the monkeys sneakily eyeing your belongings so hold on tight
At night the place comes alive with ragae music and the most friendly people we've met so far on this trip. The whole village knows our names and cheerily greets us even if we're 50ft away An outdoor BBQ is put on every evening with the fresh catches of the day. It's great being able to pick out your own crab and veg...but after a few days we're over having our dinner look back at us. It's a no frills kind of deal, you get the head, and the fins and there are no special tools for the crabs except your very own teeth Makes you really appreciate every bite cause you worked hard for it.
We trekked across the island (7km) to a remote beach where we were the only two people on it. The beach was huge and completely untouched in it's beauty. The waves gently rolled in keeping us entertained for hours too bad we didn't have a boogie board with us.
The hike itself was really fun, we saw a few different species of lizards, flying squirrles, monkeys as well as an aray of colourful butterflies. We were drenched within the first five minutes it was so humid but the trek itself was moderately challenging. 3hrs later we arrived at our beach, making the trek that much more worth it.
Snorkeling and diving are also recommended activities in this area so we rented some snorkeling equipment and checked out the marine life along the cove. However, growing up with a pool at my disposal it took me awhile to get used to the salt water and breathing underwater does not come natural to me. I often found myself clentching the snorkel mouth peice the entire time; my jaw hurt emensly afterwards. The fish were fun and very interested in us, so interested one fishie took a bite at my bangs...of course I squealed through my snorkel
Another adventure was our trek to Monkey bay, just up and over the dense moutianous jungle beside our cove. It was a half hour straight up and a 20min straight down, climing over and under fallen trees from the pervious monsoon. We were warned about the sneaky monkeys and told to keep our belongings close at hand....sneaky little guys, they're so cute though. We had our lunches premade for us and had a great picinic. Again it was just the two of us on the entire beach, It was very relaxing.
Tomorrow we're off for Cherating, a surfing town for beginners, with small rolling waves and soft sand so should be fun!
Until then....pictures to come shortly...