Friday, 20 July 2012

Trip to Tioman

Day 38

Somehow I managed to skip a day somewhere along the way... Day 38 is the day we headed to Tioman.  We woke up about 5:15 a.m.  Loaded up and headed over to meet Chris and Max so we could follow them down there.  They took us through the SMART tunnel, which was actually about a 3-4 minute drive through the whole thing.  We had it all to ourselves and it quickly took us right out of the city. 

We had some car trouble along the way. Chris and Max went ahead so that they could get there in time to purchase tickets for the ferry.  We, on the other hand, could NOT go above about 90 km/j which was about 60 mph.  So, instead of it being about a 4 hour drive it was closer to 5 hours. We had a case of delirium in the backseat...

We also managed to get stuck behind every slow moving vehicle known to man as if that was even possible because we were going 30 km under the speed limit!

The drive was really not bad besides the car trouble and most of the drive is through a Palm Tree Plantation. These Palm trees would squash the palms in Florida; they were so massive and beautiful.

We literally made it by the skin of our teeth.  As we were parking the ferry pulled up and they began boarding.  Thanks to Chris and Max we had our tickets in hand and made it aboard!

About a 2 hour ferry ride over and we arrived!  It was absolutely gorgeous and worth the stress of the trip down.

Walking down the jetty and onto the island, it reminded me of the scenery from the tv show LOST. 

We got checked in and made our way to our own little bungalow just a few steps from the water. 

A very simple and quaint one room hut for about $50 USD a night.  It had everything we needed.

It didn't take us long to throw on our swimsuits and head right to the beach.  By this time, it was a little after 2 so we were able to get some good beach time in!

 Aren't these little huts so cute?!

 I love watching Jaxson and Keith explore new things together. It's one of my favorite things. 

 He really is growing so fast!

We did some exploring, tried to find some dinner (the options are VERY limited) and went to bed early.  

Day 39

We woke up to very low and long rumbling.  The sky was overcast and there were several rain spurts through out the day until early afternoon. Although, I wished that it was sunny for our only full day there, it was so relaxing listening to the rain while being cooped up in a little bungalow in the middle of the South China Sea. 

We were able to get some breakfast even though the restaurant wasn't technically open yet.  I think Jaxson may have helped a bit on that one.  I ordered one "plain pancake" and one "banana pancake."  Keith ordered an omelet.  I wish I could tell you that it was the best pancake I've ever had, but I can't.

This is what came out. It looked like, smelled like, and felt like play-dough. 
And if I could imagine what play-dough tasted like, this would be it.  

The fresh squeezed orange juice was really good and the coffee/tea wasn't bad either!

Jaxson was not a fan of the "pancake" either.  Oh well. At least we tried it!

We did find a nice place for lunch. The boys shared fish and chips and I had a tuna sandwich. The view was lovely too.

Keith could not help himself when he saw "banana fritters" on the menu. 

After lunch, we (by that I mean Jaxson and only Jaxson) had some naked beach time...

While Jaxson napped, Keith and I were able to do some snorkeling.  Those of you who know me well, would be so proud of me!  I am very terrified of open water and especially of sharks eating me. Seriously; for me to swim out in open water to a platform 150 meters from the shore, well that is a BIG deal.  I wish we could have taken underwater pictures of what we saw.  There was reef parallel to the beach that was the home to so many beautiful underwater creatures, many of which I have never seen before.  We had such a great time snorkeling and loved what we saw we are wanting to possibly do some diving.  I might have to take some anti-anxiety medicine to do that, but I know it would be worth exploring the world down in the ocean.

We met up with the crew around sunset, enjoyed a beer and headed to the other side for some pizza on the beach.  This sweet little kitten, "Shark bate" fell asleep on me.  I wanted to bring her back with us, but Keith said no.

Grace and Jax enjoying the view.

Here is a side note you need to know before coming to Tioman. If you are not a cat lover, then stay away because there are cats everywhere!

 Literally, everywhere.

Anyway, we walked to the other side of where we were staying. 

Along the way, we had some pretty incredible views...

Best pizza in Tioman...

Day 40

We had the choice of taking the 11 am ferry or the 6 pm ferry.  We really debated on which one to take, there were pros and cons to both options, but we decided to go ahead and take the earlier one. 

So, we hitched a ride to the jetty.

While we waited for the ferry, we got some up close shots of these working fishing boats. I loved all the vibrant colors. 




 This is what happens when a baby drops his passie in the ocean... no more passie! And that was our only one!

And this is what happens when you drop a flip flop in the water...


Too bad passies do not float.

My rugged Island man. Ha!

Good-bye beautiful Tioman!

Of course, we had more car trouble on the way home... this time not being able to go above 80 km/j.  We hit South of KL about 7... which was five hours from the jetty in Mersing.  We sat in traffic for about and hour and half.  See all the red! (it is the first Friday of Ramadan) We were suppose to go up through Ampang.  I re-routed us. We still hit traffic, but at least it wasn't a gridlock. The roads here are poorly designed and it's so frustrating!  We finally got home at ten p.m.  

It was still worth it!

~Until Tomorrow~


  1. Oh my goodness! Where to start?

    1. I LOVE naked beach time! It's my favorite! (Not really. It would have driven me insane. All that sand.... in hard to reach cervices...yuck) But Jaxson seemed to have a good time, so I might be tempted to try.

    2. I am VERY proud of you for snorkeling! I share your fear, so that was very brave of you!

    3. How the heck did all those cats get there?! Weren't you on an island or something? And don't cats hate water? So you know they didn't swim. The cat infestation must have been in someone's master plan. Devious.

    I'm glad everyone had a good time! Loved all the pictures!

  2. What an amazing little excursion! Love the pics. :) Especially the ones of the boat. Love you guys!