First trip to SouthEast Asia: Singapore and Tioman Island, Malaysia. DAY 8

DAY 8, Thursday 4th: bye bye Tioman

Finally, my last day at the island had arrived. After 3 incredible days in Tioman, I had to leave. But I didn’t want to! I needed to stay just one more day…and I tried…but there were no ferry tickets left for the following day. So, sadly, I packed my bags and got ready to leave.

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I took my last dip at the crystal clear waters of Tioman and went to say goodbye to my friends from Tioman Cabana. One last coffee and my good friend Amer took me to the ferry dock on his motorbike. I can still feel the sadness that overwhelmed me at that moment right now…I just felt like crying. I didn’t want to leave! But I had no choice. So I tried to capture every image and feeling from this last motor ride…I tried to retain everything in my memory, the sounds, the smells, the smiles…the magic.

But the moment arrived. Passengers had started to embark on the ferry and it was time to say goodbye.

So farewell Tioman, farewell my good friends…and thank you for these amazing days, for the sky full of stars, for the laughs, for the crystalline waters and the peaceful beaches, thank you for the drinks, the conversations, thank you for the bliss that surrounded by body and soul during these days at the most beautiful island I’ve ever been to.

I will be back soon.

Tioman

“I will not go quietly into that good night, but instead rage against the dying of the light”

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First trip to SouthEast Asia: Singapore and Tioman Island, Malaysia. DAY 7

DAY 7, Wednesday 3rd:

Another beautiful morning in Tioman.

Tioman

A delicious breakfast and… it was snorkel time! I shared a boat with an Australian couple to Pulau Tulai, also known as Coral Island. And after a 30 minutes boat trip, the scenery in front of us was just… breathtaking. A deserted island with crystal clear water and white sand.

Pulau Tulai

Coral Island

But the most spectacular of all was underwater. It’s a pity that I didn’t have an under-water camera to capture all that beauty… the name of the island says it all. Coral Island.

We did some snorkeling in different spots, White Sand Beach being one of the most beautiful of all. And in the meantime, the sky got darker and darker…

White beach

White beach

White Beach

We saw lightning somewhere between us and Tioman…and we all started getting a little nervous… But hey, we had a professional boat captain with us 😉  and he knew better than anyone else if we were safe or not. So yes, after doing all of the scheduled snorkel stops, we went back to the boat and headed to Tioman, under the rain and against strong wind.

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boat captain ;)

As we got closer to Tioman, the rain stopped and the wind got milder. However, we were freezing after the 30 minutes boat trip and we were impatient to have a swim and get warm at Tioman. And that’s exactly what we did. We stopped at Renggis Island and did more snorkeling around this tiny island.

Renggis Island

Renggis island

Oh, the water was soooo warm and it felt so good! but that was not the best thing, because the highlight of the morning came at that precise spot, when… a shark swam just by my side, and I freaked out! That was amazing! all the cold was definitely worth it.

The snorkeling trip was over now and it was time to relax back in Tioman.

It was a cloudy afternoon though, so I went to Cabana to chill out and watch a movie.

Cabana

lizard

cabana

Cabana

That. Was. Just. Pure. Happiness.

The clouds started to get away at late afternoon and we went for a swim and a bit more snorkeling. You can never get tired of seeing so many beautiful coral and fish.

After sunset, I went for dinner with two new friends to the Chinese bbq outside the Berjaya Resort and then went back to Cabana for coctails. After all, this was my last night at the island…

I remember an instant when I was at the hammock having a beer, totally relaxed, and one of the Italians guys said to me: “Do you have a camera? I want to take a picture of you because you are the exact definition of happiness, I mean look at your face!”

And yes, I had a camera. And yes, I was happy. Here’s the proof:

Cabana night

So, as it was my last night, we all went to ABC, another area of Tioman just up north from Tekek and had an amazing night. Thank you soooo much Tioman and thank you so much guys, this was an adventure I will never forget.

last night

Travel brings power and love back into your life.” – Rumi