From Endau Rompin the road is bumpy and long, though quite pacific (calm, peaceful) at the same time. Fortunately we did not have to stay in Mersing, Malaysia, which looks a lot like the Jersey Shore. Nothing good would have come out of a night there. In the first of many near-misses, Jason and I caught the last boat from the Malaysian coast to Tioman Island. The island is a huge tourist destination, with many fans of scuba diving and snorkeling taking long trips to the pristine beaches. Later in our travels we would find out that there are, apparently, much nicer islands in Malaysia, but what we found on Tioman was something special. From the hotel manager at Minang Cove who drank us under the table, to the 1-1.5 meter long monitor lizards and gangs of monkeys wandering around in the wild, to my first ocean snorkeling experience as an adult, I found Tioman to be a tremendous place of energy and exploration. Minang Cove was the first of two resorts we stayed in, the second being another lucky hand (we thought we’d have to stay in a tent on the beach and lucked out with a room!), and Minang was certainly quite elegant. Take a look at the photos below and draw your own conclusions.
“It’s Wonderful Fishing.”
The boat driver was probably no more than 16.
The Minang Cove “Library” (they used the word, not me).
DEMON CRAB! Must be hard to see with all those flames in your eyes.
Jason forays into the ocean for sound clips:
Cloud cover over what they call “The Dragon’s Teeth.” (The mountains on the island.)
A personal favorite:
Make way for the congers:
“Bring on the drinks and the tides!” Yes, I wrote this.
If it looks completely empty, that’s because it was. But not really. The resort was completely full, but the resorts are intentionally small on this island to keep it peaceful, to keep it pristine, and to keep it quiet. The place was mostly packed with families, many of which did a lot of day trips, and certainly didn’t stay up late musing over music, philosophy, an the like. I think that’s why the resort manager liked us so much.
After dinner: shark feeding.