Journey to Tioman


Underway. The little black triangle on the left pointing to our travelling partners, M/V Harvest Eagle

We were invited by the doc’ to crew with him onboard M/V Eastwind II to the famous jewel of the S China sea, the mystical island of Tioman. This would be our 1st time making way into the S China sea and visiting Tioman. We had plans to sail S/V Calliste and S/V Eleanor together up there some time in the future. We grabbed this chance of making this trip with a seasoned Tioman traveller, and learning about the weather, the anchorages, the marina and the rocks that are out there looking to sink a ship.


A nice looking boat sailing into the sunset.

1545hrs, I took the bumboat ferry over to Pengerang and was picked up by Eastwind II after I cleared immigration. 1700hrs, Eastwind II moved out into the straights and met up with M/V Harvest Eagle. The 2 boats motored away from the sunset into the “darker side”. 1900, microwave warm chicken rice takeout from LoyKee. Me skipped, due to quesiness in stomach. Napped 4hrs on seasick pill.

1130hrs, anchored off Jasons’ bay for the night. Seasick pill helped, hungry, finished up the leftover rice. Very, very rolly. Thrown about the flybridge on Eastwind II. Didnt sleep well at all. 0600hrs, underway again. 0700hrs, served up ham sandwiches. More nap time for me while the guys man the ship.

Pulau Tinggi sandy beaches.

Pulau Tinggi sandy beaches.

0900hrs, arrived Pulau Tinggi. Anchored in 5M, can see bottom. Starfish and crabs on bottom. All of us went in for a swim.

Starfish, can u see?

Starfish, can u see?

In the cool green pool

In the cool green pool

Strong currents make swimming around the yacht difficult. Just let go the swim ladder, start drifting down current. Feeling refreshed after the dip and shower, we had a snack and was ready to go again.

1000hrs, underway towards Tioman. Notice that there are not many fishing boats this far out. This is very unlike the west coast, could be the really deep water discourages trawler fishing.

Finally, after 22hrs of motoring. Destination in sight.

Finally, after 22hrs of motoring. Destination in sight.

The weather over the 24hrs was just perfect for this trip. Totally no rain and mostly very calm. The prevalent SW monsoon is the most recommended time to do this trip.

Going in for the night.

Going in for the night.

New public marina for everybody. 1st come 1st serve. No prior booking entertained. We pulled in next to Supercat and stayed for the next 2 nights.

To be continued in next post.

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