Whats on the NW side of Tioman – Part 2

Since we found that the walk over from ABC beach to Salang beach is going to be rough and cross country… our next adventure is to try make it by paddling our kayaks. The gds route says it will be 4.5nm one way.. so it will be quite a reach. Follow our route, shown on map in part 1, with the going out red dashes and home coming blue dashes..

We try to go with the tide rolling with us, but it seems we are not so lucky this time.. infact I totally misread the tides. I had no idea if we really had the tide or not… but I think not… it was too tough to think that we help any help at all.

Starting out early morning with lots of energy, we made a beeline for the 2nd light point that marks Monkey beach… somewhere past the 1st light marking the ABC beach, we begin to struggle… I guess our fitness is not that great… Doug is bogged by the open water paddling.. I guess thats because one cant actually see the progress of each stroke, not like up closer to objects, one feels encouraged by the feeling of progress.

Beached at Monkey Bay

I probably have more drive and endurance.. My arms keep pace and just moving smoothly… but the blisters are getting to me ..

The wind was up and it was quite choppy out there. We decided to take a break at the Monkey beach… and there we beached.. there was a abandoned kampong… hmm… We had hope to find someone making a tall iced lemonade or something.. so disappointed. Ate our own chips and then gone again…

I knew that we were so close, and we have come so far… I was wanting to push a little further… but was persuaded by Doug to turn back… We really had no way to tell how much more to go… until we got back to Calliste and check Google maps, that we were just 0.5nm away! After 4nm of paddling out, could we have done 0.5nm more? Certainly! I think so anyway.. If it were me, on my own, I would have push myself onward further… just like I did across that walk over to Juara… well 🙂

The jetty loaded with supplies and sidecar motorbikes waiting

Alright, so we head back… and in search of food and cold drink. Lets get something out of this trip, how about stopping over at one of the restaurants at ABC! Thats like between Monkey Beach and the Marina. We did, stopped at Nazri’s place and the food turned out to be great! I liked it very much, altho the service is slow and not so great..

Heading back into the marina.

On our way back, we saw the village supply ship leaving the ferry jetty. Supplies are on the jetty and probably alot of sorting out who ordered what.. look at the vehicles waiting to be loaded with new supplies! These motorcycles with sidecars are just so well used around here.

Okie… we are back. Phew! Altho it was not as tough as walking to Juara, my arms are really tired and back is a little sore from all that sitting down in the kayak. Our whole trip was like 6hrs…


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