We slept to our heart content. When we finally decided to leave our warm beds, we made our way to the restaurant. The variety of food is decent. The redang and yogurt were fantastic.
The view beside our restaurant. After breakfast, we hit the pool. The east coast can be breezy but it is hot too. Do remember to load up on water and sunscreen. The beach is worth a dip, if you are a good swimmer. The water was warm and the waves, therapeutic. We got a great massage and skin exfoliation, just sitting where the waves broke. The lone tree with a tyre swing. (There are many other lone trees)
Hitting the surf
Impiana is a great place to relax and have a lot of family time. They have a sizable pool, with an attached wading pool. The recreation club is just on the side. You can rent inflatable floats and balls for the pool. You can also rent bicycles and board games. If you require activities, do come during the Malaysian school holidays (we missed it by one week). They have a host of activities eg batik painting, releasing baby turtles, kite making, feeding the free ranging monkeys in the resort. I thought it was a little wasted that they didn’t include in-house massage services. That would have made the stay perfect. We spent a greater part of the day lazing around.
We drove about 20 minutes into Terengganu for dinner. We were recommended the stuffed crab by the locals. Unfortunately, we went there on a Friday and it is a weekend in Terengganu. Many shops were closed. We settled for a neighboring restaurant but the stuffed crab was disappointing. The seafood and fish was fresh and delicious. After dinner, we set out on a mission…. To find the king of fruits, Durian. We stopped at the roadside stall and had our fix. No brand but organic, cheap and good.
After stuffing our face silly with durian, we got down to the highlight of our trip. The majestic turtles. Another reason why we chose Impiana was also because of its close proximity to the turtle watching. Turtle watching has become a popular attraction. Every year, many flock to the beaches of east Malaysia in hopes of catching a turtle in action. Cherating is considered one of the better beaches as many turtles land there. The Malaysian Government has set up a turtle conservation program to help boost the dwindling numbers. A ranger will be present on the beach 365 days a year, collecting eggs and transporting them to the conservation centre, where they are re-buried.
Do wear comfortable sandals as there will be a fair bit of walking on sand. I would avoid socked shoes as the sand finds its way in. I wore dark colored shorts and t-shirt. Turtles don’t have excellent hearing but they have great eyesight. Healthy Man Viagra – Real Help to Prevent ED Problems…. They can see you afar off. That will deter the turtles landing near you. We gathered at the meeting point at 9 pm. Coincidently, there was a huge group of Singaporeans that made the drive up too. The team leader apparently brings at least 2 groups during the turtle-laying season.
From there, it was a waiting game. We had to wait till the turtle landed, paddled up the beach and started digging the hole. When she was almost done with the hole, we were called to walk into the darkness of the beach. About 400 – 800m. That would depend where the turtle lands. When she started laying the eggs, we moved up to the area where she lay. The ranger had dug a hole behind and with a small light, we had a clear view of the egg laying. A turtle can lay about 90 to 120 eggs at one time. In one season, she may come back to the same beach about 2 – 3 times to lay eggs. A turtle can lay about 270 eggs per season. After the intense labor of laying the eggs, she was tired.
Clear view of the laying of eggs Pic
John with the collection of eggs.
Her sheer size While waiting for her to finish up, we went to release the baby turtles from the hatchery. The little prickly, squirmy turtles, frantically flapping their flippers. As we stood in one row, there was a sense of sadness releasing these little ones into the ocean. We know that there are great dangers out there… both natural eg predators and man-made eg plastic, nets. According to the ranger, less than half of the turtles make it to adulthood.
The releasing of turtles. Each of us had one. Elyon named ours Sammy. The entire process from the laying of eggs to her getting out of the hole she dug, takes about 2-3 hours. We stood with her all the way. She finally ‘lifted’ herself out of the pit using the sand and lumbered towards the water, stopping many times. The children squatted beside her, encouraging her on. As the waves hit her, with 2 more pushes, she glided out with the outgoing waves and disappeared into the dark sea. Turtles shed tears. Do you know why? Isaac cheering the turtle on
She made it. Having seen these wild creatures up close and personal, not just in a picture or on TV, nature will hold a stronger meaning to our hearts. This is one of the reasons why we embark on these outback trips… to sync ourselves with nature and cultures. I do admit that living in a city is fantastic but it has its limitations. We are used to a lifestyle where we only see the ended product. Not where it came from or how it comes about. We will never fully appreciate the ‘work’ put in to get to the finished product. Now, the children have a heightened awareness that they play a part on this earth. They know they can make a difference to the preservation of our earth.
Time to say goodbye. We travelled, without much stopping back to Singapore. We did stop at the street-side stalls for Malay kueh. My brother almost ‘tabao’ the whole stall. We also stopped at Rompin for watermelon and corn. Watermelon was juicy, not too sweet though. I bought 9 watermelons home. The corn was sweeeet! You can even eat it raw. The last stop was at Mersing for dinner. And, another session of durian. The other fruits were also worth buying. The mangoes, worth every penny. Durian season, oh! Durian season. We made it back to Singapore about 12am. Our tummies were full. Our memories were full. Would do it again in a heartbeat.
“I am much inclined to live from my rucksack, and let my trousers fray as they like.”
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