My 5: Juara Turtle Project – Tioman Island, Malaysia.

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1. Juara Turtle Project, May 2015. My newly acquainted travel mates and I had literally just arrived in the village of Juara on the eastern side of Tioman Island when we saw the sign for the turtle sanctuary. We’d trekked through seven kilometers of jungle to get here, so figured another twenty minute walk to see some rare turtles had to be worth it!

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My 5: Tioman Island, Malaysia.

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1. Tioman Island, May 2015. I fell in love with Tioman the moment it came into view from the boat as we whizzed across The South China Sea. In fifteen years of travel I’d never really done the tropical island thing and now Tioman would be my second secluded paradise in as many weeks. I’d just come from Pilau Sibu , the sleepiest of sleepy beach getaways. But as I gazed up at Tioman’s towering canopy of lush vegetation, I knew this place would be a whole other deal. Located thirty-two kilometres off the Malaysian coastline of Rompin, the island boasts cascading waterfalls, pristine beaches, dense jungle, soaring mountain peaks, bat-inhabited trees and a farm dedicated to the rare mouse deer. Continue Reading »