Waterfalls and waves

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Beach Shack Chalet

Flag of Malaysia  , Pahang,
Thursday, February 18, 2010

After a so-so first day in Tioman (specifically Juara Beach), I was looking forward to a better day. Woke up early and enjoyed the sunrise on this side of the island. Wind was still strong and waves were huge. The grey clouds loomed above the island.
The plan was to trek to a nearby waterfalls about an hour trek away. I was not convinced to swim in the rough sea so I was really looking forward to splash in a refreshing waterfall. The trail started to the south of Juara Beach just behind the turtle sanctuary. There's a sign painted on the road. From there, it took about an hour through somewhat challenging trails. The trails had lots of rocky parts and at some point you will encounter what look like a dried-up stream full of rocks. From here the trail was not that obvious and we spent quite some time looking for the marker. Finally found it and the trail continued for another 10 to 15 minutes.
The waterfall was awesome. The water was refreshingly cool and clean. What a way to end the sweaty and not-so-easy walk to get here. Again, to my liking there was nobody there. Spent almost 2 hours just splashing and enjoying the fresh water and taking lots of photos. It was not the perfect day as it was cloudy but still it was just so peaceful here. This waterfall definitely brighten my mood a little bit because I was just a bit disappointed with the beach at Juara and the accommodation. 
Stopped at the turtle sanctuary on the way back. There were some people there but there were no turtles as it was not the season. I like the way they take care of the place. It looked neat and clean unlike many other chalets here in Juara.
In the afternoon, we spent most of the time playing with the waves. After a while, I felt kinda happy and I must say I enjoyed the waves. It's nice even though the water here is not crystal clear. Being turned upside down by the waves was fun, gives a little bit of adrenalin rush. I rented a bodyboard and it was fun!
Tomorrow we'll leave Juara and go to Salang on the west side for calmer water and also diving! I guess Juara has its own appeal. If you like huge waves and surfing, it is a nice place to be. They also have huge, wide and long beach. The village here is very basic thus quieter compared to Tekek, but it was a hassle to get here because you have to take a roller coaster 4WD ride.
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