At day four, Little Girl and I decided to try something different. There are many different activities organized by Telunas staff daily and we are going to the Jungle-Waterfall Trek today.

Daily activities at Telunas Private Island
Daily activities at Telunas Private Island
Breakfast menu at Telunas Private Island
Breakfast menu at Telunas Private Island
Breakfast at Telunas
Breakfast at Telunas

 

Breakfast, second serving
Breakfast, second serving

We woke up late in the cloudy morning and we quickly join the crew right after our heavy breakfast at the dining hall.

Jungle Waterfall Trekking

Another boat came and picked us up at the jetty, and we have 5 other Telunas guests joining the hike too.

Joining the rest of the Telunas guest at the jetty, Telunas Private Island
Joining the rest of the Telunas guest at the jetty, Telunas Private Island
Telunas staff sitting alone in front of the boat
Telunas staff sitting alone in front of the boat
Reaching the start point of the trek, Telunas Private Island
Reaching the start point of the trek, Telunas Private Island

The start of the hike was quite rough for the small ones, especially kids. Since it is low tide, the boat cannot reach the jetty in the jungle. So, we have to walk in and since we are still in the mangrove area, the water level is pretty deep for small ones and we walked quite a distance from where we jumped off the boat. The hike was pretty exhausting and maybe because we are not that physically fit. We can hear the kids whining with their exhausted faces. We trekked through the rainforest and to be honest, I find the start of trek interesting as I can see how the local lives with their live stocks i.e. chickens, cows, and ducks.

The “black pool” waterfall

However, everything seems to be paid off once we reach our destination – the “black pool” waterfall. The pool is black, making the water seems black and so the name “black pool”.

Trek through secondary rainforest to the refreshing “black pool” waterfall
Trek through secondary rainforest to the refreshing “black pool” waterfall
Jumping off the dock, Telunas Private Island
Jumping off the dock, Telunas Private Island

We put our belongings on the high ground, took off our shoes and have some dips. The water is actually clear enough for you to see fishes and shrimps at the side of the pool. Some of us, including myself, went climbing up the rocks and jump off from there. As the pool is really black from above, there is nothing to fear actually. We spent a long time at the waterfall and got to know the other Telunas guests and their kids.

Trekking at Telunas
Trekking at Telunas
Moving to another smaller boat
Moving to another smaller boat, on the way back home

Back to Telunas and rest

Now, it is time to take the trek back to the jetty, back to the island. The journey back seems shorter because everyone is recharged and had a whole lot of fun together.

Lunch at Telunas Private Island
Lunch at Telunas Private Island

After a shower back in our room, exhaustion hits us again and we took some time for an afternoon nap.

Night at Telunas Private Island
Night at Telunas Private Island

Bonfire at Telunas

After dinner, we just realize that we have never been to the well-known cozy bonfire in Telunas and this is our last night. On some nights, the Telunas staff will arrange bonfire where Telunas guests will sit and mingle around. They will ask every guest if they want to join the bonfire during the lunch and dinner time.

Bonfire with other guests and kids at Telunas Private Island
Bonfire with other guests and kids at Telunas Private Island

Some say that staring at the flickering fire helps to relax our brain, muscles and lowers our blood pressure as a result of evolution from Stone Age.

The last night at Telunas was timeless, gathering around a cozy bonfire to roast marshmallows. Kids certainly enjoy themselves with the fire and marshmallow. Even though the heat gets pretty intense due to the wind from the sea.