Before deciding on Telunas

Little Girl and I chanced upon an ad about Telunas Beach Resort a few months before we decided to travel there. Initially, we have no plan to travel as we were both busying, working on projects in our jobs. I went further to research about Telunas and discovered a few travel videos on YouTube and read a few articles about a beach resort and a private island on other travel sites. Being in the city most of the time, I always wanted to experience something different from usual holiday and prefer to be on the beach most of the time. Every part of the bookings and email enquires seems very smooth and the Telunas staff replied to us promptly. In less than a few days, we decided to go on a 5-days-4-nights trip to Telunas, 2 nights in the Telunas Beach Resort & 2 nights at the Telunas Private Island. We booked our ferry via BatamFast on the same night and finally, we are going Telunas!

Our Journey to Telunas

Excited about the trip, we woke up really early at 6am and started making our way to Harbour Front. We reached the Harbour Front 15 minutes after 7am and managed to grab a few bites for our breakfast before catching the ferry at 9am.

Getting our ferry tickets was pretty convenient and we got to the waiting area at Harbour Front an hour before the boarding gate opens.

Queuing up at BatamFast to Batam Ferry Terminal
Queuing up at BatamFast to Batam Ferry Terminal

As we are there pretty early, we got to see the hectic environment at Harbour Front Centre and its busy schedules in the waiting area. Everybody is queuing up and dashing around to find their boarding gates and boarding time on the boards. Especially those with kids and families, we would suggest you come at least an hour early before the boarding gate opens.

From Singapore to Batam Ferry Terminal

Our gate is finally opened and we are now on the way to the Batam Ferry Terminal.

The Ferry to Batam Ferry Terminal
The Ferry to Batam Ferry Terminal

It took about an hour to get to Batam Ferry Terminal and the ferry ride was a comfortable one. To be honest, the custom at the Batam Ferry took longer than expected as it’s a Saturday/weekend and it is going to be busy and crowded. Everybody is either going for a holiday, similar to us or they are locals going home for a weekend break.

Batam Ferry Terminal
Batam Ferry Terminal

We were an hour early before the Telunas staff come to pick us up and so we began exploring the Terminal. Actually, we wanted to walk out of the terminal and explore further. We came across this barrier gate with security guards and we were afraid we might be stopped by them when we walked back into the Terminal again. Not confident in the situation, we walked away and back to the terminal.

Walking out of the Batam Ferry Terminal
Exploring around Batam Ferry Terminal

Luckily, the weather was good and I managed to capture a few good photos of the Terminal.

Jetty at Batam Ferry Terminal
Jetty at Batam Ferry Terminal
Exploring around Batam Ferry Terminal
Exploring around Batam Ferry Terminal
Entrance of Batam Ferry Terminal
Entrance of Batam Ferry Terminal

Batam Ferry to Telunas

Time seems to fly really fast when you are enjoying. We immediately recognized the Telunas staff due to their Telunas shirts. Little Girl gave them our names and we are “check-in”. The staffs are really kind and they help us with our heavy bags and luggage.

Meeting the Telunas Staffs
Meeting the Telunas Staffs

Even though we are bringing a lot of expensive camera gears, we have to take a walk to another jetty as the boats are at “the other side” of the terminal. So, I handed all my other bags over, except for my Manfrotto D1 drone bag.

The Walk to the Jetty

Greetings from many locals that saw us, we walked along at the side of the road for around 15 minutes.

Walking out of the Batam Ferry Terminal

Walking to the jetty, Telunas
Walking to the jetty, Telunas

We arrived at the jetty and got back our bags and luggage before entering the jetty. Everything seems smooth and easy.

A series of wooden boats at the Batam Jetty
A series of wooden boats at the Batam Jetty
Telunas staff carrying bags and luggage to the wooden boat
Telunas staff carrying bags and luggage to the wooden boat

On the way to Telunas

Yes. We are going to board that wooden boat and it will bring us to Telunas in 1.5 hours.

Telunas staff enjoying the sea breeze
Telunas staff enjoying the sea breeze

The boat is well-stocked with mineral water bottles, and the Telunas staff took great care of us along the way, making sure the boat is covered if the water is splashing too much and hydrated, giving us fresh fruits at the beginning of the journey.

Telunas wooden boat is well-stocked with water and fruits
Telunas wooden boat is well-stocked with water and fruits

The journey to Telunas is pretty wet as Little Girl and I chose to sit at the very front of the boat. Along the way to Telunas, we saw many small islands that remind us of a movie we recently watched together – Moana, the Disney movie. Unsure that we are the only ones that think this way, we sang the Disney songs along the way and enjoy our first boat journey together.

Reaching Telunas Private Island
Reaching Telunas Private Island

The wooden boat led us to the Telunas Private Island first and we are first greeted by this amazing view in front of us and the friendly Telunas staff. A few more Telunas staff are waiting at the jetty to help to carry the bags and luggage. As the last private island guest alighted, we are now heading to the Telunas Beach Resort. We are going to the private island on the third day of the trip and so, we will be back!

Welcome to Telunas

In another few minutes, we have finally reached Telunas Beach Resort. Greeted by the staff “Welcome to Telunas”, we received a fresh cold towel and ice orange juice once we alighted. Freshen up, we are ready for the day!

We immediately got to the dining area and it’s a free and easy buffet. Little Girl and I took our time having our lunch together and also, we were struggling to post our very first photo on our Instagram at Telunas. The internet connection is really bad and nothing seems to load in the first 60 seconds. You will get used to it after a day of trying.

Telunas Beach Resort, Dining Area
Telunas Beach Resort, Dining Area

After lunch, we walked to our room via the wooden sturdy path.

The walk to our Room at Telunas Beach Resort
The walk to our Room at Telunas Beach Resort
Our room at Telunas Beach Resort
Our room at Telunas Beach Resort

Telunas Beach Resort Room Tour

Our view from the bed, Telunas Beach Resort
Our view from the bed, Telunas Beach Resort

It’s like nature and man-made huts in perfect sync – birds chirping and flying around our lovely hut with the sound of the waves crashing into the shores and there we are on the bed in the hut with just a fan on top of us. Everything seems really natural. It’s a 4.5 hours journey with an hour of waiting time in total to get here and it’s totally worth it!

Well, pictures speak for itself and enjoy the room tour.

Telunas Beach Resort, The Balcony View
Telunas Beach Resort, The Balcony View

And we are glad that the view is simply unbelievable with the hammock.

Our view on the Hammock, Telunas Beach Resort
Our view on the Hammock, Telunas Beach Resort
Telunas Beach Resort, The Room Decorations
Telunas Beach Resort, The Room Decorations
Telunas Beach Resort, bedroom
Telunas Beach Resort, bedroom

Well, it’s my birthday soon and so, Little Girl actually told the Telunas staffs too. It is so sweet and thank you so much, Telunas!

Telunas Beach Resort, Another 2 more beds for more friends, kids and big families
Telunas Beach Resort, Another 2 more beds for more friends, kids, and big families
Telunas Beach Resort, Towels in Elephant
Telunas Beach Resort, Towels in Elephant
Telunas Beach Resort, Bathroom
Telunas Beach Resort, Bathroom
Body wash, shampoo and conditioner at Telunas Beach Resort
Body wash, shampoo, and conditioner at Telunas Beach Resort
Emergency light and our Canon charger at Telunas Beach Resort
Emergency light and our Canon charger at Telunas Beach Resort

Flying my trusty Phantom around Telunas

As the weather is really bright and sunny, I thought it will be perfect for a drone flight. I took my Phantom 4 up and check out these beautiful photos.

Telunas Beach Resort in Sky Aerial View
Telunas Beach Resort in Sky Aerial View
Telunas Beach Resort, Taken via Phantom 4
Telunas Beach Resort, Taken via Phantom 4

After looking at the beach resort, I wonder what does it look like at the private island, and there again, I took my trusty drone and flew across the sea to Telunas Private Island and “take a look”. Wow.

Telunas Private Island, First Look at the Island from the Sky
Telunas Private Island, First Look at the Island from the Sky
Telunas Private Island and its 15 private premium huts
Telunas Private Island and its 15 private premium huts

What seems like minutes were actually hours, we spent more than 2 hours on the beach to ourselves and continue to admire the view in front of us. Later in the evening, we were watching the very first sunset at Telunas.

Telunas sunset and our Telunas Beach Resort room
Telunas sunset and our Telunas Beach Resort room
Telunas Sunset
Telunas Sunset
Telunas Beach Resort
Blue Hour at Telunas Beach Resort
After the sunset at Telunas Beach Resort
After the sunset at Telunas Beach Resort

We had a long day, waking up early to catch the ferry, a few hours long journey. After dinner, we simply walked around the areas in the dark. And finally, it is time for bed as we will be up early for the sunrise tomorrow.

Dinner at Telunas Beach Resort
Dinner at Telunas Beach Resort
Good night, Telunas
Good night, Telunas

Side note: if you are wondering what do we bring to capture all these amazing photos, check out my kit (kit.com/bryanchua).

[to be continued – day two]