Cherating, Malaysia - Beach, Turtle, Rescue, Mangrove, and Fire Flies
06.21.2011 - 07.06.2011
July, 2, 2011
We are officially at the beach staying at Ruby's Resort. We made our way down early to enjoy playing in the China Sea. We swam, walked the dogs and enjoyed our time in the sand.
Then we were off for lunch in the town of Cherating, Malaysia. I say town, really more like a village. This is really where things get kind of sticky for me. Being from the United States, we have Towns, Townships, Cities, Parish, but nothing that I would consider a village. But this is really the only way I know how to describe these small remote areas that have not been developed. As I am reminded during my visit, that Malaysia is a developing country, in all ways.
After lunch we ran across a guide that did excursions around the area, so we signed up for those we thought would be of interest to the kids. We signed up, to enjoy the Mangrove tour, Firefly tour (at night), and Snorkling in the China Sea from an Island in the Sea.
But before our excursions began we had time to visit the Turtle Rescue not far from our resort.
From what we could understand the rescue captures the eggs from the endangered turtles and keeps them until they hatch. Then each night they release the baby turtles back into the sea. From June thru September the large turtles find their way to the area beaches where they find a safe place to release their eggs. Each mature turtle can release as many as 100 eggs. This is the only area in Malaysia that experiences this nesting of these turtles. Once the mother lays here eggs then she carefully covers them up. Due to the wildlife in the area (Gibbon Monkeys, Monitors, Snakes and Wild Boar), these eggs are collected by the rescue to hatch in a safe environment and then released.
Once we were done at the rescue we headed back into Cherating to take the first guided tour. This tour was a wildlife tour thru the Mangrove. Mangroves can be described as wooded area along the banks of rivers and passage ways. The trees that grow in these areas help protect the land mass from Tsunamis. We saw snakes, lizards, and crabs while on our tour, that was the best part of the whole trip for the kids.
Pictures below are of the root systems of the trees....
How can I provide photo's of tree roots without showing you the real reason we took the excursion.....
After dinner at Ruby's Resort, we went back to enjoy our guided tour thru the Mangroves, this time to experience the Firefly's. Honestly, I had no idea what a big deal firefly's could be. Living in Oklahoma, it is nothing to see firefly's in the evening in our backyard. Here in Malaysia they have a certain type of Firefly that is rare to this area and lives in the Mangroves. Some of these fireflies light up synchronized with one another, the type we enjoyed looked as if they were twinkling lights in a Christmas Tree. The WOW factor was the fact that the guide had found a way to lure the fireflies from the trees towards the boats so that we could enjoy them up close and personal. This was a highlight of everyone's trip to Cherating, but a part of the trip that is not recorded in pictures. (Sorry!) Since this tour was in the evening their was not a way for us to capture the experience. I guess that you will have to plan a trip to Malaysia and take your own Firefly tour! I have to say it was truly an incredible experience for all of us.
This is where the day ended for some of us. Tired from all that we had experienced, but for some the the highlight of their evening, already heightened by the Firefly adventure, really had just begun. Alex, Thad, Fifi and Mike, joined a gentleman from Ruby's Resort and went on a expedition late at night to see the Sea Turtles nesting. They also helped release over two hundred baby turtles out into the sea. Those that went on this adventure could not stop talking about it for most of the day. Again, it was hard to capture this in photo's but great memories where made by all that enjoyed that adventure.
Even though the evening ended quasi early for some, others ended their day early in the morning, either way, it was another great day in Malaysia!