The South China Sea Fish Delegation – Travel Tuesdays

Those of you that followed my journey in Tanzania will probably remember the time when our guide for the day threw us to the sharks for “ snorkeling” purposes.  The thrill of that moment soon changed to crippling phobia like it usually does when you’ve had a near-death-experience. So when I went to Tioman Islands in Malaysia, I felt an anxiety attack coming on.

There is a local legend that a Dragon Princess was once on her way to Singapore from China for her wedding. Exhausted by the long journey, she settled down over the South China Sea to rest a while. The sea was so calm and magical. The sun was warm on her back and filled her with so much peace that she decided to stay and turned herself into Tioman Islands.

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The Islands are beyond stunning – with pristine beaches, the place is literally a paradise island with reefs bordering it on all sides and a rainforest to trek through whenever one was tired of the sea. It wasn’t long before I said meh and rented out Mr. Naruto Uzumaki Coconut’s life jacket. I was there for an adventure and even if I were to be drowned AND eaten by the great whites, I’d die knowing that I didn’t back out from a challenge. I mean, how bad could it be? (By some unfathomable miracle, Murphy’s Law didn’t go into effect even though I was filled with dread the minute the thought came into my head)


The water was so clear that you could see the corals and the fish right from the boat and once you got into the water, the riot of colours that assaulted you was just mesmerizing. Of course I went to pieces the minute I touched the water – even with my life jacket on. My brother let me latch on to his life jacket and then told me stories to distract me from having a full blown panic attack and then slowly eased me into the actual snorkeling. I’m so glad I gave this a try. Snorkeling would make my top 5 list of the most awe-inspiring activities one should undertake as soon as possible and as many times as possible.



Travel Tuesdays is my attempt to get myself to blog regularly. Every Tuesday I will write about an experience I had while on the road, stories I heard while chugging down local beer, local legends that were shared by bonfire and photos of things that took my breath away. If you have stories you want to share as well, feel free to leave me a message so I can feature you. 

8 Comments Add yours

  1. TBM says:

    I love Travel Tuesdays. I’m trying to share travel stories on Thursday. And this place looks amazing. I haven’t announced on my blog yet, but we are in the midst of planning a trip to Malaysia–all of the details aren’t finalized yet. And I think snorkeling is on our itinerary–so cool!


    1. cupitonians says:

      That is really exciting. I might be a bit envious because I’d give anything to be back there for a holiday. Malaysia is a beautiful place outside of its malls – so many cultures and so much raw beauty. I know you guys will love it! 🙂


  2. Wilhelmina Upton says:

    The pictures are stunning and I’m jealous of your snorkeling adventure. I tried diving once but that is clearly not for me. I get claustrophobic which I not usually am – but snorkeling I have to try. Can’t wait for further travel stories.


    1. cupitonians says:

      The world sometimes just sets itself beautifully, like it know I’m coming to capture a moment. I love when that happens. I don’t think I can do diving either and I AM claustrophobic. You absolutely MUST try snorkelling. You won’t regret it for a moment.


      1. Wilhelmina Upton says:

        I hope so. Just need the opportunity and I will do it.

        It’s the best when you just have to take the photo without even trying and you know it’s spectacular because it just can’t be any different than that.


        1. cupitonians says:

          Amen. You’ve just said it perfectly!


  3. YellowCable says:

    Yes, snorkeling in such a clear water and see thousands of fish up close in person is one of the greatest experience. I am glad you did and you like it.


    1. cupitonians says:

      Thank you so much. It’s something I would recommend to everyone.


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