Destination: Tioman Island, Malaysia
Length: 18 days
Arrive / Depart: Los Angeles, CA
Tuition: $6,450 – All inclusive
*Including airfare between LAX and Singapore
Ages: 14 – 17
July 8 – July 25, 2018
August 1 – Aug 18, 2018
Experience Malaysian Culture
SCUBA Dive Southeast Asia
Sea Turtle Conservation Project
Malaysian Cooking Class
Hike Tioman’s Tallest Peak
Explore Tioman’s Dragon Horns
TIOMAN ISLAND, MALAYSIA- 18 DAY
Join The Wild Traveler on an unforgettable journey to Malaysia’s Tioman Island. Tioman lies off the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, in the South China Sea. It’s a nature reserve with unspoiled mountainous jungle and small laid-back villages that present a tapestry of cultures and curiosities. The gorgeous greens, blues and chartreuse swirls of the sea provide us with perfect opportunity to paddle, snorkel, dive and sail in order to truly experience this magical place. This summer, Tioman Island is your home away from home.
EXPERIENCE MALAYSIAN CULTURE
Home to prehistoric rainforests and a melting pot of culture, Malaysia is a fascinating mix of cultural influences. From festivals to food, art to architecture, you’ll experience the breadth and depth of this rich cultural heritage.
SCUBA DIVE SOUTHEAST ASIA
PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) is the world’s largest diver training organization. This certification is valid throughout the world. First time divers will earn their Open Water SCUBA Certification. Already certified divers will earn their Advanced Diver Certification. You will discover for yourself why Southeast Asia is rated one of the world’s best diving destinations.
We’ll go on a 4 day kayak expedition to the Dragon Horns of Mukut village. Our destination is a 2 day paddle. Along the way we’ll explore the coastline while stopping for snorkeling and games. We will camp and cook on secluded beaches under the stars. One night will be spent in Mukut village (only accessible by hiking or by sea). The following day we’ll hike to the saddle of Tioman’s astounding rock formation called “The Dragon Horns”.
JUARA TURTLE PROJECT
The Juara Turtle Project (JTP) works to protect and preserve the last remaining turtle nesting sites on the island. There are currently 3 nesting sites on Tioman, 2 of them are in Juara. We will be volunteering with JTP helping out with hatchery nest excavation, evening and morning beach patrols, turtle releases, and teach visitors on the issues facing these endangered turtles and what they can do to help.
SAIL THE SOUTH CHINA SEA
We’ll embark on a 4 day sailing excursion aboard a 50 foot catamaran. We’ll spend our days learning the basics of sailing theory and, under the guidance of Captain John, we will crew the boat. During the sailing portion of our trip we’ll have the opportunity to snorkel or SCUBA pristine reefs and explore smaller uninhabited islands. In the evenings, we will anchor off shore, cook dinners, play card games, watch sunset, and sleep on the catamaran.
SUMMIT TIOMAN’S TALLEST PEAK
We’ll explore more around Jurara taking a morning hike up to the tallest peak on the island where we’ll take in 360 degree panarama views. From up here, the whole island is visible. We’ll take rest breaks at waterfall fed swimming holes. Did we mention this place is amazing?!
We’ll have one and half days to explore Singapore. We’ll visit the Supertree Grove, take a ride on the 541 foot tall Singapore Flyer for views of the city, eat at our favorite Singaporean restaurants, walk around Hanji Lane, and so much more!
DAY TO DAY TEEN TOURS ITINERARY
All participants will be met at Los Angeles International Airport by their Wild Traveler Leaders. After a few ice breakers and some get to know you games we will take our international flight to Changi International Airport in Singapore. We will stay in our favorite hostel, walk around the neighborhood, eat out, and rest.
Today we’ll take our private shuttle across the border into Malaysia to the ferry terminal in Mersing where we’ll catch our boat to Tioman Island. Once we get to the island, we’ll repack our packs and take the jungle trail across Tioman to the tiny village of Juara. Tonight we’ll be staying at our home away from home, Lagoon, nestled between tropical rain forest and the sea. This place is paradise.
Today we stay around Juara. We’ll prep for our kayak expedition. Learn how to properly paddle and steer and pack our boats for our upcoming expedition. We’ll also have time to enjoy ourselves on the beach and explore the village. In the afternoon we’ll take Malaysian cooking classes and cook up a delicious feast with our new friends.
DAY 5 – 8
We’ll repack our kayaks and begin our 4 day kayak expedition to the Dragon Horns in Mukut village, the next village over. It will take us two days to get there with plenty of breaks for meals, snacks, games, and fun kayak challenges. On our way we’ll camp on secluded beaches, camp in tents beneath the stars. We’ll spend one night in Mukut. The following day we’ll hike to the saddle of Tioman’s astounding rock formation called “the dragon horns”. After completing our hike, we’ll load up our kayaks and begin our kayak back toward Lagoon.
We’ll explore more around Jurara taking a morning hike up to the tallest peak on the island where we’ll take in 360 degree panarama views. From up here, the whole island is visible. In the afternoon we will begin our volunteer project with the Juara Turtle Project. We will work on our turtle conservation volunteer project over the course of the following 3 afternoons.
DAY 10 – 12
After breakfast, we will debrief our trip and take our shuttle to Cartagena’s International airport for our flight back to Los Angeles, CA. Once in California, we’ll exchange phone numbers, emails, and get our participants on their flights back to their hometown.
DAY 13 – 15
We’ll explore more around Jurara taking a hike up to the tallest peak on the island where we’ll take in 360 degree panarama views. From up here, the whole island is visible.
We’ll explore more around Jurara taking a hike up to the tallest peak on the island where we’ll take in 360 degree panarama views. From up here, the whole island is visible.
Hawaii / Kauai Summer Teen Tours
Getting your gear together (borrowing/renting/buying) is a fun and exciting time. All of the items listed below are important and will be used during our adventure tour, so please pack EVERYTHING on the list. With that in mind, please resist bringing additional items, because space is limited. Everything must fit in your large duffel bag and your daypack. If you have any questions about gear or clothing, email or call; we can help!
The Wild Traveler | Hawaii / Kauai
Label all equipment with your name.
Be aware that all of the items below may get wet, dirty, and or stained.
If you have any questions about the items on this list, please send us an email or give us a call.
All items must fit in the duffel bag and day pack.
Bring all original paperwork with you to Hawaii. Trip leaders will collect it upon arrival.
Please do not bring anything extra. Everything you need is either listed below or is provided.
|For your safety and comfort, please make sure you have the following:|
|Duffel Bag||This must be large enough to fit all of your items. Maximum dimensions: 62 inches or 157 centimeters (length + width + height). Maximum weight: 40 pounds or 18 kilograms.|
|Sleeping Bag||With Hawaii’s average evening temperatures in the 70’s The Wild Traveler recommends a 40 – 55 degree Fahrenheit rated mummy style sleeping bag. Synthetic bags tend to be a little bulkier whereas goose down bag will pack down small – great when you have a limited amount of space. Either works well.
|Sleeping Pad||Thermarest-style blow up mattresses, or (less expensive) closed-cell mattresses work great. The pad should be as long as you are tall.
|Camp Pillow||Must fit in duffel bag. Stuffing a stuff sack with clothes also makes a great pillow.
|Ground Tarp||The ground tarp should be waterproof. The size should be around 5 ft by 7 ft.
|Mask||The Wild Traveler recommends a soft silicone mask, which will better conform to your face and prevent unwanted leakage.|
|Snorkel||There are a variety of snorkels available with different ways of keeping water out. A basic snorkel with a purge valve work great.|
|Daypack||Must be large enough to carry 2 water bottles, sunscreen, mask and snorkel, warm layer, and sack lunch. Daypack must be comfortable to carry on an 8 mile hike. Most school backpacks works well.|
|Hiking Sandals||Used for wet and muddy trails and stream crossings. Sandals must have heel straps. Many find Chaco, Tevas, or Keens to work very well.
|Athletic Shoes||Used for hiking upwards of 8 miles. Make sure they are comfortable sturdy and broken in. Must be closed toed.|
|Flip flops||Used in camp and on the beach. Any type of slip on sandal work well.|
|Rain Jacket (with hood) and Rain Pants||Waterproof / breathable: This type of performance rainwear keeps rain from getting through to your skin, while also moving sweat back through to the outside world. Poncho’s are not acceptable.|
|Sweatshirt or Down Jacket.||1 is plenty. Temperatures can get cool at Volcanoes National Park. We won’t be using these much.|
|Pants||1 pair of pants that can get dirty. Jeans work great.|
|Hiking Pants||2 pair, synthetic|
|Shorts||3 to 5 pair|
|T-shirt / long sleeved shirt||5 to 7 shirts. Regular t-shirts and or nylon / synthetic shirts work great. Bring at least 1 long sleeved shirt.|
|Swimsuit||2 to 3 swimsuits. Any kind are fine.|
|Underwear / Sports Bras||5 to 7 pair|
|Socks||4 to 6 pair|
|Towel||A lightweight “pack towel” is great to have for both drying off and to wear around wet swimsuits. For that reason, the towel should be large enough to fit around your waist.
|Bandana||2 cotton bandanas|
|Sun Hat||This is very important for sun protection. A baseball cap or broad-brimmed hat which covers the back of the neck is suggested.|
|Sunglasses||UVA and UVB protected sunglasses with strap that keeps them from falling off.|
|Sunscreen||2 large tubes waterproof sunscreen. Must be SPF 30 at minimum.|
|Lip Balm||Should be SPF 30.|
|Water Bottles||2 one liter water bottles. Or, 1 two liter “camelback” hydration type system AND 1 one liter water bottle.|
|Headlamp||Any headlamp style is fine. Be sure to bring extra batteries.|
|Dishes||Cup, bowl, fork, and spoon. Plate optional.|
|Toiletries||Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant, feminine hygiene items|
|Stuff Sack or Laundry Bag||Any type of bag to separate dirty laundry. 20 liter stuff sack works great.
|Trash Bags and Ziplock Bags||These are used to keep things dry. 2 large plastic trash bags and 4 gallon sized ziplock bags.|
|Insect Repellent||Any brand is okay, you probably know what works for you. Anything higher than 30% DEET is unnecessary.|
|Journal and Pen||Bring a journal and a pen or pencil. We’ll have color pencils for drawing.|
|Corrective Lenses||Contacts and or eyeglasses. For those who normally wear contact lenses, it is good to have backup eyeglasses in case of contact lens problems / loss.|
|Medications||All medications must be listed on the Health Questionnaire.|
|Spending Money||Spending money is for souvenirs and personal snacks / drinks during the trip. Most participants bring between $75 and $150.|
|Waterproof Camera||Optional: You are welcome to bring a waterproof camera. We will also have a group camera available for anyone to use. All participants will receive pictures taken from our group camera at the end of our trip.|
|Musical Instrument||Optional: You are welcome to bring a small musical instrument. We will have a ukulele available for anyone to play.|
|Paperwork||Bring all original paperwork with you to Hawaii. Your trip leaders will collect it upon arrival.|
COMMON QUESTIONS – TEEN TOURS
Find out what to expect when you adventure with The Wild Traveler’s Hawaii / Kauai teen tours. Below are some of the more commonly asked questions regarding different aspects of our teen adventure tours. Have additional questions? Give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you.
WHERE DO WE SLEEP DURING THE TEEN TOURS?
You sleep in a tent each night on our teen tours. The group stays in national parks, county parks, and private beachside campgrounds. You will be with one or two other participants in a 3-person tent, with the option each night to sleep out on a tarp beneath the stars. Most of our sites are within a 30 second run (or a 1 minute walk) into the ocean. We camp in amazingly beautiful places – definitely a highlight of each trip. All campgrounds have full bathrooms with flush toilets, showers, sinks, running water, etc.
WHEN WILL I SHOWER?
You have access to showers on all but one full day of our teen tours. All of our beachside campgrounds have running water, full bathrooms and showers available. Will you want to shower every day? Probably not, but you can if you want to! You’ll be in the ocean and freshwater pools often throughout your trip.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING ON OUR TEEN TOURS?
The Wild Traveler provides all of your gear for our teen tours except for a backpack, sleeping bag, sleeping pad and mask and snorkel. Check out the gear and clothing list specific to your trip here. Please pack only the items on the list. Everything must fit into your backpack or duffle and daypack. Space is limited. Can’t find something on our pack list? Let us know and we can bring an extra one for you to borrow.
WILL I BE ABLE TO CALL FAMILY DURING THE TEEN TOURS?
Yes. You have a chance to call your family as soon as you meet your Wild Traveler teen tour trip leaders at the arrival airport, again midway through your trip, and finally on departure day. You can also send and receive mail through the United States Postal Service throughout your trip. Your family can follow your adventure as it happens on our online travel log, updated every 2 to 3 days!
HOW IS THE FOOD?
Our food is great! Under the guidance of your leaders, cook groups made up of 3 or 4 participants choose meals from the Wild Traveler Cookbook or cook up a favorite recipe from home. You and your cook group shop at grocery stores and farmers markets. Our meals are nutritionally balanced, plentiful, tasty, and offer plenty of options. We will have snacks available throughout each day. We have no problem accommodating vegetarian diets. Any other dietary restrictions need to be approved by our office staff prior to your trip.
HOW DO WE TRAVEL?
During the teen tour you will ride in mini vans with luggage racks. We consider driving the most dangerous activity, and therefore keep road time to a minimum. The Wild Traveler leaders have clean driving records and experience driving passenger vans. We also take three Hawaiian Airlines inter-island flights (ranging from 30 to 45 minutes each) together as a group. Traveling together is often a big highlight!
WILL I MAKE FRIENDS?
Teens leave our teen tours with some of the strongest friendships ever. Living in close quarters with fun, like minded individuals, while sharing the experience of a lifetime – Not only will you make new friends – these friends will last.
WHAT WILL GROUPS BE LIKE?
Our teen tours bring together 8-12 enthusiastic, positive, fun individuals (like yourself) ready for the experience of a lifetime. They come from all over the country, and other parts of the world as well. Our groups are created with attention to age and gender balance, in order to ensure the best possible individual and group experience. Your group is led by two or three experienced and knowledgeable Wild Travelers. (Learn more about us under the tab “our leaders“)
WHAT WILL OUR DAYS BE LIKE?
Each day of our teen tours are fully scheduled with a variety of fun and adventurous activities, including kayaking, hiking, SCUBA diving, community service projects, surfing, AND MORE. Check out the Hawaii trip page for trip highlights and a day-to-day itinerary.
Still have questions? Let us know!
THE WILD TRAVELER REVIEWS
Check out our Wild Traveler’s trip reviews. After every trip, parents fill out our end of trip feedback forms. These are real answers from real parents. Do you want to hear more? You are welcome to speak directly to parents who sent their kids with us last summer. Just ask! We think you’ll be impressed with what you hear.
WHAT DID YOUR CHILD TAKE AWAY FROM THEIR EXPERIENCE WITH US?
“Our daughter gained more confidence within herself to socialize and work with others in her group.”
Laura – Mother – New York, NY
“Independence and a real sense of accomplishment. He loved the scuba diving, and also hiking volcanoes. And of course, the warm water!”
“Freedom!! He said that he finally felt like he’d gotten a taste of being on his own. A life without boredom!”
Marisa – Mother – Los Angeles, CA
Wendy – Mother – Rye, NY
“Franny has much more independence after this trip. Before the trip she was worried about how the other kids were going to be, but she loved all of them and didn’t want to say goodbye.”
Michelle – Mother – Signal Mountain, TN
Nan – Mother – Ventura, CA
“Scuba Certification! Knowledge and appreciation of camping. This was her first time flying without us so that was very big deal!”
Suzanne – Mother – Port Washington, NY
“He made new friends and saw many things he has never seen in his life.”
Andrea – Mother – Los Angeles, CA
“He feels like he has a lot more independence and wants to be more active.”
Nathaniel – Father – Brighton, MI
“Lexey feels very proud and accomplished from completing the scuba certification.”
Shanon – Mother – Anchorage, AK
“She liked challenging herself and learning new activities. She also enjoyed meeting new friends from around the country. Ellie really liked the trip and it was a great experience for her.”
Diane – Mother – New York, NY
WHAT DO YOU FEEL WAS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CHILD’S EXPERIENCE?
“The scuba diving and surfing were the most fun when we asked. Then it was the beautiful views and atmosphere of the whole experience.”
“It is so hard to say! She loved it all! One day I ask her her favorite part and she says Volcanoes National Park, the next she says scuba, the next surfing.”
“Franny always talks about how amazing the Manta Ray night snorkel was. I feel that was her favorite part.”
“Scuba, making new friends, hiking, and surfing.”
“The bonding and the shared group experience. Nice small groups!. Fulfilling her desire to go to Hawaii and to experience it as an insider. She loved the scuba and surfing!”
“He loved the diving, the lava, and the people.”
“The diving – totally. The preparation, training, and actual diving was the highlight. Second place was the hiking.”
“She made great new friends and had an awesome adventure! She learned that she can navigate through an airport on her own. She learned how to become a team with a bunch of people that she had never met before.”
“She gained some new skills and happy memories”
HOW WAS THE WILD TRAVELER AT PREPARING YOU AND YOUR CHILD FOR OUR PROGRAM?
“We were very prepared for the experience that was about to come our way.”
“Preparing was easier than we thought because the list was very clear of what we needed.”
“Responses were quick and thorough.”
“Fantastic! Ryan was so helpful and always got back to me immediately with answers to my questions. The packing list was completely perfect- nothing was unused.”
“Everything was very well laid on on the web site!”
“Great, we would do it again in a minute!”
“Great. All my questions were answered.”
“Yes, every questions and made recommendations for equipment to be prepared for the trip.”
“Great, anytime I would call or email I would promptly get a reply!”
HOW WAS THE WILD TRAVELER AT ADDRESSING QUESTIONS BEFORE AND DURING OUR PROGRAM?
“I could not have been happier with the info I needed to make me feel at ease.”
“Ryan did a great job preparing us for the trip and all the information provided on the website was very helpful.”
“Ryan was very responsive to answering my questions and concerns through out the prep and throughout the trip.”
“They always answered our questions respectfully and quickly.”
“My daughter and I were prepared.”
“Ryan was fantastic, kept me at ease from day one all the way through.”
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF OUR TRAVEL JOURNAL?
“I looked forward to it and was very thankful it was in place. As a parent it made me feel that my child was safe and in good hands. I loved to actually see what they were doing.”
“I checked it often and really enjoyed seeing the photos and hearing about the days!”
“Fun! Loved it, kept me feeling good about it all, especially being so far away.”
“Awesome! I felt like I knew what was going on all of the time! The trip log was so helpful! I must have checked it five times a day just waiting for new updates”
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE WILD TRAVELER OVER ANOTHER OUTDOOR COMPANY?
“I like the small group size, the lack of access to tech, the camping and cooking aspects, in addition to the fabulous locations and site that you visit.”
“Great value as well as the variety of activities. Most of the places I looked had a scuba trip, or a hiking trip, or a community service trip. Your trip was the only one that had a great mix of different activities.”
“The Wild Traveler had the option of scuba diving which is what Franny really wanted to do. Also we had some friends do this trip and they loved it.”
“The program sounded great and very comprehensive. Ellie got to do a number of new activities like surfing, camping and scuba. She also was able to experience the beauty and natural wonders of Hawaii.”
“Looked like fun, Ryan was reassuring and I trust him.”
“The small group and personal attention.”
“You offered the best combination of experiences, and reference checks with past customers were very reassuring.”
“We really liked the choices of activities!”
“After I spoke with Ryan I was convinced the program was going to be fun and safe!”
“Best location and program.”
ANY OTHER COMMENTS?
“You have exceeded our expectations! Thank you for taking care of our daughter and sharing such a wonderful time with her.”
“The trip was everything I hoped it would be for him.”
“I am so happy with the whole trip, Anna had the most awesome time, she lights up when she shares her experiences, its has given her so much confidence, and she loved all the different aspects of the trip, from scuba diving, surfing, hiking to beautiful waterfalls, seeing lava light up the night sky, camping on awesome beaches, Ryan did an awesome job choosing many great places to visit and stay!”
“It was a fantastic experience!”
“You guys did an excellent job!”
“Just keep doing what you are doing! It was a great trip. Aspen was happy to be home for about a day. Then she wanted to go back! 🙂 ”
“Thank you again for taking such good care of Cooper and for showing him how fantastic the big wide world can be. Ryan, Cooper hasn’t stopped talking about how fun you and Erinna were. Thank you.”
Read The Wild Traveler reviews. Would you like to get more reviews? Give us a call and we can put you in contact with parents from all over the country (and other parts of the world) who have sent their children on one of our teen tours! Click to contact us.
IT’S ALL INCLUDED
3 inter-island flights
2 experienced Wild Traveler trip leaders 24 hour supervision
Group gear (tents, cooking equipment, etc)
National Park entrance fee
All meals snacks
SCUBA Open Water Certification
All activities, equipment (surf boards, kayak, SCUBA gear, etc)