Destination: Tioman Island, Malaysia
Length: 18 days
Arrive / Depart: Los Angeles, CA
Tuition: $5,995 – All inclusive
*Including airfare between LAX and Singapore
Ages: 14 – 18
July 8 – July 25, 2018
August 1 – Aug 18, 2018
Experience Malaysian Culture
SCUBA Dive Southeast Asia
Learn How to Sail
Sea Turtle Conservation Project
Malaysian Cooking Class
Hike Tioman’s Dragon Horns
TIOMAN ISLAND, MALAYSIA- 18 DAYS
Join The Wild Traveler on an unforgettable teen tour to Malaysia’s Tioman Island. Tioman lies off the south east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. 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.
Our trip leaders will meet all participants at Los Angeles International Airport and travel together for the entirety of our program. No previous experience required.
FOUR DAY KAYAK EXPEDITION
Our 4 day kayak expedition takes us to the Dragon Horns of Mukut village. Along the way we’ll explore the coastline, snorkel and cook and camp on secluded beaches under the stars. In Makut village we’ll lace up our hiking shoes and hike to the saddle of Tioman’s astounding rock formation called “The Dragon Horns” for epic panoramic views of the island.
SCUBA DIVE SOUTHEAST ASIA
Tioman Island has extensive coral reefs teeming with a wide variety of tropical fish both large and small. Dive sites include intricate rock structures, stunning coral reefscapes and many wrecks, both old and new. You will discover for yourself why Southeast Asia is rated one of the world’s best diving destinations.
First time divers will earn their Open Water SCUBA Certification. Already certified divers will earn their Advanced Diver Certification. PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) is the world’s largest diver training organization. This certification is valid throughout the world.
JUARA TURTLE PROJECT
The Juara Turtle Project (JTP) works to protect and preserve the last remaining turtle nesting sites on the island. Volunteering with JTP includes 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.
FOUR DAY SAILING ADVENTURE
Learn to sail aboard a 50 foot catamaran. We’ll spend our days learning the basics of sailing theory and crew the boat. During the day we’ll have the opportunity to swim, snorkel or SCUBA and explore smaller uninhabited islands. We’ll spend our evening’s anchored just off shore where we’ll cook dinners, play card games, and watch sunset. Choose to stay the night in a stateroom or up on deck beneath the stars.
HIKE TIOMAN ISLAND
Tioman Island is covered with pristine tropical rainforest. During our trip we’ll have the opportunity to explore a large section of the island. We’ll hike across the island on jungle trail that takes us from the boat dock to Juara Village. We’ll take a break at the waterfalls for a rest and swim in the swimming holes along the way. We’ll also hike to the Dragon Horns for breathtaking views of the Island.
Learn about Singapore’s fascinating short history while visiting all of the major attractions. 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!
Do you have any questions about our trips? Use the tabs above to find our day to day itinerary and frequently asked questions. You are also welcome to give us a call at 1-866-514-0829 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you. We look forward to another amazing summer!
DAY TO DAY TEEN TOUR ITINERARY
DAY 1 – 2
All participants will be met at Los Angeles International Airport by our 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’ll meet our Malaysian Wild Traveler trip leader upon arrival before loading up our shuttle that will take us form Singapore across the border into Malaysia.
Today we’ll catch our boat from Mersing to Tioman Island. Once we get to the island, we’ll take the jungle trail across Tioman to the quaint 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’ll prep for our kayak expedition; learn how to properly paddle, steer and pack our boats for tomorrows 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 enjoy a big breakfast 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 time for breaks, meals, games, and fun kayak challenges. Along the way we’ll cook and camp on secluded beaches beneath the stars. We’ll spend one night in the village of Mukut. The following day we’ll hike to the saddle of Tioman’s astounding rock formation called “the dragon horns”.
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
Ask any diver about the dive sites around Tioman and they’ll tell you stories about the amazing granite rock formations, the healthy soft and hard corals and the myriad of marine life including an abundance of giant sea turtles and nudibranchs. Tioman is indeed blessed with some world class dive sites. Over the next three days, beginner divers will earn their open water certification while already certified divers will earn their advanced open water certification.
DAY 13 – 15
Today we embark on a 4 day sailing excursion aboard a 50 foot catamaran. We’ll spend our days learning the basics of sailing theory and learn all necessary skills to 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.
We say goodbye to the island and the wonderful locals we met during our stay. From Tioman we’ll take the ferry back to the mainland and take our shuttle back to Singapore. We’ll reach Singapore in afternoon, check into our hostel, go out to dinner, and explore the neighborhood.
We have a full day to explore the city. We’ll visit the Supertree Grove, take a ride on the 541 foot tall Singapore Flyer for views of the city, walk around famous Hanji Lane, and eat our last dinner as a full group at our favorite Singaporean restaurant. During dinner we hand out awards, reminisce about our experience, and laugh about the stories we created over the course of the trip. Back at our hostel, we clean up our group gear and prepare for an early departure in the morning.
We’ll take our morning flight from Singapore to Los Angeles. Because of the date line and time difference we’ll land in Los Angeles close to the same time we left Singapore. It’s kind of like time traveling. In Los Angeles we will be sure to exchange contact information with our new friends before trip leaders help you check in for your flight home. With awesome new experiences, unforgettable memories, and lasting friendships, you know that you were part of a unique experience that will last a lifetime.
Tioman Island Teen Tour
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 teen 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 backpack and your daypack. If you have any questions about gear or clothing, email or call; we can help!
The Wild Traveler | Tioman Island, Malaysia
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 your backpacking pack and day pack.
Bring all original paperwork with you to LAX. 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:|
|Backpacking Pack||This must be large enough to fit all of your items. Maximum weight: 30 pounds.|
|Sleeping Bag||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.
|Camp Pillow||Must fit in backpack. 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.|
|SCUBA Card and Log book||If you are already SCUBA certified, bring your SCUBA card and log book.|
|Paperwork||Bring all original paperwork with you to Los Angeles. Your trip leaders will collect it upon arrival.|
COMMON QUESTIONS – TEEN TOUR
Here you’ll find answers to some of the more commonly asked questions about our teen adventure. Have additional questions? Give us a call or send us an email. We look forward to hearing from you.
Tioman lies off the south east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It’s a nature reserve with unspoiled mountainous jungle and small laid-back villages that present a tapestry of cultures and curiosities. The surrounding warm, clear, blue ocean waters provides ample opportunities for snorkeling, SCUBA diving, kayaking and sailing.
The Wild Traveler partnered up with Little Planet, an outdoor education company located on Tioman Island. Little Planet primarily runs outdoor education programs for high end private schools out of Singapore. Little Planet started in 2005 and is well rooted and respected in the small island community. Together we’ve designed a unique teen adventure travel program with a focus on international travel, cultural immersion and outdoor activities.
Our 18 day Tioman Island trip includes a four day kayaking expedition to the “dragon horns” (a spectacular rock formation on the island), PADI SCUBA certification course (open water OR advanced open water), a four day sailing excursion aboard a 50 foot catamaran, hiking through primary rainforest and so much more! Will also learn about Malaysian culture, learn how to cook traditional Malaysian food, shop at local night markets and feel what it’s like to be part of the local community. No previous experience required.
We will be based out of Little Planet’s beautiful beach side outdoor center; complete with cabins, full bathrooms (including showers and flush toilets), dining hall and hang out areas.
We’ll also have three nights on our 50 foot catamaran, two night camping in tents on beach side campgrounds, and one night in a hotel.
We have 3 experienced trip leaders (2 Wild Traveler and 1 Little Planet trip leader). Ryan will be one of the Wild Traveler trip leaders on this trip. Ryan has led several trips with Little Planet over the past year on Tioman Island (he’s in Malaysia right now).
HOW DO WE TRAVEL?
Our leaders meet all participants at Los Angeles International Airport. We fly together from Los Angeles to Singapore. From Singapore, we’ll take a private shuttle up to Mersing, Malaysia and board our ferry out to the island. At the end of our trip, we’ll take the boat back to the mainland and shuttle down to Singapore for our flight back to Los Angeles. Our leaders are with our participants for the entirety of the trip.
Everything is included! The Wild Traveler provides round-trip airfare between Los Angeles and Singapore, 3 trip leaders (2 Wild Traveler and 1 Little Planet trip leader) with 24 hour supervision, all accommodations, all ground transportation, boat transportation, all activities (sailing, kayaking, SCUBA, hiking, turtle conservation project, etc), all equipment, all meals, etc.
WILL I MAKE FRIENDS?
Teens leave our teen tour 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 tour 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. 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 three experienced and knowledgeable Wild Traveler Leaders. (Learn more about us under the tab “our leaders“)
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!. 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.”
“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 tour! Click to contact us.
WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING
Suzanne – Mother – Port Washington, NY
Andrea – Mother – Los Angeles, CA
Michelle – Mother – Signal Mountain, TN
Nathaniel – Father – Brighton, MI
Marisa – Mother – Los Angeles, CA
Laura – Mother – New York, NY
IT'S ALL INCLUDED
Round trip airfare between LAX and Singapore
3 experienced Wild Traveler trip leaders 24 hour supervision
Group gear (tents, cooking equipment, etc)
Hotels, hostels, campsites
National Park entrance fees
All meals and snacks
All activities, equipment (kayaks, paddles, SCUBA gear, etc)