We left Tioman on the 7am ferry back to Mersing and took the resort company car to Muar, Ying’s hometown. We were there to visit her family, plus drop off a huge load of duty-free alcohol and chocolate that Ying had purchased on Tioman.
Having worked as a volunteer at a resort on Tioman for over a month now, I thought it might be helpful to work through some of my frustration with a post on snorkelling etiquette. While I was here we had people from Sweden, France, Germany, Japan and Singapore, but mostly they came from Malaysia and China. This is not a post that says one nationality is better than another. People are people, and this is for everyone.
Quick note: I am using the British English spelling of snorkelling, which has 2 Ls, the same as travelling.
Before I go any further, I just want to say that I have never worked illegally in Malaysia, but that’s mostly because the pay is pretty low, about AU$2 an hour. I do enjoy volunteering though, as you generally get free accommodation and food, and the workload is a lot less. If you travel through Malaysia and stick around somewhere for more than a week, it’s highly likely you’ll be offered work of some sort. I’ve met quite a few foreigners from loads of different countries, including Bulgaria, France and Spain, who enjoy living here so much they’ll work a bit to make their stay here free.
I’ve been staying at a resort on Tioman Island, the lovely Aguna Resort in Kampung Genting. A three minute walk from the beach, with badminton and beach volleyball courts nearby. The chef serves up good food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and there’s tea, coffee and water freely available all day long. Also, Tioman is a duty free island, so most products, especially alcohol, are ridiculously cheap.