Cherating: Snake Island (Pulau Ular)
Being a typical beach bum girl, I’m always looking forward to a little island adventure and we made sure that we made time for this trip. The staff at the recreation centre reminded us to wear our orange life jackets before jumping on the boat. We had to walk a little bit out to the sea with water above our knees and this was the start of our splashy journey.
There were two boats heading to Snake Island but with different missions. Our boat was mainly for island hopping only while the second boat was headed for a snorkeling activity on Snake Island. When the engine started, the salty water splashed all over us like a heavy rain shower on a hot day. Lucky for me, I had my sunglasses on and it wasn’t so difficult to soak in the deep blue horizon.
Twenty minutes later, we reached our destination which turned out to be quite a small, private island. Our guide told us that the island across from us had many snakes on it but this one surprisingly had none at all. Why the locals decided to name this particular island as the Snake Island was puzzling to him to. We were just happy that the snakes decided not to make this place its’ home.
Time to Play.
There were dried corals on the sandy beach making it a little difficult to barefoot on the island but these corals were quite pretty to look at. They piled on each other like a little sand pile except they’re a bit prickly. We climbed on the big rock which led to the edge of a view of the beautiful blue water as far as the eye can see. It was just amazing. Rock formations appeared in clusters like a stepping stone to infinity. The water must be really deep here and I imagined myself diving off from it making a big splash. The only thing that was stopping me was my fear for jellyfishes.
A couple decided to mark their love in one of the big stones here for others to see. It’s pretty cute. I should left my Travel Bug mark there too so that it would help with traffic to this site. Hehe. Just kidding.
Trekking On An Island.
After taking a few more photos (ala Titanic) and of the strange rock formation, we played for a little while in the water, feeding the fishes with bread while the other group swam out for their snorkeling activities. The fishes were colourful, from small to medium sized and they surrounded us as the sight of the soggy bread in the water.
While they were enjoying their underwater activity, our group, led by the guide, climbed up into the small jungle, trekking our way to a big bat cave. I had a slight shiver up my neck and spine at the sight of hundreds of bats crawling on the cave, trying to find a suitable place for the nap session. They didn’t disturb us so we went past them and came out to another rock ledge overlooking the other side of the island.
An eagle hovered above us and this was the only eagle on the island. From here we took another path to the west side of the island and walked back to where we started, with water up to our waist. I was quite concerned about those jellyfishes but luckily for us they didn’t turn up. We did get tangled into a weave of seaweed which felt pretty weird against my legs. It was like being caught in a soft net.
If you crave for island hopping or island tripping adventures like I do, this island is worth exploring as it’s the only one that is available. Other islands were way too far and not accessible from Cherating.
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About Yafieda Jamil
A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.