The journey started at 10pm on Thursday night. Seventy people and loads of camping equipments were stuffed into two buses.
Reached Shah Bandar Jetty (Kuala Terengganu) at 7am. We washed up at the public washroom near by before having our breakfast. A briefing on the arrangement of tasks were made.
All the camping equipments were loaded into the ferry smoothly as planned. It's important to organise everything before hand if it involves a large group of people, especially if many of them are first timer. We left the jetty at 8.45am
Tadaaaa......... Reached the Redang Islands Marine Park at 10.30am. We quickly unload the bags and equipments and moved to the camp site situated just behind the marine park's office.
No time to loose, a briefing were made and the camp site was cleared before the tents were pitched.In an hour, the setup was done and was ready for the excitement.
More briefings were done. Students were informed about the dos and don'ts of camping and some common rules at the marine park. Students were then divided into groups where they will have their activities in a group. This was also important to ensure students safety.
Lunch were prepared in group. All were 'forced' to rest before the activities begin in the afternoon.
At 4pm, all were geared for snorkeling. Many of them were first timer so I got to give more briefing, just to ensure their safety.
I did some demonstration on the use of the goggles, some breathing techniques and some satety measures during snorkeling.
It's not easy to take care of 65 energetic and adrenaline filled youngsters. I got to keep watch all the time. Hehehe... macam citer Bay Watch...cuma badan Josh bulat, tak cantik macam hero kat citer tu..(ooopsss)
More activities on the second and third days. We got the chance to visit the turtle conservation sanctuary at Chagar Hutang Beach managed by the Turtle Research and Rehabilitation Group of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (previously KUSTEM). Special thanks to Prof Chan Eng Heng for the arrangment and permission. Will update with more pics when I got time.