TEKEK - JUARA
a walk through the jungle
Through the jungle
10 hours of sleep left us feeling awesome as we woke in paradise. The tide was right in and butterflies fluttered all over the bougainvilleas outside our hut. Today we were going to do the 7km hike up over the island to Juara beach on the other side. By the time we’d managed to find some breakfast and get instructions the day was hot. We had to firstly walk into Tekek then head into the jungle. The first part took us around the water so clear we could see the sea life.
The jungle was thick but thankfully cooler. Huge trees like Kauri dotted the surrounds. Lots of lizards but not much other visible wildlife. About halfway up we came across two German girls who had turned back as they were scared of the monkeys ahead. Andy shepherded us past the family of monkeys and on we continued to climb up through the jungle. We eventually reached the top but there were no views due to the density of the bush around us. Eventually on the way down the other side the path turned in to a road that deposited us at Juara beach and village.
The beach was stunning. Long white sand with gentle waves and even less people. We wandered up and down before settling on a spot. A little burger shack provided lunch and we dived into the waves while waiting on our order. After lunch we explored the rocks at the end of the beach looking for places to snorkel but it was a bit rough so we settled with swimming in the waves and lounging on the sand. The 4WD taxi trip back to our side of the island was a little hair-raising and beautiful too as the newly concreted road wound steeply up then down across the island. At some point it was a 45 degree angle. The cars can only go so far so we walked the rest of the way stopping for a beverage and garlic pizza bread at Sunset bar. Again cooling off in the crustal clear water while waiting for our order.
Back at Bamboo Hill Chalets we had one final swim before it was Andy’s turn to beat me at cards on the deck. Perfectly positioned the deck gave us perfect people watching views and the hours of selfie taking was highly amusing, watching people dump their trash on the beach not so. I had to intervene at one point.
We got a takeaway from the usual place, still the only restaurant on ABC open and took it down to the one bar to eat with a beer and a few whiskeys. We chatted to a few people and discovered it is mainly a diving community and a few locals. Let’s hope it stays that way.
The road Tekek - Juara
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