Pregnant ladies, no room at the inn and a berth at Telaga - sounds like Christmas

Position           06:21.99 N 099:41.12 E

Date                1430 (UTC+8) Sunday 13 December 2015

Distance run    14.5nm over the ground, 15.8nm though the water

                        And then we moved a further mile which took us 4 miles

Trip total         From Singapore 468nm over the ground, 450nm through the water

 

We started the day with a quick dinghy ride for the mile round to the landing for the Lake of the Pregnant Maiden arriving at the same time as the staff coming to open up the café and the visitor facilities.  We must have caught them on the hop as we did not get asked to pay the entrance fee.  We also had the fresh lake entirely to ourselves.

 

Still waters but you have to get there early – the fresh water lake at Telok Dayang Bunting

 

Water nymph.  The “Pregnant Maiden” is to do with delivery of babies so no collateral risks

 

By the time that we left the first of that days thousands were arriving

 

We then sailed off to try and find a marina berth.  There was definitely no room luck at Rebak Island Marina but a late call to Telaga Harbour gained us a berth for four days.

 

Telaga Harbour Marina.  Not in the first flush of youth but a secure berth with friendly staff

 

Looking back at the entrance into Telaga

 

This comfortable scene was on the office doormat

 

Telaga whilst 16km from the main town had its advantages.  The marina rents out cars with little formality and at a reasonable cost so getting around is not a problem.  The Port Captain, Immigration and Customs offices are all collocated in a building next to the dock and there are restaurants within easy walking distance.  The marina does appear somewhat neglected however and seems full of semi-permanent residents who regard short term visitors with something approaching rude hostility.  It is not the first time that we have found this problem amongst the cruiser fraternity that have gone aground.  We understand there is a cruiser community at Rebak and better visitor facilities including access to the hotel swimming pool.