This is my third trip to the Blue Mountain Kelong. This time was four days three nights. The physical distance is not that far, but getting there involved a few mode of transport. We start off at Singapore Cruise Centre on a 60min ferry ride to Batam. Upon arrival at Batam, we changed to a van for a land transfer of about an hour depending along Barelang Highway to Mongak dam. After which is a boat ride of about 30min to get to Blue Mountain kelong.
The 30min boat ride to the kelong can be a little rough for those who have motion sickness since it is a small boat. Personally I enjoyed the boat ride being in the expanse of blue skies and sea! Here’s the sight of the kelong as the boat is nearing.
All meals were provided at the kelong. Meals include breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner and supper! We had loads of seafood, be it fish, prawns, crabs, shellfish, cuttlefish, you named it we had it… and in abundance!
The rooms are simple, but with its own attached bathroom. Do note that all waste goes back to the sea. You can see the sea from the little gaps between the wood planks. They bought new thick mattresses for their rooms as I remembered the previous stay was on thinner mattresses.
There isn’t much to do at the kelong except to fish, read, draw/paint (which we did quite a bit), sleep, chit chat, eat, sit around, and take loads of photos. Some tried swimming in the sea and some others took a hike to the attached island where they see various vegetation and simple farming.
There was an unexpected highlight for us… the kelong rescued a very sick turtle some time ago and they were ready to release it back to the sea. I was told that it was so sick that they had to scrub algae off its shell. It was great to witness this beautiful creature regained strength to head back out to the deep wide sea! Feels so good to be connected with nature. The urban jungle dweller finds life again after being immersed in nature, awakening something that was buried deep.
We planned to head out to the White Beach of a nearby island but the rain came. So we were all at the kelong and I painted. While painting, I decided to add a rainbow in hope to see one since White Beach was not possible. God painted the sky with a full bow rainbow!! What a display!
The sunrise at the kelong was beautiful! Yes, we woke up at 5am to see the sunrise. We slept early as there was not much to do at night, without wifi except each other’s company. The sound of waves had a sedative effect on me and I was constantly sleepy! I shall leave you with a few of my favourite photos of sunrises taken during my stay using my iPhone 5. Hope you enjoy them!