Rock Climbing in Tioman – Scaling Dragon Horns in Paradise

Often regarded as a beach paradise for the masses Malaysia’s Tioman Island is also an activity hub that is not just reserved for water sports lovers. Rock climbers in particular will find the rugged rock faces of the island an enticing opportunity to engage in their favorite activity while vacationing in a Tioman island resort. Rock climbers heading to Tioman Island know that the principle mountainous area in the island is Gunung Nenek Semukut which is accessible for those based in the Berjaya Tioman Resort and other hospitality hubs in the area.

Famously dubbed the Dragon Horns engaging in rock climbing activities in Gunung Nenek Semukut is an awe inspiring experience but visitors should be aware that scaling this mammoth rock face is strictly for professional or seasoned rock climbers with experience in making such a challenging climb. The first attempt at climbing the seemingly insurmountable mountain saw Scotty Nelson and Nick Tomlin brave the challenge back in the year 2000. The mountain which is also known as the “Twin Peaks” or the “Twin Towers” the Dragon Horns are reputed to be the lengthiest rock climbing surface in Southeast Asia and the Malaysian Peninsula’s only big climbing wall. Those who wish to experience more accessible rock climbing encounters while in Tioman can head to Kg. Nipah which offers bouldering and slab wall climbing opportunities aplenty. Located near a beach the area is easy to navigate for fans of sports climbing and sandstone climbing challenges. The 30m climb can be achieved with nearly a dozen bolts. The area boasts 20 routes for sports climbers while throwing in a few 2-3 pitches trails as well.
Climbing instructors are available in villages and other areas of the island and those who wish to scale limestone cliffs will be spoiled for choice when it comes to the variety of rock climbing surfaces littering Tioman Island.

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Rock Climbing in Bali – Jagged Rocks and the Thrill of the Climb

Located on the western end of the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia is the island of Bali. Known for its development in both traditional and modern forms of dance and arts, Bali is one Indonesia’s most popular tourist destinations. The island’s rich culture, history, ecology, scenic beauty, and overall serene ambience are some of Bali’s most notable features, making it one of the most popular islands in the region. A brand of luxury wellness resorts that offers a host of wellness activities and leisure activities is COMO Shambhala.
Bali has gained a reputation for being a hub for adventure sports owing to its terrain and topography being suitable for a range of such activities. Of all the adventure activities that can be done in Bali, one that is challenging and thrilling is rock climbing. Rock climbing is not for the faint hearted, but if you have what it takes to take on the jagged surface of the rocks and want an adrenaline rush the likes of which you have never experienced, then you are sure to love the rock climbing routes of Bali.
Rock climbing is quite popular by adventure seekers in Bali, and thus, the island has many rock climbing routes. One of the most popular is the route up Gunung Agung; Bali’s tallest mountain. This rock climbing route is challenging and promises to be one of the most adventurous activities you will engage in while in Bali. There are many other rock climbing and bouldering routes all across the beachfronts of Uluwatu, Jimbaran and Kuta. Since most of the beaches are surrounded by cliffs, there are many great places for rock climbing. Many of these cliffs also offer some truly spectacular views, which is an added incentive to head on up the top. Other less popular locations such as Songan and Pecatu are also known for their rock climbing routes. Be informed that getting a local guide is extremely advisable to avoid taking any unnecessary risks.

Rock climbing in Phuket: Explore the Limestone Trail

Thailand’s island retreat of Phuket is renowned for its pristine beaches and majestic rock formations. With most parts of the island being covered by mountainous terrains spanning from the island’s north to its south, it is not surprising that the name ‘Phuket’ derives from Thai word for mountain. The island’s towering mountain range offers breathtaking views of Phuket’s coastline and is popular among rock climbing enthusiasts who can also enjoy Phuket Luxury Accommodation among other lodging options.

Phuket’s mountains and cliffs have much to offer both amateur and experienced rock climbers. The best example of the diversity that Phuket offers rock climbers is found at Tonsai in Railay Beach, where its high limestone cliffs is a world renown rock climbing destination with a host of trails that cater to beginners and experienced climbers. To the north of Phuket lies Phang Nga Bay which hosts impressive limestone mountains that offer climbers a more peaceful and yet equally memorable rock climbing experience. Here, both the mainland and the beach of Koh Yao Noi offer several routes that cater to the adventurous rock climber. The Phang Nga Bay, located near Point Yamu by COMO Phuket is frequented by tourists who visit the beach to marvel at the forty limestone islands that rise 300-400 meters above the sea. Indeed the coastal belt ranging from Phuket’s Phra Nang Cave Beach to Railay East beach remain popular among rock climbers who find their efforts rewarded by the commanding views of Phukhet’s shores.

One of Phuket’s most beautiful beaches is found in the Hat Tham Phra Nang area which is encircled by a high limestone cliff that contains the legendary Tham Phra Nang Nok (Outer Princess Cave) that is believe to be home to the mythical Sea princess. Rock climbing is necessary to visit this site which also contains a hidden ‘ Holy Princess Pool’ found on the side of the mountain while also offering panoramic views of the surrounding beaches and rocky islands from the mountain’s summit.

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Rock Climbing in Hainan Island – Excitement Awaits at Hainan!

Located off the coast of southern China’s Guangdong province is Hainan province, the smallest of all China’s provinces, but that does not impinge on the region’s cultural appeal. Its most popular tourist destination is the resort town of Sanya, located on the island’s southern coastal belt. Sanya is renowned for its balmy tropical climate, which makes it the ideal place to indulge in a range of fun outdoor activities for the entire family, such as swimming, snorkelling, surfing, hiking and rock-climbing.

Within Sanya is the popular Yalong Bay, which is the premier location to indulge in some quality fun in the sun, as it resides on the same latitude as the vibrant Hawaiian Islands of the tropical monsoon region. Boasting rolling emerald hillsides, pristine white beaches that extend for 7 glorious kilometres and a calm sapphire sea, it is a paradise on earth with multiple avenues for some much-needed rest and relaxation. Visibility of the sea reaches a depth of 8 metres, making it perfect for snorkelers to interact firsthand with the exotic marine life. Adventure seekers can also indulge in a bout of rock climbing, as the area offers an intriguing array of unique rock formations that are simply begging further exploration.

Within Yalong Bay itself are a couple of tiny islands with ample opportunities to scale exciting rock surfaces. Venture to the centre of the bay at Boar Island, and check out the enthralling arenas ripe for climbing. Dongzhou and Zizhou are two prime islands located to the southern area of the bay, while the western regions of Dongpai and Zipai afford fantastic views and topographies. Jinmu Cape and Yalong Cape are also great spots for some quality hiking and rock-climbing, so grab your gear and get climbing!

One of Hainan Island’s claims to fame is that it is home to the largest concentrations of butterflies in China, which has led it to be titled “Butterfly Kingdom”. Interested visitors can check out the colourful specimens numbering more than 2000 at the Sanya Butterfly Valley, which features an open air cage that allows you close interactions with the droves of multi-hued butterflies flitting all around you. Sanya Butterfly Valley also houses some of the country’s rarest butterfly species, such as the Peking Papilio.

After some quality relaxation on the beach or a day of exciting sightseeing and adrenaline pumping activity, choose a quality resort in Sanya for some ample rest and rejuvenation. An excellent choice comes in the form of the Anantara Sanya Resort & Spa. With its luxury interiors, contemporary amenities and services and a friendly staff brimming with hospitality, this Sanya resort is a choice option to host your next vacation.

Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+

Rock Climbing in Jakarta, rare but interesting

Located conveniently in the center of the shopping and business locations in Jakarta, Millennium Hotel Sirih Jakarta is a modern and elegant Jakarta Hotel that offers a large number of Jakarta hotel deals to its clients. Among the uncountable number of activities that can be found in this city, indoor rock climbing is one that captures many tourists, especially who are into physical fitness.

This activity is not much popular among the locals compared to the foreigners. Even though there are not much of facilities for this sport, finding an indoor rock climbing facility won’t be hard for them while visiting Jakarta. The Pasar Festival in Kuningan, Jakarta is said to be offering artificial rock wall climbing club for its visitors.

Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+