This hike is only 50km from Singapore, but it is remote.
My Garmin Edge 500 GPS made the little red line across the map okay, but it’s not following any known road or marked river and even the island itself doesn’t rate a name on Google Maps. The local people call it Sugi, and I was taken there with students from the Swiss School of Singapore, on a trip organised from Telunas Beach Resort. I’ve included the downloadable map below, and to keep you happy till you scroll down to it…here’s the trip in pictures:
As the Riau Island fishermen set out for the morning...
...we zipped past them in rather faster boats.
We turned up the wide river where the locals hunt for crabs...
...past the charcoal burners'houses clinging to the banks...
...and into the mangroves.
...where the villagers tap the rubber trees.
The snakes were small and thin and more afraid of us than we were of them.
The squirrels were hard to spot.
The pitcher plants were shy.
After a hot sweaty walk, the Black Lagoon Waterfall was just what we needed.
Here’s the route we took – 7km by boat, then a 9km hike to the waterfall and back.
To see the route in detail on Garmin Connect, click here.