Weekly Photo Challenge: Friendship is a Gem on Gem Island

Friends Looking at the South China Sea

The beauty of friendship is what makes life worth living. Traveling with friends just makes life perfect! For the years we have spent in SE Asia we have been fortunate to make lifelong friendships and share special vacation travels with them. One of our favorite spots is Gem Island on the East Coast of Malaysia. It is a tiny island with only one resort right off of Kapas Island. The snorkeling is gorgeous, the turtle sanctuary is uplifting and the peace and quiet is priceless. We laze in the sea snorkeling or frolicking in the gentle waves, comb the beaches for turtle eggs and shells, swing in a hammock and eat picnic lunches in the cabanas. After a nap and a shower in the garden inspired outdoorsy bathroom we head to dinner in the quaint dining room overlooking the ocean. It is a perfect family getaway and a great chance to unwind and rejuvenate with family and friends.

Frisbee on the Beach at Gem

Cocktail Hour by the Sea

Friends on the Dock at Gem

Gorgeous Gem

Dinner After a Perfect Day



  1. June 10, 2012 at 3:56 am

    It looks idyllic!

  2. June 11, 2012 at 4:36 am

    Of all the hundreds of beaches I’ve been on, at all times of the year, I’ve never found one where I could search for turtle eggs and shells. Here in America, searching for turtle eggs is illegal, and the only shells that I ever knew about were deposited on the beaches by hurricanes. By the time I got there, all the shells were gone!

    • globalanni said,

      June 11, 2012 at 5:01 am

      It is illegal here too. We search for the nests in the mornings. The workers from the turtle sanctuary come and transport the nest to a fenced area to protect them from poachers and predators. They stay in a safe pool after hatching and then are released on the beach where they were originally laid. They have a better chance of survival when they are bigger.

      • June 11, 2012 at 5:11 am

        Here they simply fence off the beach where the turtles have been laying eggs for centuries. There is one beach on South Padre Island, Texas, where the turtles all seem to hatch at the same time and scurry off to see. I’ve never witnessed it in person, though, even though I basically grew up on South Padre Island since that’s where we went every day after school to go surfing.

      • globalanni said,

        June 11, 2012 at 5:20 am

        Makes sense. Unfortunately the turtle eggs here sell for about $30. per egg. That is a lot of money here. Each nests has about 100 eggs so it is hard to keep the poachers away. It is considered a delicacy and the market is wide open. Education about conservation is beginning to make its mark though. Our school raises thousands of dollars a year for WWF for turtle conservation. We have Green turtles, Hawkbills, Olive Ridleys, and Leatherbacks here, but they are all endangered.

        We went to a turtle release and it was amazing to see them scurrying across the sand and into the sea.

      • June 11, 2012 at 5:33 am

        Ostrich and emu eggs sell for a lot here, which is why their are lots of ostrich and emu farms out in the boondocks.

  3. June 11, 2012 at 5:34 am

    I want so badly for WordPress to give us a way to edit our comments after they are posted. “Their” of course should be “there.”

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