Hello from Alpha 8!
For the past 12 days we have been trekking in the beautiful rainforests surrounding Long Pasia and we have all had the most incredible time, have seen some amazing things.
We spent 2 nights at the enchanting Maga Falls where our guide Fauzy, took us to a nearby bat cave that we had to abseil down into, using only a rope (most of us got pooed on) and Jamie very nearly took a tumble down the waterfall when we walked a little too close to the waters edge!
We also had some down time, where Fauzy showed us how to make jungle bling - bracelets and wood carvings, which kept us amused for hours including Sophie, who attempted an ambitious sun bear carving (not to scale), but ended up with half a cat and lots of zinc oxide taped fingers.
Always up for a challenge, we stormed a two day hike in under seven hours, proving ourselves to be a strong and able team. Fauzy could see our strength and offered us the opportunity to finish our trek with two long and hard days, which we eagerly accepted and did not regret. After six hours of steep uphill and some truly breathtaking views, we had the privilege of camping next to Yao Yao lake, an eerily beautiful place that we all felt lucky to have seen and some of us were even brave enough to swim in, despite the legends of the huge and dangerous monkey - fish.
To keep us entertained on trek Beni and Sophia introduced 'The Man Challenge' - no sitting down or taking bags off unless a designated rest was called and definitely no falling over - which they both promptly lost within an hour of the first day.
After all that hard work, Alpha 8 are in need of some TLC and therefore for the next week we will be diving, tanning and most importantly eating all of Alpha 7 and 9's left over food on the beautiful Dive Island.