The south coast of Cambodia is also known for its islands. I did have a hard time figuring out which island to visit, as the choice is so. Koh Rong was out of the question, as a party venue for 20-year-old backpackers, Koh Rong Sanloem would have been a choice, but I was not totally convinced. Then I got the tip of Koh Ta Kiev. This is an island without power, without WIFI / Internet and without mobile phone reception. However stunning with amn amazing beach and fluorescent plankton at night (more on that later 😉).
Looking briefly at pictures on Google, I was already convinced.
I booked a bed in 'Kactus Koh Ta Kiev'. The choice of accommodation on the island is very limited and Kactus had great reviews. As a precaution, I only booked 2 nights, as I did not know where exactly I would end up here 😅 In addition, I have recently read on TripAdvisor that the place was a total hippie place, where people just party all day and are constantly on some drugs. Wonderful 🙊 It has to be said, that the rating was written a year ago🧐
I took a boat at 12:00hrs from Otres Beach to Koh Ta Kiev. The boat was organized by the guesthouse. I did not really have any idea where it went, how long it took and so on. As
I was the only one on the boat, I could not ask anyone. The bot, however, was labelled with the name of the guesthouse, which was a comforting fact😁
The ride took about 45min. Past green, hilly islands. We first passed flat sea in bright sunshine. Once we turned around the island strong winds and waves picked up. Drenched by the waves, luckily only me and not my luggage, I arrived quite excited on the island.
The beach🙊 snow white. Climbing from the boat, I stood soaked on the beach not knowing where I should go.
But then the Lani came running towards me with a big smile. She explained the guesthouse to me and what activities were available to do (nothing much really 😁) and showed me my bed. The complex consists exclusively of tree houses (or houses on high stilts). All rooms are open. No doors. No walls.
The dorm was huge, with 12 single beds, in the middle the lockers, with a high thatched roof and open on the side. There is no electricity and no WIFI / Internet and cell phone reception. I immediately stowed my iPhone somewhere deep in the backpack. Wonderful.
First of all, I put on my sneakers and started walking. Along the endless white sandy beach. Unfortunately, it must be mentioned at this point that this is not unaffected. Here, too, one inevitably sees what bad traces humans leave behind. Yes the beach is full of trash. A sad and frustrating picture 😔 This is not even from the island itself, but is washed up from the ocean.
At the end of the beach I turned on a small trail that led me directly into the jungle. Was that hot in there. Well it’s not even the heat, it’s more the high humidity that knocks you right out. I just walked through the jungle. Armed with a stick to knock down existing cobwebs before I land in it. Apparently there are tarantulas here, after all. And snakes. And frogs. And whatever else there is in a jungle. After about 20min. I suddenly stood in front of a small cliff to the sea. I should have climbed down here, wading through the water to get to the next guesthouse. However, I discovered a centipede next to my foot that was as big as my hand. Yes, my hand is not huge, but it was the centipede 😱😂 I turned around and walked right back where I came from. Always the stick in front. Spider webs - remember😉
In the evening at dinner I met Snorre from Norway and Eva from Belgium. Since the both have not yet seen the glowing plankton, we went to the beach together after dinner. We were lucky that there is currently no moon in the sky (wherever it is 🤷🏼♀️😁). As there are only a few electric lights at the guesthouse, the island is otherwise pitch black. Slowly, we waded in the pitch dark into the sea. When we were about waist deep in the water, we moved with our arms and everything around us glowed. It was amazingly beautiful. Above us the endless stars and around us in the water a second 'stars’ glowing.
When illuminated by the sea, the seawater seems to luminesce blue to green. In fact, it is not the seawater itself that shines, but the microorganisms (ie. plankton) in the seawater send out more or less long-lasting light signals after touch stimulation.
That the glow is triggered by touch stimuli, can be observed on the beach. Marine lighting is only occasional, because the required microorganisms do not always occur in the required concentration in seawater. The exact conditions for the occurrence of microorganisms have not been completely clarified.
In the bay of Koh Ta Kiev, however, it seems, depending on the swell / moon level, etc. to be visible throughout the year.
Not so bad to end the day in this way 😉⭐️