Visit to Charna Island, Karachi

Saturday, 18th April 2015, Our class arranged a get together at Charna Island, the beautiful picnic spot near Mubarak Village. Millenium Mall was gathering point, so I, Ateeque & Adnan who spend night at my home, ensure our presence by 6:30 a.m. We rubbed the sleep out of our eyes as we met other class mates and waited for the rest of the group. The group left for Mubarak Village around 8:00 a.m. At around 9:30 we reached the main road connecting the Mubarak Village (near the HUBCO-Power Plant).

About Charna Island

The Churna Island (also Churna Island) is a 4×3 square kilometer barren island with no civilian population. It is famous for the marine life around it, which includes barracuda, Narrow-barred Spanish mackerel, cobia, Dorado, Tuna, angel fish, sea urchin, sea fan, oyster, ray fish and rare green turtle. The surrounding area is also popular for scuba diving because of the presence of widely varied marine life and different kinds of coral reef.

Starting the Journey to Churna Island

We had hire Scuba Club for the trip & they charged us Rs2,600 per person. On the way to the Mubarak village, we drove past rocky hills and sparse wild greenery, punctuated by brown and dusty land that seems to stretch on for miles. It took roughly an hour & half to reach Mubarak Village.

Arriving at Mubarak Village
Arriving at Mubarak Village

I took off my shoes & changed in the van and walked into the water. It was feeling refreshed and relaxed. After an hour, the organisers hired a small boat with noisy diesel engines for a trip to nearby Charna Island. Before we made it to fishermen’s boats a speech was in order from the organisers. As we clambered on board, our boat swayed towards the open sea.

We at Beach of Mubarak Village | Boats in the Background
We at Beach of Mubarak Village | Boats in the Background
Group Selfie at Mubarak Village Athar, Adnan, Usman, Me, Haseeb, Ateeque, Adnan
Group Selfie at Mubarak Village
Athar, Adnan, Usman, Me, Haseeb, Ateeque, Adnan
Thats me, Adnan & Ateeque, Riding the Boat :D
Thats me, Adnan & Ateeque, Riding the Boat 😀

As we drew closer to Charna, we were given snorkelling gear and taught how to use it. After an hour on boat we reached our destination, The Charna Island. Although the reef seemed to beckon threateningly, the waters were relatively calm. Once we all got the hang of breathing underwater, however, we couldn’t help but lose ourselves in the wonders below the surface.

Right after first touch of Waters
Right after first touch of Waters
Me | Underwater photography was arranged by organisers.
Me | Underwater photography was arranged by organisers.
The Feel of Cold Waters
The Feel of Cold Waters
Help Me :D
Help Me 😀
Blue Waters of Charna Island | You will not forget this place once you visit it
Blue Waters of Charna Island | You will not forget this place once you visit it
I don't know swimming but life jacket made me like swimmer
I don’t know swimming but life jacket made me like swimmer
Software Engineers | Junani, Abdul Rahman & Waleed
Software Engineers | Junani, Abdul Rahman & Waleed
3 Idiots | Adnan, Me, Ateeque
3 Idiots | Adnan, Me, Ateeque

Cliff Jumping at Churna Island

Eventually, it was time to go cliff jumping: a 25 to 30 foot leap into the water. The idea was frightening, but at the same time exhilarating. One, two, three. JUMP! Off the cliff we went, sailing into the open arms of the sea below. We had to ensure that our arms did not flail so that the drop was as smooth as possible. It was a shock to the system when our bodies met the water, the impact and the rush of adrenaline was almost overpowering and, while it may have lasted just a few precious seconds, the feeling of the water coming up to meet you can never be forgotten.

Organiser "This is the only way to go back to boats".
Organiser “This is the only way to go back to boats”.
Bye Bye Cruel World :p
Bye Bye Cruel World :p
That feel of Jumping. Oh My God.
That feel of Jumping. Oh My God.
I made it.
I made it.

& all of our class remember Ozain’s Cliff Jump. Haha.

Ozain can't jump :D
Ozain can’t jump 😀

Good Bye Churna Island

As the sea started to swell, it was time to say a reluctant goodbye to the island. We went back to the village, a cup of tea in our hands to prevent the cold from taking hold, ready for a change of clothes and some food. Even though we had been on the trip for almost 12 hours, we were still wide-eyed and excited. It seemed like the underwater haven had cast its inevitable spell on us.

Going back from Charna to Mubarak Village | Everyone is sad for leaving.
Going back from Charna to Mubarak Village | Everyone is sad for leaving.
GoodBye Selfie at Evening
GoodBye Selfie at Evening
Well atleast I have this Memory of Charna Island.
Well atleast I have this Memory of Charna Island.

Remember to take Sun block cream with you otherwise you will be totally changed when you come back. Do you have any particular memories of Charna Island or you are planning to visit Charna, then share in the comments??

Published by Sajjad Gul

Hi! I am Sajjad Arif Gul, Software Engineer by profession but apart from my work, I am also a passionate Gamer, Teacher, Swimmer, Photographer and Writer. I love travelling and doing works that bring positive values to the lives of people.

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