Our Adventure to Pulau Tiga (Survivor
By Yolanda Huijts & Melina Molukun
Survival, finding food and stranded on a deserted island. These
were our first few thoughts about our trip to this island. Pulau Tiga also reminded us of
the American television show Survivor which first brought the island into the world's
attention. We could imagine ourselves on the beach with sand flies biting our feets while
trying to search for food. Luckily however, our trip to Pulau Tiga did give us a chance to
spend time as castaway adventurers as the island's Pulau Tiga Resort offered us a more
comfortable overnight option!
Pulau Tiga lies about 48 km (30 miles) south of Kota Kinabalu in
Kimanis Bay on the West coast of Sabah. To get there, you can either be adventurous like
us and take the two hours car journey from Kota Kinabalu to the jetty at Kuala Penyu and
followed by a half-an-hour boat cruise to the island, or you can charter a boat from Kota
Kinabalu straight to the island. For us the journey to Kuala Penyu was a scenic travel
with views of the typical Malaysian "kampong" (village) houses on stilts with
the background of Sabah's beautiful natural landscape.
The boat trip to the island only took about 15 minutes, which was a
pleasant ride that gave us a nice view of the coastline. Upon arrival to the island, it
took another 5 minutes' walk in the shade of trees, to get to the famous Pulau Tiga
Resort. We welcomed the sight of the resort's comfortable chalets and especially the porch
where everyone dreamed of enjoying a drink or a meal while enjoying the perfect view of
the beautiful beach. Later in the evening this dream was realised as, together with our
colleagues, we sipped our drinks and watched the sunset.
As soon as we placed our luggage in our rooms and after having
freshened up, we decided to explore the island. From the resort, you can enjoy a fifteen
minutes hike on a scenic nature trail to the inner parts of the island to the Mud Volcano.
Here you can soak in the mud, said to be very good for the skin. Pulau Tiga was formed
(and still is) from the eruption of several mud volcanoes. As a result, the island has its
own collection of plants that cannot be found on any of the nearby islands or even on the
The mud volcano was an interesting phenomenon to see and it was
indeed pleasant to soak our bodies in it. After this, we soaked in tthe sea, to clean
ourselves off the mud. It was an unforgettable experience! We must have looked funny, but
we did not care because after the soaking our skin looked younger, healthier and fresher!
After our muddy experience, we enjoyed the relaxing island atmosphere and we especially
enjoyed the beautiful beach! When visiting Sabah, we recommend you to take a trip to Pulau
Tiga to make the most of your travelling experience!
For further information, please contact Sabah Tourism at tel. no.
6-088 -212121 or Sri Pelancongan Sabah at tel. no. 088 - 232121. Alternatively, visit our
website at www.sabahtourism.com
Tourism Bulletin - Sabah Malaysian Borneo, August 2002
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