Island Hopping: Pulau Tiga (Survivor Island), Kuala Penyu

Hello everyone!

It’s my first post of the year and we’re already in the second month. How’s your year so far? Have you give in to your goals? I hope not. Whatever your goals are for this year, I hope you’ll keep on working on them. Don’t give up! Sure, some days we feel demotivated and defeated, but that’s just a reminder that you’ve been working hard and need to step back and breathe. So do that and come back stronger. You got this! Okay?

For my first entry of the the year, I’d like to share our Pulau Tiga experiences. We planned this trip about one month before the actual date. But the funny thing was I only knew we were going to Kuala Penyu two days before the trip. I even confidently told my friend that we’re going to take the boat at Jesselton Point. Hah! That’s what happened when you don’t Google your destination.

Moving on, Tiga Island is also known as the Survivor Island because the first season of Survivor was shot there. Though, admittedly, I never watched the show and never took interest to watch it. However, this island is actually less known compare to the islands around KK and Semporna. There are also less people there.  So if you want to escape from the crowded beaches then Pulau Tiga is just perfect for that.

Our boat set off from the Kuala Penyu mainland at around  8.30 in the morning. It took about 40 minutes if I’m not mistaken to reach our first stop, the Sandspit. It was a inhabited island with white sand where you can take loads of pictures if you wish to. If I’m being honest, you actually can skip this island and spend more time for snorkelling or do other activities. This time, my snorkelling experience was more exciting since I had more confident and didn’t depend on guide to assist me like in Mabul. We saw more fishes here. Way too many fishes that it got us super excited.

After snorkelling, we then went to Pulau Tiga. Checked in, settled down before we proceeded with another activity. Floating on the volcano mud! From our hostel, we need to walk for about 30 minutes I think, to get to the volcano mud. At first, I was a bit reluctant, thinking ‘what if I get drown? It looks deep’ over thinking always gets the best of me. But the moment I felt myself floating on volcano mud, I couldn’t help but to smile and a sense of relieved wash over me. I had a good time floating!

The highlight of this trip for me was witnessing the sun set. It was utterly beautiful. Pure bliss. If you’re in Pulau Tiga, you should not miss the sun set. But let’s just hope the weather permit. At night, we had barbecue and played some games. Sang songs. It was a good time.

We spent only a night there, so we left the island around ten in the morning. It was such a short trip but wonderful nonetheless.

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Till next post 🙂


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