Friday, October 24, 2008

Pulau Tiga - Survivor Island

From Lost Borneo blog:

Of all the many wonderful natural attractions in this eco-paradise called Sabah, Pulau Tiga Park is perhaps one of the more unique ones. As its name suggests (Pulau Tiga means “three islands” in Malay), the national park is made up of three islands and all three are special in their own way. Established as a national park since 1978, Pulau Tiga only became “famous” after the first season of the popular reality game show, Survivor, was filmed there in 2000. Its remote location and unique features like mud volcanoes, tropical jungle and clear waters made it the perfect place for a deserted island adventure. Despite its new-found fame, the island has not been spoiled by hordes of holiday-makers, and it remains a quiet island getaway.

Getting there

Getting to Pulau Tiga is not as convenient as, say Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, but that can be a blessing in disguise. Its distance from the capital city of Kota Kinabalu means that only those truly determined souls can enjoy the island. There are three ways of getting to the island. The first is by car. From Kota Kinabalu, it is a 140km (2 hours +) car ride to Kuala Penyu, the departing point for Pulau Tiga. The boat ride takes about 30 to 40 minutes from here. An alternative is to travel by speed boat directly from KK. This takes between 60 to 90 minutes. The last alternative is only for those who can afford it – a helicopter ride direct to the island.

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