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Pulau Tiga

The Tribe has Spoken

Pulau Tiga is one of a group of small uninhabited Malaysian islands in Kimanis Bay off the western coast of Sabah. The islands were formed on September 21, 1897, when an earthquake on Mindanao caused a volcanic eruption near Borneo. The island is 607 hectares in size and has a couple of active mud volcanos at the highest part of the island. Pulau Tiga is one of the three islands that make up Pulau Tiga National Park. The Park Headquarters are on the island, comprising an office complex and accommodation for the park staff and visiting scientists.

Pulau Tiga became well known through the Survivor television series. It was the setting of Survivor: Borneo, the first American season of the show. It was also the setting of the first seasons of the Swedish and British shows.

     

 Survivor : Borneo

The Entrance 

Tribal Statue

Diving

Whether you are a snorkel, beginner's diver or certified diver, the Dive Center offers you various underwater adventure to suit your needs. The team of expert instructors and fleet of comfortable dive boat will guide you on an experience you will treasure.

The Dive Center also offer scuba diving courses from a beginner level to a professional Divemaster. With only one resort on Tiga Island, you can guarantee a relaxed and tranquil dive holiday. Pulau Tiga Resort offers PADI dive courses and many dive sites for the novice and experienced divers including some unexplored dive locations. A rich variety of marine life can be seen including nudibranchs, bamboo sharks, cuttlefish, marbled stingray and of course, a visit to nearby 'Snake Island' guarantees sightings of banded sea snakes.

 The surrounding reefs are shallow with healthy coral and water visibility ranging from 6m to 20m. Several species of mammals, numerous birds (including the very rare megapode), a variety of reptiles and amphibians and hundreds of species of insects can be found on Tiga Island making it truly wild tropical island.

The best time for diving is April to August, but it's ok from february to may. The reefs are shallow and visibility can range from about 6 to 20m depending on the season.

There are a dozen of known dive sites around Tiga island: Coleman Shoal, Larai Point, West End, Tiga's Trail, House Reef, UKM's Reef, Asmarqa Point, Phukat Point, Midreef, New and Old Navigation, Whip Garden, Dunlop Corner, etc.

 

Evening view in Pulau Tiga


In summary the islands have the following distinct features:

  • Outstanding scenic views and sunsets.
  • A variety of island habitats
  • Floral diversity with oral strands of trees in an area that has never been logged
  • Floral composition that includes several species of orchids, ferns, palms and shrubs
  • Fauna composition that include the elusive megapodes , variety of insects, birds and reptiles
  • Interesting geological formation - the mud volcanoes, and it's effects on the island vegetation growth and composition
  • The well-known snake island and snake biology and ecology
  • Good coral environment for snorkeling and scuba diving
  • A reasonable sheltered bay at most times of the year for a safe place to conduct many water sport activities

 

      

 Panoramic view of Pulau Tiga

 The divers' favourite spot

Sandy white beach 

 

 

Dive Fact for Pulau Tiga

What to expect  Black sea urchins,several cuttlefish, nudibranch, large Barrel Sponges, lettuce corals, table corals                      
Average Visibility  10m
Average water temperature  26-28 C
Depth  9 - 17 m
Must dive  South of The Northwest End of Picnic Beach, South of The Southwest End of Picnic Beach

 

Getting There

Located 48 km south of Kota Kinabalu and the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, Pulau Tiga National Park is reached by driving the 140 km to Kuala Penyu, a small settlement on the tip of the Klias Peninsula.

From here it is another 18 km, or about 30 minutes, by boat. Another way of getting there is by chartering a speed boat from Kota Kinabalu and cruises to Pulau Tiga, or fly to Labuan and charter a speed boat from Labuan.