Tiga ( Tiga Island ) - Sabah
THE SURVIVOR ISLAND
Just over a hundred years ago, a tiny island was
formed by a volcanic eruption off of the coast
of Borneo. Since that time, the island of Pulau
Tiga has recently became a household place name
known as the Survivor Island due to the popular
television show Survivor.
is a reality-based television show based on Sweden's
Expedition Robinson. Contestants in this twisted
game show were "marooned" on Pulau Tiga
and have to slowly vote each other off the island
and the end result, after 39 days, is that only
one "survivor" remains - and that person
wins $1 million!
Tiga is 6 miles (10 km) offshore on the west coast
of Sabah, to the northeast of the country of Brunei.
The island is about 2.8 miles (4.5 km) long and
1 mile (1.5 km) wide, for a total of eight square
miles (20.7 km2). Pulau Tiga's highest peak is
approximately 330 feet (100 meters) tall.
the PULAU TIGA RESORT, you'll never be short of
something to do, whether action or relaxation
is what you're after ...
7-km coral reef around the islands is home to
some 35 general species and 98 species of hard
corals and their accompanying guests
- the brightly coloured fish
and other marine life to whom the reef is home.
The coral reefs which fringe part of Pulau Tiga
Park are easily accessible and contains some species
not found in the reefs on the west coast.
Around the island especially the southern and
eastern portion are found fringing coral reefs
through which one could snorkel and scuba dive
among a kaleidoscope of colors and forms for hours.
About 132 species of fishes representing 62 genera
in 32 families have been identified around these
The island consists of three low hills that were
formed when volcanoes of mineral-rich
mud were spewed out from underground. Since the
last explosion in 1941, the volcanoes
have remained passive, leaving the island relatively
serene. Coral fragments from the encircling reef,
make up the fine sand of its clean white
beaches, while the lush green forest is reflected
in the emerald depths of the crystal clear sea.
Trail to Rocky Beach (1,900 m)
The 30 minutes trail starts at the base camp near
to the National University of Malaysia marine
research site. The volcanoes are now largely dormant.
Every few hours, bubbles of gas rise to the surface
and with a loud sighing 'gloop' spatter cold mud
over the surrounding vegetation. Many visitors
are fascinated by this and some even spread the
cold mud over their face and body - nature's beauty
treatment! One of the sapling of special interest
encountered along this trail is the Tongkat Ali
which is well-known for its medicinal properties.
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