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ISLANDS OF BORNEO > Sabah Islands > Pulau Tiga Park

Sabah has 6 Marine Parks open to the public :

Tunku Abdul Rahman Park
Pulau Tiga Park
Turtle Island Park (Pulau Penyu National Park)
Tun Sakaran Marine Park
Pulau Sipadan Park
Tun Mustapha Marine Park

Pulau Tiga is an island situated within the Pulau Tiga Park that was gazette in 1978 and located about 35 nautical miles southwest of Kota Kinabalu,. Three islands make up Pulau Tiga Park, they are Pulau Tiga, Pulau Kalampunian Damit or better know as 'Snake Island' and Pulau Kalampunian Besar. Pulau Tiga is believed to have been formed by the eruption of several mud volcanoes, which with the combination of subterranean gas pressure and expelled muddy sediment could have built up the island to its present height of approximately 100m above sea level.

Several species of mammals, numerous birds (including the very rare megapode), a variety of reptiles and amphibians and hundreds of insects can be found on Pulau Tiga, making it a truly wild tropical island. It was no surprise when Pulau Tiga was chosen as the location for the first US CBS TV series 'Survivor'.

With only one resort on Pulau Tiga, 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 m to 20m.

Pulau Tiga Park
(Survivor  Island)

...lies about 48 km (30 miles) south of Kota Kinabalu in Kimanis Bay on the West coast of Sabah...


Borneo Survivor Resort Pulau Tiga
TEL: 088-230806 FAX: 088-237806

The Pulau Tiga Park comprises three islands—Pulau Tiga, Pulau Kalampunian Besar and Pulau Kalampunian Damit situated in the Kimanis Bay, off the west coast of Sabah. Gazette as a National Park in 1978, it covers approximately 15,257 hectares of sea and underwater habitat including the three islands. Lush forests serve as a soothing green backdrop for white sandy beaches and the clear unpolluted waters of the coral fringed seas.


The undisturbed shoreline abounds with a colorful variety of plant life such as the Barringtonia Asiatica easily distinguished by its delicate white flowers with pink stamen- like filaments. There are also Callophylum, Termanilia catappa, and Casuarina not forgetting the Ardisia, a small bushy tree with clusters of tiny pink flowers. The Ranggu and Keruing are also abundant here. One particularly important tree among tropical islanders is the Hibiscus tiliaceus, a tree with bright yellow flowers whose fibrous bark is used for ropes and boat caulking. It is also a source of timber, firewood and medicine.

The many varieties of birds include the fish eating frigate birds which roost on Pulau Kalampunian Damit and the unusual looking megapode. Hornbills, nightjars, magpies, bulbuls, the brilliantly colored and fast moving sunbirds and black-naped bridled terns also inhabit the islands. Long-tailed macaques are easily discernible between the foliage while bats sleep hanging 'upside-down7 from the trees waiting for evening before embarking on their nocturnal food hunting expeditions. Reptiles include the grey-tailed racer snake, the beautiful yellow-ringed cat snake found on Pulau Tiga and a large population of sea snakes on Pulau Kalampunian Besar earning it the name, 'Snake Island'. There are also .numerous water monitor lizards preying on the megapode eggs. The 'homeless' hermit crab can also be seen moving into shells abandoned by the sea snails or other mollusc like a fugitive avoiding detection!

A 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 colored fish and other marine life to whom the reef is home.


Pulau Tiga 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.

The island is a sanctuary for the megapode Megapodus freycinet, a curious chicken-like creature that produces a at-like meow sound.

Trails winding through the undisturbed forest are worthwhile exploring if you wish to glean something of its flora and fauna.

With a rest house and hostel facilities catering to a maximum of 20 persons at any one time, the island is ideal for overnight stays.


Chalet No. 1    (2 persons)

Chalet No. 2    (2 persons)

Hostel            (2 Units /4 bedrooms/4 persons per room)

Camp site

Pulau Kalampunian Damit The island owes its fame to the sea snakes Laticauda colubrina which breed here in large numbers. These black-ringed snakes prey on eels and can usually be seen coiling in cozy clusters amongst the rocks where they lay their eggs.


The 15 minutes pleasant boat ride to the island gave a nice view of Sabah coastline.

Another 5 minutes  walk in the shade of trees to the famous Pulau Tiga Resort.

From the comfortable chalets porch enjoy a perfect view of the beautiful beach and evening sunset.

Pulau Tiga consists of the main island , snake island (kalampunit kecil) and kalampunit besar (sand shoal)

Pulau Tiga is where the first series of the famous TV series "survival" was shot.

A quiet little island with Pulau Tiga Resort and a government rest house.

A fifteen minutes hike on a scenic nature trail to the Mud Volcano in the inner parts of the island where you soak in the mud.

The mud volcano is pleasant to soak your bodies in. After which your skin looked younger, healthier and fresher!

Pulau Tiga water is full of sea snakes. The bites give lasting pain.

Under the clear water are colorful corals. Snorkeling and diving is possible on the island.

To get there, take a two hours mini bus (van) journey from Kota Kinabalu to the jetty at Kuala Penyu. From there, followed by a half-an-hour boat cruise to the island. Book resort room prior to that especially at peak seasons when the resort is always full.

Tiga Island has its own collection of plants not found on the mainland.

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 feet 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!

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


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