Location: Pulau Tiga, Survivor Island, Sabah Borneo
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Pulau Tiga (Survivor Island) is a paradise island surrounded by pristine tropical waters is located 6 miles offshore from Sabah, Malaysian Borneo..

Ex-Kota Kinabalu The island was formed on September 21st 1897 when an earthquake on the Philippine island of Mindanao triggered a volcanic eruption at this spot just off Borneo. The eruption of mud and rock formed a new island 20m wide. Over the next four decades subsequent eruptions developed two more islands, which have now joined together and three islands have become one.

Hence Pulau Tiga, or Three Island. Today, the pristine natural environment of Pulau Tiga Park is protected by the Malaysian government. The last eruption of the volcano was in 1941, but to this day warm mud continues to bubble from geometric vents on the island. These mud baths are safe to bath in and can be accessed via a 1.2km trail through the tropical rainforest. Although not proved by science, the volcanic mud is claimed to improve the complexion, relieve joint and muscle pain and remove toxins. After washing off in the ocean your skin does feel considerably softer.

Pulau Tiga a relatively obscure, little known island before CBS chose it as the location for their 1st Survivor Island reality TV show. Contestants were marooned on the island while cameras followed their every move. Over a 39 day period they were faced with physical and mental challenges in an attempt not to be voted off the show, with the last one standing was the Survivor of the Island and won $1 million.

Tour Highlights

  • Survivor Island & Explore the Memorabilia
  • Mud Volcano
  • Beach Snorkeling
  • Island Trekking
  • Optional visit to Snake Island


Pulau Tiga – The Protected Environment

Pulau Tiga is also home to some fascinating land based wildlife. It’s possible to spot proboscis and macaque monkeys, flying foxes, bats, monitor lizards and a plethora of birds – including megapodes, hornbills and sea eagles. The island’s fine white sandy beach provides an idilic place to relax, swim and enjoy the peace and serenity of this uncrowded tropical paradise. Those who are a little more energetic can trek through the 7 miles of trails now snaking through the rain forest.

Speaking of snakes, nearby Pulau Tiga is Snake Island. Named for the many sea snakes that inhabit and lay their eggs on the tiny, uninhabitated rocky island. This fabulous little island is located 15 minutes speedboat ride from the Pulau Tiga island base. Its great for snorkelling and a must see for visitors to the area, a trip to Snake Island can be arranged and paid once at the resort.

Accommodation on the island comprises detached en-suite twin, double and family chalets. More traditional-style Long House accommodation is also available as a cheaper option. Overnight packages include all meals buffet style in very comfortable and relaxed Survivor Island Lodge. We offer regular day trips to Pulau Tiga – Survivor Island and overnight stays to this fascinating location.


0730hrs : Pick up from your Hotel in Kota Kinabalu City Centre and proceed to Kuala Penyu via overland transfer.
0945hrs : Arrive at Kuala Penyu Jetty. Proceed with boat passenger manifest registration.
1000hrs : Embark a 30 – 45 minutes boat ride, depart from Kuala Penyu Jetty to the island.
1045hrs : Arrive Pulau Tiga – Survivor Island. Welcome drinks wil be served and a short briefing about the island and snorkel sites will be conducted.
1100hrs : Gather at the assembly point for a short briefing of the jungle trek to the Mud Volcano. Proceed with a 30minutes trek. Upon arrival at the Mud Volcano, enjoy a relaxing yet unique experience as the mud covers your skin.
1200hrs : Trek back down to the beach front. Once arrive, free to take a photos and wash up in the ocean or at nearby shower stations available. Here you can also collect your snorkeling gears (Mask & Snorkel) as you are free to go un-guided snorkeling at the sites from the beach.
1315hrs : Lunch will be served. Free flow of hot and cold beverages are available at the restaurant.
1400hrs : Assemble for your boat transfer back to Kuala Penyu.
1500hrs : Arrive at Kuala Penyu and board your land transfer back to your hotel in Kota Kinabalu City Centre.

  • Return Land Transfers between your hotel in Kota Kinabalu City Centre and Kuala Penyu (shared basis), Return Boat Transfers between Kuala Penyu and Pulau Tiga (shared basis), Lunch, Free Flow Hot and Cold Beverages at restaurant, Trip to Mud Volcano, Mask & Snorkel Rental and Sabah Park’s Entrance Fee.
  • Visit to Snake Island, Alcoholic & Carbonated Drinks, Items not mentioned above.
  • Extra Clothes, Swim Wear, Insect Repellent, Sun Cream, Hat, Slippers, Waterproof Bag or Backpack, Towels, Extra Cash – just in case and Poncho.


Important Information

Due to weather conditions, activities may be subject to re-scheduling to best meet operations, as well as clients health and safety.