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Pulau Manukan

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  • Day56

    Transition in Kota Kinabalu

    July 27 in Malaysia ⋅ 🌧 81 °F

    Our last days in Malaysia have been spent catching up on sleep and work emails. We have also started the mental task of reorienting ourselves to life back in Hawaii. It will be an adjustment to return to our school and work routines after being on the go for 8 weeks.

    Our hearts and minds are filled with an astonishing array of sights, scents, sounds, tastes and love for all of the people, animals, and places we visited. We are so grateful for the experiences we’ve had and the insights we’ve gained. We are inspired to do more for our planet and to advance health and equity for the many poor and oppressed around the world. The interconnectedness of people and place, as well as the environmental fragility of the planet, were distressingly evident as we circumnavigated the globe.

    Yesterday, there was a tremendous storm in the afternoon with lightening and thunder. It was the most rain we’ve seen ever. The deluge lasted about an hour and then passed. The grounds were a foot deep in water as we walked back
    to our room. This morning not a puddle remained. The trees and plants had soaked it all up. 🌴🌺🎋🌳🌸

    These are photos from around the hotel and a video of the rain. ⛈💕
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    Arlynna Livingston

    “Mostly safe” didn’t really comfort Kai! Looking forward to your safe return home!❤️❤️❤️

    nice photo! [Kent]

    Peggy Brandt

    That’s AWESOME!

     
  • Day2380

    Snorkeling

    June 4 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    I wake early as today Michael and I are heading out to one of the islands just of Kota kinabalu. I amazed at the beauty that Malaysia can bring you from Rainforest to beautiful beaches within 30 minutes. We walk to Jesselton Jetty where within minutes of buying a ticket £35 £7 we are boarding a speedboat to Manukan island. Michael's kindly lent me one of his snorkeling kits so there's no need to hire one and when we arrive a 20rm £4 visitors tax is charged. We find a shaded spot on the quieter side of the beach before heading into the water to do some snorkeling. The water is the clearest I've seen in Malaysia so far and there's lots of different fish although they are all like a transparent colour even in they're different shapes and sizes. After 45 minutes in the water I feel like I've been stung on my back and after getting out there's commotion in the water with people shouting Jellyfish. A guy in a rescue canoe comes paddling along trying to catch it but to no avail. After 10 minutes everyone returns to the water but Michael suggests we should wait a while to see if they come out again and when they don't we go for another snorkel. We cross to the other side of the beach to grab lunch and then head into the water here as its much quieter now. There are optional of doing 1,2,3or 4 islands so people are leaving and arriving all through the day. Once again we have a snorkel and as my go pro is broken I've bought one of the little plastic bags to put my phone in but what I don't realise is the whole time I'm filming the camera has turned around and I'm filming myself rather than the fish. Even still I love it. At 3pm we board the boat back to kk and grab a coffee at the ferry side restaurant where its full of young footballers . There is a 5 aside pitch inside and and after watching for 10 mins book a grab to our next adventure........Read more

  • Day4

    KK Island Hopping

    January 27, 2020 in Malaysia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    I had met a Korean man named Bino at a bar, and we went island hopping together. First stop Sipa Island, where we both went parasailing and he went sea walking while I hiked in the forest. After that we stopped at Manukan Island, where we swam in warm, blue sea for most of the afternoon. That evening we watched the sunset and had Italian food for dinner.Read more

  • Day11

    Day 9 - island hopping

    May 29, 2018 in Malaysia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Today was focus to hit the beach. The smallest island first switching to the biggest for lunch.

    We met a nice Malaysian couple / with being bro and Sis adding to our brotherhood trip ;).

    After return to the city, we checked in to get us a massage - which for just under 100€ we had 3 of us for 3h in spa. ( no HE - to avoid questions in comments )

    Tomorrow early up - flying to Sandakan our last Borneo stop.
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  • Day50

    Day 50: Island Hopping

    August 4, 2016 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Figured that today we'd check out one of Kota Kinabalu's biggest tourist attractions, the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. It's a group of small islands in a protected marine reserve a couple of kilometres off the city coastline. No hotel breakfast so we grabbed a couple of pastries on our way over to the nearby jetty, though we'd slept in a little and didn't get there until after 10am.

    Originally we were hoping to do Gaya Island since it's apparently the quietest and least developed, but most of the boats weren't running there today so we picked Sapi Island instead basically at random. We grabbed our tickets, snorkel masks and fins and waited in the departure area. We waited for nearly 20 minutes before someone came back very apologetic - apparently because we'd put the ticket away they didn't notice us! Not off to a great start.

    The speedboat was only small, about a 15 seater, and took us first to Mamukan Island which looked postcard perfect. Bright white sand, clear waters, gently swaying palm trees and not too many people on the beach. And most of the people on our boat hopped out, while we were the only ones who stayed on for Sapi. Beautiful, we thought. If this one's so sparsely populated, ours should be even less so!

    Famous last words. As we rounded the point of Sapi Island we could see that it had much the same features: clear water, beautiful white sands, coral formations under the water, and several thousand Chinese tourists sporting lifejackets. Oh dear. We hopped out and explored a little bit, but I was absolutely gutted. The beach here was much smaller than the earlier island and as densely packed as Bondi Beach on Boxing Day. We walked a hundred metres in one direction to see if it got any better or there was another beach, but no dice. About the only highlight was another proboscis monkey sitting in the trees near the park entrance!

    Although it was now about 11:20 we decided to see if we could get back to the other island, as neither of us wanted to spend a minute longer than we had to on Sapi. Nothing against Chinese in particular, and they're very polite and respectful in small groups, but in a large crowd like that they all tend to yell at each other and it becomes intolerable very quickly.

    After some effort we managed to find the guy in charge of our boat company, and explained our situation. He was fine with us going back to Manukan, but we'd have to wait for the scheduled 12pm boat (by now it was about 11:40). Write-off of a morning, but at least it was hopefully going to have a happy ending.

    And it did, thankfully! The boat left on time with a few other people, and although Manukan island was more populated than we realised (a lot of people were sitting in the shade of trees a bit back from the beach where we couldn't see them earlier), it was infinitely preferable to Sapi. We walked a couple of hundred metres down the beach from the jetty, found a good spot and hopped in the water.

    It was very warm, probably close to 30 degrees! Visibility wasn't brilliant, maybe 4-5 metres, but not too many people about so we relaxed in the water for a bit. It had been a long morning so we were both just glad to finally have a swim. After a bit we wandered back to the pier and bought a cheap lunch from a stall (Shandos had an okay fish burger and I had a godawful microwaved pizza). Wandered a little more while our suncream soaked in, then hopped back in the water and did some snorkelling at our previous spot.

    Quite a few fish around in the water, including trumpetfish, moorish idols, angelfish, and much more besides. The visibility would come and go though, annoyingly, sometimes it would be clear out to 7-8 metres and then it would drop back to only 2-3 metres. No coral to speak of either that I could see, I guess by now it's been completely trampled. Mid afternoon we decided to switch ends of the beach and see what the other side held. After a short walk of 5-10 minutes, we discovered the reason that hardly anyone went to the other end of the beach - the water was full of rubbish!

    Lots of large floating debris like plastic water bottles, shopping bags, chip packets, cigarette butts etc. At least we didn't see any condoms! Still had a quick dip in the water but the constant flotsam made staying in fairly unappealing. Retreated to the beach where we lazed around and read for a while, and indulged in a bit of people watching. Probably the funniest thing we saw was a not-young-enough-to-get-away-with-it Chinese boy of about 7 swimming around completely naked but for a lifejacket. And he was using the waist strap of the lifejacket as a make-shift G-string that covered his butt crack and modesty. Gross.

    Our boat showed up at 4pm and we were back at the hotel by 4:30pm, we relaxed and had showers before heading downstairs for dinner a bit after 6:30. Apparently the Italian restaurant on the ground floor of our hotel is one of the best rated places in KK so we gave it a shot. Not disappointed - Shandos's squid ink pasta was great and my pollo e funghi pizza was a million times better than the "pizza" I'd had earlier in the day. We paid for it though - 2 wines, 2 beers, a starter, a pizza and a pasta came to 160 RMY all up, or just over $50.

    Back upstairs to the hotel around 8pm from the packed restaurant and time to relax and turn in. It's tiring doing nothing but relax in the sun all day!
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    Joel Baldwin

    Beach on Manukan island. Kota Kinabalu is the city in the distance

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    Joel Baldwin

    The jetty from the filthy part of the beach

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    Joel Baldwin

    Shandos in a hammock in front of expensive on-island hotels

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  • Day8

    Manukan Island

    March 8, 2019 in Malaysia ⋅ 🌧 28 °C

    Heute sind wir aufgestanden und wollten je nach Wetterlage spontan entscheiden was wir tun. Nachdem ich nach dem Frühstück kurz zur Post gelaufen bin und vollkommen fertig und durchgeschwitzt zurückkam, war die Entscheidung schnell getroffen, dass heute Insel-Wetter ist.
    Auf dem Weg zum Hafen, von wo aus uns ein Speedboot nach Manukan Island bringen soll, liefen wir an erschreckend verhüllten Stellen im Meer entlang. Unglaublich wie viel Müll sich hier sammelt 😣
    Am Hafen habe ich mir Schnorchelausrüstung für 2€ ausgeliehen.
    Auf der Insel angekommen, breiteten wir uns neben unseren neuen lautstarken chinesischen Nachbarn aus und starteten direkt einen ersten Schnorchelversuch. Leider mit ernüchterndem Ergebnis. In der Gegend in der man schwimmen durfte, lebte leider gar nix mehr. Es gab nichts zu sehen.
    Trotzdem war der Tag ganz nett, viel gelesen, ein bisschen Skip Bo gespielt und ganz vergessen, dass ich Stunden in der Sonne lag - wie ich dann abends schmerzlich feststellen durfte.
    Gegen Nachmittag zog das Wetterchen sich zurück und wir uns damit auch. Auf dem Weg zum Hostel gab’s ne Kokosnuss.
    Nach der Dusche fiel mir dann auf, dass ich Krebsrot war. Ich hab die nächsten 2 Stunden damit verbracht mich mit After Sun Gel einzucremen.
    Abends sind wir dann zum Night Market gegangen und haben dort mehrere Kleinigkeiten gegessen.
    Nun den nächsten Tag geplant, was sich als nicht so einfach herausstellte - die Infrastruktur ist nicht so gut, wie in den uns bisher bekannten asiatischen Ländern...
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  • Day35

    Shangri La Kota Kinabalu

    February 22, 2018 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    We are now on the N coast of Borneo having arrived here via KL airport. The trip had two legs each of about two hours and we were informed by Malaysian Airways that for flights under three hours, there is no booze on board. Guess we are now in a serious Muslim country!

    As we arrived at our hotel after dark we did not appreciate the size of the hotel until the next day, although we did consider dropping breadcrumbs along the way when the porter was showing us to our room! It’s huge some 500rooms and it caters for families. This being Chinese New Year it means that it’s full of Chinese families in particular. Unfortunately Chinese children seem to be extremely poorly behaved. There are multiple bars and places to eat - it’s a bit like Butlins Holiday Camp of old.

    The good news is that It’s located in a great spot, just opposite several offshore islands, that have good snorkelling and diving sites. The other good news is that there are several pools on the property, one being strictly reserved for adults and I am very happy to say that the lifeguards strictly enforce this rule. If a child as much as dared dip a toe in the adult pool, a shrill whistle was heard and the children were ushered away.

    We did suffer a bit of culture shock after all the more sedate hotels we haven staying in. As we descended a flight of steps to the morning breakfast buffet room, we were greeted first by someone dressed up as a tiger, wearing big red Ronald MacDonald type shoes, (possibly a dog as it is the year of the Golden Dog), whose role it was to get all the kids excited. The buffet was huge, catering for western foods, Chinese foods, Malaysian food and Korean food. It was surrounded by hordes of adults and children grabbing their food. There were many signs saying don’t take too much food as it will be wasted, but it was “kid heaven” - one little boy had fried rice, dim sum, fried egg and a chocolate coated donut in the middle of his plate - yum! The next day we learned that this particular area is referred to ‘the war zone’ by the hotel staff - the next day we ate outside in relative peace and quiet.

    The hotel fulfilled its purpose of giving us a day to relax before journeying deeper into the rain forest. We made the most of this by enjoying a pleasant day by the pool.

    We are now off to the rain forests to see the orangutans, sun bears and various monkeys and do some bird watching. The highlight for Brian will be to see Anne cringing when we go at dusk to watch millions of bats and raptors fly out of a cave!
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  • Day54

    Einsame Insel

    August 30, 2018 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    Wir hatten diesen traumhaften Strand ganz für uns allein! Hier gab es nichts außer Strand und Wald. Auch keine Hütte, Toilette oder Bar. Nichts. Es war perfekt und genau das, wonach wir gesucht hatten.
    Nach 5 Stunden holte uns unser Boot wieder ab.
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  • Day54

    Pulau Sulug/Mamutik, Malaysia

    February 17, 2015 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Zusammenfassung Di.-Do., 17.-19.02.15:
    Schnorchelausflüge, Stadterkundung, Wäsche, Reiseführer lesen, Vorbereitung auf die anstehenden Tage bzw. Weiterreise nach Manila, etc. - die letzten Tage auf Borneo vergingen schneller, als wir uns das gedacht haben. Morgen fliegen wir um 11:30 Uhr in nur ca. 2 Flugstunden nach Manila.
    Borneo/Sabah hat uns super gefallen. Ohne den richtig großen Touristenansturm (wie z.B. Thailand) kann man hier wie auch im restlichen Malaysia sehr einfach u. komfortabel reisen. Man merkt aber auch - z.B. an den vielen modernen Touristen Info-Ständen, die hier in Städten eingerichtet sind, oder den unzähligen Infobroschüren - dass sich das Land langsam rüstet für die richtig großen Touristenmassen. Dennoch ist vieles anders. Es gibt einige Vorschriften und Regeln, die hoffentlich dazu beitragen, dass die schönen Plätze noch lange erhalten bleiben. So dürfen aus Umweltschutzgründen z.B. täglich nur 120 Unterwasserfans auf die Insel Sipadan zum schnorcheln und tauchen. Auch die Anzahl der zugelassen Wanderer zum Gipfel des Mt. Kinabalu ist auf ein Tageslimit beschränkt. Für Reisende ist das kein Problem, man muss sich halt nur vorab darauf einstellen.
    An den Linksverkehr haben wir uns noch nicht richtig gewöhnt. Beim überqueren der Straße gab es das eine oder andere mal einen kurzen Überraschungsmoment, als plötzlich das Auto von der "unerwarteten" Seite gekommen ist. Interessant ist auch, dass die neue Volkskrankheit hier anscheinend "Selfie-Stick" heisst. Das sind ausfahrbare Stative, mit denen man sich gut selbst fotografieren kann - vor allem die Chinesen sind total verrückt danach. Auf den Philippinen gibt es wieder den gewohnten Rechtsverkehr und normalerweise auch weniger Chinesen mit Selfie-Stick, als hier in Malaysia. Vermissen werden wir allerdings auf alle Fälle das gute Essen...
    Bis bald!
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  • Day4

    Dag 3: Sejltur til øerne Gaya og Mamutik

    April 15, 2017 in Malaysia ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Første dag på Borneo er igang:) Vi ankom fredag aften ved 20 tiden, hvorefter vi tog ned i restauranten og fik lidt at spise. Vi har været ude på 2 øer, tæt på Kola Kinabalu (hovedbyen i den del af Borneo vi skal være i). Gaya Island er den største ø, vi gik en 1,5km lang rute over øen gennem regnskoven. Her så vi bl.a. mangroveskov, lianer og kæmpe bregner. Vi hørte høje lyde fra cikader, een af arterne var en sejlivet lille fyr, der ifølge guiden kan blive op til 60 år gammel. På den anden ø, Mamutik Island, var Maria ude at snorkle, hvor hun fandt Nemo :) Derudover, så vi også Næsehornsfugl, sort hejre og varaner. I aften skal vi ud at spise med 55+, de er søde og rolige at være i selskab med, og een af dem spurgte nysgerrigt, hvorfor to unge mennesker som os tog til Borneo:) Vores navne er allerede kendt blandt gruppen, så vi er taget godt imod.Read more

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