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SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA
KUALA PENYU : Pulau Tiga Park
 
 

PULAU TIGA PARK

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.

 

Just north of Kuala Penyu on Sabah?s southwest coast, opposite the swampy Klias Peninsula, noted for its proboscis monkeys, lays the Pulau Tiga Park. The park was gazetted in 1978 and comprises three small islands. It covers 158km2, most of which is sea. Pulau Tiga is the largest island at 607ha in size followed by Pulau Kalampunian Besar and Pulau Kalampunian Damit. Pulau Tiga is a low oblong island, which was formed over eons from the eruptions of mud volcanoes. Evidence of this minor volcanic activity is visible on the island where hot mud still bubbles to the surface. The headquarters of the park is sited on Pulau Tiga and various nature trails will lead you around the island. Pulau Kalampunian Besar, formed from sand, clay and coral fragments, changes shape constantly according to weather and monsoon patterns. Vegetation is scarce on this low-lying island. Pulau Kalampunian Damit is of a different proposition. Comprising mixed sandstone, limestone and shale, this island stands out from the sea and is known as a breeding ground for sea snakes.

 

 
 
MARINE LIFE & SCUBA DIVING

 

The islands are also well known for diving. A 7km coral reef around the islands is home to some 35 species of soft coral and at least 100 species of hard coral and their accompanying 'guest' - the brightly coloured fish and other marine life to whom the reef is home. Couple this with the vast array of multicoloured marine life and you have a top class dive site. Dive facilities exist on the main island and are operated by companies based in Kota Kinabalu. There?s plenty to see and do here: spend the sunny days swimming or snorkeling in its surrounding clear waters or go kayaking. Divers can explore its underwater treasures (diving courses are available). At Pulau Tiga, you can guarantee a relaxed and tranquil dive holiday. Pulau Tiga Resort offers PADI dive courses and many dive site 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 to 20m.

 
 
MAGNIFICENT FLORA
 

Pulau Tiga itself is one of Sabah?s few undisturbed offshore islands. Having been declared a forest reserve in 1933, the park has particularly interesting flora and fauna. Plant life is quite luxuriant and two medium hardwood species, ranggu and keruing, dominate the forest. Fruit trees such as mangosteen, rambutan, guava, fig and langsat are abundant while along the shoreline, pulat laut and ketapang (umbrella tree) are the dominant species. Casuarina trees have colonised much of the mud flow areas since the last big eruption in 1941 and the seashore morning glory abounds within the groves of pine-like Casuarina trees. The undisturbed shoreline abounds with a colourful 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.

 
BIRDS

 

The islands host a great variety of bird life. Large Megapodes (Megapodius freycinet) about the size of domestic fowl are commonly encountered. The name Megapode was derived from their big feet (mega : big, podes : feet). These birds have an unusual method of hatching their young. While most birds use body heat to incubate their eggs, Megapodes use environmental heat. They hatch their eggs in ?incubators?. Eggs are deposited in an excavated cavity in the ground and are left to be incubated by natural heat, either from the sun, fermentation of vegetation or even heat from the mud volcanoes. The Megapodes of Pulau Tiga use the heat of decomposition to hatch their eggs by burying their eggs with leaves and other vegetable debris. When the rains come, the leaves start to rot and the bird covers them with sand to keep in the heat of decomposition. Other birds include hornbills, frigate birds, Night Jars, magpies, bulbuls and sunbirds. Pigeons, sea eagles, waders and other migratory birds are regular visitors.

 
 
REPTILES
 

Snakes include the grey-tailed racer snake, the beautiful yellow-ringed cat snake, especially sea snakes (laticauda colubrina) are common. These amphibian sea snakes come ashore to breed, earning Pulau Kalampunian Besar the nickname of snake island. There are also numerous water monitor lizards preying on the megapode eggs.

 
 
OTHER WILDLIFE

Long-tailed macaques are easily discernible between the foliage while bats sleep hanging 'upside-down' from the trees waiting for evening before embarking on their nocturnal food hunting expeditions.    The 'homeless' hermit crab can also be seen into shells abandoned by the sea snails  or other mollusk like a fugitive avoiding detection!

 

 

PLANNING AN ITINERARY
 
 

The island consist 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 cat-like meow sound. Trails winding through the undisturbed forest are worthwhile exploring if you wish to glean something of its flora and fauna.   Pulau Tiga is also famous for its therapeutic natural volcanic mud. With a rest house and hostel facilities catering to a maximum of 20 persons at any one time, the islands is ideal for overnight stays.

 

Pulau Kalampunian Damit

The islands owe 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 cosy clusters amongst the rocks where they lay their eggs.

 
 
 
GETTING THERE
 

Kuala Penyu is 120km from Kota Kinabalu city. Take a bus from the Segama overhead bridge (next to the Post Office) and a one way-trip will cost you approximately RM18.00. A taxi ride from the taxi stand next to the Merdeka Field should cost around RM180.00 (up to groups of four) per way. *Kindly note that boat transfers must be arranged through tour packages. Contact your travel agent for more information.

National Parks in Malaysia - Pulau Tiga Park in Sabah, East Malaysia or Borneo

 
 
 
 
KUALA PENYU : Pulau Tiga Park
SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA