Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Malaysia Chronicles Eight: Island Hopping in Kota Kinabalu

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

I came back from Kota Kinabalu with a runny nose, a pounding headache and stomach muscles sore from all the coughing.  It was all worth it though.  The four days I spent with my friends island hopping in Sabah were just as I expected – fun, crazy and exhausting. We went there with nary an idea about the place because we were certain that we’ll enjoy each other’s company no matter what the place turns out to be.  Woozy in the stifling heat, astonished with the foreignness and familiarity of the city and surrounded with locals who not only looked just like us but spoke to us fluent in Filipino, we fitted right in.

Without any itinerary, we ended up soaking in the waters of Sapi and Manukan Islands, two of the five small islands off the coast of Kota Kinabalu that make up the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, and Tanjung Aru, the beach near our hotel.
sailboats racing at Tanjung Aru
Manukan Island
Sapi Island
Tanjung Aru

*Photos courtesy of CGG, AMP and NC

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

manukan islands? let me guess they host cockfights daily. :)

Angeli said...

wrong. the island is shaped like a chicken. and the malay term for chicken is MANOK. and the guide told us to shout 'TOLONG!' if we need help. amazing, huh? :)

witsandnuts said...

"Tolong" is surprising. Ang dami talagang nagkakahawig na salita. I enjoyed seeing this part of Malaysia through your post.

Angeli said...

I love Malaysia. it is so diverse. andaming puwedeng puntahan at gawin. so far, i've been to penang, pahang and kl. i'd love to see the perhentian islands and the rest of borneo, too. and climb mt kinabalu, of course. :)

 
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