“Once the votes are read, the decision is final, the person voted out will be asked to leave the tribal council area immediately.”
We are back in Malaysia, and we spent a couple of days hanging out at Pulau Tiga, the location for the first ever series of the TV show, Survivor.
It’s the perfect spot for it: pristine jungle, sandy beaches, coral reef, mud volcanoes, and lots of creepy-crawlies and exotic wildlife. And 21 years on from when bad-ass Richard Hatch outwitted, outplayed and outlasted to win the million dollars, there is still a small resort located at the tribal council spot with a few bits of Survivor memorabilia.
On the other side of the island we were wined and dined in pure luxury courtesy of the newly opened Borneo Eagle resort, and from there we headed into Kota Kinabalu for a few days in the marina.
KK has improved immensely in the last five years. I think it realised that people don’t want to take holidays in the middle of rubbish piles, open sewers and derelict construction sites. In any case, our KK stop was great, and we were able to sort out the boat’s electrical issues. (Shout out to Alvin Teh at Malaysia Yacht Support Services for all his assistance).
The highlight for me was the birdwatching we did around KK and on a day trip up to Mount Kinabalu (we spotted more than 40 species) and our chance to see a flowering rafflesia, the biggest flower in the world!
From here we are island-hopping to Kudat, the next big town along the northern Borneo coast.