Pulau Tiga 'Survivor Island'

Location: Sabah

Location Info

Address: Pulau Tiga, Kuala Penyu, Sabah, Malaysia

District » Kuala Penyu


Located about 10 kilometers from the offshore of Sabah is the Pulau Tiga. This is a paradise island which is surrounded with pristine tropical waters. Pulau Tiga became famous after it was the official venue for the first season of the reality show, Survivor.


The island was formed back in 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 of 20 meters wide. Over the next four decades, subsequent eruptions developed two more islands which have now joined with the first and the three islands have become one. Hence, that is how the name Pulau Tiga or Three Island.

Pulau Tiga is protected park, which is why the scuba sites around Pulau Tiga are in excellent condition. There are myriads of hard and soft corals, whip corals and barrel sponges to be seen. This is where all the tropical fish, sea turtles, rays, cuttlefish, lionfish and many more can be seen as well. It certainly is a fascinating place to see some marine life as well as land based wildlife.

On the island, the wildlife populating it is also plentiful. It is possible to spot proboscis and macaques. There are also bats, monitor lizards and various species of birds. The island's fine white sandy beach provides a great place to loosen up, relax and swim. It is where you should come to enjoy the peace and serenity of this island not quite ventured by many. Sabah has many other places of interest to offer to tourists. It will take a long time to visit all of them. Do consider extending your stay in Sabah to fully immerse in the beauty and tranquility it has to offer. Accommodations in Sabah are more than you can imagine. So do not worry about not having a place to stay as you are bound to find one which suits you.


To get to Pulau Tiga, you will first need to get to Kuala Penyu. Kuala Penyu is 120 kilometers from Kota Kinabalu. You will need to take a bus from Segama overhead bridge to Kuala Penyu. You can also opt for a taxi. From there, arrange boat transfer to Pulau Tiga via your travel agent.