Pulau Tiga (Survivor Island) is a paradise island surrounded by pristine tropical waters is located 6 miles offshore from Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.
The island was formed on 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 20m wide. Over the next four decades subsequent eruptions developed two more islands, which have now joined together and three islands have become one. Hence Pulau Tiga, or Three Island. Today, the pristine natural environment of Pulau Tiga Park is protected by the Malaysian government.
The last eruption of the volcano was in 1941, but to this day warm mud continues to bubble from geometric vents on the island. These mud baths are safe to bath in and can be accessed via a 1.2km trail through the tropical rainforest. Although not proved by science, the volcanic mud is claimed to improve the complexion, relieve joint and muscle pain and remove toxins. After washing off in the ocean your skin does feel considerably softer. If nothing else, the mud baths on Pulau Tiga are great fun and very relaxing.Scuba dive sites around Pulau Tiga are in excellent condition. Myriads of hard and soft corals, whip corals and barrel sponges can be found around the island. It in turn is teeming with schools of tropical fish, sea turtles, rays, cuttlefish, nudibranchs, lionfish and scorpionfish can be found all around the island.
Pulau Tiga is also home to some fascinating land based wildlife. It’s not uncommon to spy proboscis and macaque monkeys, flying foxes, bats and monitor lizards. A haven for birdwatchers, there’s a plethora of birds to be found – including megapodes, hornbills and sea eagles.
Other things to enjoy on Pulau Tiga includes the sandy beach on which to relax and go swimming in uncrowded tropical waters.
Birds are the most visible including large populations of Pied Hornbills and Megapodes. Nightjars, Magpie Robbins, and Sunbirds are common in open clearings. Pigeons, Sea Eagles, Frigate birds, waders and other migratory visitors are regulars. Bats, flying foxes, Long Tailed Macaques, monitor lizards and skinks are often sighted.