The morning of the excursion, we were fetched by the travel agent's van at Le Meridien Hotel approximately at 8.30am. It was a bit cloudy that day, prior to a quite heavy rain the night before. However, it did nothing to dampen our excitement, of course! We chose Tanjung Aru Travel & Tours as our travel guide that day. They have quite a lot of interesting packages but in the end, we opted for the Five Island Cruise package. Initially, my bestie and I were the only tourists who booked the package but upon reaching the marina, we were joined by a couple from Hong Kong (Joe & Cindy). They were quite friendly and we did get along nicely during the duration of the trip. Thank god for that :) It will be quite a nightmare if you're on vacation with tantrum-throwing people. I had quite a nasty experience with a ' demonic killjoy tourist' before and it was such an unpleasant experience!
|Beach Bum @ The Marina. It's next to Shang-ri la Tg Aru Beach Hotel|
|Me & my bestie, CT|
|...and off we sailed!|
|Isn't she's pretty as flower?|
|pity, the sea wasn't crystal clear due to the constant rain..|
|posing happily with the couple from HK, Joe and Cindy|
|doing the 'berjemur macam orang putih' thingy @ Sapi Island. Padahal, kulit sudah pun tan sediakala, mwahahaha!|
|candid shot of my bestie, drawing the heart..|
|a picture is never complete without the 'melompat' thingy..|
|our guide of the day, Anderson, chanelling Jason Mraz with that ukulele|
|Joe, trying his best ukulele pose..in a swimming brief :P|
|Yugari-san, the petite ukulele artist from Japan. Btw, her myspace is http://www.myspace.com/yagiringo|
|serenading us with her 'Beer Song" a.k.a Kampai|
|Bro Blues @ Sapi Island. He told us that he's gonna show his prized pet to us. We were like, eh? Someone keeps a pet in the island? In what variety?|
|this variety..it's the unofficial mascot of the island: BIAWAK! There was even a small wild boar but the creature ran away before I manage to capture it (it's not a pet, this is some wild animal in the island)|
|...but couldn't see anything!|
|I love this picture. Her coloring and the rock wall is such a perfect combo!|
|mwahahahaha, what a tacky picture!|
|pretty as picture, aren't they?|
|bringing a whole new meanings to 'sand, sea, play and umbrella under a tree' WOW!|
|Joe and Cindy..|
|the much loved water sport: Banana Boat! initially, we wanted to ride it at Sapi Island but a lot of people too wanted some rides. In the end, our guide suggested us to ride it back at the marina.|
|off we went, and the result?|
..was this! thrown head-first into the sea!
|the Flyfish ride|
|believe me, this thing is quite 'bikin takut' for scaredy-cat person. The gathering speed of the boat will make the thing standing up all the way to its tail, resulting its riders to..|
|again, be thrown like rag dolls into the sea! I got a cricked neck, sore legs and arms, swallowed some mouth-full of the sea cocktail and basically body aches! However, it's a fun water sport! Worth the pain, really! :)|
|Another one of my favorite shot..taken at Sapi Island.|
Oh, I failed to mention one thing. I loved the BBQ lunch we had at Sapi Island! Especially the soft-shell crab, super yummy!
So readers, if you fancy some tropical island in the sun vacay, do check our islands..
As for me, next island getaway is maybe Mabul Island in Semporna? Oh god, that'll be heaven on earth!