Friday, November 5, 2010

5 Island Cruise - Oct 29th, 2010

So, that was the first of many months since I had myself a vacation! Really, the last time I allowed myself some 'wanderings' is seems like eons ago! So, when my bestie decided to come down to KK, she suggested that island cruise and it was so much fun!

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!

Enough about story-telling, I'll let the pictures do the talking.. :)

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!

Manukan Island

candid shot of my bestie, drawing the heart..

almost there...

finally, done!

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 a swimming brief :P

Yugari-san, the petite ukulele artist from Japan. Btw, her myspace is

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'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..

A painful token from Manukan Island, caused by the undersea coral reef. Believe me, wound and the salty sea are the perfect combos for 'tears got in your eyes'. The lifeguard boy sprayed something on it and the stinging pain made me howled like a madwoman!   

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!



  1. bah, next time si mimi balik kk..kita pigi island lagi..tia paya island hopping...pigi manukan sana snorkeling and main water sports cukup la...heheh

    i just went there yesterday and lucky us, the water was just what we wanted...clear greenish blue...but ikan tida banyak suda bcos of the new policy, no fish feeding.

  2. carol, lucky you! time kami pigi, the water wasn't clear. kabut jak :(
    hehehehe..bulih bah. kita pigi di Manukan. But I think di Sapi lagi siuk!
    Aduhhh, I think I need to diet la. look at my love handles, proudly on displayed to the whole world! When I compared my picture here and the one I had during my visit in Kapas Island (Terengganu, I think back in 2008 or 2007) wahhhh..besar sungguh beza!

  3. Beautiful pics Ennie and what a wonderful trip you had. I've never tried the banana boat though. I really should one day! Btw, you look bootilicious in that bikini hehehe :)

  4. lizee..thank u! i think the pictures will be even beautiful kalu hari nda clouy! sayang, it wasn't a clear and sunny, bootilicious sebab ada lebihan lemak tu..:P yes, you should try the banana boat. it's fun...

  5. My last trip to Manukan was when i was 16. That many years ago. back then, it was OK to sunbath naked. Of course back then, we boys could not keep our eyes wandering...LOL.

    I love Sabah!

  6. Stupe,
    I think there's a secluded spot in Sapi Island for nudist (according to one of my reliable sources la) As I am too much of a coward and besides I don't have what it takes to 'if you have, flaunt it' thingy, I don't want to know where exactly is the spot hehehehe..
    btw, thanks for dropping by :)


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