Pulau Tiga Park

Pulau Tiga Park is located at the southwest coast of Sabah and north of Kuala Penyu. This park consists of three islands and was gazetted as a marine park in 1978 and covers an area of 158sq km. Pulau Tiga is the biggest with an area of 607 hectares followed by Pulau Kalampunian Besar and Pulau Kalampunian Damit. A study showed that it was formed by the eruption of mud volcanoes.

Volcanic activities can still be seen today in the form of bubbling mud. The last volcanic eruption occurred in 1941 and since then have remained passive. Playing on the mud volcano is one of the attractions on this island that visitors go to.

Pulau Kalampunian Besar is a low lying island formed from sand and clay. Today, it is only a sandbar continuously being eroded by the waves of the sea.

Pulau Kalampunian Damit consists of a big limestone rock with dense vegetation. It is also known as "Snake Island" as snakes come here to breed throughout the year. The snakes are of Laticauda Colubrina species which prey on eels. They lay eggs on the rocks. As the snakes are poisonous, be careful if you come to this island.

This park was made popular as it was the location of the reality TV show "Survivor" in 2001.

Snorkeling and Scuba Diving at Pulau Tiga Park

Scuba diving and snorkeling are the main activities here as there is a 7km coral reef around the main island. It is home toover 135 of hard and soft coral species. There are plenty of brightly coloured fish and other marine life as a result of the thriving coral reefs here.


This park has many species of birds, some of them are migratory birds. If you are into bird watching, this is a good place to enhance your knowledge of the birds.

  • Large Megapodes or Megapodius Freycinet which is a type of bird the size of a domestic fowl. These birds are unique in that they hatch their eggs by using the heat from the environment and not from their body heat. The eggs are incubated using the natural heat from the sun or the heat generated from the fermentation process of vegetation. They also produces sound like a cat.
  • Hornbills
  • Magpies.
  • Bulbuls
  • Sea Eagles
  • Pigeons
  • Sunbirds.

Other animals that can be spotted include the flying fox bats, long-tailed macaques and the monitor lizards.


Pulau Tiga Resort offers a standard rooms, superior rooms and long houses for accommodation. It also offers PADI dive courses. The rooms are air-conditioned with coffee making facilities. Prior to this, there were only two chalets and a hostel for accommodation operated by Sabah Parks. The other resort here is Borneo Survivor Resort.

Sabah Parks Contact

Call up the Sabah Parks if you need further query or if you want to check the weather condition of the park.

Tel: +6 088 211 881 OR +6 088 212 508


See the videos of Pulau Tiga Park.

Getting To Pulau Tiga Park

If you are coming from Kota Kinabalu, you can drive or take a bus 130 km south towards Kuala Penyu Jetty. The one-way bus ticket from Kota Kinabalu near the Segama bridge costs about RM18. The journey to the jetty will take approximately 3 hours. From this jetty, take a 30-minute boat ride to the islands. Normally the resort where you are staying will make the boat transfer arrangement else a return trip will cost about RM130-RM140 per boat.

You can also check out the latest offer of the snorkelling, hiking and volcano hot bath here.

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