Tiga (Survivor) Island

Dive Map Tiga Survivor Island Sabah

Tiga Survivor Island Sabah

Description :
Tucked away in the sleepy village, Kuala Penyu, just 1.5 hours away from Kota Kinabalu, lies Tiga Island. Better known as “Survivor Island” where the US hit-series Survivor season 1 was filmed. Tiga Island is volcanically formed, which plays host to some stunning reef life. This is also where you will get the chance to see the banded sea snakes, with their striking colors, and undulating movements through the water a spectacular sight to behold. Top side, the island is also famous for its natural volcanic mud spa, Talk about pampering yourself after a day of diving.
Where is it :
Kuala Penyu, Sabah
Number of dive sites :
Type of Diving :
Guided – boat, deep
Skill Level :
Beginner to advanced
Main Diving Attraction :
Banded sea snakes, sea turtles, lobsters, various nudibanchs, schooling tropical fishes (snappers, barracudas). Although rare, dugongs (manatees) have been spotted around the island.
Average Water Temperature :
28°C (82.4°F) to 30°C (86.0°F)
Seasonality :
All year round (ideal months to go between April and June)
Typical Visibility :
10m (32ft) to 20m (65ft)
General Current Conditions :
Low to mild
Family / Non-Diver Friendly :
Availability of Other Leisure Activities :
Volcanic mud spa, snorkelling, sea kayak, island trekking, beach volleyball.
Availability of ATM / Foreign Exchange Bureau :
None on the island
Availability of Medical Facility :
None on the island
Here are some of our favorite dive sites 🙂
Asmara Point :
• Maximum depth: 20m
• Currents: Mild
Dive between a valley of hard and soft corals hosting an array of marine life. This site is especially popular amongst macro divers. For some reason, there are lobsters everywhere under the crevices!
Dunlop Corner :
• Maximum depth: 22m
• Currents: Mild
Abundant with wild whimsical critters, this site is truly a macro photographer’s haven within the vicinity. Here, you can expect black sea urchins, cuttlefish, nudibranchs, large barrel sponges, lettuce corals, tables corals and much more.
Nearest Jetty (from Kota Kinabalu) :
Jesselton Point Jetty
* Approximately 1.5hrs boat ride to Tiga Island
Address :
88200, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Nearest Airport :
Kota Kinabalu International Airport (IATA: BKI)
Estimated Travel Time from Kota Kinabalu Airport :
15 mins (by car), with average one way taxi fares of ~RM20
Alternative Jetty :
Kuala Penyu Jetty
* Approximately 25mins boat ride to Tiga Island
Address :
Next to Kuala Penyu Customs Department. (Refer to link here)
Jalan Pekan Kuala Penyu, 89709, Kuala Penyu, Sabah
Nearest Airport :
Kota Kinabalu International Airport (IATA: BKI)
Estimated Travel Time from Kota Kinabalu Airport :
1.5hrs (by car). Private land transfers can be arranged at an average of RM100/person.
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