We joined Songbird 50 and have the other aft master cabin with white sheets!!!! We have our own ensuite. The weather was looked up, tides considered and the cruising guide consulted and we set off for Pulau Tiga 30 mn away. “We”, the crew, didn’t have to do any of this. Too slack! The sails did go up briefly when a little bit of wind came up but the iron headsails got us there.
Pulau Tiga was the site of a Survivor series long ago and the “Survivor Resort” looked like the perfect place for sundowners. They, unfortunately, didn’t have any guests or cold beer but we’re happy for us to BYO.
The snorkelling was pretty good and was even better then next day round the corner at Pulau Kalampurnian and Snake Island where we saw 2 tiny Lion Fish but no famed sea snakes. It got a bit lively during the night , when a bit of wind came up and Ian sat up watching as we were close to reef. We went to bed and slept well. Ha! We’re crew and leave all the excitement to the Skipper.
The following day we motored another 30nm to Pulau Gaya just 10 nm off the of Kota Kinabalu. There , we found a beautiful resort called Bunga Raya Resort and Spa and found a place to anchor on the slope of the reef. It was a bit tenuous..but not really my problem. The reef was interesting with some colour and lots of fish. I even saw a black and white brittle star.
We enjoyed a sundowner or two with our old pals from the South Pacific, Robyn and Simon on Kiwi Coyote then a very swanky dinner at the resort. They have 2 pet wild boars who hang round just as dinner is finishing. It is a little disconcerting when they come up to you snorting away with their long noses. We then had another peaceful night.
Our Captain , Ian , wanted to get a few jobs underway so booked for us in Sutera Harbour Marina at KK from 4th to 17th , so we have now been here 2 days. The marina is very nice with 2 hotels and a golf resort and 25% discount on meals and marina fees. We have already booked a dive trip and the North Borneo Railway excursion and may be the remaining time , when not doing boat jobs, can be spent in one of the 3 pools. Hard life!