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Beach Bliss and Tropical Fish

On the islands: Mataking, Si Amil, and Sibuan

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Sunset at KK, probably one of the few nice views of this grungy town

Sunset at KK, probably one of the few nice views of this grungy town


After spending a lazy day recovering from the climb in the city of Kota Kinabalu, we flew to meet up with one of my oldest best friends, Chloe, in Semporna. Semporna is a coastal town in the south east of Sabah, Malaysia, Borneo. It is a gateway town to top rated dive sites at the reefs and islands off the coast.
1st day out on the boat

1st day out on the boat


Mataking Island, The Sandbar

Mataking Island, The Sandbar


Chloe had spent a few days there while we were on the mountain and organized an amazing snorkeling deal for us to go out on a boat to 3 different islands for 3 days and included our accommodation for 4 nights.
2 little girls from Cranston in Borneo

2 little girls from Cranston in Borneo


We spent 3 days in paradise! it was absolutely gorgeous and the photos do not do it justice. It was 360 degrees of gorgeous views and kodak moments. We spent 3 days on the most beautiful beaches I've ever experienced and snorkeling all different reefs. Among the countless different varieties of fish, we saw turtles, lobster and even a black and white sea snake.
watching turtles surface

watching turtles surface

beauty

beauty

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places like this really exist

places like this really exist

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a new friend

a new friend


On the last day, the island we stopped at had a village. All day a different character wielding a machete would appear and stare for a while and point at an apple we brought then point at their mouth. (we ended up leaving the apple) A little boy with a machete decided to hang around for a while asking "money" then offering "coconut 1 ringitt" (ringitt=malaysian money), while slicing pieces of found plastic with his machete. creepy much?! but he seemed harmless enough, and eventually he got bored and kept walking. None of this stopped us from lounging and, swimming and snorkeling. Si Amil Island

Si Amil Island

Taking a break from snorkeling

Taking a break from snorkeling

really?

really?

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Sammy sitting in the shade

Sammy sitting in the shade

L-O-V-E in Sibuan Island

L-O-V-E in Sibuan Island

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Each evening we would come back to the not so beautiful Semporna, take a shower, assess the sun damage and go for a cheap delicious local dinner.
I highly recommend 3 days in paradise after climbing up and down Mt Kinabalu, or any day for that matter. Just what we needed…
exploring Sibuan Village

exploring Sibuan Village

Posted by In Cahoots 01:40 Archived in Malaysia

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