Tuesday 1/07 - Wednesday 9/07
Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu
On the only rainy day that we have had thus far, we had made plans with a fellow Aussie from our backpackers to go and visit the islands surrounding KK.
We got our speed boat tickets (with a RM10 discount) at the harbour and jetted off at a great speed to the first island of Mamutik.
|Sailor boy ready for the voyage|
|Joy sporting our brand spanking new waterproof bag - it's amazing and it's PINK!|
|Our Aussie friend who we thought was called Shaun, but now we really don't know...|
|New fashion of towel folding...both stylish and practical!|
The front beach was very crowded with a huge contingent of Chinese holiday makers so we decided to sign the required indemnity forms and venture to the restricted beach on the other side of the island. However, after the trek through the over grown jungle path, we came across a huge monitor lizard that was viciously protecting the bay. This along with the fact that a storm broke out just as we arrived was a clear sign that we were not meant to snorkel here and returned sheepishly to the safe beach. Roxy tried a bit of snorkeling but after all three of us were repeatedly stung by pieces of jellyfish (that had been chopped up by all the boats) we retreated to shore and were keen to move along to the next island.
|Storm rolling in|
|Roxy trying out new ways to wear her sarong|
|Joy braved the waters for another swim but was soon met with the jellyfish|
|View from the bottom...our target point|
|Ready to go...|
|Once again some steep stairs|
|After many failed attempts at a selfie, a kind Aussie lady took pity on us and took this amazing pic of the sunset over the bay|
|View displaying that as the sun goes down, the city lights come on|
|The entire street is closed off and filled with merchants selling their wares.|
|Luckily this sweet old gentleman offered us a small taste of the fruit - which was all Joy needed to know that it was not for her, Rox on the other hand did not mind the multi-flavoured, gooey texture that left a garlic after-taste|
|Rox admiring the tiny turtles|
|We even found some brown-spotted dalmatians (Took the picture especially for you Tis)|
|Tried some Wheatgrass juice which is fabled to be good for your health|
|We didn't have the courage to try this one.|
|A little padkos of peanut butter sarmies and apples on the train|
|The Train conductor leaning out the open door|
|Joy hanging out with the train driver - unfortunately she couldn't convince him to let her take the 'wheel' this time|
We were then all ready to face the rapids of the 'spicey' Padas River...
|The entire group - spot the odd ones out (hint...it's us)|
|Now for a 'wild' photo|
|Our rafting crew - Shuyi and Delia from Singapore (Girl-power)|
|We really were in the middle of the jungle|
|Our instructor Henry taking a selfie|
|The dream team: Team 'S'-urvivor before hitting the water|
|All looking good on the 'Smile' Rapid|
|Our Motto - Don't stop paddling (doesn't matter if you can't see)|
|Where is the boat...?|
And it seemed to work - as even the photographer noted that we were the most co-ordinated team
|Into the 'Whirl Pool' Rapid we go|
|Our crew celebrating surviving up until the halfway point|
|Failed jumping photo|
|Rox looking concerned as she is sure Joy went under this side - Where is she?|
We are the ultimate survivors!
The next day we rose early to catch a taxi to our bus to Sandakan. The trip would take about 7 hours and test our stomachs and faith greatly on the windy mountain passes.
|The first time we have come across a proper looking SA taxi in Asia (which they also tried to fill to the brim)...|
|...except the Asian versions have stopping bells and safety bars!|