After departing Melbourne at a civilized hour we transited through Kuala Lumpur onto a domestic and 2 1/2 hours later we’re witnessing the twinkling lights of Sabah’s capital Kota Kinabalu gleaming across the waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. After a night at The Grandis , it was just a 20 minute boat ride and we’re kicking back on Manukan, one of 5 islands the marine park. That evening as the day tripping snorkelers depart the tropical island’s left to 50 house guests sprinkled amongst 10 beachfront chalets and 10 hillside beach villas. Being here for two nights will gave us a chance to explore the island and relax….
Next day over a casual beachfront lunch of satays, rice, chilli crab and fresh fruit, manager Elvina enchants us with fascinating tales of her grandfather’s head hunting days back in her jungle village in the Crocker Ranges in the heart of Sabah. Elvina is of the Dusun tribe, one of many exotic ethnic groups who inhabit Sabah and her stories are a blend of tribal tradition, superstition and animism. “Both my father and grandfather were hunters but only took what was needed for the family to survive,” she said.
At 31 degrees, it’s a long way from Melbourne’s wintry weather – give me the tropics any day…..