Pulau Tiga Resort

Pulau Tiga Resort

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HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English, Chinese, Filipino, Malay
Property amenities
Free breakfast
Bar / lounge
Beach
Diving
Airport transportation
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
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Fishing
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Family rooms
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Location

Kuala Penyu, Pulau Tiga Malaysia
Getting there
Kota Kinabalu Airport
50.5 km
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Labuan Airport
64.7 km
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JohnFoster68 wrote a review Jul 2012
Singapore, Singapore
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The good news is that the place was empty, so we had the whole island for ourselves and 4 other guests. This is the first Survivor location, the beach is nice but dirty and it is quite boring. There is nothing to do. They boast about some mud volcano, which is just a dirty muddy spot. The resort is old and the rooms are not well taken care of. The staff lazes around doing nothing all day and being apathetic. Instead they could clean the beach. It is sad that right in front of the hotel there is trash on the beach. One of their attraction is snake island. They tell you there are lots of snakes. We saw one, under a rock. Obviously the snakes do not come out at day, but they dont tell you that. It is an all inclusive resort, so the food is included. The food is buffet style and it is horrible. We paid 500 USD for 2 nights, including a 2 hour van drive from KK and a 30 minute boat ride. I guess the real price should be half of that. They make a pretty good profit.
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Date of stay: July 2012
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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AdaWong1118 wrote a review Nov 2012
Keningau, Sabah, Malaysia
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I went to Pulau Tiga on 11 Nov 2012. The boat is not punctual, I guess it is also depends guest reach there on time. After rest for a while, my friends and I went for mud volcano and it is free of charge. After that we go for a swim on the seaside. On the next day, we went for snake island and sand pit with additional RM 40 per person.
The Good Things is~
I love the sunset view from the resort, stunning and best ever sunset view I had seen. The staff are helpful and friendly, and the bathroom are clean. I am ok with the food service, for the beverage you need to self service. The sand pit is clean~^_^
The Bad Things is~
The facilities and equipment is poor..Especially the pool table have a hole. So when the ball gets in the pocket, it will directly drop to the ground. Pulau Tiga Resort beach is full of branch and leaves, but compare to other island which near to city is far more clean already. Need to defend yourself from the monkey! They like to steal bags from you, so watch out~
All over Pulau Tiga is a nice place to relax~For those who likes jungle trekking, diving or nature lover. This would be a good place to stay for your vacation.
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Date of stay: November 2012
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: If you need a hot shower, you can choose for superior room instead of standard room.
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kobusak wrote a review Sept 2012
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Had negative thoughts about this place after reading most recent reviews BUT was very surprised that the place was not as bad as I thought it would be. Perhaps a few things were rectified before our arrival on Sept 11 2012. I suppose the seismic activity is not too active at the volcanic mud pool because we saw few bubbles and mud temperature was actually cooler than I imagined. But it was a fun spot to get a mud bath! Needs more diligent maintenance by the caretaker (Sabah Parks) though.
I cannot agree that the beach was dirty but there were dead seaweeds floating in. My buddies had a good time snorkelling whilst some of us preferred the gentle cool breeze on hammocks by the beach.
Food was plentiful but better do the barbie to your own preference, otherwise you might get chewy meat to test your jaw and teeth!
Hardly had any time to watch TV so it was not missed. The karaoke selection did have too many Tagalog songs and no local songs but they were very accommodating.
Overall we had a good time at this place and most had wished that we could stay another night... Perhaps another time?
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Date of stay: September 2012
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Manta Ray rooms are huge!
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Curpella wrote a review Nov 2012
Dublin, Ireland
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in this 'resort' for a night (2nd - 3rd of November 2012) and we barely survived the ordeal. Being a seasoned traveler to Sabah's many beautiful islands and excellent beaches, our experience here came as a very unfortunate surprise. (considering the fact that beach standards are generally good in Sabah and considering the publicity this place had received)

After a promising 30 min boat ride, we arrived at the resort jetty. We were welcomed by countless numbers of bottles, plastic bags and waste floating on the sea... something that I have very rarely seen in Borneo. We were immediately shocked by the state of the beach. All sorts of rubbish and debris strewn across several kilometers of beach (includes bleach bottles, syringes, and glass bottles) ... we walked the entire length of the island's east coast and could not identify a single clean spot to swim. We even saw a dead turtle washed ashore! There was no sign of any tourist or holiday makers enjoying the beach given the state of this place... just loads of monkeys and monitor lizards walking around the beach, scavenging on the waste!

But what disappoints us and angers us most is the APATHY that pervades in this place... There was no staff to welcome us and guide us to the reception at the jetty... the welcome was somewhat lethargic... We had a sense throughout the trip that the staff would rather not have any guests. Worse of all, we felt that everyone on the island was on a holiday except us!! The meals were not served on time and are way below the standards we expected for the amount we paid, the amenities such as a pathetic ping pong table appeared vandalized and monopolized by the staff themselves, who were playing it most of the time!! The rooms were squalid... dirty, dilapidated, and infested with bed bugs.. its affects of which we are still suffering from... I could smell monkey or rat urine in the room... and the basic things one would expect such as soap for bathing was absent!!

We were so appalled by the state of the resort that my wife confronted the resort manager about the state of cleanliness of the entire area. The reply was the usual tirade of excuses... insufficient staffing, the rainy season bringing rubbish to the beach, and a long blame game about who was responsible for the state of the beaches . We then took matters into our hands and started cleaning the beach to show to them that instead of lazing around (there were many staff sitting around lazily, playing games, chatting and using the resort amenities), something could be done. We cleaned a segment of the beach to show them the contrast and invited the staff to join us... only one came and the rest walked by... laughed at us... and continued on their perpetual holiday on the island!!! When I asked for a rake from the staff so that I can do the cleaning, she didn't even know where it was!!!

My advice to anyone and everyone who has heard of this place... STAY CLEAR OF IT... Sabah has many excellent islands and beaches. You don't need to suffer on your holiday for the sake of keeping the staff of this resort on their perpetual vacation. You don't need to suffer from a debilitating itch all over your body due to the state of cleanliness in this place. PLEASE DO NOT GO TO THIS PLACE.

For those who don't believe this review, please view some of the pictures we took to proof our point. I cannot see how anyone could rate them anything better then poor.
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Date of stay: November 2012
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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ConnieNg wrote a review Jul 2012
KL
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Just had a company trip at Pulau Tiga Resort on 24-25/06/12. My hubby & I get room 54, the conditions are very terrible!! First impression... no TV, look like more then 20 years old building, the nausea things is when we open the water pipe, water come out are very dirty (black in colour)...

The most horrible things is the bed actually have fleas (跳蚤).... Hubby & I also bitten by the fleas, but my hubby most serious, got 70 wound (red spot)... very itchy (很癢)....

Can imaging the itchy feeling from 25/06/12 until today.... still haven't recover.....!!!?? So suffering & excruciation!!

Not only both of us bitten by fleas, there are most of my colleague also.....

DON'T GO, OR YOU WILL REGRET IT!!!
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Date of stay: June 2012
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Michelle J wrote a review May 2014
Winchester, United Kingdom
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The island itself is lovely, a welcomed secluded place away from tourists. But...

I stayed on the island with lots of friends. We were the only people staying at the resort. One evening when we were having dinner, a staff member broke into our room (through the window after attempting and failing to get in through the door). They took high value electrical goods including our camera along with the memory card with three months of pictures on it! They could have at least left the card.

We were able to speak to all the staff together the next day and ask that they please return the things they stole. Management did help us with this and we called the police. But, of course no one admitted or returned anything.

Apparently this is not the first time it's happened and it's a recurring problem. They are aware that the staff are involved.

So, if you are prepared to stay here then be prepared to potentially have your stuff stollen.
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Date of stay: April 2014Trip type: Travelled with friends
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pinnychan wrote a review Oct 2011
Catania, Italy
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I was very enthusiastic to go there even if the cost was very high about 1000RM for 2.firstly, I have some difficulties to book(late answers and bed communications with staff).once did it I have asked to have the trasfert from kota kinabalu.the driver drop off us in a little creek where we took a little boat (30 min) to go to the island.we booked for a superior chalet,well placed but very dirty inside(towels and linens,tables,fridge,the floor).the staff was no so friendly,often they don't have answers to ours questions,some young guys without good experience in tourism I suppose.the food was terrific!very poor at lunch,dinner and breakfast!!!no drinks included!just warm water and coffee.the beach was very dirty none take care of it!no activities well organized.oooooooooohhhhhhhhh terrific!!!very very disapointed!
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Date of stay: October 2011
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
1.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Sam M wrote a review May 2012
Hanoi, Vietnam
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I am here right now and I'm not loving it. It's an expensive place to come to visit but everything that is provided feels cheap. There are no toiletries in the bathroom and the chairs both in the room and on the balcony are plastic. Also, the bathroom was filthy, the toilet has mold growing on it and some of the tiles are broken and have been for a long time and I didn't go for the cheapest room at 1700RM (approx 350GBP) for 2 people for 3 nights. I live and work in Sabah so this was a lot of money for me to pay.
In addition, you only get 1 bottle of mineral water on arrival and then you have to drink from the cooler in the restaurant but that water is purified and, to me, has an odd, slightly salty taste. There is rubbish in the grounds and the staff have a slightly bored aire about them however, this dosen't appear to make them overly helpful or to get things right without being asked.
The drinks are very expensive both alcoholic and carbonated but as other drinks are "included" this shouldn't be a problem but sadly it is because what they don't tell you is that the included drinks only cover tea, instant coffee and water, it appears that juice hasn't reached this island yet even for breakfast. Alcoholic drinks here are more expensive than in the Hyatt 5 star hotel in KK. I understand that they have to make a profit but when it's 500% I do feel that I am being taken advantage of the same goes for beer a small tin of Tiger is 10RM which is 2.5 times more than you would pay in a shop/local retaurant and about 1RM more than in a hotel in KK. Also to hire snorkelling equipment is 60RM - again I don't mind paying a reasonable amount but this, to my mind, is extreme.
I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone as I say what is provided is cheap and what is extra is very expensive! All in all very disappointing.
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Date of stay: May 2012
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reuben J wrote a review Jun 2014
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Clean seaside, clear GREEN water, beautiful coral for snorkeling. We even had a very nice BBQ and enjoy the scene of untouched virgin jungle. Weeks has past and I still dream about the corals and fishes I swam with. SO GREAT !!!!
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Date of stay: June 2014Trip type: Travelled with family
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joanne_choi wrote a review Mar 2013
Hong Kong, China
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We went to Pulau Tiga on early March 2013. We booked the room through Agoda, and Agoda sent back the confirmation email to us. Funny that we rent a car to the Kula Penyu Jetty (2 hrs drive from KK) watiing at the Jetty from 12.30 till 3.30pm, there is no one to pick up us from the Jetty to the island, while the schedule boat should be at 3pm. We tried to phone the hotel and so do agoda, no one listen, what agoda could help is to cancel our booking!?! We managed to find the direct phone of the island from the nearby fisherman, the resort said they did not receive any booking, so there is no boat, and the phone both we and agoda phoned are office phone which they are off in saturday afternoon and sunday!! Obviously there is a big communication problem between agoda and the resort, and it is funny that the hotel has no means of contact after office hour! Are they in the service industry?

The resort staff refused to arrange a boat to pick us up at first, insisting they do not receive booking. When we decide to return back to KK, they agree to arrange a boat at last.

The environment of the island is nice, nice beaches, quiet and pleasent, not much people on the island, the house reef is ok (not much fishes compare to the philippines but still ok).

However the big problem is the hotel staff, espeically those sitting at the reception, no sense of ownership or service manner, they are not bother to answer your question, no smile, and give you a signal of being annoyed if you ask them to do something. I feel so sad for the owner of the hotel.

We have been to many islands in the past, sometimes we stayed for a week and even return back, partly due to the environment but also due to the place give you a warm and home feeling. If you really want to find a relax island near KK, two nights at Pulau Tigar would be enough. But we will not return back while there are so many nice and pleasent islands in the South East Asia with good environment and good service.

This is the direct phone of the resort in case of emergency or after their office hour:
017-8112468 / 017-8992468
Thank you for the fisherman and resident in Kula Penyu who provided.
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Date of stay: March 2013
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Chow D asked a question Apr 2018
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Is there a store on the island ?
Answer from JackAverre
London, United Kingdom67 contributions31 helpful votes
No, only a minibar from which you can buy drinks
Chow D asked a question Apr 2018
2 contributions
Is there a store on the island ?
Chow D asked a question Apr 2018
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Is there a store on the island ?
Answer from angela d
Melbourne, Australia45 contributions16 helpful votes
Not really . BYO everything apart from meals and drinks
Wondering_aimlessly1 wrote a tip Dec 2016
Llanelli, United Kingdom26 contributions28 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Jeff Probst stayed in Room 4 apparently"
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MrHanns wrote a tip Aug 2016
68 contributions49 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"For standard room, get chalet room number above 60's. You will get at least partial or full sea view."
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vit666 wrote a tip Sept 2015
Colchester, United Kingdom226 contributions101 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Choose a hut close to the restaurant / main hut- saves you trudging during downpours"
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185chanj wrote a tip Mar 2014
Hong Kong, China8 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book a room with hot shower"
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AdaWong1118 wrote a tip Nov 2012
Keningau, Sabah, Malaysia7 contributions14 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you need a hot shower, you can choose for superior room instead of standard room."
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What are some of the property amenities at Pulau Tiga Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Pulau Tiga Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Does Pulau Tiga Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Pulau Tiga Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Pulau Tiga Resort located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 km away from the centre of Pulau Tiga.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Pulau Tiga Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Chinese, Malay, and Filipino.