Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Sabah Travel

26 May 2009 (1 Jamadilakhir 1430)

Hello there! The big C130 extended military aircraft finally landed at Tawau airport at the wee hour of the evening on 19 May 09. It was raining like cat and dog. My head spins like unsettled gyro gymbal trying to find the corrected magnetic error getting set into the north south cardinal. KL to Tawau took 5 gruelling hours, what a ride!

Next day, after breakfast its a helicopter ride to Semporna. Very sunny day and I look forward for a good tour around the Sabah water limits and its surrounding islands. Preceding the island tour, was a quick briefing by the authority. Next I boarded the fast boat to our first destination, Timba island. What can I say about this short boat trip. Back like good old days in the 80s where I was patrolling this same water against any illegal entry from other countries - the usual water/land borders problems around the world. This fast boat was cruising at about 30 kts avoiding too close to coral areas and small fishing boats enroute. We arrived Timba island just in time for lunch. In fact we were slightly late as others who opted to fly from Semporna were waiting for us.

Timba island is small and surrounded by shallow water covering the beach area which is whitish turning light green colour water with a sudden drop into the deep marked by black colored water.