Finding my island rhythm.
We napped in our kayaks after getting up at the crack of dawn to see the sunrise, the spellbinding kind where you can’t get the colors out of your head. The night before, we stayed in a treehouse in the middle of the rainforest with limited electricity because the island ran completely on solar energy. Later that morning we were entertained by monkeys as they tried to steal our breakfasts! I found my island rhythm and never wanted to leave…Numerous tiny islands surround Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, in Borneo. Located in the Malay Archipelago, Borneo is made up of parts of Indonesia, East Malaysia and Brunei. Known for some of the best diving spots including Sipadan Island, lush rainforests and warm weather year round, we explored some of the prettiest islands I’ve ever seen, like my favorite, the remote Sepanggar Island. The only accommodation on the island is with Mari Mari Sepanggar Lodge, and the only way to get there is by private boat, 15 minutes from Kota Kinabalu or KK as the locals call it. There isn’t much to do on the island except relax and enjoy nature as it was intended. Most mornings I’d get up early to take in the sunrise, then patiently watch the fishermen wade back and forth while I sweetly swayed on my hammock. Coming from busy city life this was new to me, yet I could feel the island beckoning me into its quiet stillness, so I quickly adapted to her pace.
One of my favorite parts during our stay was scuba diving in the crystal clear waters. I’ve snorkeled many times before but being able to get up close and discover this underwater world was beyond words. This was taken right before I (gracefully) tumbled back into the water from the weight of the tank.
Do you think you could live on an island? I always thought I’d get really bored but these few days convinced me otherwise!