Monday, August 25, 2008

Kota Kinabalu stroll

The seafood in KK town is gorgeous. Visiting one will make you think that you are at a marine park.

Since my flight was tuesday, I took a trip to pulau gaya on monday. Trip by a speed boat will take only minutes to reach the other side. And this is the usual transportation the locals used.

The boatman had stopped me at a school, which is also build on stilts. So I made my way towards the resort which lays somewhere to the west north.

From the town, pulau gaya seems like an laidback coastal village. But on nearer observation, it's a place of immigrants and lacking basic amenities like water and electricity. The villagers live in houses with stilts above the seawater, which are so flimsy, strong winds would have toppled them. The beach nearby is also littered with rubbish, plastic bags, and is so polluted, it deserves to be called a slum. And children plays amidst all this.

But as I reached the resort, the whole scenery changed. Now you could see, nice sandy beaches, with fishes and corals. There's even a marine conservation center, and a seafood restaurant. Pulau Gaya is like a 2 face island. One contains the slums, and the other paradise.

A trip to the local pasar malam was quite interesting as well. Seafood is usually roasted with fire, and displayed for patrons to choose from.


Kota kinabalu seafront...nicely decorated with fishes...

Another view from the seafront...nearby are fisherman boats..

The jetty to pulau gaya at the back...

A mosque constructed above the waters at Pulau Gaya

Walking towards the resort Gayana



I found nemo...

Bamboo sharks..

Lobster..

Eel?

Mantis shrimp

This is a live squid..and it's so charming to be eaten.

sea turtle..

Some fishes..

no idea what are these

Looks like cat fish

Stone fish....the world's deadliest fish.

Puffer fish



The shark is just beneath...

Having a sip at Gayana resort






Napolean wrasse...unfortunately some restaurants here still serve this endangered species.



Another napolean wrasse..

Grouper fish..



The slums of pulau gaya...

The beach is littered with rubbish everywhere...

The school on stilts..

Glorious seafood...

Lobsters ... one cost RM 300 bucks.

See that napolean wrasse?

Live seafood on display..



Live abalones as well...

Now...this looks weirdly familliar

These looks like giant moths...dare to try?

4 comments:

kev said...

I wonder whether this was the place where my mum went for seafood during her trip to KK. Apparently our 'beloved' PM dined there too. I'm not a big fan of seafood (more of a red meat person), but would definitely love to give it a try!

yipwt said...

oh..i think that's the one with a grand restaurant. In front of it, are 2 big prawns replica.

Anyway...sea food is great here...you ought to try.

bola2api said...

ikan napoleon tu cantik la. is it on the endangered species list?

Stupe said...

KK is great for seafood man! I know i totally enjoyed myself when i was there. i might be going there for a night soon. :)