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1.10 p.m. - Looking out towards the sea from Kota Kinabalu lies 5 islands ( Gaya, Manukan, Mamutik, Sapi and Sulug ). These 5 islands and their coral reefs make up the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Parks, a national marine reserve aiming to protect and regenerate the fragile marine eco system surrounding Kota Kinabalu.

Gaya Island is only 10 minutes off KK and covers an area of 1,546 ha ( 3500 acres). It has a floating population of around 6,000 and the eastern section is largely occupied by an illegal Filipino colony – Kampung Pondo. But nestled away in a beautiful bay on the other far side of the island is the Gayana Island Eco Resort.

I took this shot as the plane took off from Tanjung Aru , and as I was seated next to the window I decided to polish up my skills on taking shots from the plane. The glass window was not that clean and I was not hoping very much. However, the result was unexpected.

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