Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is Malaysia’s thriving capital of the Sabah state, on the island of Borneo. A two or so hour flight from Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu is the gateway to Sabah’s playground – Orangutans, Snorkeling, Hiking Mt Kinabalu, Diving, Rafflesia flowers, Nature Reserves, Islands, Cultural Villages.

It’s mainly a sea port, head down the coast or out to the islands to enjoy the sun and sea around Kota Kinabalu.

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Amorgos – Greece

Lesser known of the Greek Islands, but just as stunning as Santorini, Mykonos, Paros and the others. Amorgos is mainly famous for being the setting of the 1988 Movie “The Big Blue” .  Visit a taverna in town and it’s likely to be playing the movie or have retro posters on the walls.

Take a bus trip (precarious, eyes closed) to see the 1200 AD monastery built high into the cliff face. Cool down on one of the pretty pebbly beaches. As Amorgos doesn’t have an airport, the best way to visit is to sail in on a yacht, like I had the pleasure of doing.