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Mabul Island in Sabah, Malaysia, Named One of the World’s ‘Best Secret Islands’

August 3, 2011

Travel + Leisure searched the world to compile a list of the Best Secret Islands. Mabul Island in Sabah was featured as one of the best islands in the world with that is not teeming with fish instead of tourists. The travel magazine stated, “Diving enthusiasts should opt instead for the secret island of Mabul, off the northeastern coast of Malaysia, where the marine life is on a par with the Galapagos.” The magazine adds, “Even better, the native sea moths, bobtail squids, and elusive paintpot cuttlefish are some of the only inhabitants.”

Diving is a year round activity on this island, with more than eight popular dive sites. It takes approximately 15 minutes or less to reach any of the Mabul dive sites by boat. Most of the diving in Mabul is very shallow with depths from 10 – 60 feet. Marine life that can be seen include fire gobies, crocodile fish, pipefish, cuttlefish, snake eels, sea horses, exotic starfish, and much more.

Mabul Island is reputed to be one of the best destinations for underwater macro-photography in the world. Located in the clear waters of the Celebes Sea off the mainland of Sabah, it is surrounded by gentle sloping reefs. It is considerably larger than the nearby world-renowned Sipadan Island, covering approximately 51 acres
(21 hectares).

Three resorts cater to scuba divers; two are on the island itself while one is on a converted oil rig platform about 1,600 feet offshore. All of the resorts provide day trips for their guests to the nearby Sipadan and Kapalai Islands.

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Win a Dream Vacation at Eagle Lodge on private Eagle Island in Georgia

April 27, 2011
photo provided by Eagle Lodge

You can win a stay at Eagle Lodge on the private Eagle Island in Georgia for having the winning Georgia shrimp recipe.

If you have ever dreamt of having your own private island vacation, Capt. Andy Hill invites you to share your best Shrimp Recipe to win a 5-Moon Grand Prize Vacation on Eagle Island. One of the islands in his exquisite collection of . Eagle Island guests savor local fresh ‘wild’ Georgia shrimp, an important ingredient in almost every coastal-inspired dish they enjoy throughout the year.

Eagle Island’s style is ‘classic, contemporary and fun!’ Some of the Island’s amenities are:

  • Eagle Lodge, sleeping accommodations for 10-12
  • Two full Lodge bathrooms, one outdoor 5-Moon enclosed luxury shower
  • Great room with full equipped kitchen, dining table and sitting area with fireplace
  • Outdoor kitchen equipped with oyster roaster, two grills (gas & charcoal) and full commercial ice machine
  • Wrap-around screened porch with swinging couch, hammock hot tub for six and fireplace
  • Two outdoor fire pits
  • Private dock with a deck for entertaining, fishing and deep-water access at all tides
  • Internet access, DIRECTV®
  • Peace, quiet, tranquility, seclusion and total privacy!


Submit a Shrimp Recipe including all ingredients and preparation to Leigh Cort Publicity at

Accompany the Shrimp Recipe with a 100 word essay about why I want to win “My Dream Private Eagle Island Vacation”

Include name, address, telephone #. Entries based on originality.

Deadline for entries is August 30, 2011

Entrants must be 18 years or older

All entries become the property of

You MUST Answer the following question from website:

If you bring your own boat to Eagle Island, Capt. Andy will credit your stay $____

The 5-Moon Grand Prize Winner Receives:

1.      Two nights on Eagle Island for up to (6) people ~ Sunday thru Thursday

2.      5 pounds of fresh wild-caught Georgia shrimp

3.      Eagle Island Luxury Tote Bag

4.      Keepsake Coastal Georgia Map

5.      Eagle Island Cap

WHO CAN ENTER:   Entrants must be 18 or over. There are no substitutions or transfer of prizes. Prize is not redeemable for cash.

Winner will be announced first week in September, 2011.

By acceptance of prize, winner consents to use of their names and/or photographs for publicity purposes without further compensation.

Capt. Andy Hill, Eagle Island, Georgia, 912-222-0801,