It’s January 31 – Happy Chinese New Year! Let’s all welcome the Year of the Wooden Horse, which also happens to be my animal birth year also!
This travelogue is part of a travel series for my birthday trip to Kota Kinabalu & Brunei, if you haven’t read the previous posts, here’s the link http://bit.ly/KKBruneiDay2 & http://bit.ly/KKBruneiTrip
Island Hopping at Kota Kinabalu
After braving the mountains of Kota Kinabalu on a cold and chilly weather yesterday, we now will proceed to its serene waters & majestic islands.
Kota Kinabalu has a few gems lying less than 30 minutes off its coast. A bundle of small islands that are a part of Tunku Abdul Rahman Park that are connected via speed boat make for a great day trip and break from the city.
Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TARP) consists of a cluster of islands comprising Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan, Pulau Mamutik and Pulau Sulug. The five islands of the Marine Park are characterized by shallow waters, sumptuous coral gardens and all boast splendid white sandy beaches. The largest being Gaya Island, while Mamutik is the smallest island in the group.
To make things more convenient, we also availed a package tour for the island hopping covering the 3 Islands of Manukan, Mamutik & Sapi for only 90MYR perhaps the cheapest I found as majority of the tour cost around 130-160MYR.
Kota Kinabalu Island Hopping Tour (3 Islands) : RM90.00/ pax
Schedule: Day Trip
09.00 am – Speedboat journey of a 15 minutes ride to Island , Arrive at’Mamutik/manukan/sapi’ Island. Free & Easy
3.00 pm – Transfer to Mainland.*** The day will be at you own leisure .
*** Water sports such as Para sailing, Windsurfing, Kayaking and etc are available at your own expenses.
- Island boat return transfer (On Time Boat Departure)
- 1 way land return transfer
- Terminal fees and Sabah Park entrance fees
- Sun block lotion
- Personal toiletries
- Swimming attire
- Flip flops
- Extra clothing
Contact: Borneo BeacHouse (Backpackers)`
firstname.lastname@example.org (look for Nick)
Tel: +6088 218331
Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park Islands
1. Manukan Island
Manukan Island, which is shaped like a boomerang or some said a dolphin, is the 2nd largest island (51 acre) of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TARP). The island boasts a pristine rainforest and long stretch of beautiful white sandy beaches, surrounded by protected coral reefs.
Another thing I loved about Manukan Island is that it’s the first beach island that I’ve visited with Pine Trees in it. So I guess the weather here must be cold to support such.
2. Mamutik Island
Compare to Manukan and Sapi, Mamutik is the least crowded, yet it offers almost everything the other two have.
Lunch is often served here for guests who availed tours inclusive of meals. Mamutik Island offers BBQ style cuisine, with prawns, fish and chicken are the main selections. While having a good time with the tasty meal, guests also get to enjoy the cool breeze blowing in from the sea.
3. Sapi Island
Sapi Island, which is shaped like a star, is smaller than Manukan, but is the 2nd most developed and popular island of the Tunku Abdul Marine Park (TARP). The island boasts white sandy beaches and crystal clear turqoise waters. Voted as one of the best snorkeling spots among the TARP islands, there are many colourful fishes and corals that you can find here.
After our Island hopping, we still have time to go around the city since tomorrow we’ll already be leaving for Brunei. So here are some landmarks that are worth visiting to, note though that we haven’t visited all.
Kota Kinabalu City Tour
The rest of the City that you could explore:
- Atkinson Clock Tower
- Sabah Tourism Board
- Sabah Museum
- Heritage Village
- State Mosque
- City Mosque
- Menara Tum Mustafah
- Sabah State Assembly
- Central Market
- KK Plaza