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Kota Kinabalu Island Hopping

Are you willing to be away in a fine, white sand beach with crystal clear, turquoise water? Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, a few kilometers away from KK, will definitely have so much in store for you! 

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Tunku Abdul Rahman (TAR) Marine Park is made up of five islands including Gaya, Sapi, Manukan, Mamutik and Sulug. For our island hopping tour, we chose to visit Sapi, Manukan and Mamutik islands.

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Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal

Jesselton Point offers island transfer service to the islands of Manukan, Mamutik, Sapi, Sulug and Gaya. Travel time to the terminal is only 30 minutes from the city proper. Since we availed of an island hopping tour package (from Borneo ToursTravel), everything was settled when we arrived at the terminal. After getting our life vest and snorkeling gear, we just waited for our boat to arrive.

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Sapi Island

The first island we visited is Sapi which we reached after a 30-minute boat ride. It is a small island rich in marine life good for snorkeling and diving. There are wooden tables and chairs near the shore where we left our things.

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Someone offered us to try their water activities with rates as follows:

Parasailing – MYR90
Banana Boat Ride – MYR40
Flying Fish – MYR70
Jet Ski (30 minutes) – MYR170
Scuba Diving – MYR250
Seabed Walking – MYR250

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We did not avail of the water activities above and we preferred to snorkel that is included in the tour package we obtained. Even just near the shore, there are so many fish swimming around and they are pretty big. You can actually feel them gently nibbling you.

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To see coral formation, you have to swim a little further. There are markers that serve as reference. Going beyond the first one is where you are going to see the corals.

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Manukan Island

We next went to Manukan Island which is the most developed among the five islands on the marine park.

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Just like in Sapi, there are wooden tables arranged under the shade of trees near the shore where we ate lunch.  There is a canteen nearby where you can buy some food.

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Price is affordable and serving is generous. Some of their rates are as follows:

1 Cup of Rice: MYR2
Rice + 1 Dish (Vegetable): MYR4.50
Rice + 1 Dish (Meat): MYR6.50
Rice + 1 Dish (Meat) + 1 Dish (Vegetable): MYR8.50
Coffee, Tea: MYR3.50
Lemon Tea: MYR4

We tried parasailing here and price is the same with that in Sapi. We paid MYR90 for a 15-minute parasailing. It was our first time to try the said water sport. The experience was definitely exhilarating! According to the facilitators (who are fellow Filipinos), weather must be in good condition for them to conduct the activity. It can’t be too windy.

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Mamutik Island

The last island we visited was Mamutik Island. It is the smallest among the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park islands. We exhausted ourselves with the last stretch of our KK swimming and snorkeling adventure.

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Tips

  • Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal is very accessible and can be easily found. You can opt not to take an island tour package which can be cheaper. Just check the schedule of their island transfers.
  • If you will not avail any island hopping package, you just need to pay a conservation fee of MYR 10 for each island.
  • Aside from the island hopping tour package, many are offering water sport packages online. You can avail these water activities at cheaper prices right in the islands. There are many facilitators walking around the beach.

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Borneo Tours Travel

Island Hopping (Manukan-Manutik-Sapi) with Snorkeling Gear Rates:
RM 140.00 (3 pax – 4 pax)
RM 130.00 (5 pax – 7 pax)
RM 120.00 (8 pax above)
RM 155.00 per pax – With Buffet Barbecue Lunch

June 12, 2014

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15 Comments

  1. Reply

    sharfuddin

    May 18, 2015

    when is the best time to do island hopping?

  2. Reply

    Nicole

    February 27, 2016

    Lovely place! Great photography skills tho. 2 thumbs up for this post

  3. Reply

    Ginoel Orejo

    February 27, 2016

    The water looks divine. Will definitely be on my bucket list now. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait for summer now.

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    Mommy Queenelizabeth

    February 27, 2016

    Wow! Lovely place and you’ve captured its beauty very well.. Kota Kinabalu is on my bucket list! Will bookmark this for future reference 🙂 Thanks for the tips!

  5. Reply

    Caroline

    February 27, 2016

    With the food and the clear blue water I would never stop island hopping.

  6. Reply

    Roselle Carlos-Toledo

    February 27, 2016

    Wow! Such a nice beach. I’m really enjoying reading your articles in this blog 🙂

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      Arrianne Guzman

      March 2, 2016

      Thank you, Roselle 😁

  7. Reply

    Roselle Jean Ramos Dancel

    February 27, 2016

    What a cool place to bring my little family to!!!!! I need to go here! :((

  8. Reply

    Carlo Andrew Olano

    February 27, 2016

    Your post made me curious about Kota Kinabalu. I love your jump shot. I would have done the same. Thanks for the tips and I look forward to read more of your adventures.

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    Aika Loraine

    February 28, 2016

    makes me wanna have a dose of vitamin sea. how much did you spend all in all?

  10. Reply

    Nurse Alpha

    February 28, 2016

    Oh the beach! The sun! The place is gorgeous and I can feel the summer vibes in this post 🙂 I’m so excited for summer 😀

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    TweenselMom

    February 28, 2016

    That’s a wonderful trip! I’ve always told my husband I want to go parasailing!

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    Louise

    February 28, 2016

    This made me excited for summer! Look at their island! The beach! The fishes! Amazing at how other countries really takes good care of their islands unlike here in the Philippines. Most islands or beaches are too commercialized 🙁

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    bluedreamer27

    February 29, 2016

    wow what a great adventure you have! I would love to visit Kota Kinabalu someday (if my time and my money will allow me to haha)
    I definitely want to try that parasailing! It looks really fun!
    #bucketlisted!
    Thanks for sharing and I love all your photos!

  14. Reply

    Sonnie

    February 29, 2016

    I love the photos, vibrant and enticing! One thing I’ve noticed though, there are few tourists.. Is it bec. it’s off season at the time of your visit?

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