Island Hopping

sun bathing at manukan island

The islands off Kota Kinabalu are the most visited destinations on the west coast of Sabah after Kinabalu National Park. These islands are the prefect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. Activities like swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, and sand castle building especially for the children fill the day. Or one can join the unique “Scuba Doo” (mini-submarine), where one gets to tag along with the fishes, no scuba diving certificate is needed for this ride. For the less energetic consuming activities, books and sun bathing is a well trusted combination.  Just remember to use lots of sun tan lotions. Or laze the afternoon away lying under the tropical trees, enjoy the cool breeze plus a great sea view. Hopping from island to island is also another activity to consider.

white sandy beach at mamutik island

prepare to dive in the water with scuba-doo

go for a banana boat ride

Five islands made up the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. The biggest being Gaya island, and the others are Sapi, Manukan, Mamutik and Sulug which is the least visited island in the group. Hourly shutter boats can be arranged from the jetty at Jesselton Point terminal. While Magellan Sutera Resort and Tanjung Aru Beach Hotel also have their own shuttle boats giving tourists more option. Normally people only visit one island at a time, but if you want to visit all these islands with just one sling, then Island Hopping Package is a splendid choice. This can be booked through travel agents or just chattered a boat from the various boat companies at the Jesselton Point and do it on your own. Visitors has a choice of two or three and up to four islands under the Island Hopping package. Below is a sample price on the different options:

Price 1 Island 2 Islands 3 Islands 4 Islands
Adult RM 18 RM 28 RM 38 RM 48
Child RM 12 RM 18 RM 23 RM 28

humans and fishes at manukan jetty

unattended beach at sulug island

Many of the shuttle boat companies have the following accessories for rent. Below are the rental fee for these items:

  • Beach Mat RM 5
  • Fin Rm10
  • Mask + Snorkel RM 10
  • Mask + Snorkel + Fin RM 15
  • Mask + Snorkel + Life Jacket RM 20
  • Mask + Snorkel + Fin + Life Jacket RM 25
snorkeling at mamutik island
people at sapi’s beach

Borneo Ferry
counter 5 & 6,
Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal

Tel: +6016 587 74 65 (Roberto)/+6016 862 71 15 (Mus)

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