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Sapi Island, Kota Kinabalu

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Enjoy a day on Sapi Island, one of five islands in a protected marine park off the coast of Borneo. Just a 20-minute boat ride from Kota Kinabalu, the island offers clean, white sands and clear waters. The main attraction here remains the wildlife: hike inland to see big monitor lizards and wild boars, and snorkel through the water to admire the coral and colorful fish in a diverse marine environment. Try out a range of activities, including island-to-island zipline and banana boating, and then relax in one of the restaurants. A visit to Sapi Island represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Kota Kinabalu travel planner to plot your vacation.
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Sapi Island reviews

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  • Nice beach with clean warm water. It was small but there was no trash or debris on the sand. Kept clean and was enjoyable. 
    Nice beach with clean warm water. It was small but there was no trash or debris on the sand. Kept clean and was enjoyable.  more »
  • Had the most amazing time here. Love the scenery, love the food. Staff was helpful and made our time there an unforgettable experience. Will come again for sure. 
    Had the most amazing time here. Love the scenery, love the food. Staff was helpful and made our time there an unforgettable experience. Will come again for sure.  more »
  • the best 👍🏻 shud come here again soon..please bring your family and loved one ..you won’t regret it 
    the best 👍🏻 shud come here again soon..please bring your family and loved one ..you won’t regret it  more »
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  • I did a research before going to these islands. When you go to Kota Kinabalu you can just ride a grab car or maxim to the Jesselton point which is the hop off area to these islands. These islands by the way are part of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park if I’m not mistaken. The ticketing area is inside the jesselton point. Booths are already lined up and it’s up to you who to choose to buy boat tickets from. I chose the booth 10 and they offer just the boat rides and add ons like parasailing, walking underwater etc. i chose 2 islands to visit, The Mamutik and Manukan. You also rent the life vest and the snorkeling devices that is not included in your ticket. They automatically chose the island destination for me (maybe because mamutik and Manukan is already near each other). Buying tickets are not hassle as it seems. There is also no waiting time coz the boats arrive every 5-10 minutes i think. There is also a fee you pay upon entering the island which is separate from the ticket you bought from the Jesselton point which is a bit expensive if you’re a tourist and not malaysian. Manukan island is a bit crowded for me but the beach and the island is beautiful. White sand and beautiful walkway bridge. Mamutik island is smaller compared to manukan island but for me this is more beautiful than the manukan. The white sand is finer compared to Manukan and a less crowded. I also prefer snorkeling here than the Manukan island because there is a lot more fish here and you can already see lots of beautiful corals even in shallow area of the beach. There are places to eat in each island I have never tried but I think it’s a bit expensive. There are also a lot in the Jesselton point to eat.
  • Close to the city. Its an island yet you can still see and you have the overview of KK from the island. The water is so nice and you can do snorkelling even you are just on the sea side. Great place to relax and chill. Savour the moment and forget everything in Sapi Island.
  • Stunning island with lots of fish to see. Snorkel gear and lockers available to hire for minimal cost. Note that there is a 25RM conservation fee for foreigners
  • You must visit Sapi if you travel Sabah. The best island in my life :)
  • Nice and relax outing at beach. Fishes is not much in this island.

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