Kota Kinabalu is not just famous for the its beautiful landscapes, delectable and exotic dishes, and lively city but also for its many island getaway spots. I personally do not know a travel enthusiast who does not dig nature tripping as well. With that being said, I bet going to Kota Kinabalu would be both a pleasure and a surprise what with its pristine oceans tucked away in KK’s almost untouched islands.
We did plan to enjoy island hopping as many people who have been here say that you have never been to KK if you failed to do this. So off from Jesselton point, we went on a 15-minute boat ride to the Tunku Adbul Rahman Marine Park where three of KK’s most sought-after hotspots are found – Manukan Mamutik, and Sapi.
Our first stop was the Manukan Island. The thick forest served as the perfect backdrop to the clear waters with various species of fish that so excitedly entertained us. Every boat was their humble guest. Lots of them swam peacefully complementing the crystal clear water underneath us.
We also had our lunch at Manukan. You can either choose to avail of the buffet lunch or go a la carte. Coming from a buffet breakfast, we opted to go for the latter.
Aside from the beautiful beach, there are other sights and attractions on the island.
The island of Sapi also presented a host of wonders with only 15 minutes boat ride to reach from Kota Kinabalu. The panorama was breathtaking, something that is one each short of Boaracy’s heavenly allure. Sapi island was clean an awe-inspiring that we just again settled and passed snorkeling and diving for some quiet moments.
Mamutik, on the other hand, is a small island located in Pulau Mamutik where you can camp overnight provided you have permits. You should not underestimate this island because it is rich with marine life and corals.
These three beauties are such lovely sights to behold. Various water activities can be done while savoring the hot sun but we preferred to just appreciate the charming view laid before our very eyes. My kid was playing while we went sentimental all over. If you are looking to experience true relaxation, this is one of Kota Kinabalu’s best offers so far. This fine piece of scenery is awesome but Boracay is still heaven. It will always top my list.
Island hopping is another major activity that completed our stay at Kota Kinabalu and you will be missing a lot if you ignore these islands’ splendor. If you are planning to go to Kota Kinabalu, make sure to check them out.
More about our Kota Kinabalu trip here.