Updated On : Monday, 02 September, 2019 08:21:16 PM

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Sapi Island

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Beach of Sapi Island

Beach of Sapi Island
Meditation in an isolated beach corner

GAZETTE : 1974

Gaya Island

Opposite Sapi Island is Gaya Island. During low tide visitor can walk over from Sapi Island to Gaya Island via the connecting sandbar.


Beach of Sapi Island

Beach of Sapi IslandBeach of Sapi Island

Standing in waist-deep water dive instructor (middle) is giving a thorough half hour run-down on all that a diver needed to know before diving down the 15 meters deep under water world...

Young students snorkel off the beach and discover coral and marine life at the shallow and calm water ...

Children prefer playing with sand and swimming at the shallow end of the beach, while the mother take a tropical sun bath...

A popular holiday destination for families with small children. A place where children from East and West meet for a common love of blue ocean and white sandy beach...

Ensuring a safe and enjoyable day for everyone on the island, lifeguard keeping an eye on the sea ready to act in case of emergency...


When going to the islands, do not bring any valuables (i.e. earings, necklaces), all cameras must be waterproof or put in water proof begs, contact lenses are not advisable. Bring a towel, separate set of clothing and shoes, sun block, hat, insect repellent & swim wear.

Many adults can be seen snorkelling at a small group of reefs further out. The corals are very interesting as many of them look like the human brain. Common tropical fish, like sergeant fish, butterflies fish, and including the much talk about crown fish can be found here.
This Sapi Islandís Beach is also very picturesque, with the huge green forest of Gaya Island on one side, and the distant buildings of Kota Kinabalu city as the back ground.

The moment one arrives at the jetty, crystal clear water of the sea with school of fish numbering in thousand can be seen swimming around the jetty. Among them are Napoleon fish and Parrot fish.
After passing through the park entrance, most visitors will head off to the short white sandy beach which stretches from the jetty to the western rocky cliff. Wooden tables and seats are provided put there are not many, some visitors might have to use floor mate to settle down their belongings.
For those who choose to settle down under the trees that are near to the forest, do keep an watchful eyes on the macaque monkeys which are known to prey on visitorsí belongings.
Forest trails with well maintain walk way that go around the island are a good way to learn more about the island nature habitats. During low tide the sea water decreases so low that it allow ones to walk around the island along the beaches, although some part is more challenging with rocky surfaces.
The strong aroma from the food preparation for the lunch time meal, never fail to bring out the island monitor lizards, which inhabit the near by forest. A group of 6 to 8 monitor lizards with size ranging from 3 to 5 feet can be seen forwarding to the BBQ stand. Clawing on all four limbs and with a thin long tongue, these big lizard like creatures also attract many on lookers.
Having lunch under the many different species of trees at Sapi Island is a wonderful experience. These big trees characterized with many branches and thick leaves provides cooling shade from the strong sun. Special lunch packages are served at the Sapi Island, but one must booked this through the tour agents.

Sapi Island together with Gaya Island, Mamutik Island, Manukan Island and Sulug Island made up the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, which is located just off the shore of Kota Kinabalu City. With an area of 0.1 sq km, Sapi island is dwarfed in size compares with the near by Gaya Island, the largest of the five islands. Over the years a good rivalry has built up between Manukan Island and Sapi Island, where visitors have to choose between better facilities and bigger Manukan Island or the small but rich in nature beauty of Sapi Island.

During low tide the sea between Sapi island and Gaya Island is so shallow it allows one to swimming across and at time even one can simply walk across to the other island.

Activities that provided by the tour agents include jet ski, wake boarding, water skiing, banana rides, parasailing, ocean kayak.
Sample price of parasailing for 10 minutes will cost RM 100 for a single person. (SeaQuest tel: 6088 303 353). The Borneo Seawalking company does a very interesting sea walk where visitors are don on space like pressurised helmets and walk under the sea bed of 0.5 metre deep.
Participants get to see the wonderful sea creatures swimming with them and the colourful corals. No formal training is needed for this dive, and a 30-minute dive will cost RM 250 (www.borneoseawalking.com).

How to get to Sapi Island?
Hourly speed boats depart from main jetty at Jesselton Point, and two other jetties are at Sutera Harbour and Tanjung Aru beach hotel.
Depending on which islands and departing point, the speed boat takes about 10 to 20 minutes, and cost about RM 35 to RM 55 return.


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