Friday, February 18, 2011

Manukan Island

Since I had limited time to visit all the islands in The Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (which consist Sulug, Mamutik, Manukan, Sapi and Gaya Islands), I decided to venture into Manukan Island since it is one of the most developed islands.

Tickets can be purchased from the various boat operators at Jesselton Point. A return ticket will cost a total of RM24.20 (including port tax). The ticket price may varied from each operators but the price difference is minimal.

The journey to the island from Jesselton Point roughly takes about 10 minutes.

The boat ride gives a nice view of the Kota Kinabalu city from the sea.

Manukan Island is easily recognized with its 1km stretch of white sandy beach and pine tree lined shores.

Visitor have to fork out RM3 imposed by the Sabah Parks as the conversation fee before entering the island.

Snorkeling is the best way to see all those colourful fishes close up. Some visitors told me that they got bitten by the fishes as the fishes might had mistaken them as "food". The snorkeling equipment rental service is available in the island.

Some of the bomb shells remnant from the world war is displayed on the island.

It such a beautiful beach and a perfect place to capture some fascinating shots. It offers me the perfect place to enjoy the surrounding while I sip my beer.

I reckon it will be sufficient to spend 2-3 hours here to enjoy the pristine beach. The island can quite crowded during holiday season but this just make it interesting for people watching.

For those interested in hiking, there is a 1.5km jungle trek paved walking path which starts from the base of the jetty to the opposite end of the island.

The island is definitely worth a visit although the shallow water corals have been destroyed by stampeding holiday makers.


wenn said...

nice! I hvn't been there.

Laser Toner said...

A very one of a kind view of marine resources.The scenery are so captivating and inviting specially the color of the sea.Can you provide some links or forum site were I can interact with people visited this place?
Thanks for sharing this.

Beng Gee said...

Interesting place! I wish to set foot here one day!

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