Third day in Kinabalu, I move to warm area after two days stay in cool area around Mount Kinabalu. After exploring mountain and forest, I want to explore Kinabalu's underwater so I decided to stay in Tune Hotel One Borneo.
From this hotel, I asked the receptionist how to get to Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and she gave me direction. I take white bus from Kinabalu City Center with price around RM 2. Arriving in Kinabalu City Center, I walk to the beach and looking for boat ticket. I found the cheapest one, only RM 45 for 3 islands (Manukan Island, Mamutik Island and Sapi Island )
My first destination is Manukan Island, the second largest island in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. It's only 15 minus from Kinabalu city center by boat and the entrance fee only RM 10 for 3 islands, so I don't need to pay in the other island. This is the most popular island in Sabah because the beauty of the beach which has crystal water, besides the water is so calm and suitable for swimming or snorkeling. Also, this island has forested shore, so after swimming, you can rest on the bench and enjoy the wind from the sea under the trees. Such a lovely place..
Second island is Mamutik Island, the opposite of Manukan Island, Mamutik Island is the smallest island in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. This island gives a perfect view of the city because it's nearest from Kinabalu City. Seems like Manukan Island, you can swimming, snorkeling even scube diving in this island. When I snorkeling here, I see purple coral, Nemo, Damsel Fish, Parrot Fish and many more.
The last island is Sapi Island which become the favorite island for many tourist even though this island is the second smallest island in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. It also has crystal clear water and white sand, when the first time arrive in this island, I can see so thousands of fish very clear. You can swimming and snorkeling there. Besides, Sapi Island has green forest and wildlife. Yes, there are Monitor Lizard lives there but don't be affraid just ignore them and enjoy the beautiful of this island.
Many tourist mistake them as Komodo Dragon, but this is Monitor Lizards and they are not aggressive, never bother the tourists..
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