On a fine morning, my friend and I headed to Mamutik Island to enjoy a good day of sea, sand and sun. Mamutik Island is one of 5 islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, the other 4 being Gaya Island, Manukan Island, Sapi Island and Sulug Island. I had visited Sapi Island more than 4 years ago. So I opted for Mamutik this time around.
There are hourly speed boats departing from 3 jetties in Kota Kinabalu to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. The main jetty is at the Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal near the KK Port, as well as 2 other jetties at Sutera Harbour and Tanjung Aru Beach Hotel. We decided to take the speed boat ride to Mamutik Island from Jesselton Point because it is located within the KK city centre while the other 2 jetties are located outside of the city centre.
Jesselton Point is within walking distance from our hostel just off the Gaya Street. It took us around 20 minutes walk to there. Having said that, Kota Kinabalu city centre really ain’t that big and no doubt can be explored on foot. I would encourage anyone who is going to KK soon to explore its city centre on foot. You know, taxi fares ain’t cheap plus if you explore a place on foot, you can help in reducing carbon emission from the cars. Killing 2 birds with 1 stone, why not?
Soon, we were at the Jesselton Point. I was and am still impressed with the archway at its main entrance. Just look at the picture below, I am sure you will be impressed too! I found 2 red telephone booths opposite the terminal building, the one which Superman used to change into his superhero suits inside! I am sure you cannot find a similar one elsewhere in Malaysia, correct me if I am wrong! Once inside the terminal building, we saw many tour boat companies calling out for our attention. I opted to buy our boat tickets at Counter 9. It costs RM17 per person to and fro Mamutik. A compulsory tariff fee of RM6 per person must also be paid at the Jesselton Point terminal building before departing. We also rented a set of mask snorkel each at the cost of RM20 per person.
We were led to the wharf where all the speed boats are docking after we had made the payment. We were to collect our mask snorkel set before getting on the boat. Along the way to the wharf, I took quite a few pictures. It was a fine day that day with clear blue sky. I also took some pictures of speed boats that we would soon get on to depart to Mamutik Island.
Stay tuned for our sea, sand, sun activities on Mamutik Island follow next.
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