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Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I

Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I picture sabah escapade  photo

Off to Mamutik Island

So, to Mamutik Island we departed from Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal. Mamutik Island is one of 5 islands within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. The marine park was established in 1974 and is located just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu. My friend and I were sitting at the front of the speed boat while a Malay couple sat at the back. There were only 4 of us inside the boat. The Malay couple was heading to Manukan Island. This came as no surprise to me as that day was Monday and most of the locals were working.

I found sitting at the front of the speed boat very challenging and exciting. You are basically thrown up and down inside the boat as the boat hits the waves coming in opposite direction, or should I say the waves hit the boat instead. It is certainly not for faint hearted and those suffered from seasickness! I brought along my Casio EX-Z110 and snapped away pictures of the islands from distant.

Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I picture sabah escapade  photo

We sat at the head of the boat

Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I picture sabah escapade  photo

The Malay couple and the boat driver

Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I picture sabah escapade  photo

Manukan on the left and Mamutik on the right

After some 20 minutes ride, we reached Mamutik Island. I was told Mamutik Island is the least crowded comparing to Manukan and Sapi Islands, yet still offers almost everything the other two have. Total area of the island is approximately 60,000 square meters and is just slightly bigger than a football field. We came down at the Mamutik Island’s jetty and were greeted by schools of fish there. After paying the park conservation fee of RM3 per person, we proceeded to find ourselves a table located just under the trees along the beach. Looking out, white sandy beach and crystal clear water is quite a breathtaking view. I realized that this was my first beach holiday since Phuket trip more than a year ago!

Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I picture sabah escapade  photo

Arriving the the jetty of Mamutik Island

Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I picture sabah escapade  photo

They headed to Manukan

Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I picture sabah escapade  photo

Schools of fish at the jetty (click for wallpaper size)

Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I picture sabah escapade  photo

White sandy beach & clear crystal water

Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I picture sabah escapade  photo

Park conservation fee of RM3 per person

Cannot resist the temptation of nice weather and warm clear water, I quickly grabbed my snorkeling gear and plunged into the water. There are many colorful fish underwater, many of them with stripes and some covered with spots. There are a few coral colonies too. For the first time also, I tried underwater photography. I had bought myself an underwater camera casing a few months back for this purpose. Of course it is my Casio which goes underwater, not my DSLR!

Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I picture sabah escapade  photo

Colorful fish

Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I picture sabah escapade  photo

Colorful fish

Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I picture sabah escapade  photo

Colorful fish

Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I picture sabah escapade  photo

Fish with stripes

Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I picture sabah escapade  photo

Colorful fish

Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I picture sabah escapade  photo

Colorful fish

Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I picture sabah escapade  photo

Colorful fish

Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I picture sabah escapade  photo

Schools of fish!

Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I picture sabah escapade  photo

Colorful fish

Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I picture sabah escapade  photo

Are these Sergeant Major?

Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I picture sabah escapade  photo

Colorful fish

Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I picture sabah escapade  photo

Beautiful corals (click for wallpaper size)

Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I picture sabah escapade  photo

Beautiful sea floor (click for wallpaper size)

Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I picture sabah escapade  photo

Beautiful sea floor

Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I picture sabah escapade  photo

Beautiful sea floor

Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I picture sabah escapade  photo

Beautiful corals (click for wallpaper size)

Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I picture sabah escapade  photo

Beautiful corals

I always love snorkeling. Let me tell you what’s fun and exciting in it! First, you will need to fill up a small mineral water bottle with bread slices. This can be easily prepared on the spot before you take a dip into the water. Squeeze out a few bread slices every now and then once you are inside the water to attract fish. You will see fish of multiple colors flocking to you, many of them which you do not know the names! To add to the excitement, you will also get love bites on your body and legs from those hungry fish too! I also got a few cuts on my feet stepping on hard stony corals accidentally.

Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I picture sabah escapade  photo

Beautiful underwater world! (click for wallpaper size)

Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I picture sabah escapade  photo

Beautiful underwater world!

Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I picture sabah escapade  photo

Feeding the fish

Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I picture sabah escapade  photo

Feeding the fish

Is snorkeling all what I did on Mamutik Island? Not quite… Part 2 of my snorkeling trip to Mamutik Island is next.

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41 comments to Snorkeling Trip to Mamutik Island I

  • Caroline

    i love the way u described it. :)

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  • Corvina

    Love snorkeling too.. kk is my hometown!! haha..

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  • Jfook

    Wow, great trip you had there. The fish are so beautiful…

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  • annant

    we didn’t went to this mamutik island lo :(
    just sapi and manukan…did u go to island in semporna?

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  • mumtaz

    Hi…
    what camera did u use for underground photograph? Olympus underwater camera or normal camera with underwater casing?

    :)

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  • Mei Teng

    I have to admit…I don’t quite know how to snorkel. I visited Manuken Island. Never been to this one.

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  • Ryan

    Great pics, great times, hopefully no piranhas

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  • Wow underwater photography and snorkeling how nice, one level up. Are you able to touch the fishes? Great sport keep it up. tQ

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    • jam

      Ya, am still excited with my first ever underwater photography :em24: And yes, I did manage to touch the fishes and got bitten in my legs as well!

  • fufu

    wow nice fishes… i miss sapi island!!!!!! wanna go back to kk :)

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  • theeggyolks

    i miss kk so much -_-”

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  • Hong

    wow..i also love snorkeling but of coz without the sunlight or else kena sunburn..haha
    and i thought only olympus got waterproof cam..never thought casio also have
    the pics are really good..just that some of the blurry one, i suggest that you use photoshop’s ‘Auto level’ function to make it clearer :D
    Thanx for sharing
    Hong

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    • jam

      Don’t worry about the sunburn, Hong. Just apply some sunscreen before you take a dip in the water :em21: My Casio ain’t waterproof. I bought an universal underwater casing from lelong so that I can go underwater with it. Thanks for your little advice on how to sharpen the pictures :em69:

  • Jama

    Wow, such a wonderful place! I’m not into snorkelling, but the underwater photography sure makes it very tempting.

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  • beng

    this must b the best part of the trip..snorkeling. wonderful wonderful wonderful

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  • haha

    :em70: wow!…beautiful fish photos…love the way you described…many thanks Jam.

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  • cuitte girl

    wau..!exciting place..very beautiful.. :em57: :hk23:// :hk15:/ :hk75: :hk44:/ :hk22:/ :drunk_tb:??? :em47:??? :em55:?? :help_tb:?? :thumbup_tb:?? i love this place in sabah

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  • Jono

    Looks nice. Yes, by the way, those are Sergeant Majors. fun little fish, ever the snorkeler’s friend! … most of the others look like Damsel fish, a couple of Parrot fish and some colourful little Wrasse, not sure what kind. Hope that helps. I was wondering, was the visibility good as it’s always hard to tell on camera, and how much did it cost to get there to and from KK? Thanks

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    • jam

      Thanks for your information on fishes, appreciate that! To me, the visibility underwater at most islands in Sabah is reasonably good. To go to Mamutik as well as other islands in the marine park, you can take speedboat at Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal in Kota Kinabalu. 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. You can also rent a set of mask snorkel at the cost of RM20 per person. It is rather cheap and convenient to get there. Hope this helps!

      • Jono

        You’re welcome, and thanks for the information, that certainly does help! A very reasonable price really, especially compared to taxi fares! I’m thinking about diving in the park, but also fancy a chilled out day on the beach and snorkeling around, as it’s so much fun… and free, unlike the diving! Plus the islands themselves look beautiful. I’ll go there first thing tomorrow, thanks again for the very handy information

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  • zue

    good info, nice photos…hopefully can make a trip to this island one day…:)

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  • Helen

    may i know how much for the snorkelling?

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