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.
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!
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!
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.
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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