Silky White Beaches & Emerald Blue Waters

Trip Start Nov 17, 2009
Trip End Nov 21, 2009

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Flag of Malaysia  , Sabah,
Thursday, November 19, 2009

"You are not in Sabah if you have not sampled her beautiful beaches". Such was the statement that prompted us to discover these beautiful islands off Sabah. Yes we did not go to the world's best diving sites there. Sabah has many world reknown diving sites such as Sipadan, Mataking, Mabul and even Pulau Tiga (The Survivor reality series island) just to name a few. But surely, islands nearing to the best  would be good enough sample for us. As such, the day was  solely dedicated for the white sandy beaches and aqua adventures.
So, off we went to Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park near KK. The Park consists of 5 islands Manukan, Mamutik, Sulug, Gaya and Sapi. Gaya being the largest (as its name implies, which means "Big" in Bajau language) and Mamutik the smallest.

After another round of great breakfast, we packed some clothing for our intended swim at the Marine Park. Jensen brought us straight to Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal for our trip to Sapi Island. Sapi means cow in Malay language. Not sure why they name it after the animal.  

The speed boat ride was  a non-bummer although my bum hurts with every waves bump....LOL. The boat can fit about 8 to 10 people. I was glad there were ample life jackets. I made sure that we all had our life jackets on for safety measure. The trip lasted for about 20 minutes. But it was fun and the kids luv it. :)

Sapi island's  jetty and the island were  sweetly awesome. Yep, the beaches...... soothingly white and we were very excited upon seeing  schools of fish under the jetty!

We snorkelled and swam our heart's out until about noon before breaking for our BBQ lunch. Its part of the overall package coming here. At times,  we felt like we were not in Malaysia (except for the food, of course) as we had our BBQs with other international  tourists, Dutch, Japanese, Germans, English, you name it. Yep, Sapi Island is truly an international tourist destination to sample Sabah's many idyllic Islands.

Later that evening, a storm was brewing from afar and we decided to head back to Jesselton Ferry Point before the waves get very choppy to avoid being stucked out in the Island. We luv the beautiful Island, but we didn't want to get stuck there for the night. So we hurriedly made our way back to Jesselton.

Enroute to Jesselton, we made  a stop over at Mamutik Island just to pick up some French/Swiss tourists. Rain started falling. We were lightly drenched by it. But we all luv it. The experienced of  a speed boat  ride in choppy waters, strong winds that slammed our face on the back of dark cumulonimbus dominated skies made the whole experience extra special for all of us ;) .

We arrived safely at the Jesselton Ferry Point. Thank God. The skies opened up a little and since we still had some time, we decided to visit the Handicraft Market located nearby. There were so many great handicraft and souvenir items here, from trinkets, keychains, brooches, pearl necklaces etc. We spent about 30 minutes here  hangling around for best buys, and finally bought things we didnt really need. Talk about impulsive touristy shopping.

After that we visited University Malaysia Sabah for its aquarium. Afterall, its only 10 minutes away from our hotel at 1Borneo. Although its just a small aquarium for marine studies at the University, being aqua bums, we like the centre especially its collection of seashells. We collect seashells as a small family hobby. Although some may argue that its a non-eco thing to do, we made it a point that we should never buy any protected specie and only collect those empty ones.

That night , we just relaxed in our room after enjoying a great fish head curry for dinner at 1 Borneo. The fish head curry,however, taste slightly different than normal curry coz it was from a North Indian restaurant. We were used to the South Indian style of curry but anyhow, the fish head that night were left nearly boneless...ha..ha..

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