Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park(Pulau Sapi & Pulau Manukan)
Kota Kinabalu Travel Blog› entry 4 of 7 › view all entries
August 16th, 2008 – by: ted332
The water was quite shallow at about 4 feet deep and I see few fishes and no corrals. When I swam farther to search for more colorful fishes and corrals, I felt the water current becoming stronger, but still, few fishes. There were some dead corrals and most of the fishes were dark colored. In my mind I was asking Nemo to appear and bring out all the colored fishes. But Nemo never appeared. Disappointed, I swam back to the shore and went to the jetty to look for a boat going to Pulau Manukan. The staff stationed at the jetty said I needed to wait for my scheduled pick-up time at 11:00 am and that means I had to wait for two hours before I could get to Manukan.
Again, I was not disappointed with the water and sand quality of Manukan Island beach. It reminded me of the fine beaches back home. I walked towards the northeastern part of the island facing the wide sea. On that side, there were shards of rocks and stones all the way to the water. Walking over those rocks, I went into the water to snorkel again. There were more colorful fishes and corrals this time. I saw Nemo! And he made me touch his head. He was playful and he thought I was a friendly whale! But he didn't stay long to play with me.
I went to one of the beach cafes run by Sutera Harbour Group. I found a table and chair to relax and ordered for watermelon juice and Heineken. The beach was already almost filled with people arriving by the boat in 30 minutes interval. It was a Saturday so I guess the locals enjoy island hopping on weekends. Pulau Manukan is a nice place to chill and I would easily recommend it to people who would like water fun activities and relaxing in a white sand beach. And its just 15 minutes away from the city. There are chalets, restaurants, shops to rent scuba diving and snorkeling gear, swimming pool, restaurants, etc. The resort is well maintained and managed by the Sutera Group and I guess they are doing a great job for the tourists' convenience.
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