Mamutik Island Kota Kinabalu or Pulau Mamutik Sabah is the smallest islands in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, which consists of Gaya, Manukan, Sapi, Sulug & Mamutik Island. Being the nearest island to Kota Kinabalu, Mamutik Island gives a perfect view of the city besides offering a great snorkeling & scuba diving experience.
About Mamutik Island Kota Kinabalu
Mamutik Island Kota Kinabalu is a less crowded island, then the rest of the lot and approximately 3 kilometers away from the main city of Kota Kinabalu in Sabah. The Pulau is about 15 acres in size (equivalent to 12 football fields) and accessible to tourists from 8am to 5pm.
Pulau Mamutik also has a long 200 meter stretch of white sandy beaches that offer privacy due to less tourist activities. The tourist generally prefers Sapi Island & Manukan Island as both are well developed and offer rich marine life experience.
Things to do on Mamutik Island
Some of the best activities you can enjoy as a tourist on Pulau Mamutik in Kota Kinabalu Sabah includes:
Snorkeling – The snorkeling experience in Pulau Mamutik is not as good as Sapi Island & Manukan Island but you can still enjoy a great deal of snorkeling and see purple color coral, Nemo, Damsel fish, Parrot Fish, Baracuda & other species. There is a great visibility up to 5 meters near the beach to experience marine life.
The best spots for snorkeling are known to be near the rocky beach (west side of the island) or in the front side of the coral beach. The north east side of the island has the best coral and also known as coral beach. The snorkeling equipment such as mask, fin & life jacket is available on rent at the shop on the island.
Scuba Diving – Mamutik Island is also one of the good spots for scuba diving in Kota Kinabalu. The island is also a training site for Borneo Divers, a Padi certificate dive center. They provide scuba diving certification, training & coaching as well. You can also enjoy two trips of deep sea diving by paying US $100. The diving facility and equipment are available on the island.
Beach with Privacy – You can enjoy a great deal of privacy on Mamutik Island beaches as it is not a preferred stop for tourists. You can walk on the 200 meter stretch of white sandy beaches. There is plenty of coral at some area near the beach. You can also enjoy a great view of Kota Kinabalu city by sitting on the Island, so many people will be just lying down on the beach to enjoy the great view.
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Camping on Mamutik Island – There are no hotels, resorts or chalets on the island so the only way to spend a night on the island is to make use of camping. You just need permission from the reception upon entering the island and you’re all set. You can also rent a tent for camping by paying RM 40. The tent comes with the blanket. All you need to do is to find a perfect spot and buy some insect repellent and mosquito coils.
Jungle Trekking – If you want to stretch your muscles, then you can go for jungle trekking on Pulau Mamutik. There is a 385 meter long trail which can be completed in less than half an hour. You may spot red chicken face bird called Philippines Megapod on the way as well.
Grocery & Souvenir Shop – There is a grocery and souvenir shop available for tourists on Mamutik Island. Tourists can buy t-shirts, hats, beach slippers, towels, insect repellent, mosquito coils, quick snacks like chips, drink water & soft drinks from the shop. The beer and cigarettes are also available from the shop. You can also rent out snorkeling & diving gears from the shop at a minimum rental charge. Beach mats are also available if you just want to swim and rest on the beach.
How to get to Mamutik Island
Like the other islands, you can get to Mamutik Island by boarding a speed boat from the famous Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal. The return ticket cost to Mamutik Island is RM 23 (US $6) per adult & RM 18 (US $5) for children. If you’re planning to visit two or three islands in a day, then you can also opt for island hopping activity. For detailed information, please read Kota Kinabalu Island Hopping.
The speedboat generally departs at 8am in the morning from Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal and the last speedboat departs around 4:15am from Mamutik Island. You can always check the last departure time from the boat crew.
For tourists, there is a minimal entry fee to the island. For every adult, you need to pay RM 10 and for every child (below 18 years), you need to pay RM 6 per person.
Facilities on Mamutik Island
There are quite a number of facilities available at Mamutik Island Kota Kinabalu for tourists. Some of the facilities include picnic tables, barbecue pits, picnic shelters, changing rooms & toilets. You can also play football & volleyball on the Mamutik Island.
For a quick snack, you can visit Kaktas Cafe to enjoy chicken rice, fried noodles, sandwiches & soft drinks.
Safety Tips & Advice
For a great experience, below safety tips are recommended:
- Few monitor lizards can be spotted on the island. They are harmless, but visitors are not allowed to engage with them.
- You should double check departure time from the boat crew which is normally between 4pm to 4:30pm. If you’re not able to catch the last boat, then you have to stay overnight in the island. Camping is recommended if that happens.
- The picking of coral is not allowed on Mamutik Island.
Mamutik Island is a good spot in Kota Kinabalu if you want to unwind and relax a day on the beach. Share your experience of Mamutik Island by adding comments below.