Mamutik Island

Mamutik Island, Kota Kinabalu: Address, Phone Number, Mamutik Island Reviews: 4/5

Mamutik Island
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DannyL
Bintulu, Malaysia17 contributions
Jan 2020
First island and the water was crystal clear, unlike the next 2 islands the water milky due to a lot of tourist snorkeling maybe. Well, I don't know much about the island but I just go there for snorkeling. Much recommended. You have be warned.
Written February 9, 2020
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julia_kalno
London156 contributions
Mamutik island was a great little discovery for us - we were looking to spend two days on the beach around Kota Kinabalu area. All the resorts we found were way out of our budget so we decided to get a boat to the Tyga islands and see what other options there were.

Mamutik offered camping opportunity for only RM5 pp!! We did not have a tent but we were able to rent one for RM40 including a blanket.
The island has a beautiful beach where you can swim and snorkel. It is also a home to quite a few monitor lizards - some pretty large! - but they are not dangerous.
All the staff are very friendly and outgoing. The café/shop closes at 4pm so make sure you have enough food for the evening.
Last boats for KK leave at 5pm and then it's just the campers and some of the staff.
On the first night there were two other tents, 2nd night - just us. We were making fire on the beach on both evenings.
I'm not a camping type but this was very nice. Showers and toilets were clean, beautiful beach, nice people and of course you get to see the sunset, relax under the stars and see the sunrise.
Beware of the poisonous fishes - ask the lifeguard before you go swimming!
Written February 4, 2015
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Trip_vince
Tokyo, Japan23 contributions
Jan 2013 • Couples
Went there for one day in earlier in January.
- White-sand beach with a lot of shade (appreciable to avoid sunburns).
- There is a pleasant snorkeling (better than the other islands to me) spot on the left-side (when facing the sea) of the drop-off area : blue-spotted stingray, cuttle fish, barracuda... but you'll cover it all very quickly as there is a sudden drop to a 10~15m all around the island (about 50/100m from the shore)
Unlike what I heard a big chunk of the coral over there is still flourishing with life (Hopefully tourists will be careful to keep it that way)
- There are a few free showers around the beach which is pleasant to avoid being "too salty" + toilets.
- Food-wise the choice are rather limited (We brought fruits from the market for our lunch)
- There is also a dive center : Borneo Divers. I did not dive at that time but I guess you should see with their desk in KK beforehand.
- Cost (Boat) : 30.2MR (23 (boat fee) + 7.20 (dock fee)) for a round-trip to a single island from Jesselton Point. I think all companies operate with the same cost. The one that seemed to have the highest number of boats was Borneo Ferries. Starting from 8:15 and last boat comes back from the island at 16:00/17:00 (depending on the weather/season)
- Cost (TAR park) : 10 MR for non-Malaysian. 3 MR for Malaysian

As a conclusion, it is a pleasant spot to spend the day.
Written January 14, 2013
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hazhippo
Leicester, UK65 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
Please avoid. See pictures. Corals are dead because everyone steps on them with beach shoes.

I don't know what the marine park fees are used for, but it is not for preserving nature.
Written July 7, 2017
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Mat Rasah
Sydney, Australia67 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
We booked a private boat to the Island as to arrive early before the hundreds of Chinese tourists arrive. The cruise company was totally unprofessional ie no proper life jackets and poorly maintained boat which broke down twice in the middle of the ocean.
We arrived at the island and immediately noticed a huge marque that had been setup next to the beach. The tourist ranger informed us it was for the daily tour groups from China - a buffet lunch is set up. We were shocked and saddened when we went snorkeling - all the surrounding corals have been trampled on and there was hardly any marine life. It was nothing like the promotional tourism videos and brochures we had seen.
A short time later, a few boats arrived with at least 200 Chinese tourists for the day. The peace and tranquility was lost. They were more keen in yelling taking their selfies and smoking.

We cut short our stay at the island after only an hour.

TIP - this a total waste of money and a disgusting eco tourism disaster that Malaysian Tourism should be ashamed off.
Written June 14, 2017
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Samco79
24 contributions
Jul 2012 • Solo
it's not as amazing and breathtaking as perhantian or redang islands in west Malaysia. but it's the best island amongst the 4 islands in that area in KK. the corals are still alive, the fish variety is good too. don't waste your time in snorkeling in sapi island, it's terrible.
Written July 26, 2012
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Philippa M
Hua Hin, Thailand28 contributions
Aug 2016 • Solo
The boat will drop you at the wharf where as a foreigner you pay 10 ringgit to enter a 200 metre stretch of beach, strewn with rubbish and local people taking selfies. There is no snorkelling, there is no life under the water. No good for swimming either due to the rubbish and rocks. The toilet area has not been cleaned this century. There was 2 inches of toilet paper, urine and human excrement coating the floor. It's hard to know what "parks Sabah" do with the money they collect. Absolutely disgusting and made me homesick for beautiful, clean Australia.
Written August 1, 2016
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Star_dust_rainbow
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia119 contributions
Sep 2019 • Family
We came here with high hopes of having a fun day but it was a total disappointment. There were no nice spots to sit and enjoy the beach. The beach is also full of broken corals. It was so painful to walk into the sea. When we were finally in the sea playing with the wave and water, the guard chased us out for not having a life vest. We are swimmers but he insisted that we should rent the life vest because he said he felt that we didn’t know how to swim. Everything is about money money money. The water was too cloudy to see any fishes and corals. Totally waste of time to come here.
Written September 14, 2019
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Taxman2013
Peterborough, Canada49 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
We are avid snorkelers (been to most of the top destinations in the world) who had a great day at Mamutik.
Great water clarity - a 9 out of 10. Little current, so very easy. Saw the largest turtle we’ve ever seen, 2 blacktip reef sharks, and the greatest concentration of “Nemos” ever, plus adequate (hard) coral.
This post is a guide for other serious snorkelers.
On arrival at the jetty, go as far left (facing the island) as you can to the end of the beach. You are walking away from Borneo Divers.
You can store your things on a picnic table at the end of the beach.
Wear water shoes and clamber over the rocks. Get in the water (fins unnecessary) swim out and then snorkel 30 metres or so from shore all the way around the back of the island and part way up the other side then go up onto the beach (before Borneo Divers). The best is near the end of your trip; better coral gardens and huge anemone patches where the clownfish are.
Enjoy!
Written April 2, 2019
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Alexander S
Nitra, Slovakia51 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
It is pleasent place to enjoy the beaches and marine life by snorkeling and contact with sea fishes. Unfortunately, the island is too small and the number of visitors (especially noisy Chenese) is too large to enjoy they properly.
Written July 4, 2017
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