Sapi Island
Sapi Island
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  • Red B
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing quiet little island
    Sapi is very calm and beautiful. It's waves are calm and water crystal clear. I spent half a day there and was very happy. Compared to Manukan, Sapi was very clean and clear of rubbish and had less tourists. However, if you are a solo traveller it's about luck if you can get there. The boat operators had a hard time accepting me as I travelled solo because they would not get enough profit. I almost got stranded going back to KK. One can't just get into a boat at the timing you want. It's not like there's one or two general ferry operators and anyone can buy a ticket and just go. No. It's all different tour operators and their profits. I met the same guy when I went to Manukan, was nice to me because his boat was full of people. The next day I went to Sapi which was further (actually just another 5 minutes) I asked him who I should meet (a different operator) he was extremely rude to me and looked at me with vitriol and hate and said they'll come to you. I will not recommend KK islands to anyone honestly just because of the operators. The entire system was awful and greedy and add to pollution. Shame on Sabah.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 28, 2023
  • Fahmz
    Singapore, Singapore313 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disappointed visit.
    Im a tourist. First time to sabah island hopping. Disappointed in the trip. Had planned for a snorkeling but saw trash in water instead of fishes and coral. Visitor may skip the island. Dont waste your money n time.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 14, 2023
  • Norma D
    1 contribution
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sapi Island pleasant day trip
    Disappointed with the corals. Mostly dead and brown. Surprisingly there were still nemos and other small fish around. Water visibility was okay in shallow water not in the deep. Low tide so much of area was roped off to protect what coral is left. The non swimmers with life jackets and croc shoes on still kicked the reef. Sad. Water temp was great and sandy beach with swings was a nice touch. Lifeguards on duty to control people out of unsafe areas. Showers and toilets with cafe for drinks and food. A pleasant day trip. Spoilt in Australia with our coral reefs which are alive and well.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 14, 2023
  • Anonymous A
    Greater Sydney, Australia185 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Could be so much better
    A 2 island hopping trip - Sapi and Manukan costs RM $45 direct from the Jesselton ferry terminal. First stop was Sapi island. An extra RM25 per adult is paid on arrival foe the whole day for conservation. The speed boat took about 10 - 15 min. The ride was choppy. No safety ramps or assistance getting on or off board. Life jackets were not offered on the way back. Driver seemed to be competing with other drivers for speed. Would not be suitable for people with back pain or those with physical disabilities. Sapi island had 2 small Beaches to snorkel. However there were alot of dead coral and minimal marine life. Water was clear and warm. Still a nice place to relax and rewind despite many tourists. Unfortunately, we couldn't find a boat to take us in-between islands. Priority was to tour groups. No one was willing to assist us. We waited 1 hour for a speed boat and decided to forfeit the 2nd island in case we could not get back to the terminal. Very poorly organised, chaotic and unhelpful staff on the islands. Could be so much better for Malaysian tourism.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 25, 2023
  • tonimcallen
    Fremantle, Australia55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful place
    This is such a beautiful place. The snorkelling was better than at Manukan Island in that there was a lot more coral and a wider variety of fish. It is a beautiful location, sitting in the shadow of the larger Gaya Island; both islands have rising hills of rain forest, making it feel exotic and a long way from the city even though it is a short boat ride.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 9, 2024
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Humyrahana87
Ampang, Malaysia11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Great Place to visit with cost of 30 Ringgit inclusive of life jacket, snorkeling gear and boat transfer 2 ways.
Corals are nice but need to snorkel a little bit further you cant see any near the shore.
We snorkel and find lots of colorful fish,corals and a lots of Sea Urchin. Its huge and slightly scary.
Remember to sneak in some bread to attract fish to you or else slightly hard to find one.
View amazing. Restroom and prayer room are provided free use and you can rent a locker for safety or your belonging. You also can try zipline between island for 68 ringgit per pax.
Written March 16, 2020
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Norma D
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Disappointed with the corals. Mostly dead and brown. Surprisingly there were still nemos and other small fish around. Water visibility was okay in shallow water not in the deep. Low tide so much of area was roped off to protect what coral is left. The non swimmers with life jackets and croc shoes on still kicked the reef. Sad. Water temp was great and sandy beach with swings was a nice touch. Lifeguards on duty to control people out of unsafe areas. Showers and toilets with cafe for drinks and food. A pleasant day trip. Spoilt in Australia with our coral reefs which are alive and well.
Written October 14, 2023
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Z&M
Türkiye193 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We went to Sapi island after being to Manukan island 2 days in a raw. Sapi was a huge disappointment: Overcrowded and very restricted for snorkeling. They won't let nobody get to all the coral areas, apparenly to protect it from being damaged. To us, it doesn't make too much sense because people go there for snorkeling first of all. And we are wondering if snorkeling's the only harmful thing among all the activities done there? ( we maybe wrong and we know that all the tourists aren't respectful for the marine life but we were disappointed since we went there to see this marine life and not to take selfies on the beach or to be with dozens of people at 1m from the shore admiring one or 2 colorful fish).
Written January 25, 2020
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Richard G
Letchworth Garden City, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
Visited soon after Malaysia opened up and it was during fasting month, but the beach was empty. The sea was clear and warm with amazing snorkelling and the beach was very clean. We went with Beach Bums - you can just book a trip and hire snorkel mask etc from them in the booking hall in kk
Written April 18, 2022
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tonimcallen
Fremantle, Australia55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This is such a beautiful place. The snorkelling was better than at Manukan Island in that there was a lot more coral and a wider variety of fish. It is a beautiful location, sitting in the shadow of the larger Gaya Island; both islands have rising hills of rain forest, making it feel exotic and a long way from the city even though it is a short boat ride.
Written April 9, 2024
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Linda1712
Bexhill-on-Sea, UK171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We went with Star Marina and the Island is small but great snorkelling. We saw lots of amazing fish without having to go out to far. It took about 20 minutes in the boat from the Shangri-la hotel.
The island has cafes and toilet and shower facilities and was kept very clean.
There were a lot of people but you could snorkel quite easily. Beautiful island.
Written January 28, 2020
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Red B
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Sapi is very calm and beautiful. It's waves are calm and water crystal clear. I spent half a day there and was very happy. Compared to Manukan, Sapi was very clean and clear of rubbish and had less tourists. However, if you are a solo traveller it's about luck if you can get there. The boat operators had a hard time accepting me as I travelled solo because they would not get enough profit. I almost got stranded going back to KK. One can't just get into a boat at the timing you want. It's not like there's one or two general ferry operators and anyone can buy a ticket and just go. No. It's all different tour operators and their profits. I met the same guy when I went to Manukan, was nice to me because his boat was full of people. The next day I went to Sapi which was further (actually just another 5 minutes) I asked him who I should meet (a different operator) he was extremely rude to me and looked at me with vitriol and hate and said they'll come to you. I will not recommend KK islands to anyone honestly just because of the operators. The entire system was awful and greedy and add to pollution. Shame on Sabah.
Written August 28, 2023
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Fahmz
Singapore, Singapore313 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
Im a tourist. First time to sabah island hopping. Disappointed in the trip. Had planned for a snorkeling but saw trash in water instead of fishes and coral. Visitor may skip the island. Dont waste your money n time.
Written September 14, 2023
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Kawita
Penang, Malaysia30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
As a beginner for snorkeling, I find this place very beautiful. Cleaner and clear water. Unfortunately, there was restriction for snorkeling at few areas. I couldnt get to snorkel much here. I had to wait quite long to use the washroom. Was so crowded and the wash room was very basic. I did banana boat from here I guess. So crazy. It was very scary for me as the wave was so big. Worth it for a beginner level. Looking forward for more.
Written April 4, 2020
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YIJIE
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia20 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
It is don’t have enough time to visit island then you can island hopping at here. You can visit three island together and I will recommend.

Sapi’s sea colour is amazing, it is green and blue colour. I really love it. After i do snookering here, its water not very clear. It didn’t have much special because snookering place quite near to beach. For me, it is normal.

If you want super beautiful beach, Sapi may not your first choice and Sabah has more and more amazing beach again. If you don’t have enough time, yes you can visit here
Written January 17, 2020
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