Sapi Island, Kota Kinabalu

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Enjoy a day on Sapi Island, one of five islands in a protected marine park off the coast of Borneo. Just a 20-minute boat ride from Kota Kinabalu, the island offers clean, white sands and clear waters. The main attraction here remains the wildlife: hike inland to see big monitor lizards and wild boars, and snorkel through the water to admire the coral and colorful fish in a diverse marine environment. Try out a range of activities, including island-to-island zipline and banana boating, and then relax in one of the restaurants. A visit to Sapi Island represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Kota Kinabalu travel planner to plot your vacation.
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  • October 5, 2017
    Such a shame that they do less to preserve the fish in the area. Lots of trash is the sea and on the beach. You can see they are trying to stop it, but it seems it’s already polluted. Lots of tourist ...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    SAPI is crowded a beautiful small island, but from no later than noon completely. Snorkeling is possible only in a small, fenced area. For a day trip or with kids ok, but who is looking for tranquility and nature, should visit the neighbouring islands or better yet to the tip of Borneo/Kudat drive. There's miles, completely deserted beaches and waste has compared to the coast of KK in borders. You can book trips on SAPI and the other islands in KK at the jetty. Apparently can be camped on SAPI also. This could be quite great, because in the morning and in the evening less boats and then the tourist tide is receding. Ask at the jetty.
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  • October 3, 2017
    I went to Sapi island on solo trip on 3rd October 2017 and this place still beautifil as before since the last time I came here on May 2017. Weather is good to and I got a chance to relax for the whol...  more »

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In the area of Sepanggar you'll find the main set of hotels, ranging from simple and mid-priced, to the more luxurious with good sea views. Move away from the coast for more space and privacy in resort-style hotels, which offer a range of facilities and comfortable, sometimes quirky rooms and apartments. Farther out still, you'll find backpacker motels, giving easy access to the surrounding natural attractions that, after all, are the primary reason for being here.
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