Sapi Island
Sapi Island
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  • Jackson P
    Manila, Philippines119 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sapi is good times
    Love Sapi Island. It has a nice vibe with beach options on either side of the jetty. The beach is clean with lots of space to snorkel. We also ventured up the island to complete the walking track. We did it in slides but I would suggest shoes for a more enjoyable time. We also saw a number of different animals on the track.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 June 2023
  • 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
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 August 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 September 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 October 2023
  • Anonymous A
    Greater Sydney, Australia181 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 December 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 April 2024
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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 9 April 2024
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Anonymous A
Greater Sydney, Australia181 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
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.
Written 25 December 2023
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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 14 October 2023
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Fahmz
Singapore, Singapore313 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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 14 September 2023
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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 28 August 2023
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asdfgh0001
千葉県14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
全体的に説明不足が目立ちました。

「まっすぐ行った所のベンチで座って待っていて。
スタッフが呼びにくるから!」

と言われましたが、
30分計っても呼ばれず
近くにいたスタッフに聞くと、
そのボートは私を乗せずに出発してしまったみたいでした。

なぜ人数を確認しないのか。

「そこに座ってないからわからなかった!」
「座ってました。」
「チケット手に持ってないから!」
「そんなこと言われてないし。」
「Busy! Busy!」

ちょっと言葉が出ません。

帰りの船でも
チケットを手に持って座っていたのに
同じことが起こりました。

「blue ticket って言ったのに来なかったじゃん!」

…聞いてないけど。

全体的にいいかげん。

誤りもせず、
「おれは悪くない!」

島はきれいですが、スタッフがひどくて
もう行きたくないなと思いました。

Sapi island review

It seems there was a lack of explanation overall.

I was told,

"Wait at the bench straight ahead.
A staff member will call you!"

However, even after waiting for 40 minutes and asking a nearby staff member,
it seemed the boat had departed without me.

I wonder why they didn't confirm the number of passengers.

Responses varied:
"We didn't know you were there!"
"I was sitting there."
"You weren't holding a ticket!"
"We weren't told that."
"Busy! Busy!"

I'm at a loss for words.

The same thing happened on the return boat.

Even though I hold a ticket and was sitting,
it happened again.

"I said 'blue ticket,' but you didn't come!"

...Even though I didn't hear.

Overall, it's quite sloppy.

Without admitting mistakes,
they say, "It's not my fault!"

The island is beautiful, but the staff was terrible.

I don't want to go again.
Written 24 August 2023
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davidhughtaylor
Melbourne, Australia603 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
biggest fields of reef to snorkel but not restaurant on this island so if coming to snorkel then choose this island and BYO food
Written 18 July 2023
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Jackson P
Manila, Philippines119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Love Sapi Island. It has a nice vibe with beach options on either side of the jetty. The beach is clean with lots of space to snorkel. We also ventured up the island to complete the walking track. We did it in slides but I would suggest shoes for a more enjoyable time. We also saw a number of different animals on the track.
Written 28 June 2023
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Bchf
Madrid, Spain20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
I went to Manukan Island and Sapi and it is much better sapi for snorkel. Manukan is a nice Island too
Written 12 June 2023
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Min
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Great! anyone travel to KK should try island hoping at KK. Sabah island is one of the most beautiful island in Malaysia.
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Written 5 May 2023
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