Sapi Island, Kota Kinabalu Overview

Sapi Island is part of a chain of islands that is located near the city of Kota Kinabalu. Since the island looks like a cow head from far, it has been named Sapi Island, as the word ‘Sapi’ means cow.

Sapi Island is part of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, which includes five more islands, covering a total area of 50 square kilometers. The tropical beaches of Sapi are a perfect place to catch a break from the mundane life and appreciate the beauty of the sea. The pristine island has an exotic marine life and the clear seawater.

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Sapi Island Attractions

The island divides itself into two equal parts; one has the sandy beaches while the other half has rocky ground.

Swimming: Swim in the clean emerald green water of the island and bask in the sun on the white beach.

Zipline: Sapi Island features the longest Zip Line in the world with 235 meters. The zip line, popularly known as Sky Fox starts in the neighboring island, Gaya and cuts across the sea to reach Sapi. The Zipline ride will cost visitors RM 65 which includes a boat transfer to the neighboring island followed by a return journey through the zip line. The ride is open to the public from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Snorkeling: Visitors are free to try out snorkeling and immerse themselves in the beauty of the sea.

Coral Fish: Feed the coral fish with bread and enjoy the scenic surrounding at the same time. 

Scuba Doo Breathing Observation Bubbles: Hire a motorbike style mini-submarine to get a sensation of scuba diving.

Hike: Visitors are free to hike on Sapi Island that has its own jungle. It is a small hike; however, it makes up for it by its beauty and fauna.

Monitor Lizards: The Island also features giant monitor lizards who can be found at various places. The lizards have sharp claws and visitors are advised to be cautious with them.

Best Time to Visit

It is an all year round destination, however, August – September are generally considered as the best months to visit Sapi Island as it a suitable climate for the water sports.

How to Reach Sapi Island

Sapi Island is a 15-minute boat ride from Jesselton Point, which is the capital of North Borneo, popularly known as Sabah. Jesselton Point is near the Kota Kinabalu city center and is within a walking distance from the same.
Timings: The timings for this boat rides differ, with some boats leaving at 7:30 AM during weekends.
Cost: Visitors will have to pay RM 30 for the boat ride with taxes included. Upon reaching the island, RM 10 has to be paid as conservation fees for the island.

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