The first holiday destination I headed to is actually in East Malaysia - Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. It's my first time here and it was a wonderful experience...!
Anyway when I arrived, I wasted no time in heading straight for my agenda - of visiting the nearby islands.
After checking in, I immediately headed to Jesselton Point, which is the ferry terminal to the islands around/ nearby Kota Kinabalu (the islands are within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park).
The Jesselton Point ferry terminal is in the heart of KK, and within a short walking distance from my hotel.
Upon arriving, there is a row of ticketing agents offering ferry rides to Gaya Island , Manukan Island , Mamutik Island , Sapi Island and Sulug Island, which all are within a short 20 mins ride or so from the ferry terminal.
I had initally wanted to choose 2 islands (island hopping), but as time was limited, I only chose the one recommended - Manukan Island (apparently the best).
After purchasing the tickets, I waited with the other passengers till the agent called us. It was only a short time to wait before we were called - and was I getting excited!
I got more excited walking on the platform going to the ferry terminal, see the blue sea in front... plus with the good weather with clear blue skies! (what a day to start off KK!).
And soon, me and the other passengers were on the boat & on the way to the beautiful Manukan island! And that's up next! (be warned: it might just blow you!) :)
*The boat ride is RM17 + RM6 for the ferry services.
*The boat rides seem quite frequent throughout the day, though the last time to come back from the islands is at 5pm (unless staying overnight).
*One has the option to rent the snorkeling gear while in the boat at RM10/ each.
Related: Manukan Island.