Surrounded by emerald green sea waters and white sandy beaches, Sapi Island is an island paradise.
Known for its crystal clear waters and marine life, Sapi Island is a fantastic snorkeling and diving spot. Soak up the sun on one of its soft sandy beaches while enjoying the soothing sea breeze and sounds of the waves.
Just 9 kilometres away from the port of Kota Kinabalu, this island is easily accessible with a short 15-minute boat ride.
Opening Days and Hours
Sapi Island is open to tourists all year round from 08:30 to 17:00.
Entry Fee and Bookings
You have to pay a conservation fee of RM 3 (USD 0.73) for locals and RM 10 (USD 2.43) for foreigners once you reach the island. Children below 18 cost RM 1 (USD 0.24) for Malaysians and RM 6 (USD 1.46) for international tourists. No prior booking necessary.
How to Get There
You can take a speedboat ride from any of boat operators at the Jesselton Point Jetty to Sapi Island. Jesselton Point is within walking distance from the city centre and the boat ride costs about RM 25 (USD 6.08) per adult or RM 18 (USD 4.38) per child below the age of 11, which includes a return trip. The boats will only leave when it is filled and you must let the operator know when you plan to return.
Sapi Island is great for all types of travelers of all ages.
Time to Spend
Spend about 3 -4 hours on the island to maximise your tropical island experience.
Popularity and Best Time to Go
Sapi Island is a popular destination and can be quite crowded, especially during weekends and public holidays. It is best to go early in the morning as the weather tends to be better before noon.
There are many water activities on the island like canoeing, para-sailing, banana boat rides, windsurfing, swimming, snorkeling, and diving. Apart from water activities, you can sun bathe, go for short nature walks at the island forest, and take the longest island-to-island zipline in the world.
Most people bring their own food for a picnic or you may purchase food at the Sapi Cafe that serves basic local food and drinks. There are buffet and BBQ lunches set up by tour operators but they usually only cater for their clients.
Gaya Island, Manukan Island, Mamutik Island, Sulug Island, Sky Blu Bar
The only option to stay overnight on the island is by camping. However, you have many options for budget accommodations, mid-range hotels and luxury hotels in Kota Kinabalu city centre.
Good to Know
It is cheaper to rent snorkeling gears from boat operators at Jesselton Point than at the island.