Pulau Mamutik, Tunku Abdul Rahman Parks

Ah, I could never get enough of sun, beach and fun. I would especially kill for some snorkelling, love the natural beauty of some simple fishies to colourful sea snakes, ah you gotta love the colours of the sea! It's like an entire nation in there. You could almost feel like there's a song playing in the background when you see all these underwater creatures. Particularly Little Mermaid's Under the Sea. Well mine did O.O 

Last Sunday, I went to the Mamutik Island with my friends. I've heard really good things about Mamutik from close friends, and since I love exploring places and experiencing new things, I decided this one is next. Mamutik too is listed under the Tunku Abdul Rahman Parks, just like Sapi Island. It is conveniently situated about 20minutes boat ride from Jesselton Point (ferry / boats/ terminal point) from KK. Pulau Mamutik is probably the smallest among the Tunku Abdul Rahman Parks, but definitely one of the nicest. It is also recorded to be the second furthest island from the Port between the other islands. 


From what I Googled and learned more of, Pulau Mamutik is considered an 'off-a beaten-track' and apparently it's because of the lack of tourist facilities. See, I'm not quite sure what this means, because when I went there they have everything from cafeterias, to public toilets, so this mention must has been ages ago. It has resting tents, bbq pits for rent, diving classes. Everything for you :)  


Welcome to Mamutik :) 




Pictures are a combination of mine, and courtesy of Ying Ying :) 



We started the journey around 11AM, got our tickets at a cheaper price (from my previous post) because we went through this agent Green Holidays. So instead of paying RM 30.20 for the boat + terminal, we only paid RM 24. Hah, nice isn't it. Without the conservation fee of course, the conservation fee is paid to the island and is only another RM 3 :) 


We started almost immediately. We reached the island nearly 12, and jumped into the water straight after we reached the beach. There were a lot of coral rocks. A lot. Coral rocks are not the coral reefs, there are usually smaller in sizes (sometimes the breakages of the reefs, sometimes it's just the rocks), while some are huge buried nearby, and most are in smaller sizes of coral rocks. Something like this; 


And in Mamutik there are tons of them - both big and small. They can be quite painful, but nothing you can't handle I believe. Okay, here's where I can do my quick comparison for all of you; 

Pulau Manukan - A lot of coral rocks, and not so many fishes or corals (anymore). 
Pulau Sapi - Not a lot of coral rocks, and quite a fair bit of colourful fishes. 
Pulau Mamutik - A LOT of coral rocks (small and huge ones) and a lot colourful fishes and other sea creatures probably the most among the three islands. 

Look at how the small fishes give way to the massive fish 
I couldn't really choose between Pulau Mamutik or Pulau Sapi because I loved Pulau Sapi for not having too much of coral rocks (I nearly injured myself because some of the rocks in Pulau Mamutik were too sharp), but I loved Mamutik too because it has a lot more sea creatures. And that's bonus, because I Love Snorkeling. 

So if you have your little ones joining you - maybe it's best you bring them to Pulau Sapi. It's less rocky, maybe less dangerous too and perfect for them to play by the shore :) 

The twins in the office -_-" Bryan & Russel 
Ah, the colourful blue fishes. These were the ones that swam and swarm me when I was in Pulau Sapi the other day. It went from freaky to quite Pocahontas-ish like. I felt like like I was literally one with the nature :/ But they have tons of them here in Mamutik too! :) 



These small fishes kept lingering around us too - it would be with everyone. They're very friendly, and harmless. It's quite a fascinating parade to see all these fishes dancing and playing around you. They're really so adorable.

Amy and I - haha look at how the fishes just casually photobombed our photo


Love Precella's nail colour. 

Look at how dark I've becomed. Holyness. Lovely Ying Ying, me and Amy :)

When you reach the island, choose left or right side of the beach, and this area (which is the right) is a lot more exclusive and secluded.  Most locals would assume that if it's too empty it could be dangerous, but in fact it's really not. Just make sure you have your life jacket at all times - and are always aware of the height of the water. If you know how to swim, then please, swim away :)




Ah I forgot to mention that when we went the other day, the sea was rather choppy (that was last week, April 1). Everytime I swam, I was pushed back to the shore so it was a little bit of a struggle. There are times the sea was calmer, but mostly it was very choppy. So please be careful, we were alright because most of us know how to swim but to some of you, it might cause some panic reaction. 


Blue Spots Sting Ray 


*points to Sting Ray* 
NOOOOOOOOOOOOO. 


*back up on the surface* 


Why did you ran?? 
What if it's the sting ray that killed Steve Irwin? 
*facepalm* You mean it swam here?
YES. Most whales do that nowadays!! 


The girl who said it :) Funny Precella. 

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Apparently at some parts and some seasons of the year, you get to experience some turtle sighting as they must have migrated from Sandakan (where you can see / experience turtles sighting) mostly. You can read more of it here


What else are they to see besides the long stretch of  blue? 


This. 



Apparently Pulau Mamutik also publicly acknowledges that there is a site where it is actually a "cemetery". You can see quite a number of gravestones in that framed area, but don't worry - nothing too creepy. They're all nicely gated. Nicely. 


And this. The rocky part of the island was MY FAVOURITE. The waters are cooler, it's shady by the trees and the sounds of splashing waters to the rocks are just so so therapeutic. I  could hide from the world just by sitting there for a good 20 minutes :)





Love this spot :) 




So come to Mamutik for day in the sun, and do yourself a favour - get a tan! I'm sure it would look so much healthier and better on you :)  

Love,
Jacqueline Rowena @ Jacqkie.

Comments

KY said…
one of our meeting rooms is mamutik!
Young Dae Kim said…
Havaianas flip flop?? ;) Love your photos.
Hunny Kitty said…
just came back from mamutik....the best among sapi and manukan...next trip will be mantanani...yea~
Anonymous said…
so looking forward to visiting Mamutik now, reminds me of a lovely Island off Cuba. You look like a seasoned traveler and good photographer...subscribed :-)
Jacqkie Rowena said…
Thank you kind stranger ! :)

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