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After going through a major renovation in the late 90s, Jesselton Point has become the main ferry terminal of Kota Kinabalu. AS many as six companies are granted licenses to ferry people from the terminal to the islands, which will take about 10 to 20 minutes. These islands are Manukan, Mamutik, Sapi, Sulug and Gaya. All these islands and part of Gaya made up Tunku Abdul Raham Marine Park which is very popular with tourists.
Shuttle services are available from 7am to 4pm and tickets can be bought at the Terminal counter. Single trip to any island will cost about RM 18. For those who like to go for Island Hopping, click here!
There are also ferry service from Kota Kinabalu to Labuan and Brunei from Jesselton Point. The ferry from Kota Kinabalu to Labuan will take 3 hours, and from Labuan to Brunei (Muara) will take 1 hour. Labuan Express Ferry counter (contact no: 6088 236 834 / 6088 236 835) opens from 6:30 am to 1:30pm.
The new addition to Jesselton Point is the recently completed old wharf walkway, which is about 100 metres long and 8 metres wide. Best time to visit this place is in the early evening. The ever enchanting sunset, changing colours in the sky and fishing boats crossing the water way, plus the nature beauty of Signal Hill and Gaya Island, make this place very picturesque. Garden chairs are prepared along the old wharf walkway for folks who like to engross all these beauties. At night the old wharf walkway is lit up with classic street lamps.
Hungry or thirsty? Not to worry at Jesselton Point. Cafes, restaurants and even a hawker centre are located here. Most of these eateries operate on the outdoor walk way and the platform by the sea, so expect them to commence their business only in the late afternoon. Don's Point is a great place to go for beers and wines. At night a big screen is put up for sports TV programmes. Charles' Cafe and Shirley's Cafe serve Western and Asian cuisines. Alladdin lets one enjoy middle-east Arabic fast food. Dream Cones has premium ice creams and desserts. Nasi Padang Ibu is an air-conditioned restaurant which offers Indonesia cuisine. The Hawker Corner is situated near the Labuan ferry docking area just before the jetty walkway, and it has an open air setting with a covered top. Presently there are a few hawkers operating here, that serve simple but delicious local delights.
Business hours are from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm.
Besides the Terminal counter is a Futsal centre called Suria Indoor Soccer Centre, which consists of 4 courts. Futsal is a mini version of football with only five players on one side instead of the usual eleven. This place is a favourite hang out for KK Lites who want to have a good game of futsal with friends, and the much needed exercise. Price per court from 6pm to closing time, which is about 11pm, is RM 100 an hour, special discount prices apply during the day time and also during weekends and public holidays. Do call the futsal centre for more details.
Travel back in time to the early 1900s, Jesselton Point was the main port for the West Coast of Sabah, then known as North Borneo. A rail road 93km long from Beaufort that linked all the way up to the Jesselton's wharf was completed in 1902, and in 1916 the Beaufort-Tenom section was completed too. Jesselton was the former name of Kota Kinabalu. Goods and produces along the West Coast were transported mainly by trains to the wharf for export, and also through the rail road system imports were distributed to the rest of the West Coast and Interior. This wharf was used until the late 70s. Many poster size old pictures of Jesselton Town can be seen in a few places at Jesselton Point. These pictures provide a short account of Jesselton's history.
Want more accounts on Jesselton town history, a good place to visit is Sabah Museum.
How to get here? Jesselton Point is located at the north end of the city. Buses to 1Borneo Hypermall do pass by here and one can also call a taxi . For those who prefer to walk, it will take about 10 to 20 minutes depending from which point of the city one starts.