Sulug Island


sulug island

Located at the southern most tip of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, and furthest from the Kota Kinabalu city coastline, Sulug Island is the least visited islands in this marine park. Sulug Island is also the second smallest in this islands grouping, with an area of just 20 acres. Gazetted into the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park in 1979, Sulug island has remained more or less the same, since there is completely no development here. Compare with the near by Manukan and Mamutik island which have all the essential human comfort like restaurant, canteen, souvenir counter, toilet, and shower area, Sulug island has none at all. What you see at Sulug island is nature at its best. It is also the only island in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park with no entrance fee.


north side of the sand-spit

Sulug is actually a small round hill island with a unique feature, which is a long sand-spit. This long sand-spit juts out to the ocean facing the east. Either sides of this long sand-spit have good colourful corals, snorkellers will find both these places very pleasing. There are also some good reef patches lie along the northern end of the island. Since there no facilities and shades to hide from the midday sun at Sulug island, may be one can spend an hour snorkelling here and then head to the other islands. For divers Sulug has two good spots to explore, namely Keramat Reef and The Tyers, an artificial reef made from tyres that lies off the beach.

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How to get here? Hourly speed boats depart from three Kota Kinabalu jetties. The main jetty is at the Jesselton Point, and two other jetties are at Sutera Harbour and Beach Bums. Depending on which islands and departing points, the speed boat takes about 5 to 15 minutes to Mamutik and it costs about RM 18 to RM 45 return.


south side of the sand-spit

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