It was our first time in international waters and the KK Islands totally did not disappoint. The water was so clean and clear!
Also, may it be abroad or domestic, I always ensure to arrange a city tour. Why? I believe that this is a way to get to know a place. Every city has its story and I want it to hear from a local.
Must Read: Kota Kinabalu Island Hopping for Php 6,200
From Manila, Kota Kinabalu is only a plane ride away and we did just that by flying via Cebu Pacific since we previously secured a ticket during one of its popular seat sales.
But please do note that you can try your luck with AirAsia as well since they also offer routes going to Kota Kinabalu and vice versa.
WHAT WE DID
Though with lack of sleep, we woke up early to prepare for our KK day tour. We ate breakfast inside our room from the food we bought just a few steps from our hotel. It was nice since the waitress there was a Filipina and medyo may chikahan na naganap.
After our tour agent fetched us from our hotel, we went to Jesselton Point to catch a jetty going to Manukan Island. And boy, the jetty was really fast! It was more of a speed boat used for transporting tourists from one island to another.
Spots to visit:
It was a good thing that we arrived early as there were still a few tourists in the island. The sand was not as white as the sand in Palawan but more what we have in Batangas.
Though the water is already deep, we could still the fishes from where we were standing, literally. We were in awe on how clear the water is. It really is impressive!
As the other tourists started arriving in Manukan Island, we decided to head to the next island to eat some lunch.
A buffet was waiting for us when we got to Sapi Island. After finishing our sumptuous lunch, we finally headed to the welcoming waters of Sapi.
There were already too many people in the water so we did not really stayed that long.
After a quick shower right after our Manukan & Sapi island tour, we were off to our KK City tour. First stop was Yayasan Sabah, to which looked like a giant silver bullet from afar.
We couldn’t get a nice shot as we were against the light. Though we just took pictures in a small park in front of it.
Our tour guide told us that the mosque will look even better when the rays of the sun strikes on it. Too bad that it was raining when we got there.
Signal Hill Observatory Tower
Said to be the highest point in KK, this tower has a vantage point of the whole city.
As per our guide, when tall buildings and hotel were not established years back, you can have a view of the sea and the TARP islands.
With emphasis on years back since that famous view cannot be seen anymore.
Atkinson Clock Tower
We then went to Atkinson Clock Tower and it smelled like it was recently painted at the time. I am pretty sure it has a historical significance but when I saw it, it was just a clock to me. A big one to that effect, actually.
We just dropped by the bay area to witness the sunset. Then, we decided to go straight to the Filipino Market to shop for souvenirs and eventually buy our dinner.
WHERE WE STAYED
We stayed at Goldenhill Hotel Sabah which is located just 5 minutes from the airport. You may also want to take advantage of their free airport transfers.
Mini Hotdog – We were not able to catch the name of this dish but it tasted like kikiam. Masarap siya though this is not the food for the maselan though.
Grilled Stingray – We were hesitant at first (because, hello it’s a sting ray!) but since every stall has this, we tasted one and it was good! Tasted like fish lang.
• It is better to avail a group tour package for this instead of doing a DIY. It’ll be cheaper that way.
• Don’t forget to hydrate and put some suncreen at all times.
Special shout out to the people who helped us make this trip possible. In behalf of my travel crew, maraming salamat po. Sa uulitin!
TRAVEL EXPENSE SUMMARY