Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Fashionista's Travels: Sepanggar Island, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Photoblog alert!

Hey ya peeps!

I know I haven't been updating as regularly as I should and I've been going to some very beautiful places lately, so I feel this would be a great opportunity to share the photos of the places that I've been visiting. 

First up, Sepanggar Island, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. 

I went to Kota Kinabalu just two months ago for a conference and felt that a much needed island getaway is perfect for this trip. The island is located just 20 - 25 minutes boat ride off Jesselton Point (Kota Kinabalu). I booked the accommodation via Agoda (the link to the resort is [here]) and communicated with the resort via email afterwards. 

It was cloudy when we arrived in Kota Kinabalu. 

You have to register with the resort office at Jesselton Point prior to leaving the jetty. The payment that we made with Agoda includes accommodation, food (breakfast, lunch and dinner), snorkelling gear rental and unlimited beach snorkelling. We need to pay RM47.60 more per person for jetty fees and return boat transfer. 

Our boat was waiting for us at the jetty (and nope it's not the big one to the left, that one leaves for Labuan, it's the small one to the right). We had beautiful sunny weather on both days while we were at the island.

Our kind and extremely helpful guide (I am so sorry but your name seemed to have slipped my mind, unfortunately).

Beautiful blue sea and bright skies. What more can a girl want?

We've arrived! Can you see how clear the waters are?

The jetty at the island.

Clear waters *drool*.

The view is similarly breathtaking no matter if I looked to the left or the right of the jetty. 

Love, love, love this view =).

It was just after Kaamatan when we arrived so there was a small Kaamatan welcome for us. 

We stayed there for two days and one night and this was the view that greeted me the morning after. Subhanallah!

Our clean and simple room. 


The view from the balcony. 

All we did was just laze on the beach and swim all day. Definitely got myself a healthy tan those two days. 

Sepanggar island, I will be back =). 

Just a bit of info on the island, it's a private resort therefore Sepanggar Island is not under the Tunku Abdul Rahman park (which are managed by Sabah Parks) group of islands. It's managed separately and because of this, there's less people at the resort (which is perfect for me), and the only mode of accommodation and food is provided by the resort. Good news is that your food is included in the accommodation package, and the food is delicious to boot!

The chalet where we stayed at. Simple, minimalistic design. Consisting of just a small bedroom, toilet/ shower and balcony. No air-conditioning, just a simple fan. 

The view during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Major love!

Since it's a small resort, just remember to bring your sunscreen and mosquito repellent (I don't think they sell any at the resort). The mosquitos are very, very aggressive. For more info on the island and it's operator, you can visit their website [here].

Will share more beach/ island photos soon! I have one more trip to share, this time it's to Perhentian Island, Terengganu. 

Note: We left Kota Kinabalu just a day before the earthquake happened in Ranau, Sabah and our deepest condolences goes out to the friends and family of those who were affected by the earthquake. 

xoxo Mrs Fashionista