Beautiful Sapi Island, a perfect jewel in the South China Sea, is a little known secret located not far from Malaysian Borneo. Located just a short boat ride away from Kota Kinabalu, Sapi the island is a white sand haven with crystal clear waters and some wonderful snorkelling and scuba diving possibilities.
The island is often visited by day-tripping tourists but it is also possible to stay over if you have a tent and ask permission from the park ranger first. During the low-tide, the waters reveal a sandbank which makes it possible to walk across to the larger island of Gaya. This can be a good adventure but it is best not to do this alone and only if you are a confident swimmer, just in case. There is a fun activity to partake in called the ‘Scuba Doo’, which is a small, handheld plastic ‘submarine’ with a viewing hole which makes it easy for those who either don’t have the budget or the inclination to sample scuba diving.
The island is inhabited by crab-eating monkeys who specialise in living a semi-aquatic lifestyle and picking crabs before they reach land but beware; the monkeys are known for stealing the belongings of tourists.
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