Sapi Island, Malaysia

Sapi Island or Sapi Pulau (Cow Island) as it is called in Malaysian language is a popular and attractive beach activities oriented island. Its almost white sand in the beach and crystal clear jade colored water stunned me. We went there on a Tuesday morning and found the beach teeming with tourists and locals, the population of beach lovers can be overwhelming on a Sunday I thought! It took us a cool 20 minutes speed boat ride to get us to the island from the mainland, city of Kota Kinabalu. The blues around was so pleasing, I was on a clicking spree.We, from Tourism Malaysia were on a beach BBQ picnic package to the island. A very simple, small yet fun filled package I must say. It is a day trip excursion, where the visitors can be in the island for few hours doing some of the activities and a sumptuous BBQ lunch is included in the deal. An umbrella with table and chairs are provided to your group. Most tourists seemed to be availing this deal there. The entire area is shaded. Relaxing, and watching others in bold beach stunts can be an activity by itself.

For the beach activities there are several kinds of packages with combinations of different activities.Other than the fun activities there is a cute souvenir shop, a small café and snacks shop, a komodo dragon garden (if you are lucky one of those might come visiting you, don’t panic, they are harmless. Don’t try to pet them because they can be aggressive while defending themselves.) And yes there are monkeys too, fond of visiting the tourists from the interiors of the island.

Camping is possible in the island, though you need prior official permission for it. During the low tide you can walk across to the neighboring Pulao Gaya (Island Gaya). I intend to do this if I ever get back there in future. The food that came with the package was too good and in fact more than sufficient quantity.

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