Twin Island hopping Sabah, adventures galore!

 

Twin Island hopping Sabah, we did everything, well almost every sports available on the menu 🙂

There are 5 islands at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Manukan, Manutik and Sapi (map) are the three more popular islands, and your operator will decide which islands to go on the actual day. All three offer decent water clarity (ie can see fishes) but take note bread-feeding is discouraged.
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Ready to board our speedboat, Marine Park is only a 20min boat ride away.
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During our Twin Island hopping Sabah, you will spot clear water everywhere.
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Sabah snorkeling
Sabah snorkeling

You know a beach is good when you can spot shoals of fishes around the jetty! Kids will be squealing in delight, and we wish we could jump from the jetty!

Parasailing was new to me. I paired up with Boon Xin, and Boon Wee with Boon Yee (No1 and No 3). The anticipation is strongest before we launch, but once we are up in the air, absolute freedom as we enjoy the sea wind. Wave to your family and friends, look far ahead over the horizon 🙂
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Parasailng RM 180 (per pair, about 8 minutes) and Banana Boat RM 40 (per person). Banana boat allows our family to grab each other for dear life as we bump up and down over the waves, if we fall off, just float and wait for rescue (first photo above)
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After lunch, we were eager to try more adventures. Meanwhile, Boon Xin enjoying some selfie moment with my GoPro.
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Flying Fox! Coral zip experience was too cool, imagine zipping between two islands, Gaya and Sapi (RM 80 per person)
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No time to shout, the zipline is too short to feel any tension or fear, just Jump and enjoy the pristine water below. Everyone had to jump, some hesitated but everyone made it across! (Tip: Wear footwear as there is a 10min uphill small hike and pavement is full of pebbles ouch!)
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Video (link) : Check out the water activities thrills from Day 3 !

Video 2 (link) : Clear water Sabah snorkeling

Water babies
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Twin Island hopping Sabah
Twin Island hopping Sabah

Clear water, rich corals behind Sapi island. Fun snorkeling experience but those above 1.7m might accidentally step on the sharp corals, be careful. We spend almost 45 minutes in the cool water.

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Relaxing in the calm waters, while awaiting our return ferry.
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One of the best guides ever, friendly with kids, always smiling, Kor Kor (brother) Kunik frm Amazing Borneo 🙂
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Twin Island hoping Sabah experience went beyond our expectation, the most impressive thing was everyone was so game and adventurous! Family Fun together, we challenged our limits today.
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Boon Yee : Are we ready going to Fly between the islands!
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Do pop by our Sabah itinerary and photos below.
Sabah 8D7N itinerary
– Sabah Day 1 – Street food discovery
– Sabah Day 2 – White Water Rafting!
– Sabah Day 3 – Twin Islands Hopping
– Sabah Day 4 AM – Desa Cow Farm
– Day 4 PM – Kinabalu Park
– Day 5 – Poring Hot Spring + Waterfall + Canopy walk
– Day 6 – Gaya Island Resort – Luxury Villa
– Day 7 – Gaya Island Resort Family Activities

More photos have been uploaded on our Fanpage album :
Day 1 and 2 – Klagan hotel, White Water rafting
Day 3 – Water sports, Island hopping
Day 4 – Desa Cow Farm and Kinabalu Park
Day 5 – Poring Hot Spring and vicinity
Day 6 – Gaya Island Resort
Day 7 – Snorkeling and private beach
Day 8 – Hiking, Home sweet home

Sabah White Water Rafting with family

A lot of adventures await families, and we challenged ourselves with Sabah White water rafting.

We did not know what to expect from White water rafting, I have only seen some videos of canoe and boat getting whacked upside down by torrent, waves and huge boulder!
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The ride uphill to the starting point was uneventful. We see some rivers along the way and wonder whether Kiulu is one of them.
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Helmet and life vest checked. Sense of anticipating, we see the river, we see the boat 🙂
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We saw a lot of overhanging bridge along the way.
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Kiulu river’s intensity (difficulty) has been rated Grade 1 and 2. The waves are considered mild.

Sabah White Water Rafting
Sabah White Water Rafting

As kids’ butts are smaller, they tend to slip left and right, I was worried the younger ones would fall overboard. My concerns were not warranted, as my adventurous kids constantly urged the captain to flip the boat!

I joked with the kids that they can grab more rafting with the Navy Divers (boat PT)!

Video (link) : Not your usual “Row Row Row your boat”, we love Sabah White Water Rafting!

Our lunch break, kids were more interested to play with the puppy.
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Kiulu river conquered, one list untick from our Family’s bucket list. Yeah!
For first timers, we will recommend your family go with a river of level 1 and 2 first.
Once kids are more adventurous, go for Level 3 & 4 ! (sample river here and Sabah Pedas)

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More details about white water rafting:
– Our White Water Rafting crew is from Riverbug, and booked under Amazing Borneo package
– Our voyage down Kiulu river is 9km, slightly less than 2 hours.
– Adults do most of the paddling as kids just relax.
– Water is slightly cold
– Do wear shoe as the riverbank might have sharp rocks
– No crocodiles along Kiulu river
– The experience downstream is better than Universal Studio’s roller coaster rides 🙂

Do pop by our Sabah itinerary and photos below.
Sabah 8D7N itinerary
– Sabah Day 1 – Street food discovery
– Sabah Day 2 – White Water Rafting!
– Sabah Day 3 – Twin Islands Hopping
– Sabah Day 4 AM – Desa Cow Farm
– Day 4 PM – Kinabalu Park
– Day 5 – Poring Hot Spring + Waterfall + Canopy walk
– Day 6 – Gaya Island Resort – Luxury Villa
– Day 7 Gaya Island Resort Family Activities

More photos have been uploaded on our Fanpage album :
Day 1 and 2 – Klagan hotel, White Water rafting
Day 3 – Water sports, Island hopping
Day 4 – Desa Cow Farm and Kinabalu Park
Day 5 – Poring Hot Spring and vicinity
Day 6 – Gaya Island Resort
Day 7 – Snorkeling and private beach
Day 8 – Hiking, Home sweet home