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camping @mamutik island January 24, 2011

15th december 2010 – a week ago, sharon c and i planned to camp overnight at the nearby mamutik island. initally, we called the sabah sanctuary lodge (tel: 088-243 629) for permission to camp on the island. but they directed us to the sabah parks headquarter (tel: 088-486420/486432), who then asked us to call the sabah parks mamutik island directly (tel: 088-442116). however, getting someone to pick up the telephone at their office on mamutik island was no easy feat. in the end, we were given the handphone number of, i assume, their park warden – mr. azi (hp: 019 840 5640), who told us to just turn up at the island on our scheduled date. no fuss, no hassles.


so, in the morning, sharon c and i met up at jesselton point ferry terminal. we headed towards the counter to get our tickets for the boat ride to mamutik island. personally, i prefer counter no. 8, aparu holiday tours sdn bhd, due to elaine‘s recommendation. we paid RM15/pax for a return ferry service to mamutik island. on top of that, we need to fork out another RM7.20 for the ferry terminal tariff fee & service charge.


after all that, we walked a short distance to the jetty to board our boat. a pleasant 15-minute boat ride took us right to the jetty of the mamutik island. at the entrance, we paid the conservation fee of RM3 (for malaysian) and another RM5 for camping fee. since neither of us own a tent, we rented one from the sabah parks, which cost a reasonable RM38/night.


after choosing a spot between two trees on a sandy patch, we attempted to set up the tent. the western couple nearby were amused by us. but we finally figured it out. later, we found out the couple were the only other campers for that night.


once we settled down, we sauntered around the island, looking for the hiking trail. looking at the picture above, who would have guessed that, THAT IS the starting point of the trail? warning: look out for monitor lizards. although they are generally harmless, they can potentially scare the wits out of you when you do not expect them.


the trail was easy peasy, we hiked in our slippers.

sea view beyond these trees.

wild fungi 

messy intricate spider web reflecting the sunlight.

huge tree roots

 more wild fungi. at the end of the trail, i had quite a few mosquito bites.

burial ground of the early settlers of mamutik island.

 later, i snorkelled for a short while…

… before joining sharon c on the beach, under the shade, to read.



 utter bliss.

later, we went to mamutik cafe for a late lunch. their price is reasonable at approximately RM2 – 4 for drinks and RM3 – 8 for food. at the same time, we ordered take away meals for our dinner, which we later picked up before 4pm.


both of us had the assam laksa maggi mee with egg. yum.


the rest of the afternoon was spent idly reading away. before the sun set, we took our shower at the bathroom located behind our tent.


while i was in the shower, sharon c spotted a rainbow and snapped a picture of it.

 our mess.

in the evening, while there was still light, we ate our dinner. i had black pepper beef with rice.

at night, we did more reading at the jetty, the only place with light besides the bathroom.

we retired to sleep around 10pm. once in a while, the park wardens patrolled the island. i was awaken once by one of them shining his torch directly into our tent. i slept fitfully throughout the night.


to be continued…


3 Responses to “camping @mamutik island”

  1. Sharon Says:

    All I seem to have done is read, read & read!

  2. Thank you for the very nice pictures and the interesting story about your stay at this island. Somewhere I read about chalets: do you know, if they are to rent – or exist only this camp ground?

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