Pulau Mamutik is one of the Islands in the Tunku Abdul Rahman (Marine) Park, off Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia.


This page only covers information specific to this one island. It’s probably a good idea to first read the general information about the area and the Park here.

Mamutik is a small island in the group near the South West corner of the Park.



To the North of the jetty is mostly sloping sandy bottom with the occasional small patch of interesting and reasonably diverse coral.  As you go further out (but still only a few metres deep) the patches join up and form something approaching a reef.  There is a drop off down to about 8m. This has pretty decent coral on and is the best snorkelling spot on the island.

To the South side of the jetty, there is quite a big field of fire coral. After this, things fade out and become fairly boring.  The West and North side of the island have poor snorkelling.

There is a reasonable population of small, coloured reef fish throughout.

Best-ish seascape:

Typical seascape:
All images on this site are clickable for bigger versions.

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A famous travel book says that this island has the best snorkelling of all the islands in the Park.  I reckon that is wrong – Sapi has better.

Getting off the boat at Mamutik and walking down the jetty towards the island, you see developed beaches to your left (South) and to your right (North).  On each side, there are designated swimming areas marked first by a line of blue buoys and then (further out) by a line of red buoys.

Let’s turn right off the pier, walk through the fields of lunch tables and start at the Northernmost end of the Northern (red) roped area (A).

Initially, there is some fairly dull flat sandy bottom, but go out about 40m and head right (south) (B) back towards the pier, and you will see the occasional patches of coral.
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As you continue back towards the pier and head out a little deeper, there will be more (and healthier) coral.


The best spot (C) is just before you draw level with the lifeguard’s station.  Roughly at the line of blue buoys, there is a drop-off from about 3m down to 8m. This was the most photogenic spot I found, at about 4m on the drop-off.  The ‘best bit’ shot above is from here.


Continuing back (D) towards the pier, things fade back into plain sandy bottom with the occasional patch of unhealthy, brownish coral.


South of the jetty (E) things pick up again for a bit with a pretty large field of firecoral (Heliopora coerulea, not Millepora sp).


There are quite a few nemos around generally, especially the larger spinecheek variety and (F) is a bit of a hot-spot for them.


The firecoral continues on for about 50 metres, then everything (G) fades back to unhealthy brownish, mostly dead coral.  The roped-off swimming area and the beach end here.


Around the cape (H) is mostly rocks and dead coral at a few metres depth.


I swam all around the island, just to check I hadn’t missed anything. Mostly, it’s brownish or dead coral around the West and North . There is the occasional spot where things spring to life a little :

…but none of is as good as what you have already seen on the beachy side of the island, so it’s not really worth the effort of swimming round there.


Here’s the West coast from the surface:


and some coral on the North West corner:



As far as I know, there are no walking tracks on the island. The coastline around the West and North side is all rocks.




Other relevant pages:

Tunku Abdul Rahman Park – general

Pulau Manukan

Pulau Sapi

Species list




First visited/written: July 2012                  Last updated: July 2012


One response to “Mamutik

  1. We were there in Feb this year & it’s changed since you were there. You can no longer go past H as this is where glassbottom boats ply their trade, & buoys, which you can’t go past, now stretch from E to H. However, we thought the corals along where the buoys were, from G to H, were some of the best we’ve seen in a long time (we have snorkelled in a lot of places worldwide) but didn’t think there was a great variety of fish around, but saw plenty of nudibranches though & a couple of species of fish we hadn’t seen before. We spent about 90 mins there & wished we could have stayed a lot longer.

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