The Sutera Harbour Marina was awesome. Andrew and I got to know about the place through my uncle. He recommended us to take the boat from there for island hopping. You pay more but the service was excellent. I'll explain about this later in the post. We saw beautiful corals lining the marina. We saw sea urchins, fishes and a duck at the marina. Really an ecosystem there. Heheh.
We get to choose which island we want to go to first. We took the suggestion to go to Mamutik first and then Manukan. After paying, we were given two bottles of water. Thumbs up for me. The boat definitely looks better than the one in Langkawi. The life jackets looked clean too and the straps were in good condition.
Once we reached Mamutik, a SeaQuest employee greeted us by name and gave us a brief tour of the island by pointing out where the toilets are, the snorkeling areas and swimming areas. He also asked what time we want to leave. He would jot down what you told him and then you can go on your way.
It was my first time snorkeling and I got to snorkel in Mamutik. It is a beautiful beach. The toilets and outdoor shower was better than the ones in Manukan for me. Cleaner too if I were to compare both places.
The corals here may look dead to you but if you swim further you'll see better-looking corals. You can even see fishes feeding or playing around the corals. I saw fishes of many shapes, colours and sizes. There were mini ones as well.
HOWEVER, there was this one pink fish that kept biting everyone in the water. It will not bite you if you swim. So swim you must! XD I think the fish was hungry so someone got to feed that fella!
There were lots of foreigners. Japanese, Hong Kong-ers/ Hongkies, Koreans etc If I am not mistaken, there were groups of people camping for scuba diving trips. Interesting stuff!
Those who want to swim without the pink fish biting can swim on the other side of the beach, but that side of the beach the water is deeper so watch your kids and do not swim too far out, although there is a barrier there.
Remember the SeaQuest employee? Once we decided to move to the next island, we just went to the jetty and waited for a few minutes, unlike the hoard of people who took boats from another company. I think SeaQuest was the only company with people stationed at every jetty, so you won't be stranded. Those still waiting for their boats asked the employee when their boats are coming but he could not help them because it was a different company. Andrew and I just walked in and out whenever we wanted to in a way. Pretty convenient!
Manukan... I did not exactly like the island much after coming from Mamutik. When we walked on the jetty, we saw a Jack n Jill wrapper floating on the water. There were more people waiting at this jetty and those who took the same boat as us just walked in and out again.
We walked around the island first. I did not like the sand here. The toilets were smelly and the outdoor shower had moss on the shower head! O_O I think that's why the water has a smell...
|View from the restaurant we ate in|
Food was expensive here. Cheapest was Malay food (which was still not cheap and did not look appetizing for me) and the most expensive was the buffet (which was not impressive either). We settled for something in the middle. We had fried banana, yam and sweet potatoes with honey and Spaghetti Marinara.
|Fried bananas, yam and sweet potatoes with honey|
|Spaghetti Marinara, I think. I forgot the name.|
I love the fried bananas. The spaghetti was so so. After eating, we went to the beach. There were lots of broken corals, shells etc along the shore and in the water so watch where you step when you want to enter the water.
Once in the water, it was better because it was all sand BUT if you walk further it then suddenly goes VERY DEEP. Usually it gradually goes deeper the further you go but this was just like DOOP, it's up to your neck. It was up to Andrew's neck. If that was the case, it'll be over my head. Anyway I just avoided that area. I try to swim near the shore.
Here, I saw no corals and did not see any fishes. I saw one or two. Then suddenly there were a lot of fishes. It was because this Malay guy with his son on his back were feeding the fishes with Jack n Jill chips. That was the only way to attract the fishes and the fishes ate the chips!
The waves here were super huge and it was scary, even without boats passing by. Maybe it was because it was raining in the mainland. We could see the grey clouds at the mainland.
|Spot the jellyfish?|
When we got back to the marina, we managed to spot one or two jellyfishes. We were in awe with the marina and the sea life there. Hahahaha. Sounds so jakun but it was nice. You got to see it for yourself. The duck was still there when we came back.
|I love how they arrange these circular couches to face the sea.|
We managed to catch the sunset as well before going home to my aunt's place.
This is how the marina looks like, part of it.