Jesselton Point Waterfront, Kota Kinabalu
The Jesselton Point ,or Jesselton Pier can be reached about 25-30 minutes from Kota Kinabalu International Airport.This is the main pier to reach the 5 TARP islands,Manukan ,Mamutik,Sapi ,Sulug and Gaya island , and also Labuan
During the colonial period, it was once the old wharf that served the western trade route of Sabah, then known as Northern Borneo. The old railway service from Beaufort transported their goods to Jesselton (the place we now call Kota Kinabalu) all the way up to the wharf, where ready ships carted them for trade around Asia.This ferry terminal could be congested during the peak season , or dry season at Kota Kinabalu
The ferry terminal was only recently renovated to its present look with a wide walkway, steel arches, brick walls and orange tiles. Old black and white posters depicting Jesselton Point in the past adorn the walls, reminding visitors of its history and legacy as they walk to the pier. Shops and cafes are abundant throughout Jesselton Point, offering local and international cuisine as well as souvenirs and handicrafts. They're located mostly within the Jesselton Point complex but on the other side of the walkway, there's a nice wooden platform facing the sea where you can dine or catch the sea breeze.We experienced thunderstorms when we got back to the Jesselton Point , strong winds made the entire open air restaurant wet inside out.
The ferry counters are located within the complex - The first entrance on the right, when you enter Jesselton Point after the large gate, leads into a hall where six licensed operators have set up shop behind wooden booths. Their prices are pretty much the same across the board, catering mostly for boat trips to Manukan, Mamutik and Pulau Sapi, the most popular and visited islands of the marine park. In a strange inversion, prices for tickets during holiday festivals and peak periods drop as low as MYR17 per person, while quiet periods can cost as high as MYR35. This presumably ensures that boat operators earn stable revenue throughout the year.
Other times, the prices can get up to as high as MYR35 for the same trip, as they have less customers to contend with. Rarely do they offer trips to Pulau Gaya or Sulug, unless you would care to charter the entire boat for a day. In addition a dock fee of MYR3 is charged per ticket. Mode of transport to these islands is usually by speed boat, but ferries are sometimes used for the return trip when there are many tourists. It takes only 10 minutes or slightly more to reach any of the islands in the marine park. Ferry operation hours are from 8 am to 4 pm.
Stunning view of the Jesselton Point could be seen in the afternoon, just go to the open air foodcourt of the Suria Sabah Shopping Mall, and you can take amazing pictures ,when all the lights are lit
A useful Link : http://www.kotakinabalu.info/jesselton-point.htm
The Jesselton Point Waterfront is the starting point to visit the islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, including Manukan, Mamutik, Sapi, Gaya and Sulug islands.
In the 80s and 90s, the ferries to these islands did not operate this way. Each ferry company had their own terminal along the waterfront. It costed between RM7-RM8 for a return ride to one or two islands. It was affordable for local school teenagers like us to spend a good time with friends during school holidays. Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal was used by local to tranport goods and passengers as the railway line running to the end of the pier, where ships were loaded with produce and passengers.
You can walk to Jesselton Point Waterfront from Suria Sabah and have a great views of the oceans even you are not planning to visit the islands.
For the complete schedules to the islands, please visit its official website.
Late afternoon we walked down towards the Jesselton Waterfront not knowing what to expect. We diverted into to Suria Sabah shopping centre along the way and departed on the side facing Jesselton Pier.
The late afternoon sea breeze was extremely strong and made walking uncomfortable. We took a few photos of the work in progress in reclaiming land from the ocean. The Jesselton Pier is just past this WIP, however we will have to return to KK to set foot on this pier.
Under British rule Jesselton was the city's name, later changed to Kota Kinabalu.
It appears from the web page the Jesselton Pier is a good place to visit.