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LOCATION:
The marina is located inside the expansive 384-acre resort development of Sutera Harbour leisure establishment a few minutes to the south of downtown Kota Kinabalu. To be exact, the marina separates the two main resorts in Sutera Harbour, namely the Sutera Pacific and the Sutera Magellan. Distances from downtown Kota Kinabalu and Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) are 2-km and 5-km respectively.

DESCRIPTION:
The Sutera Harbour Marina is a great place to visit to enjoy the breathtaking view of the azure-blue ocean of the South China Sea as well as the wonderful sight of multi-million yachts and sailboats docked at the floating pontoon. The marina features a great boardwalk that connects the two resorts of Sutera Pacific and Sutera Magellan. There is an architecturally marvelous marina clubhouse located right in the middle of these two resorts.

For avid mariners (read: those who actually own a boat), the marina offers various types of berthing facility, namely the standard berths (sizes from 20ft to 70ft), the mega berths (sizes from 80ft to 180ft, only 13 spaces available), the lay-by berths, and the dry berths adjacent to the clubhouse (for boat sizes up to 33ft, fully equipped with John Deere tractor pull). The marina also offers basic anchorage service, refueling depot for both petrol and diesel, minor and major boat repair facilities, as well as vessel washing and cleaning services. It also offers 1-phase and 3-phase power supply ranging from 220-440V.

There is a water-sports centre called the Sea Quest along the boardwalk where resort patrons and visitors can enjoy various ocean-based activities such as jet-skiing, water-skiing, parasailing, banana boat rides, kayaking, leisure sail cruises, windsurfing, etc. The most popular activity, I have to say, is the island-hopping boat trips to the beautiful islands in Tunku Abdul Rahman (TAR) Marine Park, namely Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan, Pulau Sulug and Pulau Mamutik. These islands, being accorded the marine park status, are known for white sandy beaches and prolific marine life. Equipment rentals such as masks, snorkels and beach mats are also available at the water-sports centre.

At the writing time, the daily shuttle services will depart from the marina jetty to TAR Marine Park islands at 0830, 0930, 1030, 1230 and 1430. The return times from the islands are 0845, 0945, 1045, 1245, 1445 and 1615 daily. Please check with the operator in advance should there be any changes in schedules or in the island itineraries.

There are also three F&B outlets at the marina clubhouse, namely the Spice Island (traditional setting with Malay and Indian cuisines), the Marina Café (for extensive menus of daily buffet spreads), and the Marina Bar located one floor up from the boardwalk area with spectacular views of the berths and the ocean.

MY VERDICT:
A pleasant stroll along the boardwalk with superb ocean view. The fun-filled ocean-based activities should not be missed.

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