Mengalum is an island situated betwen 50-60km from Kota Kinabalu. It is a remote island paradise surrounded by fine white sandy beaches with clear waters. The island is well known among anglers as it is a well known deep sea fishing ground and a fishing location for the annual Sabah International Fishing Tournament.
It is also known as ‘anchor island’ because there is an mysterious anchor being left behind more than a hundred years ago. The large anchor has been one of it’s minor attraction and symbol. There’s been alot of rumours that the anchor was left by one of Ferdinand Magellan’s fleet but it hasn’t been proven.
If you are looking for island with not too many people, then this is the island you might be looking for which is fairly accessible from the state capital. There is a private resort operating on the island itself if you are interested to stay overnight.