Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Kota Kinabalu
Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TAR) is five islands that nearby downtown KK. You can catch a boat at Jesselton Point to visit one or few islands within a day. The five islands include Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan, Pulau Mamutik and Pulau Sulug. I have been all islands except Pulau Sulug. In fact, there are more than these five islands in the oceans nearby KK. Sometimes we have a boat to get us to a remote or unknown island without any problem by asking the boat's driver return at a certain time. All of these islands have one thing in common, they all have white sandy beaches with crystal clear water good for snorkeling, If you are a diver, you can always arrange scuba dive in those islands, plenty of opportunities to see the underwater world.
Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan and Pulau Mamutik are good for picnic, snorkel, and other beach activities. Also, they are very famous among big tour groups, often very crowded and noisy. It is common to see litters in these islands. Its past glory being peace and beauty has turned into tragedy when they are being one of the famous tourist attractions in KK.
Just 15-20 minutes by boat from Jesselton Point can take you to beautiful islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. There are 5 islands which are Gaya, Manukan, Sapi, Sulug and Mamutik. You can do island hopping or choose an island and spend the whole day over there. There are also some accomodation options in some of the islands. The entrance fee to the marine park is 6 RM per person.
stay or do day trip to tunku abdul rahman [tar] marine national park. there are 5 islets of the mini archipelago: manukan, mamutik, gaya, sapi and sulug. offers shallow water with beautiful sea creatures and wrecks.
can be reached from the jetty at tun fuad stephen's nearby australia place of kota kinabalu [kk].
oo..here the park consist of 5 islands...but I only went to two islands...the beach here is ok for me ..if i compare to other island i went b4..but for the sea ..i really like it..it hv alot of ocean fish....and coral..only few soft coral ..dun expect much plz...I hv leisure for whole day....here the watersport is quite expensive if compare with West Malaysia....So i din play water sport..and here hv accomdation too...can stay..but i prefer in town at nite...=) Ya ar..plz plz remember the equipment for for snorkeling is only cost RM15 with full set fin included...
Near KK, you can dive in TAR Park. You can contact one of these dive operators for trips and prices. http://www.sabahtourism.com/directory.php?ID=61&page=1
I paid RM250 for 3 dives with equipment. The coral reef was ok. Some other opertors may charge RM280 for 2-3 dives.
From KK, you can take a short ferry ride to one of the 5 islands of the city coast. You may shuttle around or hopping around these island to do snorkelling or diving, or simply enjoy sun bathing. There is a charge for entering the Park RM10.
To decide whether you want to islanfd hopping on your own or join a tour, it depends what you want and budget. A day trip with a tour operatos may coast at least RM150 with a buffet lunch in Sapi Island. If you do it on your own, you can start your trip from the Jetty from the KK city or the Marina in Shangari-La Tanjung Aru.
See schedule and price in separate pic.
We set off from the jetty at the Tanjung Aru hotel and a few minutes later we landed on Gaya, the biggest of the 5 islands in this Marine Park.
On Gaya, we were given a guided walk through the rainforest and mangrove swamps, which took a couple of hours and I saw my first "wild" chameleon! We finished up on a beach, from where our boat picked us up and took us across to Sapi island.
On Sapi, we spent about an hour snorkelling over the live coral and saw the most fabulous fish I've ever seen. A delicious bbq lunch was included and after lunch our guide took us to see the monitor lizards and macaques, then we went back to the beach for another snorkelling session.
All in all a fantastic day out!
These are a group of islands just a mere 15min boat ride from Kota Kinabalu. It offers clean white beaches and off-shore snorkelling. This shot was taken at the marina prior to taking the boat ride. Marine life abound right along the shore.