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Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park (TARP) Tours

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Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park (TARP)
Thanks to the rising of sea levels at the end of the last ice age, what were once sandstone mountains connected to the mainland are now a collection of five tropical islands left piercing the surface just off the coastline of Kota Kinabalu. Comprised of the islands of Manukan, Gaya, Sapi, Mamutuk, and Sulug, these five forested islets make up Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park (TARP), conveniently located an easy 20 minute speedboat ride from downtown Kota Kinabalu.

Though the reefs of the marine park aren’t quite as vibrant as those found down in Sipadan or Mabul in the southeastern corner of Sabah, the waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman nonetheless still teem with marine life such as blue spotted stingrays, mantis shrimp, and the occasional Hawksbill turtle, making them the most convenient options for Sabah visitors looking to snorkel or scuba dive the shallow waters directly off of Kota Kinabalu. Though Sabah is dealing with growing amounts of rubbish and marine debris, classifying the area as a national park and making efforts towards conservation are steps in the right direction for an area that, when combined with the white sand beaches, has tremendous potential for being one of the better regional excursions.

Pulau Gaya is the largest of the islands in the national park, and along with Manukan and Mamutik offers overnight eco-accommodations for visitors looking to escape the city for a night. Though the park headquarters is located on Pulau Gaya, it, too, is home to some downtrodden stilt villages which are considered unsafe by KK locals and visitors alike. Nonetheless, thousands of people annually make daytrips or overnight excursions into Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park and leave satisfied with the tropical simplicity found within such a short distance of the thumping industrial capital.
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Jet Boats & Speed Boats

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Tunku Abdul Rahman Island Visit & Boat Snorkeling Experience Tour

Dive into the unexplored charm of one of the world's most beautiful collection of islands in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TARP). In this half day island visit and snorkeling experience, you will discover the magic of Malaysia's easternmost territory that houses islands such as Manukan, Mamutik, Sapi, and the ultimate tourist destination of Gaya.
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  • 5 to 8 hours
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  • 5 to 8 hours

Half-day Tours

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Kota Kinabalu Sunset Cruise Including Buffet Dinner

Conclude your Kota Kinabalu adventure with a dazzling evening out at sea. Hop onto a spacious custom-built catamaran and get in touch with Sabah’s coastal charisma. Sail pass surrounding islands and into the famous Kota Kinabalu sunset. Includes guided narrations of historical & architectural landmarks that dot the coastline.- Evening cruise from Kota Kinabalu in the South China Sea- Chance to see Sabah's sunset & landmarks from the water- Laid-back & relaxed tour aboard a luxurious custom sailboat- Sights of Gaya Island in Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park- Postcard-perfect views of Likas Bay in the soft moonlight
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Other Water Sports

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Tunku Abdul Rahman Park Scuba Diving Adventure Tour

Dive into the unexplored charm of one of the world's most beautiful collection of islands in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TARP). In this half day island visit and snorkeling experience, you will discover the magic of Malaysia's easternmost territory that houses islands such as Manukan, Mamutik, Sapi, and the ultimate tourist destination of Gaya.
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  • 6 to 9 hours
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  • 6 to 9 hours

Day Trips

Half Day Fishing Trip at South China Sea from Kota Kinabalu

Feel the thrill of the reel during the half day fishing trip at South China Sea.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Sunset Cruises

Kota Kinabalu Sunset Cruise with Buffet Dinner

Conclude your Kota Kinabalu adventure with a dazzling evening out at sea. Hop onto a spacious custom-built catamaran and get in touch with Sabah’s coastal charisma. Sail pass surrounding islands and into the famous Kota Kinabalu sunset. Includes guided narrations of historical & architectural landmarks that dot the coastline.- Evening cruise from Kota Kinabalu in the South China Sea- Chance to see Sabah's sunset & landmarks from the water- Laid-back & relaxed tour aboard a luxurious custom sailboat- Sights of Gaya Island in Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park- Postcard-perfect views of Likas Bay in the soft moonlight
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Snorkeling

Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park Snorkeling with Coral Flyer Zipline

Cruise to Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park for a day of snorkeling and ziplining to get two remarkable perspectives on Borneo's gorgeous reefs and marine wildlife. You'll snorkel from a boat or one of the islands in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, then experience the Coral Flyer, a zipline that connects two tropical islands, soaring above crystal-clear water and coral reefs. This full-day Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park tour includes all activities, lunch, and snorkeling equipment for a relaxing day in the islands.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Other Water Sports

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Leisure Diving, 3 Dives at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park in Kota Kinabalu

Are you a certified scuba diver? Then this is the trip for you. Spend the day with Borneo Dream exploring the underwater world of our local marine park. With over 25 dive sites in the park, we can always find one that is suitable to dive. The dive sites are very simple in terms of difficulty level with generall no currents and depths of 8 to 25m. Our guides are all Insured and in Teaching Status PADI Professionals. During the day you will do two dives before lunch and one after lunch. Lunch is served on a tropical island with a choice from a menu. Vegetarian options are available. At the end of the day, you will be dropped back at Jesselton Point Jetty at around 16:00. What are you waiting for, book today!
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day
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Day Trips

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Island Hopping Tour (2 Island) From Kota Kinabalu

Uncover the incredible underwater world off the coast of Kota Kinabalu on this snorkeling excursion in Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park. Enjoy time to swim and snorkel in 2 different destinations, and once you've worked up an appetite, indulge in a lunch on 1 of the park's 5 spectacular islands.- Exciting snorkeling excursion off the Kota Kinabalu coast- Stunning scenery on the cruise from the shore to the park- Chance to dive into the water & swim with colorful sea life- Views of exotic animals like spotted turtles & tropical fish- Ample time to eat, relax or explore the forest on the island
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Day Trips

Manukan Island Day Trip from Kota Kinabalu

Spend the day in paradise during this day trip to Manukan Island near Kota Kinabalu. Enjoy a range of activities during your beach sojourn, ranging from beach volleyball to sunbathing to snorkeling and more. Additional amenities like the island’s nearly 1-mile-long (1.5-km) walking trail, optional side visit to Sapi or Mamutik Island, and an included barbecue lunch help ensure a memorable day.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Scuba Diving

Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park PADI Discover Scuba Diving with Two Reef Dives

You don't need a certification to scuba dive Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, since this day-long PADI Discover Scuba Diving course gets you straight out to Borneo's spectacular coral reefs. After a briefing on scuba diving safety and technique, you'll hit the water at one of five islands in the marine park, diving alongside a certified PADI instructor. This PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course includes two reef dives, a surface interval on a gorgeous island, and all necessary equipment.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Snorkeling

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Guided Snorkeling Day Trip, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Snorkel Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park on a full-day tour from Kota Kinabalu that features three different snorkeling locations within the protected area. Well-suited to both first-time snorkelers or more experienced travelers, this tour offers the security of a PADI professional guide to accompany your small group; provided snorkel, mask, and fins take care of essential gear, with optional wet suit and life jacket also available for use.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day
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Scuba Diving

Kota Kinabalu Discover Scuba Diving

Borneo is world-renowned for its marine life, which includes turtles and a diverse array of tropical fish. Get an introduction to scuba diving, undoubtedly the most immersive way to discover underwater wildlife, on a full-day course in Kota Kinabalu. No previous diving experience is necessary for this hands-on experience, which culminates with a trip into open water. Lunch, all equipment, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 8 hours
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Day Trips

Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park 2 Islands Hopping Tour From Kota Kinabalu

Escape the city and journey to the paradise islands off the coast of Kota Kinabalu on a hassle-free day trip to Manukan Island. Let a guide take care of transfers, entrance fees, and activities as you sit back, relax, and enjoy the white sands and crystal-clear waters of the island. You'll have chance to snorkel and hike in the jungle, and benefit from the in-depth knowledge of a guide.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Sunset Cruises

SeaTango Sunset Cruise in Kota Kinabalu

End your day in Sabah on a high note with a sunset cruise from Kota Kinabalu. Aboard a catamaran, you'll glide across the water to take in the natural beauty of Borneo as the day fades away into the South China Sea. Bottled water, beverages, and snacks are provided.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Nature & Wildlife

PADI Scuba Diving in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park from Kota Kinabalu

Enjoy an introduction to scuba diving on this 6-hour PADI course in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park from Kota Kinabalu. Cruise into the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park and admire panoramic views over the islands of Pulau Manukan and Pulau Gaya. Listen to step-by-step instructions from your guide and learn how to use your equipment. Then, descend beneath the waves on two dives and marvel at the coral seascape below. Watch colorful puffer fish and stingrays swimming through the crystal-clear waters, and watch the waves for graceful sea turtles.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

Ziplines

The Coral Flyer Zipline Adventure at Marine Park from Kota Kinabalu

Soar on a zipline that connects two picture-perfect tropical islands on a 6-hour adventure trip from Kota Kinabalu to Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. The Coral Flyer Zipline is the world’s longest island-to-island zipline, and gives you aerial views of clear water, white sand beaches, and coastal trees. This small group tour is limited to 7 participants for a personalized experience, and includes lunch, national park fees, boat transport, and hotel pickup and drop-off in Kota Kinabalu.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Nature & Wildlife

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Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park 2 Islands Hopping Tour from Kota Kinabalu

Spend a day of family fun venturing between the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, just a short distance from Kota Kinabalu in the South China Sea. Immerse yourself in the splendors of these charming islands as you dive into the water and swim with the abundant marine life of Sabah.- Exploration of national park & island group by boat- Relaxing visit to popular islets around Kota Kinabalu- Fun-filled day along white sandy beaches & clear blue water- Opportunities to swim, snorkel & sunbathe as you like- Delicious barbecue lunch prepared with local ingredients
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Dinner Cruises

North Borneo Cruises Sunset Dinner Cruise

Dance to live music and watch a gorgeous Borneo sunset on a Kota Kinabalu dinner cruise timed to catch evening light over Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. The open-air top deck is perfect for enjoying the cool evening air, and after cruising past the islands, you’ll have spectacular views of the Kota Kinabalu skyline as the city lights up after dark.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Day Trips

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Day Tour in Mengalum Island Kota Kinabalu

Discover the colorful underwater world on two snorkeling sessions around the Mengalum Island. Megalum Island presents beautiful view of white sandy beaches and the clear turquoise seawater. This tour will lead you to a tropical paradise!_______Itinerary_______• 07:45AM Sutera harbour marina meeting• Meet local guide and take about 40-50 minute boat ride to the meeting• 1st snorkeling after arrival• Lunch• 2nd snorkeling• 16:30-15:00 from the island• 15:30-16: 00 Arrival at Sutra Harbor• The itinerary is for reference only, it subjects to any necessary changes in accordance with local requirements.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours

Snorkeling

Snorkeling Tour at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

The rich marine life and brilliant coral of the Coral Triangle make ocean exploration a Kota Kinabalu must. Explore the warm, clear waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and one of three islands—Sapi, Manukan, or Mamutik—on this guided door-to-door snorkeling tour. Upgrade to include a barbecue lunch.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours

Day Trips

Kota Kinabalu Leisure Diving (Experienced Divers)

Experienced divers will enjoy several dives within the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park to witness Borneo's underwater world. Learn about the marine environment and its inhabitants from your guide throughout the tour by listening to guided commentary. Round-trip transportation makes for an easy door-to-door experience.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Multi-day Tours

3-Night 5-star Tanjung Aru Beach Resort Package in Kota Kinabalu & Klias Wetland

3 nights in Shangri-la's Tanjung Aru Resort,  surrounded by 2km long Tanjung Aru beach, the best beach in Kota Kinabalu, a place taking its name from the casuarinas trees that fringe the fine sands, well known as the best sunset beach in Malaysia.  Hand in hand with your loved one, witness the crimson sun dips slowly into the horizon, leaving the vast skies a brilliant red.  And make a wish.   Explore the thrills of the ocean with some motorised and non-motorised water sport activities at STAR Marina, visit a remote island in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park via the resort's boats.  Enjoy an afternoon tour to Klias Wetlands and River Safari is another highlight. 
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  • 4 days
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  • 4 days

Sailing Trips

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Kota Kinabalu Sea Fishing Experience

Are you a fishing enthusiast? Sea Fishing Experience in Kota Kinabalu is the right choice for you. Don’t worry if you don’t have any fishing experiences, it will still be fun for beginners. You can also try snorkeling activity here. Join us and enjoy 2 activities at once!--------------------Tour schedule:--------------------Morning tour - 09:50AM - meeting (Jesselton Marina) - 10:00AM - Look at the water house after taking a boat - 10:20AM - Snorkeling and fishing - 12:00PM - Lunch and Free Time - 02:00PM - Fishing - 03:00PM - Back------------------------------------------------------------Afternoon tour - 05:20PM - Jesselton Marina meeting - 05:30PM - Watch water houses after riding a boat - 06:00PM - Snorkeling and fishing - 07:00PM - Eat and Free time - 07:30PM - Fishing - 08:00PM - Back------------------------------------------------------------* All events may change at any time. (Depending on climate change, security issues are the captain's wisdom)
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours

Scuba Diving

2-Tank Dive in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

Explore beautiful dive spots off the coast of Sabah on this 6-hour scuba-diving experience in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park from Kota Kinabalu. Hop aboard your speedboat with your guide and zoom into the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, home to dive sites suited to certified divers of all levels. Visit two dive sites around Manukan Island and enjoy 45-minute dives with your guide at each one. Search the coral for colorful sea life including clownfish and snapper, and keep your eyes open for graceful stingrays, turtles and blue-spotted octopus.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours


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