Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park Tours

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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, 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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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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Manukan Island Day Trip from Kota Kinabalu

Spend the day in paradise during this 6-hour 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 and an included barbecue lunch help ensure a memorable day.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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