Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, Kota Kinabalu

(3.7/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
Explore a set of attractive islands just a 20-minute boat ride from the main coast at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Hop between the landmasses to experience their different atmospheres and the activities available there: some have become more developed and offer water sport facilities, while others maintain their paradisal calm. Arrange a diving expedition to view the protected marine life, spotting colorful fish as they dart through the water and the otherworldly coral formations. To visit Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park on your trip to Kota Kinabalu, use our Kota Kinabalu vacation planner.
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  • We snorkeled at 4 of the islands (took speedboats from Jesselton Pier) and loved the many kinds of coral and fish. Calm clear waters; perfect for beginner snorkelers. Some places have a lot of trash i...  more »
  • It's an example of how tourism and human activities have ruined a potentially lovely natural habitat: too many boats that depart from Kota Kinabalu, environmentally conscious people, flora and fauna of this marine park if it continues to be so soon will disappear completely, a pity.
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  • You can come to the island with the outside tours. It's a scuba diving facilities. If you prefer, you can also stay in the hotels on the island.
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  • ...a beginners' snorkeling adventure starts here....basic amenities is available but not at par for an international tourist attraction. Especially the washrooms and toilets. Tourists especially non-locals were showering nude inside the washroom...
  • One of the most beautiful marine park which included 5 islands and just right in front of the city area, even just took you 10 mins boat will arrived it!!! But a bit disappointed is too much of the tourist go in to the island sometime, the environment a bit cannot afford for the volume of the tourist!!!
  • I can only talk about Sapi Island as it's the only one I've been to but I must say the circumstances were less than ideal. Bad weather so a lot of places were forbidden to snorkel in, so I didn't see anything. They didn't tell me beforehand it was a bad day but they sell tickets to you anyway at Jesselton Point, so maybe ask about the weather conditions before you leave.
  • Horrendous toilet facilities, overcommercialised beach park with nothing to do for free. A huge shame to the beautiful state of Sabah.
  • Conveniently located outside Kota Kinabalu, I've seen whale sharks, eagle rays, moray eels, nudibranches at the islands just 25min from the mainland. It makes for great snorkeling too! It's the best place to learn diving and grab yourself a nice meal or a gourmet coffee after your diving sessions. Food might be expensive on the islands so do pack lunch and drinks for your day out. Best time to visit is April to October, when the water is warm.