Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah is the fellowship of five islands that started with the inclusion of Gaya Island & Sapi Island in the park in 1974. Later in 1979, three more islands; Manukan Island, Mamutik Island & Sulug Island was added to Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, thus completing the fellowship of five islands.
Do you know that Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is named after Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia First Prime Minister.
About Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park Kota Kinabalu
Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is 15 to 20 mins boat ride away from the mainland of Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia. It covers the area of 4929 hectares, two third of which is the sea. The marine park covers five islands:
The largest of these islands is Gaya Island and the smallest island is Mamutik Island. The most developed island is Manukan Island and the least developed island is Sulug Island. Manukan Island also has the longest stretch of beaches that span to the area of 1500 meters.
Things to do at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
There are various activities tourists can enjoy by visiting the park. The sandy beaches & crystal clear water on the islands are perfect for swimming, snorkeling & scuba diving. For the same reason, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is a preferred choice of snorkels & scuba divers. The park is home of some of the best beaches of Kota Kinabalu.
The other popular activities in the park include water sport. You can enjoy beach volleyball, Frisbee, football & sand games on the beach. There are plenty of activities you can enjoy off the beach such as banana boat ride, parasailing, scuba diving, Jet Ski, sea walking, scuba-doo & flying fish. All these activities can be availed by paying minimum charges. There are many tour operators offering these fun activities on the islands.
You can explore and experience the rich marine life, untouched coral reef & plenty of fish species on the islands. You can spend all day on the water or rest on the beach. All the basic facilities like changing rooms, toilets, grocery shops, restaurants and resorts are available in most of the islands.
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How to get to Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
The most preferred way to get to Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is to be on board on a speedboat from Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal. You can visit one island that will cost you RM 23 (US $6) per adult & RM 18 (US $5) per child. You can also opt for an Island Hopping Kota Kinabalu tour, which will let you tour more than one island in a day.
The charges for the multiple island trips are listed below:
- Any Two Islands – RM 33 (US $9) per adult / RM 28 (US $8) per child
- Any Three Islands – RM 43 (US $12) per adult / RM 38 (US $11) per child
- Any Four Islands – RM 53 (US $15) per adult / RM 48 (US $13) per child
You can also charter a boat to one island that will cost you RM 204 (US $55).
There is also RM 10 (US $3) entry per person entry charges to the islands in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.
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