Looking for island adventure when in Kota Kinabalu? one of the cheapest and most accessible Island destination in Kota Kinabalu is Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (or TAR Marine Park) is made up of five islands: 5 islands: Gaya, Manukan, Sapi, Sulug and Mamutik.
The Most popular Island is probably Sapi Island as you can enjoy beautiful beach, snorkeling, Jungle trekking and water sports.
To get the best snorkelling experience you have to swim out at least 30m to the blue buoys and further toward the yellow buoys, to where It’s about 3-4m deep.
Manukan Island is well-serviced with shops, changing rooms, eateries and a lodge. For those interested in hiking, there is a jungle trek which leads to the opposite end go the island
Gaya Island, the biggest among the island is great for jungle trekking. Gaya Island boast a vibrant eco system with lots of Fauna ad flora. There are 3 5-Star Resort on Gaya Island offers exclusive and private getaway. The 3 resorts are Gaya Island Resort manage b YTL Gayana Island Resort and Bunga Raya Island Resort
Mamutik and Sulug island are rather under develop but still boast some beautiful sand beach. There are some basic facilities at Mamutik Island and you
Get it early at 7.30am to avoid the crowd. Try to schedule your itinerary not to visit the islands during weekends or public holidays. Its get really crowded. . The space in those islands is very much limited and you may feel not so comfortable with lots of peoples around during your holiday
If you looking for snorkelling, Visit Pulau Manukan, Pulau Mamutil and Pulau Sapi. Remember to get the snorkelling equipment at the mainland as it is cheaper there.
Water sports activities (Parasailing, Sea-walking, Banana Boat) can be booked once you arrive at the island.
You can travel to the islands easily on your own instead of signing up all-inclusive tour package with local tour agency. Walk or Travel by taxi to Jesselton Point Jetty at Kota Kinabalu and Marina at Sutera Harbour. There are many operators at the jetty and prices are negotiable.
Boat fees around Rm 23 (return tickets)
Jetty Fee cost RM7.20
conservation charges of RM 10 for foreigner and RM3 for locals.
Snorkelling gear is available for hire at 35RM/day, negotiable.