Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Sabah, Malaysia

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Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Sabah, Malaysia

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Manukan Island

Lying off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, the five islands of Pulau Gaya, Manukan, Mamutik, Sapi and Sulug and their surrounding coral reefs make up the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, a national marine reserve, aiming to protect and regenerate the fragile marine ecosystem surrounding the state's capital. The crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches make this a perfect island getaway.

Shuttle service to the five islands is readily available from the marina and takes between 10 and 15 minutes. Upon arrival, bask in the sun on the clear, white sandy beaches, swim and snorkel or explore the island jungle trails. Easily accessible, these islands are a terrific playground for swimming, waterskiing, parasailing, and picnicking. Accommodation is also available on three of the islands for those who need a true island escape.

Snorkelling - Colourful beyond imagination, the waters around these islands promise snorkellers good visibility at about 16 metres. Magnificent coral reefs hugging the shoreline afford views of pink and green parrot fish and turquoise moon wrasses, darting around brain coral, staghorn coral, boulder coral, feather stars and sea fans.

Scuba Diving - It is possible to attain PADI certification over a period of two to four days. Open water, intermediate and advanced instruction is available through reputable instructors. Kota Kinabalu offers excellent facilities and a marvelous training ground to gain a more intimate glimpse of the world under the sea.


Pulau Gaya's Bulijong Bay creates the perfect atmosphere for swimming, snorkeling, and picnicking. For hiking and camping, twenty kilometers of graded nature trails weave throughout Gaya's forest, the richest of the five islands in wildlife. Long-tailed macaques, pied hornbills, wild boar, and monitor lizards can be sighted here. Pulau Sapi is the most popular of the islands--its facilities include a large shelter and barbecue area, along with picnic tables and public toilets. A glass bottom boat service is also available. The island of

Mamutik provides a back to the basics camping area ideal for those who wish to sample the sensation of being stranded on a tropical island. A jetty and other beach facilities are, however, available. Pulau Manukan, a long island, is said to look like a half-submerged whale basking in the sun.

Pulau Sulug is the furthest from the mainland and one of the least developed of all the five islands. Sulug creates a magnificent and abundant display of coral beds and coral heads along its extensive reef rim. Diving and snorkeling among these islands is best off the sheltered southern and eastern shores. 


The Park at a glance

Size: 4, 929 hectares 


Flora Fauna: Shoreline vegetation and dipterocarp forest. Animal life includes bearded pigs, scaly pangolins, rats, squirrels, monkeys, various snakes, and monitor lizards. It is also a good place to see the white breasted sea-eagle, pied hornbill, and the green heron. Nearby coral reefs are ideal for diving and snorkeling. 


Activities: Trekking, swimming, snorkeling, diving, bird watching, tennis, squash.
 

Getting There

There are daily boat services to the islands from Kota Kinabalu main center jetty. Departures are at 9.00, 10.00, and 11.00 in the morning, and pick-ups are in the afternoon at 1.30, 2.30, and 3.30. During weekdays, boats must be chartered. Most boats accommodate up to 12 passengers.

Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is a State Park created to protect the natural environment, including the coral reefs, marine life, the fauna and flora. Notice boards are posted prominently on all the islands, and visitors are advised to read these notices before proceeding with their individual pursuits.

Do's and Don'ts

DO's

  1. Observe the rules and regulations of the Park

  2. Keep the place clean during your stay and when leaving the Park

  3. Contact Park Rangers on duty for assistance and information.

  4. Please bring along your towels and personal toiletries.

DON'T

    IT IS FORBIDDEN TO:

  1. Hunt or carry firearms, poison, spearguns, and dangerous weapons within the Park.

  2. Harm or disturb any plant, animal or other living things.

  3. Pick, cut or collect plants, insects, corals, shells and any other materials, dead or alive.

  4. Write names on rocks, trees or shelters.

  5. Bring pets into the Park.

Collecting of any plant, animal or other living or non-living things is strictly forbidden without prior written permission from the Director. Fishing, however, is permitted with hook and line only

 

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