Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
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HappyHammer69
Port Macquarie, Australia937 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Firstly I'll say that our family all have 20+ dives all over the world over the past 20 years, some of us 40+ dives so we are not beginners but not the most experienced either. We are usually competent able divers but the visibility here was so bad we didn't feel safe diving with our teenagers so we cancelled our second dive. The visibility was maybe 1.5 metres at 5m deep and maybe 2.5m at 16m deep so the dive master could only see the person directly behind him when he turned around.

The island we dived from was very crowded with tourists snorkelling and doing their first dives from the beach. My advice would be to save your money and if you want to dive in Malaysia go to Sipadan Mabul on the other side of Borneo.
Written January 10, 2020
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Jane M
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I recently visited Manukan Island as the second island of a 2 island trip. I ended up leaving the island pretty upset having seen kids throwing stones at a magnificent monitors lizard at the waters edge and then 'adults' pulling at the poor creatures tail after I had reported it to several people including life guards and guys in park uniforms patrolling near the cafe. One chap who was patrolling under the trees said it was not his job to do anything about it. So who's job is it? Is there no proper park rangers responsible for the safety of the animals in a so called "nature resort"

The 2 stars are solely for the beauty of the place.
Written January 2, 2020
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Joycee Ooi
Penang Island, Malaysia2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Business
The boat transfer system was terrible. The waiting area had no proper system. Transfer from one island to another island was not systematic. During weekends with huge crowd, the boat transfer was so confusing that you might miss the transfer. And the boat transfer was not flexible in timing, you could not choose which island you wanted to spend more time in. With this kind of system, my advice is do not waste your money. But if you insist to visit, one island per day will be a good experience for you.
Written October 11, 2023
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Alex C
33 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Solo
This is a disgrace of a national park.

There is plastic everywhere, boats pulling tourists on banana boats and tubing rings, but most depressingly - the reef is ecologically dead or dying. The corals are badly bleached, and mostly dead. The fish population is a fraction of what it should be. And the turtles have understandably gone elsewhere.

It's incredibly sad.
Written September 29, 2022
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Bear4018
Bristol, UK46 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Please note, this is for the general park and not for the tour we were on.
The islands above the waves are beautiful. Green lush thick forested outcrops in azure blue seas. The occasional golden sand beaches with jetties reaching out into the water. Monkeys, birds and two metre long Monitor Lizards can be seen.

However below the waves is a different story. The coral is significantly bleached or dead. There is plastic and other waste abound. There is no sign of any attempt at coordinated clean up or control measures. If you are looking for bright coral reefs, head somewhere else.
We did not see the banana boats or other touristy things going on that other reviews mention but their impact is noticeable.
Written March 26, 2023
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Eliana P
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
We did a snorkelling day trip in TARP with kids and thoroughly enjoyed it. Water was clear, lunch was really good and guides were very helpful with the kids. Highly recommend a visit before it is destroyed!!

Too much trash in the water. No one seems to be looking after it - plastic bags, plastic bottles, aluminium cans. If this is not corrected soon the area will be destroyed.
Written September 24, 2023
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Linda and Brian G
Winnipeg4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We went to Islands, MAMUTIK & SAPI. Coral was dead. There was so much garbage on the beach, dirty diapers and plastic everywhere. Even floating in the water. Water was murky and we were unsure how clean it was.
Written January 30, 2020
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Alec M
Kauai, HI3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Oceans just FILLED with Garbage . Stopped at an island/beach, THOUSANDS of plastic bottles . Would not recommend for anyone. Do something else in this part of Malaysia , not snorkeling. Government has failed this area miserable .

On positive, water is warm .
Written December 9, 2023
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Greatgran
Brisbane, Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park consists of a number of islands in the South China Sea off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah. It is a magnificient marine park where the diving is apparently world class. We do not dive but the people we spoke to the day we were there were from many different countries and were very impressed with what they saw and were all planning on a return visit. We stayed at the Sutera Resort from where you look out at the islands which are only a 20 minute boat ride away. We spent a day on Manukan Island and for a small cost we had a traditional bar-b-que lunch. It was a wonderful way to spend a day relaxing. It is an experience I would highly recommend to everyone.

Written May 13, 2006
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bewitching
Manila, Philippines14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2011 • Friends
The Marine Park is actually like an island group, composing of 5 major islands. The most popular ones are Manukan, Sapi and Mamutik islands. To go here, one has to go Jesselton Port which is the port area of KK. The ticket center is like a terminal, with many ticket sellers, or tour agencies rather, to choose from. We chose Aparu Holidays, because it had the most number of people lining up, which means there are more chances of trips back and forth. Package rates seem to be same for all though, i.e. 1 island costs 17 RM, 2 islands 24 RM, and so on. This fee includes a return trip. We chose Mamutik and Sapi Island. There's also an additional port/terminal fee.

The boat ride to the first island (Mamutik was nearest) took about 20-25 minutes. It was very bumpy! Make sure you wear the life jacket and expect to get wet. We arrived at Mamutik around 10 in the morning. Weather was great! There were a lot of people as well. In my research, Mamutik was supposed to be not as popular as Manukan or Sapi as the choice of island, but I learned that over the recent months, it's gotten to be very popular. Lots of foreigners but lots of locals too. There are picnic tables to stay at, and there is a public shower room, with shower stalls and loo cubicles (not very sanitary though, and some showers don't work).

The water was extremely clear! I decided to snorkel since it was only 15 RM. I was wading on the shoreline and sort of got carried away, before I knew it I was already in the deep part! It was apparently high tide that time, so be careful! I was lucky because the tour guide was Filipino, and the lifeguard was his friend whom he got to guide me in the deeper parts. It was amazing!!! I saw lots of Nemo's and Doris! Too bad I didn't have underwater camera. But for 15 RM only it was certainly a great experience!

The sand by the way, is really fine, not as white as in Boracay, but really light-colored.

There was also a hiking trail, but we didn't have enough time as we had to leave already for the next island.

We went to Sapi island next, and this island seems to be bigger than Mamutik. There were more forgeiners than locals. It also has a longer coastline than Mamutik (compared to the coast we stayed at in Mamutik). When we landed, the water beneath the dock was so clear! Plus, when we landed, we saw two men snorkeling by the side of the dock. To our shock, there was a super thick school of fish swimming below! Amazing. And just a spot farther, were swordfishes! It seemed it was better to snorkel there at Sapi. And because of the longer coastline and wider expanse, there were more activities there such as frisbee or just sunbathing. Bathrooms were also slightly better.

After returning to the port, the next best thing to do is shop! There are many souvenir stalls inside the terminal. Also, Jesselton Port is right beside Suria Sabah, a new mall. It's somewhat new, so not that many stores yet, but good selection of shops. When we went there, there was a mallwide sale.

This is definitely a must-do at Kota Kinabalu! Best of all, it's almost within city center (the port area is at the least).
Written June 30, 2011
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