Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

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  • Address: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
  • Timings: 08:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +60-88523500
  • Ticket Price: 10 MYR
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: National Park, Park, Family And Kids, Nature

Tunku Abdul Rahman is not just one island. It is a cluster of islands: Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan, Pulau Mamutik, and Pulau Sulug. As the islands are only a short boat ride away from Kota Kinabalu it is a popular destination among day-trippers (locals and tourists) however, it can be quite crowded during weekends. There are a few resorts within the marine park, so people can also stay here for a few days. The five islands that make up the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park are all located within a short boat ride from each other. Gaya and Manukan are the biggest islands within the marine park (though Manukan is tiny compared to Gaya). Both have a few trails for those that like walking through the jungles. Further, the island is quite famous as it has quite a few nice dive spots within the marine park (well over 25 dive sites in total). Some of the resorts on this island also have their own dive centre where you can make the necessary arrangements.

  • Do not head out to the marine park during bad weather. Especially between November and February seas can be quote rough. Stay safe!
  • The local community at the western part of Gaya Island should be avoided as the town mainly consists of illegal immigrants.
  • Bring along enough sun lotion and insect repellant (especially the sand flies can be a nuisance).
  • If you are planning to visit the more secluded islands, be sure to bring along enough water (and perhaps some light snacks) as there are no facilities at these places.
  • If you are visiting the marine park in the weekend, make sure you do not take the last boats back to Kota Kinabalu as they can be very crowded! Depart at 3pm instead of 4.30pm.
  • It is possible to camp at some of the islands. You can bring your own tent or rent one. To stay overnight at these camp sites you need to arrange a permit up front at Sabah Parks (see contact details below). 

  • Child: 6 RM
  • For Malaysians: Adult: RM3, child RM1

  • By Ferry and speedboat: Jesselton Point: Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

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  • Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park Address: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
  • Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park Contact Number: +60-88523500
  • Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park Timing: 08:30 am - 05:00 pm
  • Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park Price: 10 MYR
  • Best time to visit Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park(preferred time): 08:30 am - 03:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 82.23% of people who visit Kota Kinabalu include Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park in their plan

  • 46.94% of people start their Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park visit around 2 PM - 3 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

79.93% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park

People normally club together Manukan Island and Tanjung Aru Beach while planning their visit to Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • Use to be very beautiful but now filled with a LOT of tourist. Can't even find my boat for the return journey due to the unorganized chaos, so had to call them.

  • Five islands make up this nature reserve just off KK. Plenty of activities, mostly water based, from scuba diving over snorkeling to banana boats and paragliding but also jungle trekking. Most islands offer lunch buffets and/or other forms of eating facilities. Can get a bit crowded over the weekends.

  • This is a very touristy place and yes sadly there is lots of plastic waste floating around or washing up on shore. This is a bigger issue for our oceans but ultimately I spent a few hours on Sapi island and took the walking trail to the back side of the island and was totally alone and perched myself on a big rock and was totally peaceful. Beware the swimming side is very busy and dirty but you can find some peace on the islands.

  • It's popular among Chinese tourists so there are loads of them. Comfort rooms are a bit stinky but functional. The water, sites, and services are superb.

  • Huge crowd on the island. Bathing facilities has insufficient water to bath after swimming in the sea. Parasailing was fun.

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