Tunku Abdul Rahman National ParkCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- 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 National Park - Review
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.
Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park Information
- 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).
Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park Ticket Prices
- Child: 6 RM
- For Malaysians: Adult: RM3, child RM1
How To reach Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park by Public Transport
- By Ferry and speedboat: Jesselton Point: Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
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Things to Know Before Visiting Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park
95% of people who visit Kota Kinabalu include Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park in their plan
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34.38% of people start their Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park
78.22% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park
Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park Map
Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park Trips
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Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, Kota Kinabalu Reviews
My.last trip was several years ago. Beautiful as ever. Excellent snorkelling experience. The amenities on the islands have improved quite a lot. Lockers for rent are plentiful. Beaches are manned by life-guard. Although the main beaches can get crowded, there are still quiet ones to be sought (with life-guard). 👍
The beaches here are really clean, have clear water and lots of fishes around, even at the beaches. Perfect place for snorkeling, zip lining and other seasport activities or just for taking a dip in the sea. They have toilets and showers available, but no particular restaurant. The islands close at 4 pm with the last public boat leaving the islands by 4 pm and private boats leaving the place by 5 pm.
Nice sea, friendly staff, a few water sports to be chosen, we tried the parasailing which was fun and the staff will drop you in the water if you want to or just dip your feet in water like us. You can ask the staff to take photos for you while you're doing the activities.
The rubbish was a bit depressing and worse in some places than others but we felt better for collecting some ourselves from the sea and using the plentiful recycling bins onshore. As for the coral, can't recall seeing better for beach snorkelling ( have done offshore etc). Loads of varieties of coral and fish, shame about the numpties but that's the problem when it's accessible and you feel that it's only a small proportion that they let people near thankfully (e.g. what was open was closed for 6 hours during low tide so watch out for that on your timings)
This trip only enjoy snorkeling and sea bath at Manukan island. Not many fish and the water is green and not so clear. But to swim and siting there at the beach while listening to the wave is another way to relax as well.