Diving in Tunku Abdul Rahman
Scuba diving around Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (TARP) is an an ideal dive trip for scuba divers looking for chilled out diving along pretty coral reefs. Suitable for beginners through to experienced leisure divers, scuba diving around TARP is a good choice for your diving trip, holiday to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia.
Divecenters usually dive around the five idyllic islands in TARP Marine Park - Pulau Gaya, Sapi, Mamutik, Manukan and Sulug. They also go diving the deeper, beautiful coral reefs at Edgell Patches sitting just outside the Marine Park. The dives range in depths from 5m to 25m and tend to have little or no current and good visibility.
During your dives you will find good quality coral coverage and a surprisingly wide variety of marine life - a real divers find, considering you are only 15 minutes by boat from Kota Kinabalu. Watch shoals of Fusiliers dart through the water, schooling Barracuda, Puffer Fish peek out from under Table Corals, a Hawksbill or Green Turtles resting under a coral pinnacles and find every species of Anemone Fish. That's not mentioning the surprisingly rich muck diving including Ornate Ghost Pipefish, various Nudibranch species, Banded Pipefish, Cuttlefish and Blue Spotted Octopus.
Travel to Tunku Abdul Rahman
The Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is a group of 5 islands within a 30 minute speedboat ride from Kota Kinabalu. Gazetted as a park in 1974, all the islands have white beaches surrounded by clear waters within which you'll find healthy coral reefs. The diving here tends to be sheltered and shallow making it a good place to learn or take a course and still enjoy all the benefits of staying in the small city of KK. The islands of Pulau Manukan, Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Mamutik and Pulau Sulug are all fairly small and in total consist of only 49 km². There are good beaches and lush rainforests. You'll have to pay a park entry fee of approx. US$ 19 if you're diving and a minimal charge if you're not.
Frogfish by Orang Asli
Lion Fish by Kelly Luckman