The Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park of Kota Kinabalu (TARP for short) is a marine park located 3 kilometers offshore from Kota Kinabalu. TARP covers an area of 50 sq kilometers comprising 5 islands, including numerous surrounding reefs, and is an ideal place for cruises departing from Kota Kinabalu. The five islands of the Marine Park are characterized by shallow waters, coral gardens and splendid white sandy beaches.
The names of the islands are symbolic of their history and early discoverers. Pulau Gaya ('big'), Manukan ('fish'), Mamutik ('for shell collection'), Sapi (the sound of a mowing buffalo), and Sulug (commemorating the ancestry of the Sulu peoples of Sabah). Initially, the Park covered two islands - Gaya and Sapi. In 1979, the Park's boundaries expanded to include three other islands : Manukan, Sulug, and Mamutik.
If you are looking for a magnificent day cruise where you can enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience, then we recommend a day cruise on Raja Laut starting from STAR Marina (located at Shangri La's Tanjung Aru Resort).
The Marine Park is just a short sail away from Kota Kinabalu city and a day cruise to TARP would include the following: Park Entrance Fee, Snorkeling Equipment, and a Buffet BBQ lunch at one of the islands. On the islands of Manukan, Sapi, or Mamutik there are facilities and amenities such as changing rooms, toilets, picnic tables, and food outlets.
In addition to your sailing experience with Raja Laut there are a variety of additional watersports activities which can be arranged such as snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, parasailing, and jetskiing.
To enjoy Kota Kinabalu's spectacular sunset moments set sail on a sunset cruise with Raja Laut. Admire a glorious sunset while enjoying chilled beverages with family and friends. A perfect way to finish the day and start the evening, the Raja Laut sunset cruise transports you to a bygone era in style and comfort.
On a cruise with the Raja Laut you are transported not just to the islands near Kota Kinabalu, but also for a unique experience of a bygone era. Raja Laut, meaning "king of the Seas" in Malay, is a classic sailing boat celebrating the meeting of eastern and western civilizations in the South China Sea. Day and sunset cruises, special events, team building, weddings : Raja Laut can the setting point of numerous events. Her spacious deck area is ideal for fine dining or finger foods. Below deck she is fully air-conditioned, with ensuite cabins for 12 passengers staying overnight, and an elegant and comfortable lounge.