The Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park of Kota Kinabalu is a marine park that is made up of a cluster of five idyllic islands namely: Palau Manukan, Palau Mamutik, Palau Sapi, Palau Gaya and Palau Sulug.
Easily accessible by boat and just minutes away from Kota Kinabalu city, most tours to these islands would include the following: Entrance Fee, Port Fee, Boat Fee, Land Return Transfer and even a buffet BBQ lunch at the island of your choice. The boat trips start as early as 7:30am and prices may vary as these are highly dependent on the number of islands that you would like to visit. If you decide to visit the islands on your own arrangements, then you might have to wait for other people to share the speedboat ride with you. Each go can take about 6 to 8 passengers. The same thing goes for your return trip.
All the islands have shallow waters, rich coral beds and white sand shorelines. On the islands of Manukan, Sapi, or Mamutik there are facilities and amenities such as changing rooms, toilets, picnic tables, and food outlets. BBQ buffet lunches can be arranged.
A variety of motorized and non-motorized activities are possible in the Park: such as parasailing, jetskiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, bananaboat riding, scubadoo, sea walking and more. There's also a hiking trail that you can check out on the biggest of five islands which is Pulau Gaya. Gaya Island is also home to the Marine Ecological Research Center.
If you are looking for a quiet island where you can enjoy some privacy, then Palau Sulug is for you. This island also has a lovely shoreline where you can stroll along the beach with the shallow waves caressing your feet.
The smallest island is Mamutik. Just like with the other islands, you can also go diving here and get a taste of the rich marine life in this part of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. You can also camp and spend the night here but not without getting the necessary approval or permission from the Sabah Park Office.
The Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park Islands are accessible by boat from the city of Kota Kinabalu. A boat ride from Jesselton Point or Sutera Harbour or Tanjung Aru Marina may take anything between 15 and 30 minutes depending on weather conditions and the boat's speed.