Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
The Islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
The Park, located off the coast of Kota Kinabalu in the West of Sabah, is made up five islands, the largest own as Pulau (island) Gaya, the smallest as Pulau Mamutik. Some of the islands have been previously used by various settlers, however, a large part of Gaya has included in a Forest Reserve since the 1920’s.
All of the islands are popular for day trips with the locals and visitors alike. Activities on the islands include swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, bush walking on marked trails where you are able to discover the diverse variety of vegetation and animal life, and sun bathing. Some of the islands provide shelters near the beach for day trippers to enjoy a picnic, as well as kiosks and casual dining areas for refreshments and light meals.
Pulau Gaya and Sapi (far left) from Manukan
All the islands offer coral reefs for snorkelling and scuba diving. There is a great diversity of marine life in and about the reefs, including Parrot fish, Wrasse, Butterfly fish, Clown fish, Sea anemones, star fish, delicate corals including plate coral, brain coral, and the ubiquitous staghorn coral.
Beach at Pulau Manukan
Photos copyright to Sabah Tourism – John Kong, and Phil Youdale