Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

Hit the beach

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What we say: 4.5 stars

Escape the city to this marine park just a 15-minute speedboat ride away. Sulug, Mamutik, Manukan, Sapi and Gaya islands all offer clean beaches, shallow water and coral reefs teeming with tropical fish.

Manukan and Sapi have basic facilities including a cafe and store, but for other islands you'll want to bring your own snacks and rent a mask and snorkel at the jetty (10 ringgit, extra 5 ringgit for fins). It's also possible to scuba-dive around the marine park – we recommend Borneo Dream who has the best boat, experienced divemasters and a reasonable rate of 285 ringgit for two dives.

Boats to the marine park depart from Jesselton Ferry Point from 08:30 to 17:00 every day. The round-trip fare for adults is 23 ringgit for one island plus a 7.60 ringgit terminal fee, 10 ringgit conversation fee and 10 ringgit per additional island. The fare for children is 18 ringgit and 3.60 ringgit for the terminal fee.

The last boat back to Kota Kinabalu leaves at 17:00. A handful of resorts have sprung up on the islands, though they're of the exclusive luxury type like the Gaya Island Resort with rates well over 800 ringgit per night.

Borneo Dream Dive Operator T: (088) 244064 http://www.borneodream.com

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Jesselton Ferry Terminal:
Opening Hours: Counter open 08:00-18:00 daily
Last updated: 27th February, 2013

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