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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.
The closest island to KK is Pulau Mamutik, and is very popular with the local population. It is also the smallest of all the islands. An enjoyable walk to the top of the hill on the island offers excellent views over the surrounding sea and reefs.
Pulau Sapi is close to Pulau Gaya, and in
fact can be accessed at low tide over a sand bar at the South-Western end
of Gaya. It is also very popular and is considered to be one of the best
places for swimming and having a picnic. The waters around Sapi are extremely
clear and there are many coral beds around the island. There are crab eating
monkeys on the island, and the magnificent white bellied Sea Eagle has
its nest on the island.
Pulau Sulug is further away from the mainland
than the other islands, and has fewer facilities, however, it does offer
excellent swimming. Snorkelling and even scuba diving are possible from
here as good coral areas are found close to the island.
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.
The islands are easily accessible from KK by shuttle boats, and from
Tanjung Aru Resort or Sutera Harbour Resort by a continuous shuttle service provided for guests.
We recommend a day trip out to Manukan Island as a good way to unwind while
staying in Kota Kinabalu.