Diving right at your doorsteps
Get access to over 40 dive sites within the Coral Triangle boasting azure blue waters teeming with a bio-diverse marine life just 20 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah. Named for Malaysia’s first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (“TARP”) is the oldest of Sabah’s marine parks in existence, and features 5 amazing islands (Gaya, Sapi, Manukan, Mamutik and Sulug).
Beneath the surface
TARP is home to beautiful coral gardens as far as the eyes can see with an array of schooling tropical fishes (barracudas, groupers, fusilliers), amazing macro life such as frog fishes, shrimps, scorpion fish, eels, lion fish, demon stringers, stone fish, seahorses, and nudibranchs. Have a preference for something larger? You may be greeted by turtles, string rays, tunas, reef sharks, or even whale sharks (typically in the earlier parts of the year).
Water conditions around TARP are normally calm, sometimes a little too calm. Imagine diving into a swimming pool filled with gentle sloping hard corals and being surrounded by schools of marine life – It’s a one of a kind experience.
Above sea level
During surface intervals, you can expect to relax at one of the beautiful islands with pristine white beaches, coconut palm trees, and blue waters. There’s an array of activities for your non-diving friends and family such as snorkelling, parasailing, island hopping, zip-lining across islands, jet-skiing, banana boat rides, sunset cruises.
Accommodation ranges from backpackers’ lodge to 5-star luxury water chalets. Everything and anything you require is located at the mainland of Kota Kinabalu. Looking to expand your sense of adventure? Try white water rafting at Padas, visiting the rainforests of Danum Valley, exploring Kinabalu Park (a UNESCO World Heritge Site), climb 4,096m to the peaks of Mount Kinabalu or, see the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia.
When you consider Kota Kinabalu’s accessibility and array of activities, your only problem will be how to add extra days to your holiday! For more information on TARP, click here.