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“Nice islands for relaxing”

Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
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Ranked #16 of 101 things to do in Kota Kinabalu
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

If you are in Kota Kinabalu, you have to visit the TARMP. Go to Jesselton Point and buy a ticket at the counter. The prices are all the same
We visited Sapi, Mamutik and Manukan. All 3 islands are great for relaxing. Snorkeling is ok but there are not that much fishes. No compare to Bali or Maledives.
For the way back from Jesselton Point: Taxis are really expensive. Please use Uber and Grab.

2  Thank Markus P
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

favorite place to chill with my family and niece,,, love going to perdana park for fountain performance.sad that stalls are closing down soon. Not recommended to go at night not too safe for kids

Thank kkfoodiebeast
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

diving : good place for diving, snorkelling and sea sport. fun with the sun and sea. food at the restaurant is satisfying.

Thank Soety
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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

The park is made up of five coral islands. Take your pick. The most popular one is Manukan known for great snorkeling. My personal favorite is Sapi, which is the smallest of all five islands and the least crowded.

Thank Jlm1983
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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

This place has been a marine park for 40 years so you would assume that there would be some experience in managing a national asset: you know ...... don’t wreck the coral reefs, make sure the tourist activities are appropriate, minimise the litter......that sort of stuff. No evidence of that going on here - it is run by the Malaysian Government and provided you pay your RM$20 Park entry you can roll-up and pretty much do whatever you want to.

We were there out of holiday season and mid-week and it was still packed, boats whizzing about all over the place, paragliding, banana boat rides, snorkelling and SCUBA diving all going on at the same time in quite restricted areas. This year (apparently) there were 480,000 Chinese tourists and next year they are expecting 1,000,000.......in addition to uplifts in all the other nationalities: its bad now it will be just appalling when the numbers double.

There is plastic and rubbish all over the place: used nappies, inevitable plastic bottles and tubs and sheets of plastic all floating around.

We snorkelled on three sites (I dive but my wife does not so we both snorkelled). Of the three sites one was OK (just) and we saw a couple of reef sharks and some squid. In the other two sites there was very little marine life and a lot of broken and dead coral to see. I saw a few groups of divers but based on the quality of what we saw down to about 8m depth the diving would be pretty rubbish. So (in my view) both the snorkelling and diving are not worth the effort and cost.

And finally - a piece of advice to the Marine Park Management.......if you do not stop chasing today’s quick $ and look after what you have got much better then you are at the moment then in 5 years you will have a rubbish tip on your doorstep that no one will pay to come and see and your tourist industry will be wrecked.

7  Thank Gavin J
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