Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

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Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

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daydy_rich
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia16 contributions
So much plastic waste and debri at beach and sea
Jul 2020 • Couples
At Manukan, the seawater is clear, that means you get to see a lot of plastic waste and debri beneath and floating at the seaside. And these gets washed up on the beach.

Also need to watch out on vicious sand flies everywhere. My feet was bitten until swollen.
Written 3 August 2020
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AniaMaciejAla
Poznan, Poland94 contributions
Snorkeling was disappointing
Aug 2019
Snorkeling was disappointing. Dead corals, garbage, not much marine life. The Marine Park is too easily accessible, so there are too many boats and too many tourists.
Written 1 May 2020
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Z&M
Malaysia179 contributions
Good but depends which island you'll go to
Jan 2020 • Couples
What you need to know is that tunku abdulrahman marine park regroups 5 different islands, each one is few kms far from the other. When you buy your ferry ticket at the ferry station, you can be in the same boat with tourits going to different islands.

We went just to Sapi and Manulan island (you can check our review for both). If you ha e time you can do one island each day or combine them however you wish.
Written 30 January 2020
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Linda and Brian G
Winnipeg4 contributions
Disappointed
Jan 2020
We went to Islands, MAMUTIK & SAPI. Coral was dead. There was so much garbage on the beach, dirty diapers and plastic everywhere. Even floating in the water. Water was murky and we were unsure how clean it was.
Written 30 January 2020
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Kristy
6 contributions
Day trip Island hopping and snorkeling
Jan 2020 • Friends
I had a great time!!! I saw a blue spotted sting ray and clown fish, and many others! It was a great day! I wanted to see all five islands but it wouldn’t have been enough time. We had a wonderful time.
Written 23 January 2020
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HappyHammer69
Port Macquarie, Australia526 contributions
Save your money if you're going to dive
Jan 2020
Firstly I'll say that our family all have 20+ dives all over the world over the past 20 years, some of us 40+ dives so we are not beginners but not the most experienced either. We are usually competent able divers but the visibility here was so bad we didn't feel safe diving with our teenagers so we cancelled our second dive. The visibility was maybe 1.5 metres at 5m deep and maybe 2.5m at 16m deep so the dive master could only see the person directly behind him when he turned around.

The island we dived from was very crowded with tourists snorkelling and doing their first dives from the beach. My advice would be to save your money and if you want to dive in Malaysia go to Sipadan Mabul on the other side of Borneo.
Written 10 January 2020
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Jane M
1 contribution
No respect for wildlife
Dec 2019
I recently visited Manukan Island as the second island of a 2 island trip. I ended up leaving the island pretty upset having seen kids throwing stones at a magnificent monitors lizard at the waters edge and then 'adults' pulling at the poor creatures tail after I had reported it to several people including life guards and guys in park uniforms patrolling near the cafe. One chap who was patrolling under the trees said it was not his job to do anything about it. So who's job is it? Is there no proper park rangers responsible for the safety of the animals in a so called "nature resort"

The 2 stars are solely for the beauty of the place.
Written 2 January 2020
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chrissie_M2000
California78 contributions
Once upon a time it was amazing
Aug 2019 • Friends
After many years I have returned to visit one of my favorite spots in Sabah , and it was a big let down .
The logistics of transportation have greatly improved and the islands of Sapi , Manukan, Mamutik and Gaya are easily accessible with well organized boat transfers at affordable costs ( rm 20/25 return) plus marine park conservation fee.
The conservation is the big issue here . Leaving Kota Kinabalu going towards Sapi and Manukan the boat had to navigate trash all over the sea , and upon reaching the island of Sapi , there was more trash on the island and on the beach . The number of people visiting and bathing on the tiny island , in my opinion was disproportionate and out of control For such a small island ( 450 pax having bbq on the beach ) . Great organization , excellent quality of bbq food but loud , noisy and overcrowded .
The trash issue is by far more complex than a traveler might think as the continuos growth of illigal dwellings on stilts in the waters surrounding Gaya island is not just an eye sore , but a state continuous fight against illegal immigration and settling , a fight they seem to be loosing .
To sum it up - I do not reccomend visiting the islands if you are looking for peace and quite . Try further north , sepangar island , Mantanani , Mangalum island or explore the coast towards Kudat for Prestine beaches - but take into account that only TARP has close by very rich reefs for snorkeling surrounded by fish , other location are beautiful but corals are further out and scattered .
Written 4 September 2019
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mentacles
Melbourne, Australia51 contributions
3 island tour
Sep 2018
We did the 3 island tour after looking at the Sunday markets. My husband I did the Coral Flyer and he and our son did parasailing. We had a great day out.
When we arrived at the first island which is only a short ride from KK there was a sense of 'wow, look at the water' which quickly disappeared when we saw how everyone is penned into small areas to swim and snorkel. There were some small fish swimming and biting in these areas but overall the visibility was poor and this continued at each island despite it being less crowded in the water. The water temperature was HOT when we went so we really felt like we cooked all day despite staying in the shade. We are spoilt in Australia to have clean and uncrowded beaches so this compared poorly. However our photos look great!
Written 29 August 2019
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Aiwyne
Sheffield, UK23 contributions
Still beautiful
Jul 2019 • Family
We went to TAR marine park by private charter of a boat with borneoboatsandbeaches. I have read many reviews of the islands and many say the corals are gone and beaches are dirty. This is true of the crowded areas we saw and we are so glad we took the option we did. The snorkelling was wonderful and there are still clean beaches. BUT it’s up to us, the marine park authority and responsible tourism to sustain this.
Written 23 August 2019
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