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Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
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Reviewed 16 May 2014

We went to Sapi island to swim, snorkel and look at the coral and fish. The water was clean, no coral close to shore but nice out near the ropes, not too many fish but the ones that were there were very colourful. The islands are very beautiful, as are the waters and the boats. I disliked the crazy boat ride, an accident waiting to happen!

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Reviewed 16 May 2014

We visited 3 islands: Mamutik,Manukan and Sapi all within one day for snorkeling. Sapi has the best coral and fishes. Unfortunately we arrived at low tide so we were not allowed to get close to the coral reef. Manukan has the whitest and best beach but not much reef and fish. The reefs showed in general a lot of damage from human. If the park is better managed it has a lot of potentials.

4  Thank pyyu
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

The place is not that amazing. Though I don't know about the expensive resorts around here. The beach is not that good and corals are already so far from the shore which I think is due to destruction by other travellers. Certainly not worth the money spent with charter boats and the conservation fee. But at least I had an experience no matter how unimpressed I was with the place.

One tip though, the guava bits with the plum powder is a must try. I was addicted. That's what I had for lunch and nothing else. Oh, and their hot lemon teh (hot lemon tea) is also the bomb. Soooo... good!

2  Thank SchiZ0
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

...the porters/boat agents were a bit clearer about the transportation system. We were always conscious about following/stalking the boat's agent at the islands to make sure he didn't forget us while he's arranging for visitors to board the boats going to their next destination.

...man, those Chinese people! Hope you guys read this: traveling etiquette 101: speak quietly!!!! smoke out of the range of other people who freakin' hate to hear your annoying voices and inhale the same damned smoke you exhale!!!!!!!

6  Thank kimmie1711
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Reviewed 6 May 2014 via mobile

We went to see two of the five islands collectively known as the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

According the the person who helped us book the trip, Pulau Manukan and Mamutik are the most famous and most frequented by visitors and tourists. Pulau Sapi and Sulug are kind of isolated and not so maintained but less crowded. He didn't say much about Pulau Gaya.

The beaches are beautiful and clean. Healthy marine life. Lifeguards were present and always ready to assist.

When on a budget you can do away with the tours and just book on your own.

Book a trip at one of the counters at Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal.

The fare depends on how many islands you want to visit. For just one island, RM 23. Add RM10 for another island.

Tell the booking agent what time you want to be fetched. We did the Mamutik and Manukan Island hopping. We got to Mamutik at 9:30am and asked the boatman to fetch us at 11:30. The boatman was prompt and at 11:30 he took us to Manukan. Then we told him to fetch us at 2pm to take us back to the mainland.

You need to pay another RM 10 (non-Malaysian tourists) for the conservation fee (to be paid at the first island you will visit). Do not lose the ticket because you will show this to the admin staff at the next island.

You also need to pay RM7.20 for the terminal fee.

A lot of water activities can be done in the islands. We did snorkeling but there were also parasailing and diving. Snorkel equipment rentals are at RM10-20.

There are restaurants that offer buffet meals at the islands but if you're on a tight budget, there are small establishments that offer cheap but good meals for around RM50 for 5 people.

There are picnic tables at the beach. Find the best place. Don't leave valuables behind as no one will look after them while you are swimming.

Writing this review makes me wanna go back so bad!!

24  Thank HMPGonzales
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