Kota Kinabalu - the capital of Sabah - is a very unique city in Southeast Asia.
Being the main tourist hub for travellers flying into or out of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu (or simply KK as we like to call it) has a lot to offer that other cities across Southeast Asia don't. For example: the stunning Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park for diving & snorkelling just 15 minutes from the city centre; the mountainous 'Crocker Range' for trekking just 30 minutes away, including the famous 4095m high Mount Kinabalu 2 hours from KK; as well as white-water rafting, waterfalls, rainforests & beautiful beaches just 30 minutes away. Also, for being a fairly small city, KK conveniently has a large international airport just 10 minutes from the city centre.
Many divers & snorkellers visiting Sabah will fly into KK and visit our amazing sites in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (TARP) for day trips.
TARP consists of 5 beautiful islands (Gaya, Sapi, Mamutik, Manukan & Sulug) with picturesque white sandy beaches, just 15 minutes by speedboat from Jesselton Point jetty in KK's city centre.
The above photo is of Islands Gaya & Sapi which are connected by a zip line if you are feeling adventurous!
The TARP has mixture of shallow macro diving & shallow sloping walls with beautiful coral reefs. Dive sites range from 5m-30m, you can see some fantastic marco life such as Shrimps, Crabs, Pipefish, Seahorses, Nudibranch's as well as larger marine life such as Turtles, Barracuda, Tuna, Eagle Rays & Black Tip Reef Sharks.
The Marine Park is ideal for all types of divers from beginners to the most experienced of Instructors. Around every corner is a hidden gem waiting for divers to discover! The outer reef's are also great for Non Divers to have a snorkel around seeing schools of reef fish & much much more, they can also be dropped off on the islands to explore the white sand surroundings.
Hope to see you soon for a fun filled trip in the Kota Kinabalu Marine Park!