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Sabah : East Malaysia / BORNEO MALAYSIA - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
  Welcome
 
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  Eco Treasures
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  PLACES OF INTEREST :
 
  Beach Holiday
  Island Holiday
  National Parks
  Tamu Sunday Market
  Golfing
 
  KOTA KINABALU (KK):
 
  General Info
 
  Tourist Attraction
  Aquarium & Marine Museum
  Handicraft Market
  Jesselton Point Waterfront
  Kipandi Butterfly Park
  Lok Kawi Wildlife Park
  Monsopiad Cultural Village
  Tunku Abdul Rahman Park
 
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  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
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  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Crocker Range National Park
 
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  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Agriculture Park
 
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  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Pulau Mantanani Island
  Tamu (Sunday Market)
 
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  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Pulau Tiga Park
 
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  Rungus Longhouse
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  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
  Fish Massage
  Kundasang War Memorial
  Sabah Tea Garden
 
  Kinabalu Park
 
  General Info
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  People Of Mount Kinabalu
  Poring Hot Springs
 
  Trails Of Wonder
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  General Info & Tourist Attraction
 
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SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA
KOTA KINABALU : Tunku Abdul Rahman Park
 
 

TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN PARK

Comprising five islands just three to five kilometres offshore from Kota Kinabalu, the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park was declared a national park in 1974. It covers an area of 50km2 and includes islands as well as their surrounding reefs.

 

The Tunku Abdul Rahman Park comprises a group of 5 islands located between 3 -8km off Kota Kinabalu.  The park is spread over 4,929 hectares, two thirds of which cover the sea.  Before the Ice Age, it formed part of the Crocker Range mass of sandstone and sedimentary rock on the mainland. However, towards the end of the Ice Age about one million years ago, the melting ice brought about changes in the sea level and and parts of the mainland were cut off by the sea to form the islands of Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan, Pulau Mamutik and Pulau Sulug.

 

Evidence of this can be seen from the exposed sandstone of the coastline forming the cliffs, caves, honeycombs and deep crevices. The beauty of its natural environment combine with its close proximity to the mainland makes the island group a favourite among picnickers, divers and nature lovers.  In a bid to protect the natural environment with its coral reefs, marine life and its flora and fauna, the islands were gazetted as a National Park, beginning with Pulau Sapi and part of Pulau Gaya in 1974 and then embracing the three nearby islands in 1979.

 

 
 
UNDERWATER TREASURES

 

The best coral reefs are those between Pulau Sapi and Pulau Gaya.  The colourful and delicately beautiful corals are living organisms which feed on the plankton floating in the sea.  The reefs is home to many different kind of fish, in all shapes and colours of the rainbow - the butterfly fish, parrot fish, clown fish in stripes of bright yellow and white, and dragon fish; and those of the bigger variety such as the red grouper, barracuda and catfish.  Other marine life include mollusks, giant clams, sea cucumbers, the beautiful feather-starfish, sea urchins in brilliant hues, cowrie shells and scorpion shells.

 

All of the islands have extensive coral reefs on the leeward sides, with Pulau Manukan in particular having a fine drop-off about 100m from shore. The windward sides are generally boulder-strewn but still offer diving with the chance to see crayfish and octopus.

 
 
PULAU GAYA

Pulau Gaya is the largest of the islands at 15km2. The others are Manukan, Mamutik, Sapi and Sulug. Pulau Gaya?s highest point is 300m above sea level and the land gently slopes down through primary forest to beaches, bays and sandy coves. With 20km of marked trails, including a plank walk across a mangrove forest, fringing reefs and excellent beaches, it is an easy getaway from the mainland. Popular beaches include Bulijong Bay and Police Beach, a quarter mile of beautiful sand sloping gently into the crystal clear bay, perfect for swimming, snorkeling and diving.  The untouched coastal dipterocarp forest makes it ideal for trekking and graded nature trails through the inland forest provides opportunities for a study of the various species of plant and animal life within. Day use facilities include public shelters, changing rooms and public toilets. A new exclusive island resort pampers holidaymakers who wish to spend a few days away from the city.

 
 
PULAU MANUKAN

Manukan, the second largest island, is the most developed. The park headquarters is located here and the accommodation as well as services are excellent. Nature trails, diving and snorkeling are the main activities available. Manukan also has many beach barbecue sets for you to cook your own food.

 
 
PULAU MAMUTIK

The smallest of the group, this island covers only 15 acres. Nevertheless, it is endowed with rich coral life with a colourful underwater treasure trove. The rare white distichopora and reddendrophyllia are to be found in the reef at the north eastern tip. This is the place for diving enthusiasts and snorkelers! Facilities such as changing rooms and toilets; picnic shelters and tables are provided for day trippers. There are no accommodation facilities but overnight camping on the island is allowed with prior permission from the Park Warden.

 
 
PULAU SULUG

This 20 acre island, being the least developed and the farthest away, has an almost untouched quality, making it ideal for those seeking a more tranquil and deserted atmosphere.  The shoreline is mostly rocky with beautiful patches of reef at the southern end.  Corals such as the Acropora, Echnipora, Montipora and Seriapora are a visual delight with their variety, delicate shape and brilliant colours.  Pulau Sulug, has a long sand spit that drops sharply near an extensive coral reef, which is home to giant clams. Facilities such as changing rooms and toilets; picnic shelters and tables are provided for day trippers.  There are no accommodation facilities but overnight camping on the island is allowed with prior permission from the Park Warden.

 
 
PULAU SAPI

A small island of 25 acres has the distinct advantage of having some of the nicest beaches of clean white sand and sparkling crystal clear water and a coastline fringed with beautiful coral reefs. It is the ideal place for snorkeling, diving and swimming. If you can do neither of this but do not want to be left out in the discovery of the rich underwater treasures, take heart-a glass boat rental service will allow you to see it all just as closely. Hiking trail through the interior provide an excellent opportunity for nature appreciation... There are no accommodation facilities but picnic shelters, barbeque pits, tables, changing rooms and toilets are provided for day use. Overnight camping on the island is allowed with the permission from the Park Warden.

 
 
FLORA & FAUNA
 

The plant life feature a mix of typical shoreline vegetation such as Pandanus dubius and Podocarpus polystachyus with those of the dipterocarp forests. Representative of the latter group are the Keruing with their narrow crowns of large dark green leaves and unique ridged two-winged fruits.

 

The Seraya, Kapur and Selagan Batu are also to be found in abundance. The only undisturbed coastal dipterocarp forests are on Pulau Gaya, where the Hopea philipineansis and Quassia borneensis are abundant.  The Fish Tail and Nibong Palm flourish in the shady gulleys.

 

The park is home to the bearded pig, scaly pangolin, rats, squirrels and monkeys.  Snake and monitor lizards make up the reptile population. Large birds such as the white breasted sea-eagle, pied hornbill and green heron are found in large numbers.

 

Smaller varieties such as the sandpiper, the pink-necked green pigeon, bulbul, flycatcher, sunbird and swiftlets also flourish within the tranquil park environment. One of the most intriguing birds around is the Megapode or Burung Tambun, a 'chicken look-alike', with large feet and which meows like a cat!  It lays its eggs in huge mounds of sand and leaves at the edge of the beach.

 

The fermentation of the leaves produces the heat necessary to incubate the eggs for successful hatching.

 
 
 
PLANNING AN ITINERARY
 

 

Pulau Manukan shaped like a boomerang, Manukan covers 51 acres and is the second largest island in the group.  The southern and eastern coastlines have a number of beautiful beaches - the best stretch being on the eastern tip.  The surrounding crystal clear waters is ideal for snorkeling, diving and swimming.  Trails around the island provide endless hours of exciting trekking in the cool, shady forest. Facilities such as chalets, a clubhouse, restaurants, souvenir centre, diving centre, a swimming pool, tennis and squash courts are provided to make your stay an enjoyable and fun-filled experience.

 
 
 
ACCOMMODATION
 

Pulau Manukan

The park?s headquarters, has various types of chalets. A restaurant caters for all requirements and recreation facilities include nature trails and an information centre with audio-visual and multimedia equipment.

 

Pulau Mamutik

It has a nice resthouse, which can be hired for groups on a self-catering basis.

 

Pulau Sulug & Pulau Sapi

Have changing rooms, toilets and picnic shelters with tables for public use.

 
 
 
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR VISITORS
 

National Parks in Malaysia - Tunku Abdul Rahman Park in Sabah, East Malaysia or Borneo

 

The park was created for the protection of the natural environment, including the coral reefs, marine life and the flora and fauna.  Visitors are strictly prohibited to engage in any of the following activities:

  • Hunt or carry firearms, poison, spear guns and dangerous weapons within the park.

  • Harm or disturb any plant, animal or other living things.

  • Pick, cut or collect plants, insects, corals, shells and any other materials, dead or alive.

  • Write names on rocks, trees or shelters.

  • Bring pets into the park.

 
 
 
GETTING THERE
 

Daily boat services are available from the Kota Kinabalu jetty to transport visitors to the park and back.

 

 

Departure times from

Kota Kinabalu

 

09:00am

10:00am

11:00am

 

 

 

Pick up times from

the park

 

09:00am

10:00am

11:00am

 

National Parks in Malaysia - Tunku Abdul Rahman Park in Sabah, East Malaysia or Borneo

 
 
 
 
KOTA KINABALU : Tunku Abdul Rahman Park
SABAH - EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO MALAYSIA