Malaysia My Destination : Info about Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
  Welcome
  Getting To & Around Malaysia
 
  Peninsular Malaysia Map
  East Malaysia / Borneo Map
 
  Fasting Month / Season In Malaysia
Celebrations & Festivals
  Special Interest Holiday
  Planning A Trip
 
Local Cuisine / Delicacy
Arts & Culture
Shopping
 
Malaysian Legends
 
  My Second Home Program
Health & Medical Tourism
Homestay Program
Education Tourism
 
  Cruise Holiday
  Golfing Paradise
  UNESCO Heritage Sites
 
Places Of Worship
 
Romantic Honeymoon
Theme Parks
 
Highland Retreats
Island Holiday
Beach Holiday
Nature & Adventure
National Parks
   
  Scuba Diving
 
  General Info
  Marine Parks
 
  Peninsular Malaysia :
  Terengganu
  Pulau Perhentian Island
  Pulau Lang Tengah Island
  Pulau Redang Island
  Pulau Kapas & Gemia Island
  Pulau Tenggol Island
 
  Pahang
  Pulau Tioman Island
 
  Johor
  Pulau Aur, Rawa, Besar, Pemanggil
 
  Kedah (Langkawi)
  Pulau Payar Island
 
  Perak
  Pulau Pangkor Island
 
  East Malaysia / Borneo :
  Sabah
  Pulau Sipadan Island
  Tunku Abdul Rahman Park
  Tiga Islands Park / Pulau Tiga Park
  Pulau Layang-Layang Island
  Pulau Mantanani Island
  Pulau Langkayan Island
  Pulau Mabul Island
  Pulau Kapalai Island
  Pulau Mataking Island
  Wreck Diving
 
  Labuan
  Wreck Diving
 
  Sarawak
  Around Kuching
  Miri Secret Garden
 
Bird Watching / Birding
Exotic Equestrian Escape
Great Fishing
Sailing / Yachting / Boating
 
 
Kuala Lumpur : Malaysia Capital - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Putrajaya : Federal Territory - Malaysia
Selangor : Central Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Terengganu : East Coast Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Kelantan : East Coast Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Pahang : East Coast Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Johor / Johore : Southern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Malacca / Melaka : Southern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Negeri Sembilan / The Nine State : Southern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Kedah (Langkawi) : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Penang / Pulau Pinang : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Perak : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Perlis : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Sabah : East Malaysia / Malaysian Borneo - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Labuan (Federal Territory) : East Malaysia / Malaysian Borneo - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Sarawak : East Malaysia / Malaysian Borneo - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
 
 
 
SCUBA DIVING

EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO

Tunku Abdul Rahman Park - Sabah

 
 

TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN PARK

SCUBA DIVING : SABAH

 

Named after Malaysia's first Prime Minister who was instrumental in the merger of Sabah with Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is located merely 15 minutes from Kota Kinabalu. The park headquarters located on Pulau Manukan oversees Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi,

Pulau Mamutik and Pulau Sulug.

 

 

Of the five islands, Pulau Gaya is the most developed with floating villages.  Connected by a sand bar from Pulau Gaya is Pulau Sapi, an ideal snorkeling and diving site.  The largest of the islands is Pulau Gaya, with its rich flora and fauna, sea eagles and reptiles.  Beautiful white sandy beaches encompass the shoreline.  The most popular beach is at Bulijong Bay, popularity known as "Police Beach".  Regular boat and ferry services from mainland make the islands an attractive tourist destination.

 

The convenience of a mere 15 minutes boat ride to dive sites around Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park Islands makes excellent day trip dives. Much of the diving in the area is a gentle slope with hard coral gardens, sandy bottom and sporadic coral blocks.  Several colourful species of nudibranchs, damsels, fusiliers and occasional visits of the whale shark spice up the dives.  Encounters with pelagics are infrequent and are usually around submerged reefs. Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park Islands are ideal for observing macro marine life either in the day or night. Night diving is usually pretty interesting, revealing some mollusks, echinoderms and crustaceans. The shallow, calm sea with depths varying between 15 - 20m make it ideal for novices and scuba training.

 
 

Scuba Diving In East Malaysia or Borneo - Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Sabah

 
 
Police Bay
 

Known as Police Bay or Bulijong Bay, this popular dive site is located towards the north of Pulau Gaya.  A beautiful white sandy beach provides an excellent spot to relax after the dives around the day.  Staghorn corals are predominant at depths from 10 - 20 m and the terrain gradually slopes to a sandy bottom. Densely populated with small reef fishes, wrasses, nudibranchs and stingrays and if you are lucky, you may spot the odd lobster scavenging for food on the sandy terrain.

Scuba Diving In East Malaysia or Borneo - Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Sabah

 
 
 
Clement Reef
 

Towards the south-western portion of Pulau Gaya near Pulau Sapi is Clement Reef, named after Clement Lee of Borneo Divers who first dived this site. Large table corals, staghorn corals, brain corals and encrusting sponges dominate the reef.  Invertebrates often observed are nudibranchs, starfish, cuttlefish and sea cucumbers, plus a mix of colourful tropical fish likes damselfish, wrasses, squirrelfish and pufferfish. Mild currents sweep the reef but it is usually manageable for both novice and advance divers to enjoy diving in this area.

Scuba Diving In East Malaysia or Borneo - Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Sabah

 
 
 
Mid Reef
 

Popular with most dive operators, mid reef is situated east of Pulau Manukan.  The excellent coral reef makes it an ideal spot for snorkeling and scuba diving.  Mid Reef as the name suggests, is a submerge reef detached from the island.  Several species of hard coral and encrusting sponges make up the reef topography. A feature of this site is the numerous patches of anemones and coral fish.  You are likely to see lots of moray eels, stonefish, all sorts of crustaceans plus the cute Panda Clownfish (Amphiprion sp) darting in and out of its host anemone. Towrds the end of the year when the sea is rich with plankton, the world's largest fish, the giant whale shark (Rhincodon Typus), cruises by to feed on the plankton.

Scuba Diving In East Malaysia or Borneo - Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Sabah

 
 
 
Getting There
 

Sabah is served by several international airlines with direct flights from Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila, Brunei, Seoul, Taipei and Tokyo.  It is accessible worldwide via Kuala Lumpur with Malaysia Airlines (MAS), and Air Asia and through Singapore via Singapore Airlines.

 
 
 
 

Tunku Abdul Rahman Park - Sabah

EAST MALAYSIA / BORNEO

SCUBA DIVING