Kota Kinabalu Snorkeling

Commonly known as one of the best places to practice water sports, the Borneo Island hosts became famous mostly for the Kota Kinabalu snorkeling tours. Professional instructors, with years of experience are always ready to initiate the newcomers into the wonders of the local waters, especially in those of the Tunku Abbdul Rahman Marine Park.

The park, named after Malaysia’s Prime Minister, is spread over five islands, all of them surrounded by shallow, clear waters, perfect for those who appreciate the beauty of the coal gardens and the smoothness of the sandy beaches.

Marine life is just as breathtaking and rich in these places, so you can admire blue-spotted rays, scorpion fishes, cuttlefish, hawksbill turtles and mantis shrimps. With a little luck, if you choose the locations wisely, you may spot a mandarin fish of a harlequin ghost pipefish.

During the colder period, from November until February, the plankton blooms lure krill, which are the perfect bait for whale sharks. Sometimes, krill banks are so dense that the whale sharks seem to appear out of the blue.

The best spots for Kota Kinabalu snorkeling are around Manukan and Pulau Sapi, the last island being also a great place for seawalking. You do not have to worry about the equipment, as you will find everything you need available for rent at one of the many centers of the island.

After you are done exploring the sea bottom, what better way to end a day than dining in one of the restaurants on the island? Enjoy a tasty traditional Malaysian dinner or request an international dish to ‘refuel’ the engines and start all over again on the next morning!

Let us show you what makes the Kota Kinabalu snorkeling so special! Book your vacation with us and start living in awe!

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Day 1
  • 8:30am: Meet at Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal (KK JETTY) where you will do the registration, and get you kitted out in the correct sizes for fins, mask and snorkel
  • 9:00am: After a 10-15 minute boat ride to the islands you will be given a safety briefing and an overview of the snorkelling sites
  • 9:15am: The first snorkelling is over the training reef (e.g: Sapi House Reef), where people say there are more fish here than the other dive site, less coral but plenty of fish
  • 11:30am: Finish first session and have lunch on the beach
  • 12:30pm: Complete the afternoon snorkeling from the boat or beach to maximum depth of 2 meters/3 meters lasting for 45 minutes
  • 4:00pm: Return to the Jesselton Point
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • A Guide
  • Jetty fee
  • Island entrance fee
  • lunch at Pulau Gaya Island
  • 1 Day Tour
Per PersonRM132.28