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Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

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Tunku Abdul Rahman Park

Located 20 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu and named after the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman, the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park comprises of a group of five islands – Pualu Manukan, Pulau Mamutik, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Sulug and Pulau Gaya. Spreading over 4,929 hectares, two thirds of which is sea, the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is a State Park created to protect the natural environment which includes the coral reefs, marine life, the fauna and flora. The reefs lie in shallow waters with little current making it an ideal location for novice divers; however, the diverse and sometimes rare marine creatures also make it an interesting dive location for experienced divers and underwater photographers.

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All five islands can be visited all year round; temperature here ranged between 23.8 – 29.4 degrees Celsius and humidity remains high.

The Tunku Abdul Rahman Park is popular for activities such as sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, diving, barbeque, bird-watching, nature walks along guided forest and mangrove trails, beach fishing (only hook and line permitted), outdoor camping (only on Sapi and Mamutik, with prior permission from the Sabah Parks office or the Park Ranger at the islands. Cost is about RM5.00 per person per night), water sports such as windsurfing and kayaking and recently parasailing which offers visitors a great bird’s eye view of the islands and Mount Kinabalu.

The Islands

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PULAU MANUKAN is the second largest island of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park and the island with the most complete facilities: Tropical timber chalets managed by Sutera Sanctuary Lodges, restaurants, swimming pool and tennis courts, and infrastructure support water, electricity, desalination plant, sewerage system, and even a solar powered public telephone are provided. Visitors who wish to stay overnight at the chalet can make their bookings through local tour operators. One of the star attractions and must see on Pulau Manukan is the fish feeding at the jetty where large school of fishes have made their home.

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PULAU MAMUTIK is rather underdeveloped but is still accessible by jetty. Its 15-acres make it the smallest of the 5 islands of the Park. Rich coral life surrounds the islands. Facilities include changing rooms, toilets, picnic shelters, tables and barbecue pits. Chalet can be arranged with Sabah Park if you don’t wish to camp. Visitors staying at the resthouse must bring their own food, as there are no canteen facilities on the island. This little island of slightly bigger than a football field is very diver friendly. Most open water courses are done here, visibility varies from 4m to 10m. PADI Instructor Examinations are also conducted here. Lifeguards are on patrol during the day.

PULAU SULUG: Farthest away and relatively undeveloped is the 20-acres Pulau Sulug, visitors can opt to camp if they wish to stay overnight. Changing rooms and toilets, picnic shelters and tables are provided. Supply of fresh water is available. The island is inhabited and dive operator have daily trips there for diving off the corals on the northern shore as it is one of the best site around in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

PULAU SAPI: A small island of 25 acres, Pulau Sapi has one of the nicest beaches in the Park – its clean white sand and crystal clear water and coral reefs fringing the shoreline makes it ideal for swimming, snorkeling and diving. Day use facilities include a jetty, picnic shelters, barbecue pits, tables, changing rooms and toilets. Camping is allowed, with the permission of the Park Warden.

A sand-bar connects Pulau Sapi to Pulau Gaya, and it is possible to walk across in shallow water at very low tides. This is also one of the best spots for swimming and picnicking and it is very popular for island BBQ tours. They are no overnight facilities available on this island but during week-ends light refreshments are sold, and snorkeling gear is available for rent.

PULAU GAYA is the largest island of the Park. Water at Police Beach is crystal clear, up to 50 feet and it is a great place to dive and snorkel. Pulau Gaya has 16 miles of shoreline with beaches ranging from fine white sandy to pebbly, and mudflats, mangrove and sandstone cliffs. Remember to bring your own food, drinks and gears, as there are non for rental.

How to get there

It is best to try and go to these islands during the week as the islands are a popular destination for locals and it can get busy during the weekend. It is also advisable to go before noon as the boat operators usually fill their respective boats up before leaving the jetty.

Go to the Sabah Parks Jetty just right at the end of Jalan (about 8-10 mins walk from Trekkers Lodge Kota Kinabalu) to purchase your ticket. Tell the staff at the ticket counter which island you wish to visit, and what time you want to be picked up. Please note that the boats leave the KK jetty from 7:00am onwards, and the last boat from the island departs at about 4:00pm. Boat ride takes about 15 to 20 minutes, depending of which island you are visiting and most boats accommodate up to 12 passengers.

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Terengganu Darul Iman

Terengganu Darul Iman

The Beach Paradise

Terengganu is a state of unspoiled beauty with magnificent beaches, exotic islands, dazzling waterfalls, and quaint fishing villages. The sandy beaches stretches for miles and faces the crystal clear waters of the South China Sea where visitors can relax and bath in the sun. Located 50 kilometres off the coast of Kuala Terengganu is the tropical island of Redang, where visitors can take pleasure in its clear waters, pearly white shores and its colorful array of marine life perfect for diving.
Many famous beaches are situated in this state such as the Batu Buruk beach with its sandy beach amidst a casuarinas wooded grove making it a perfect spot for strolling and swimming. Terengganu also offers visitors a number of appealing activities like the traditional batik printing and songket weaving to the rapturous celebration of its many cultures. There are many places of interest for travelers to visit such as the Bukit Puteri, Lata Tembakah Waterfalls, and the beautiful island of Kapas.
The pace of life in Kuala Terengganu, its state capital, and all the towns and villages in Terengganu is unhurried and unaffected by the hustle and bustle of a big city.

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Places of interest

Terengganu State Museum Complex

It’s museums galore at this complex. Featuring a main museum, a maritime museum, and a fisheries museum, the complex also has four traditional houses, and botanic and herb gardens. The main museum is constructed in Terengganu’s traditional architectural style, supported by 16 stilts. On display in the museums are textiles, crafts, Islamic articles, contemporary art, royal artefacts, and exhibits on the petroleum industry.

Pulau Redang

Pulau Redang offers crystal clear waters, pearly white shores, a colourful array of spectacular marine life, a breathtaking sunset and what could be the world’s most nature coral gardens. This paradise-like island is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, jungle trekking, fishing, boating and canoeing. It takes about 2 hours by boat from the village of Marang.


Tasik Kenyir

The world’s largest man-made lake offers enough reasons to head southwest. It is Malaysia’s largest rock-filled hydro-electric dam. When the area is drowned in water, the hills that rise above the water level form 340 islands. The lake and its surrounding jungle areas provide respite for nature lovers and water sports enthusiasts. Trekkers take to the trails in the jungle while anglers fish for freshwater catch in the lake. Tasik kenyir also has facilities for swimming, canoeing, and boating, as well as accommodation such as chalets and resorts

Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas is renowned for its beautiful natural surroundings with pure emerald waters, white sandy beaches, palm trees and superb coral formation. The island has long been kept a secret by lovers of the underwater world because of its secluded areas that are unspoiled and quiet. Visitors will also find a haven for water activities such as swimming, snorkeling, wind surfing, kayaking and boating

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Langkawi, Malaysia Guide

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Langkawi, Malaysia Guide

The island of Langkawi, Malaysia is an exotic holiday destination that offers accommodation of all kinds (from budget beach chalets to the most sybaritic five star resorts) and amenities sitting side by side with idyllic beaches, ancient rainforests and quaint villages. Langkawi Malaysia is an archipelago of 99 tropical islands (or 104, depending on tide) off the north-western coast of Peninsular Malaysia, about 30km from Kuala Perlis on the mainland. They’re accessible by boat from Penang, Kuala Perlis, Kuala Kedah and Satun, Thailand, or by air from Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

The only island with any real settlement is the eponymous 478sq km Pulau Langkawi; the only other inhabited island being nearby Pulau Tuba. The archipelago has some of the world’s most pristine rainforests, limestone and karst formations, caves with stunning stalactites and stalagmites, and among the world’s most beautiful beaches washed by clear emerald waters teeming with marine life.

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Langkawi, Malaysia is warm and sunny all-year-round. Humidity is high and the annual average temperature is 25C – 32C. The island was named after two Malay words – ‘lang’ (eagle) and ‘kawi’ (reddish brown), hence the imposing eagle statue at Dataran Lang (Eagle Square), welcoming visitors who arrive on the island through the Kuah Jetty.

There’s so much to see and to do in Langkawi; diving and snorkeling in the pristine water filled with rich marine life tops the list for most people. You can also take a cable car ride up the mountain that offers a breathtaking 360 degrees panoramic view of the islands, the rural lowlands and the seas as far as Thailand. For nature lovers, you can explore the lush forests and appreciate the unique wildlife of the islands from a different perspective.

Public transport on Pulau Langkawi is limited, so you usually need to call a cab or rent a car, motorbike or bicycle – all are readily available.

There’s a huge variety of food available on Pulau Langkawi, ranging from cheap and good hawker food to a splurge for gourmet food in the restaurants. The famous laksa is not to be missed.

Langkawi, Malaysia is a duty-free shopping destination. Other than cameras, branded items, electronic gadgets, shop for lovely silk batik, handicraft and local products, especially those from the fishing villages.

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