Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park was gazetted as Sabah’s second national park in 1974 named after Malaysia’s first Prime Minister. The TARMP (Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park) islands is a cluster of islands; Pulau Gaya, Sapi, Manukan, Mamutik and Sulug. Pulau Gaya hosts the Gayana Eco Resort, Bunga Raya Resort and the Gaya Island resort. Visits to these premises require prior bookings. Pulau Sapi, Manukan and Mamutik host beach activities as well as snorkeling and diving. The TARM Park is accessible via 15 – 20 minutes speedboat ride from Kota Kinabalu.
The five islands that make up the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park are all located within a short boat ride from each other. Gaya and Manukan are the biggest islands within the marine park. Both have a few trails for those that like walking through the jungles. Manukan and Sapi are most developed, followed by Gaya and Mamutik. Sulug have no facilities. All islands have stunning beaches and all are surrounded by nice dive sites and snorkeling sites. Resorts and basic accommodation can be found at Gaya, Manukan and Mamutik.
Best Time To Visit TARMP
The marine park can be visited throughout the year as there is no real monsoon season in these parts of Borneo. However, between the months of November and February you might experience more rainfall, occasionally rough seas and less visibility under water as a result of the typhoon.