|PLACES OF INTEREST
Island and Beaches
| Abdul Rahman Park
The tunku Abdul Rahman Park is park with a difference! it comprises
five paradisal islands which are only 10 to 25 minutes away from
Kota Kinabalu by speedboat. These islands-pulau gaya, pulau sepi,
pulau mamutik, pulau manukan and pulau sulug - offer stretches of
white, sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and some of the most
diverse coral reefs and machine life in the world. They are ideal
spots for picnicking, diving and snorkelling, particularly sapi and
manukan, have picnic facilities and mamutik, cabin are available
| Labuan Islands and
With breathtaking panoramic vistas of the South China Sea, desolate
white sandy beaches and lots of brilliant tropical sunshine, Labuan
and its neighbouring islands are a sunseeker's paradise.
If you're seeking seclusion, the outlying islands of Papan,
Kuraman, Daat, Rusukan Besar, Rusukan Kecil and Pulau Burong have
plenty to offer and are just minutes away by speedboat. Visitors
can spend the day exploring the beaches or the dense jungle inland
which is home to a variety of plant and animal life.
Swimming and snorkelling are two favourite underwater activities
as Labuan's crystal clear waters offer a window to the rich marine
life of the South China Sea.
| Pulau Tiga Park
Located 48 kms south of Kota Kinabalu and the tunku Abdul Rahman
Park, lies Pulau Tiga Park. it is reached by first driving 140 kms
to kuala penyu, a small settlement on the tip of the klias
peninsula. from here it is 18 kms and a 30 minute boat-ride to the
island. The Pulau Tiga Park covers an area of 15,864 ha. And was
gazetted as a national park since 1978. as far back as 1933, the
main island, together with the 2 smaller islands of kalampunian
besar and kalampunian damit were designated as forest reserve.
| Sipadan Island
Pulau Sipadan, located 30 km off Semporna on the East Coast of
Sabah is the only oceanic island in Malaysia. It is also considered
to be one of the best diving sites in South-East Asia.Rising 600
metres from the sea bed on a limestone pinnacle that "mushrooms"
out near the surface, Sipadan boasts of unparalleled undersea
scenery and marine life. Spectacular reefs, caverns, cliffs and
overhangs are matched by the wide variety of marine life.
| Tanjung Aru Beach
This is a long stretch of beautiful, calm beach where you can see
fisherman casting their nets in the glow of a red-gold sea and sky.
The beach is lined with picturesque palm and casuarina trees all
along its soft, fine sand. There's much to see because here you'll
find the Tanjung Aru Beach hotel, the kinabalu yacht club, the
kinabalu golf club and prince philip park.
| Turtle Island
Pulau Selingan, Pulau Bakungan Kecil and Pulau Gulisan got their
collective title from the fact that they are the breeding grounds
for the Green and Hawksbill turtles. Turtles come up to the beach
to lay eggs every night of the year, although the peak season is
between July and September. These islands also have hatcheries. In
addition, they are ideal picnic spots with their clean sandy
beaches and clear waters. Chalet accomodation is available on Pulau
Turtle Islands park
9th Floor, Wisma Khoo Siak Chew
P O Box 768,
Tel : 089-273 453
Fax : 089-274 718