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Sabah, Malaysia

Kinabalu Snorkelling

Why go: Coral reefs, Schools of fish

Best time: April, May, June, July, August, September, October

  • Location Sabah, Malaysia
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Just off the coast of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TARP) Islands you can immerse yourself into a world of colourful coral reefs, schools of fish and an occasional friendly turtle, all without going too deep. Bring your family and friends and enjoy a morning submerged in tranquility.
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Sapi Island Snorkelling

Sapi Island Snorkelling

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Sapi Island is the smallest of the 5 TARP islands with crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches. Snorkel around the coast of Sapi Island just off the beach and off boat. Ideal for first-time snorkellers.

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1-Day Sapi Island Snorkelling

Group trip Group Trip (Group Size: 8) 1 day
Earliest available Sep 19, 2019
Guided By:

Borneo Climb and Dive

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1-Day Sapi & Manukan Island Snorkelling

Highlights: Manukan Island
Group trip Group Trip (Group Size: 8) 1 day
Earliest available Sep 19, 2019
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Borneo Climb and Dive

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1-Day Sapi Island Snorkelling

Group trip Group Trip (Group Size: 10) 1 day
Earliest available Sep 18, 2019
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JSK Scuba

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21 years experience

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1-Day Snorkelling

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Earliest available Sep 18, 2019
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Scuba Junkie

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8 years experience

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1-Day Sapi Island Snorkelling

Group trip Group Trip (Group Size: 10) 1 day
Earliest available Oct 1, 2019
Guided By:

Borneo Scuba Academy

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Mamutik Island Snorkelling

Mamutik Island Snorkelling

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Mamutik is one of the less frequented islands and provides a little more breathing space for travellers, away from the other more crowded TARP islands. When snorkelling here, you can actually find Nemo as the area is home to many clownfishes, as well as barracuda, parrotfish and colorful purple coral.

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1-Day Mamutik Island Snorkelling

Group trip Group Trip (Group Size: 10) 1 day
Earliest available Sep 19, 2019
Guided By:

Borneo Climb and Dive

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1 year experience

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48.96 USD

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Sapi Island Snorkelling

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Sapi Island is the smallest of the 5 TARP islands with crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches. Snorkel around the coast of Sapi Island just off the beach and off boat. Ideal for first-time snorkellers.

Compare and Book

1-Day Sapi Island Snorkelling

Group trip Group Trip (Group Size: 8) 1 day
Earliest available Sep 19, 2019
Guided By:

Borneo Climb and Dive

No reviews
1 year experience

From
43.68 USD

Per person

  • Return transport included
View & Book

1-Day Sapi & Manukan Island Snorkelling

Highlights: Manukan Island
Group trip Group Trip (Group Size: 8) 1 day
Earliest available Sep 19, 2019
Guided By:

Borneo Climb and Dive

No reviews
1 year experience

From
46.32 USD

Per person

  • Return transport included
View & Book

1-Day Sapi Island Snorkelling

Group trip Group Trip (Group Size: 10) 1 day
Earliest available Sep 18, 2019
Guided By:

JSK Scuba

No reviews
21 years experience

From
31.20 USD

Per person

  • Flexible Cancellation
View & Book

1-Day Snorkelling

Group trip Group Trip (Group Size: 10) 1 day
Earliest available Sep 18, 2019
Guided By:

Scuba Junkie

No reviews
8 years experience

From
31.68 USD

Per person

  • Flexible Cancellation
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1-Day Sapi Island Snorkelling

Group trip Group Trip (Group Size: 10) 1 day
Earliest available Oct 1, 2019
Guided By:

Borneo Scuba Academy

Our Pick!
No reviews
3 years experience

From
31.68 USD

Per person

  • Flexible Cancellation
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Mamutik Island Snorkelling

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Mamutik is one of the less frequented islands and provides a little more breathing space for travellers, away from the other more crowded TARP islands. When snorkelling here, you can actually find Nemo as the area is home to many clownfishes, as well as barracuda, parrotfish and colorful purple coral.

Compare and Book

1-Day Mamutik Island Snorkelling

Group trip Group Trip (Group Size: 10) 1 day
Earliest available Sep 19, 2019
Guided By:

Borneo Climb and Dive

No reviews
1 year experience

From
48.96 USD

Per person

  • Return transport included
View & Book

What you should know

Snorkelling takes place off the islands off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, primarily Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park (TARP) Islands. To get to Kota Kinabalu you will need to catch a flight from any of the major Malaysian airports and many of the international ones in the region. If you are already in Borneo you can reach Kota Kinabalu overland via bus.  You can get to the islands by taking a boat from Jesselton Ferry Terminal in Kota Kinabalu. The providers will provide water transport from Jesselton Ferry Terminal.

Other than providing all the necessary gear, an experienced guide can provide you a more relaxed and enjoyable experience by pointing out all the underwater creatures that you might otherwise miss. Also good to have around in case of any unforseen situations.

Snorkelling requires only a minimum level of fitness, but you should have moderate levels of energy to swim/flounder in the water for a few hours. Swimming ability is not absolutely necessary, as you can wear a life jacket, but you should be comfortable in the water.

You can snorkel in Sabah all year round, however visibility can be slightly lower during monsoon season from November to March each year.

The activity usually starts at approximately 8am and ends between 3-4pm on the same day (depending on the option chosen).

Kota Kinabalu is a great town with a lot going on at any given point in time. If you're a fan of wandering about colourful night markets, check out the seafood at the Sinsuran Night Market which is frequented by many West Malaysians because of the relatively low prices of the seafood in Kota Kinabalu, or the Filipino Market (close to Le Meridien hotel) which bursts into life each evening and has everything from cooked food to handicraft.

Kota Kinabalu has also been voted to have some of the best sunsets in the world (we can attest to that!) so, come sunset, do head down to the waterfront to see the colours and shapes in the sky shift and change. When we were there, the sunset lingered and changed from pink to purple to a flaming orange.

Finally, the food! Kota Kinabalu has incredibly yummy food if you know where to go. A couple of our favourites are: the sticky chicken wings at Fatt Kee Coffee Shop (Ang's Hotel, Beach Street) and the dry bak kut teh at Sin Kee Bak Kut Teh (at Jalan Pantai) - they're within a minute's walk of each other so if you're hungry, you can try both!

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