One of the Dream Crew recently shared their thoughts on why Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is the ideal local scuba diving retreat. Read on and enjoy
As a local Malaysian living in Kota Kinabalu, I always feel lucky to have the TARP marine park so close to where I live. I know a lot of avid divers who have to travel for hours (often involving hours of road/air travel) just to scuba dive. Thankfully Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is located just 15 minutes boat ride away from Kota Kinabalu!
TARP diving is perfect for those looking to do chilled out dives among pretty corals. With over 25 dive sites that have been identified around the 5 islands, there is bound to be one that suits one’s dive level and preference – from beginners to advanced divers.
On a typical two-dive day out with Borneo Dream, you get to enjoy two open water dives (one in the morning, one in the afternoon), with an ala-carte lunch based on an Island café in between. Dives or “bottom time” last anywhere between 30 min – 45 min depending on air consumption. Our TARP leisure diving trip runs daily (including during the “wet months” of Nov – March) and departs from the Jesselton Point jetty in town. Our catamaran boat departs from the JP jetty at 0900hrs and drops you back off at the same jetty around 3:30 – 4:00 pm. The water temperature ranges from 27 – 30C and although we provide 3mm wetsuits to all our divers, we do sometimes get people who dive only in rash guards and board shorts! Think warm water tropical diving… ☺
What is there to see? TARP also home to a variety of marine life – scorpionfish, lionfish, schooling baracuddas, fusiliers, snappers, cuttlefish, batfish, and so much more (even Nemo!). You also sometimes get the occasional appearances of the green/hawksbill turtles. If you love the “smaller” more minute stuff, there is something for you as well, as nudibranches can easily be spotted at TARP.
If you’d like to arrange a dive to TARP with Borneo Dream, just contact us and we will be in touch with more information.