Daily Leisure Diving / Fun Dives in Kota Kinabalu


MYR 285.00

Scuba diving in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is a popular choice for certified divers visiting Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The Marine Park is home to five islands fringed by tropical coral reefs. Go scuba diving in tropical waters along shallow coral reefs in search of marine life including Clown Fish, Barracuda, Blue Spotted Rays, Hawksbill Turtles and macro life including nudibranchs and seahorses.


Daily Leisure Diving and Fun Dives in Kota Kinabalu

Enjoy some relaxed Leisure Diving or Fun Dives in Kota Kinabalu with the Borneo Dream Team. All our daily local leisure diving and fun dives take place in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (TARP). Scuba diving around Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (TARP) is an an ideal diving trip for scuba divers looking for chilled out diving along pretty tropical coral reefs. Suitable for beginners through to experienced leisure divers, scuba diving around TARP offers something for all divers. We offer two different Kota Kinabalu Scuba Diving diver packages for our scuba diving day trip to Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park - a 2 dive trip for a more chilled out option, or a 3 dive trip for divers wanting to fit in more dives during their holiday in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

During your Kota Kinabalu leisure diving / fun dives trip to Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park with Borneo Dream we will take you to some of the 25 dive sites we have identified around the five idyllic islands in TARP Marine Park – Pulau Gaya, Sapi, Mamutik, Manukan and Sulug. We also go diving the deeper, beautiful coral reefs at Edgell Patches sitting just outside the Marine Park. The dives range in depths from 5m to 25m and tend to have little or no current and good visibility. The water temperature is usually around 28 to 30C but during February and March it can fall to around 25 to 27C - The local marine park is idea for all diver want to complete leisure diving / fun dives in a safe surrounding.

Book your leisure diving or fun dives in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park with Borneo Dream!

During your leisure diving or fun dives trip you will find good quality coral coverage and a surprisingly wide variety of marine life – a real divers find considering you are only 15 minutes by boat from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Watch shoals of Fusiliers dart through the water, schooling Barracuda, Puffer Fish peek out from under Table Corals, a Hawksbill or Green Turtle resting under a coral pinnacle and find every species of Anemone / Clown Fish (including Nemo!). That's not mentioning the surprisingly rich muck diving including Ornate Ghost Pipefish, various Nudibranch species, Banded Pipefish, Cuttlefish and Blue Spotted Octopus. You can enjoy some photos and video from our scuba diving trips to Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

If you have not dived in a few years, or are new to diving as a certified diver, then you could consider joining the one day PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Course to perfect your scuba diving buoyancy skills, followed by this day trip scuba diving in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. If there are three certified divers in your group then check out our Group Special scuba diving package for our Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park diving trip.

Trip Itinerary - Leisure Diving or Fun Dives

08:50hrs: Meet our Dive Crew at the Red Telephone Booths/Boxes on the left hand side just in side the entrance at Jesselton Point Jetty in central Kota Kinabalu.

09:00hrs: Board our boat and a boat safety briefing will be provided. Your Dive Guide will introduce themselves and outline the itinerary for your itinerary for the day. You will then be transferred to the morning dive l site in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

09:30hrs - 9:45hrs: From Jesselton Point Jetty it takes about 30 minutes to arrive in the marine park.

10:00hrs: Your PADI Instructor will provide a full dive briefing for your first dive. Yourself and your dive buddy will do your buddy checks before starting your first dive of the day. Enjoy a nice, long relaxing dive (dive length is maximum 60 minutes, or minimum 50 bar).

12:00hrs – Head back to the boat and go for lunch at a café on a nearby island.

13:30hrs – Return to the dive boat. Your Dive Guide will provide a briefing for your second dive. Check your dive gear, buddy checks completed and go diving along a shallow coral reef - Time for more leisure diving / fun dives action!

14:30hrs – After you afternoon dive you will board our boat and out of your dive gear. Time to shower (fresh water shower facility on both Borneo Dream 3 and Borneo Dream Elvis), dry yourself before heading back to Jesselton Point Jetty.

15:00 - 15:30hrs: At the end of the day's leisure diving / fun dives trip you will be returned to Jesselton Point jetty.

*If you are doing a 3 dive trip, your second dive of the day will be before lunch (with a minimum 1 hour surface interval between dives). This will mean your lunch will be at ~1pm and you will be back at Jesselton Point Jetty at approx. 4:00pm - 4:30pm.

Trip Pre-requisites

You need to be a certified diver to join this diving trip. You will need to bring your diver certification card with you to show your Dive Guide at the start of the scuba diving trip.

Trip Inclusions

  • Return boat transfers from Jesselton Point Jetty.
  • Jesselton jetty fee.
  • Free use of our rental dive gear (mask, full foot fins, shorty tropical 3mm wetsuit, BCD, regulator & gauges, weight belt with weights, cylinders filled with air).
  • Guided boat dives (2 or 3 depending dive trip booked) with guiding by our experienced, friendly PADI Dive Crew.
  • Meals: lunch (choose from a range of local dishes).
  • Free flow water and snacks (biscuits, sweets) on our boats.

Trip Exclusions

Sabah Parks Dive Permit (RM 50.00 for non Malaysians, RM 20.00 for Malaysians). You could bring small change for an ice cream or extra soft drink at lunch.

Recommended Packing List For The Trip

Diver certification card, dive log book, swim wear, towel, dry clothes, sun tan lotion, sun hat and sun glasses. You can choose to rent one of our underwater cameras with housing to take photos during your dives.

Notes for your Leisure Diving / Fun Dives Trip

Please note that during late January – mid March the diving conditions in TARP can be impacted by plankton blooms and the sea temperature reduces slightly to 25C - 27C. During these times we will do our best to show divers the nicest diving conditions in the Marine Park. We will also provide divers with full length 3mm body suits (along with shorty wet suits) to provide extra thermal protection.

Had an absolutely class time today, your two blokes “Basir & Jason” are absolutely brilliant, thanks so much, wish I was going again in the morning.

Great SCUBA Diving - My travel buddy and I booked a dive around Gaya island with Borneo Dream.

First, let's start with the booking process. You give them a time and they respond quickly on availability. Then you are expected to pay upfront to book a specific time. Throughout the booking process, they were very accommodating. They allowed us to change our reservation last minute due to an illness and they were flexible with the payment. So a good start.

Meetup at Jesselton point involved hunting for the Borneo dream divemaster. I saw them sitting at a table and I was met with a friendly greeting. The paperwork was fast and efficient, and we were led to the boat at the scheduled departure time.

The boat was very nice. It has a bathroom and a small closet area to store your stuff and where you can change your clothes. The captain was nice and they blasted awesome music on the ride.

I rented SCUBA equipment and the equipment they had was of good quality. I did not have any equipment issues.

The divemaster we had was Basir and he was awesome. He was friendly, funny, and very competent divemaster. I had less than 10 dives coming in and he helped me find a perfect weight for the weight belt. I now know what to use in the future. He also is a master at spotting wildlife. Lastly, he was very patient and made sure to choose dive sites and routes according to our experience. We felt very comfortable.

We did 3 dives and had a lot of fun. The crew was great. I highly recommend them for your SCUBA diving needs in Borneo.

Just AMAZING! - The crews were so nice and awesome. I had a such a good time. They are professional and very humorous. Excellent!!

Amazing scuba diving experience! - We were on our honeymoon and had been diving a couple of times before so we were hoping for a good experience. We had a very friendly diving guide called Baz, he was excellent! They were very thorough when explaining and we felt in safe hands! We had two excellent dives where we saw much different fish and coral and even two sharks! We were allowed to be quite independent which we loved, but Baz was always keeping an eye! He showed us many wonderful underwater creatures! We were down for about 45 mins and up to about 13/15 m. Overall a fantastic day and would really recommend to anyone from a first-time diver to a PADI refresher!

Perfect Dive Trip - I did 3 Fun-Dives with Borneo Dream and would totally recommend it. Very good organized, perfect facilities and very friendly people! And the price is reasonable as well.

Still the best - This is my second review for Borneo Dream, did nitrox and fun dive this time around. And once again never fail to put smiles on our face.

Our instructor Luke, did a good job explaining and keeping us comfortable. In fact all the crews were really friendly, and helpful. 2 days after the dive trip when we were back at our home country, we received an email from Joanne, the director to congratulate us on becoming enriched air certified and also to share feedback about the dive site and also the marine life that we saw. That really makes our day, especially when you are combating post diving/vacation depression. There will definitely be more dive trips with Borneo Dream.

However, try to avoid rainy season and international school holiday, other than that all is great.

Scuba - We stayed at Gaya Island Resort and used Borneo Dream Travel for three days of diving for my son and me who are both BSAC Sports Divers and a PADI Junior Open Water course for my youngest Son. Firstly and most importantly these guys know what they are doing.....they are well prepared, well trained, have a good boat and equipment and find the right balance to be serious enough on safety but making the day fun. The Open Water course was first class and the guiding on general dives was excellent......we saw so much good stuff. Thanks to Sabri, Basir and Azul for making our trip so great.

Enjoyable leisure diving - Had a lovely time diving with Borneo Dream. Well organised and very convenient dive spot in KK where there are lots to do after they drop u back at the jetty. Special thanks to dive master Jason for being patient, reassuring and coming to our rescue many times. Held back on giving a 5 star only because on one of the dives thought we spent too much time at one place looking for a seahorse with too many people in a small area because of low visibility. Having said that would still dive with Borneo Dream again of course if I'm ever in KK again.

Thank you for a very pleasant and enjoyable day of diving. Fantastic crew, high class professionalism. Special thanks to Amir for perfect, friendly and pedagogic guidance. Having been without diving for three years due to medical reasons it was very comforting to get the well leveled guidance and attention allowing me to fully enjoy it and making sure I can go back into water again. See you again.

Thank you Borneo Dream team for the amazing diving trip and river cruise trip you are the best.
Also i purchased some diving gear and the quality is very good. The team is very well trained and experienced, the diving sites incredible and we were very lucky to see green sea turtle for the first time. Simply it's unforgettable trip.
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