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.

This was my second stay on Gaya Island, and one of the reasons to come back was the wonderful experience with the Borneo Dream diving team. This year I did two days with three dives each, and both trips were well organized and made for relaxing and fun diving. Unlike other places I have been to, the groups are kept small and the dive guides make you feel welcome the moment you step on the boat, and show you how much they love their job. All in all a great experience, and definitely planning to come back sometime.

The trip was very well organized, the equipment was good and the staff is friendly and competent. We joined in for two days and we'll definitly do it again. Highly recommended

In connection with our recent stay in Gaya Island Resort we went diving 2 of the days with Borneo Dream. Since it had been 5 years since my last dive I was a bit rusty on my skills. Luckily that was not a problem at all since both we had very experienced, friendly and patient diving instructors in Basir and Amir. They took the time to brush up on all the safety exercises etc which made me feel very safe and comfortable during our 5 dives. If we come back to this area we would not hesitate to go diving with these guys again - can highly recommend. Thank you for some very good, safe and comfortable dives :-)

Infrastructure during diving was good, lunch tasty, boat was comportable, marine life which was shown to us by instructors was rich.

The service from Borneo was great. Instructions from the team was very clear and i have an ease of mind.

The first day we were on Elvis and that is the nicest dive boat we've ever been on! Divemaster (Basir?) was amazing and went out of his way to tell our sons about the fish and coral we encountered. The captains (we had different captains for the different days) were all professional and attentive. The whole experience was great!

Instructor and coxswain were patient and helpful. Thank you for a great Day J

There were many aspects of the diving trips that we liked a lot. Our diving instructors, Rebecca and Eugene were very professional and friendly. They ensured we performed the safety procedures before diving and were very attentive during the dive. The staff on the boats and counter were also very friendly and informative. The service was excellent. The boat and gears felt very spacious, new and clean too.

The service was good and the boat was comfortable. Having fun on the boat and great dive

The experience we had with Borneo Dream was outstanding. They are extremely professional and safe. Service and friendliness is amazing. We had both Eugene and Richard on different days. Both need to be commended. Thanks for everything.
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