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Coral Reef Conservation Day Tour

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The Coral Reef Conservation Day Tour provides an introduction to coral reefs, threats impacting them and what we can do as individuals to protect them. During the day you will join three guided snorkelling sessions and learn about the complexity of the coral reef ecosystem and learn basic skills for measuring and assessing the health of a coral reef. Tied together with informative, educational briefings you’ll end the day taking away actions you can make as an individual to help protect our coral reefs. An ideal choice for families, groups of friends and school teams on the expedition who are wanting to join an educational tour and make a positive difference.

To Book – Simply select the number of persons in your group and the date you require. The price displayed is then the group price including any Sabah Parks Conservation Fees required. Unless you are joining an existing group the minimum booking is 4 persons.

Coral Reef Conservation – Education and Position Action in Borneo, Malaysia

Coral Reefs cover less than 0.1% of the sea bottom yet are home to nearly 33% of all known fish species – they are home to an incredible array of organisms and biodiversity (just like rainforests). Coral reefs are one of our planet’s most amazing natural ecosystems. The Coral Reef Conservation Day Tour provides an introduction to the Coral Reef ecosystem, helping you to appreciate the complexity of coral reef habitats and why they are important. You will also learn about threats impacting the existence of coral reefs and what you can do as an individual to help protect them

The Coral Reef Conservation Tour activities will take place in the tropical waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, located in front of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. With Kota Kinabalu’s waters being located within the Coral Triangle, where better to highlight the importance of issues affecting coral reefs, such as the effects of global warming, impact on fisheries and marine pollution. During the Coral Reef Conservation Day Tour, you will learn about these issues and be encouraged to take action to protect our coral reefs by being environmentally responsible citizens.

Coral Reef Conservation – Snorkeling with a Positive Difference in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

During our Coral Reef Conservation Day Tour, you will join three snorkelling sessions, all guided by experienced PADI Professionals. The first session will introduce you to the vast range of life found on coral reefs and why they are referred to as the ‘Rainforests of the Sea’. The second snorkelling session will teach you basic fish identification skills – an important way of understanding the health of a coral reef over time. In the final snorkelling session, you will put into practice assessing a coral reef for both signs of good health and if it is under stress. These are complemented by educational briefings and a debrief at the end of your Coral Reef Conservation Day Tour.

At Borneo Dream, we offer a range of marine conservation-related activities, which start with this one-day Coral Reef Conservation Day Tour. We make sure with all our conservation activities are authentic and that any ‘direct action’ taken by the participants during our marine conservation activities has a positive impact on coral reefs and marine life, not a negative impact. As such, we endorse an approach of ‘Look, don’t touch’ and passive interaction with marine life during the Coral Reef Conservation Day Tour, so we take away only positive memories and photos and leave the coral reef untouched.

If you are new to snorkelling and want to join the Coral Reef Conservation Day Tour, we’d recommend you join our Guided Snorkeling Tour first to learn the basics of snorkelling and develop positive impact snorkelling skills. You will then be fully ready to get the most from the Coral Reef Conservation Tour with Borneo Dream.

Coral Conservation Day Tour in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

Trip Itinerary – Coral Reef Conservation Day Tour, Kota Kinabalu

08:45: Meet Borneo Dream Dive Crew at Jesselton Point Jetty in central Kota Kinabalu

09:10: Transfer by boat to the local marine park.

09:30: Briefing 1 – An Introduction to Coral Reefs, the ‘Rainforests of the Sea’

10:00 – 11:00: Snorkel Session 1 – Start the Coral Reef Conservation Day Tour with a short snorkelling skills orientation (for those new to snorkelling) followed by a guided tour of a tropical reef providing you with a glimpse of the vast range of life found on a coral reef and why they are referred to as the ‘Rainforests of the Sea’.

11:00 – 11:30 : Briefing 2 – Fish Identification. One of the key ways of understanding the health of a reef over time is by performing fish or coral species surveys to collect data on the volume and variety of species found.

11:30 – 12:30: Snorkel session 2 – During this snorkelling session, you will learn basic fish identification skills, which will help you identify the characteristics of local fish families and species. During the lunch break, you’ll attempt to determine the identities of the fish species you see using fish identification slate/books and with the help of your PADI Snorkel Guide.

12:45: Lunch at a cafe on an island in the Marine Park.

14:00 – 14:30: Briefing 3 – Coral Reefs in Peril. Learn about threats impacting reefs – natural threats and human-induced factors. Find out simple actions everyone can take to help protect our reefs.

14:30 – 15:30: Snorkel session 3 – How healthy is this reef? Positive signs? Negative signs?

15:45 – 16:15: De-Brief Of Days Activities and a positive action to take away from your Coral Reef Conservation Day Tour

~ 16:30: Arrive back at Jesselton Point Jetty, Kota Kinabalu.

Please note the timings above for the Coral Reef Conservation Day Tour are indicative and can be flexed by your PADI Instructor on the day.

Trip Pre-requisites – Coral Reef Conservation Day Tour

The Coral Reef Conservation Day Tour in Kota Kinabalu is available to anyone who is comfortable with snorkelling. There are no age restrictions, but we ask that anyone under 18 yrs old is accompanied by a Parent or Guardian. For joining the snorkelling activities, you should be able to swim and be in good health. The price for the Coral Reef Conservation Day Tour is based on a minimum of 4 persons per booking.

Trip Inclusions – Coral Reef Conservation Day Tour

  • Return boat transfers on one of our Borneo Dream boats from Jesselton Point Jetty.
  • Jesselton Point jetty fee and Sabah Parks island conservation fee.
  • Free use of our rental snorkel gear (mask, snorkel, full foot fins, shorty tropical 3mm wetsuit and life jacket if required).
  • Three (3) guided snorkel tours (subject to conditions on the day).
  • Instruction by one of our friendly, experienced PADI Professionals.
  • Activities as per the Coral Reef Conservation Day Tour itinerary.
  • Small group size per Snorkel Guide provides a safe, personalised experience.
  • Lunch at a cafe on an island in the Marine Park (choose from a range of meal options).
  • Drinking water, please bring your own container to refill.

Trip Exclusions – Coral Reef Conservation Day Tour

  • Hotel transfers – as most Lodges/hotels in central KK are a short walk from Jesselton Point Jetty, it is often just a short walk for the team to the Jetty and is more environmentally friendly.
  • We suggest you bring a small change for ice cream or a soft drink at lunchtime.
  • A camera with underwater housing is available for daily rental (advance booking required).

Recommended Packing List For Your Coral Reef Conservation Day Tour

Swimwear, towel, dry clothes, suntan lotion, sun hat and sunglasses.

Notes

A PADI Liability Release Form must be signed by the participant before the tour commences. Any participant under 18 years is supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.

Please note we do not include Coral Planting as part of our Coral Reef Conservation Day Tour. When coral dies, it forms a substrate on which new corals grow. If you remove a coral, shell or animal, you can disturb the delicate balance and add to the depletion of a coral reef site for future generations.

What are you waiting for? Book your Coral Reef Conservation Day Tour in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, today.

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Best Snorkeling in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

  • Which is the best island for snorkeling in Sabah?

    In terms of ease of access and affordability, the best islands for snorkelling at in Sabah are located within Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. The Marine Park which is located in front of Kota Kinabalu is home to five islands – Sapi, Gaya, Mamutik, Manukan and Sulug – and each of them is fringed by coral reefs. The three islands with beaches open to the public offer snorkeling from the beach in a cordoned-off area, although the best snorkeling in the Marine Park is to be had from a boat along with coral reef sites away from the busy beaches.

    For that perfect island getaway experience, you should check out Lankayan Island located in the Sulu Sea accessible via Sandakan on the east coast of Sabah. Lankayan offers world-class snorkeling right from the shore and with just one Resort located on the island, you will feel like you have the white sandy beach and fringing coral reefs almost to yourself. The shallow waters are typically beautifully clear offering easy sightings of turtles, rays, and a range of tropical fish life from the beach.

    The dream for non-divers visiting Sabah is to go snorkeling at world-famous Sipadan. However this it not that easy to do as only a selection of Resorts / Operators will allocate Sipadan permits to snorkelers (most allocate them to diving guests only). One Resort who takes snorkelers to Sipadan is Mataking Reef Island Resort (subject to permit allocation).

  • What is the best time to snorkel in Malaysia?

    Malaysia is split across two landmasses, Penisular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo (Sabah and Sarawak), and the best season for snorkeling differs across these locations. 

    Peninsular Malaysia has an annual monsoon season (from April to October in the southwest, and October to February in the northeast) so you’d avoid these times if snorkeling is on your ‘to-do list’ for your holiday. 

    Sabah, Northern Borneo is known as the ‘Land Below the Wind’ a phrase used by seafarers in the past to describe all the lands located below the typhoon belt, so free from climatic disturbances and typhoons. This makes Sabah a 365 days a year location for holidays with snorkeling offered all year round, albeit the months at the start of the Dry Season (April – June) usually offer the calmest, driest weather perfect for snorkeling.

  • Will we still go snorkeling if it is raining?

    The quick answer is “yes”. Sabah has a tropical climate and as part of this, we will typically have some tropical rain later in the day on most days. This rain is warm, often a welcome relief and for most activities does not stop play. Specifically for our snorkeling activities from Kota Kinabalu:-

    • It is still safe to snorkel when it’s raining.
    • You won’t get cold if it rains as the sea temperature, for most of the year, is a toasty 28C – 30C. We also provide all our snorkeling customers with 3mm tropical wet suits for thermal protection.
    • The tropical marine life will still be there to see as you enjoy your snorkeling activity.

    Whilst Sabah’s tropical climate means there’s a good chance it will rain at some point during your holiday, it’s this climate that also supports the rainforest, and it’s inhabitants, found here. Most days in Sabah, especially during the Dry Season, start off with blue sky, sunshine and a calm breeze with a chance of rain typically later in the day, evening or night time. As long as you come on holiday prepared for a hot, humid and sometimes wet tropical climate you will have a great time!

  • Is it easy to get from the city centre to Jesselton Point Jetty?

    Most watersports trips depart from Jesselton Point Jetty (https://g.page/JesseltonPoint) in central Kota Kinabalu. If you are staying at a city centre hotel or guest house you will often find it far quicker to walk to Jesselton Point. If you are staying at hotels or resorts such as Shangri-La Rasa Ria or Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa then I would certainly grab a taxi.

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  • What is there to do in Kota Kinabalu in 2 days?

    Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, is the starting point for most holidays to Sabah. From Kota Kinabalu, most visitors go to explore other parts of Sabah whether it be on a tour from Kota Kinabalu (to go rafting, biking, climbing Mount Kinabalu etc.), or via a short internal flight to visit other parts of Sabah like the Kinabatangan River or Danum Valley. If you have a couple of days free in Kota Kinabalu during your holiday then there is surprisingly quite a bit you can do and see on your doorstep.

    On the first day, you can explore the city with its many attractions. At the start of the day visit the Kota Kinabalu Wetland Ramsar Site, a bird sanctuary close to the city centre. You could then choose to walk up Signal Hill to enjoy views out over the City from Signal Hill observatory platform, visit the Sabah State Museum for a walk through Sabah’s history or explore the handicraft market located on the waterfront. Visit the Atkinson Clock Tower, the oldest building in Kota Kinabalu, or one of the famous Mosques in Kota Kinabalu – Kota Kinabalu City Mosque (‘Floating Mosque’) or the State Mosque. Later in the day watch the sunset from Tanjung Aru Beach before heading back into the city centre for a spot of early evening shopping. Finally, choose from one of the many local cafes and restaurants for a tasty meal to end the day. 

    For your second day visit the local islands in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. The Marine Park is located in front of Kota Kinabalu and easily accessible via a boat transfer from Jesselton Point Jetty. You can choose to join an organised day tour to help you get the most from your visit to the Marine Park whether it be a Snorkeling Trip or going scuba diving to explore the tropical waters. You could also choose to visit the islands independently via an island transfer service and chill out on one of the public beaches on the islands in the Marine Park. Sun, tropical sea, sand – a perfect way to spend a second day in Kota Kinabalu.

  • How far is Kota Kinabalu from the Airport?

    The Kota Kinabalu International Airport KKIA (airport code BKI) is located to the south of the city and is 8.5 kilometres from the city centre. This journey can be easily done by private car, taxi or shuttle bus. A taxi will charge around RM 30 each way for a pre-booked taxi. Arrivals are on the lower level with departures on the upper level. At busy times allow 30 minutes from the city centre to the airport.

  • Is it easy to get from the city centre to Jesselton Point Jetty?

    Most watersports trips depart from Jesselton Point Jetty (https://g.page/JesseltonPoint) in central Kota Kinabalu. If you are staying at a city centre hotel or guest house you will often find it far quicker to walk to Jesselton Point. If you are staying at hotels or resorts such as Shangri-La Rasa Ria or Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa then I would certainly grab a taxi.

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