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 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 ideal 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 – real divers find considering you are only 15 minutes by boat from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Watch shoals of Fusilier’s 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 inside 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. You 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 your afternoon dive you will board our boat and out of your dive gear. Time to shower (freshwater 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 ~1 pm and you will be back at Jesselton Point Jetty at approx. 4:00pm – 4:30pm.
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.
- 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.
Sabah Parks Dive Permit (RM 70.00 for non-Malaysians, RM 25.00 for Malaysians). You could bring a small change for ice cream or an extra soft drink at lunch.
Recommended Packing List For The Trip
The diver certification card, dive logbook, swimwear, towel, dry clothes, suntan lotion, sun hat and sunglasses. 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 bodysuits (along with shorty wet suits) to provide extra thermal protection.