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Guided Snorkeling Tour in Kota Kinabalu

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The Guided Snorkeling Tour with Borneo Dream offers guided snorkeling tours from our boat along tropical coral reefs fringing the islands in nearby Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. You will be guided by one of our experienced, friendly qualified PADI Crew who has fantastic eyes for spotting a wide variety of marine life. Expect to see a wide range of colourful tropical fish life during your snorkeling sessions, including Nemo’s cousins – and a Turtle if we’re lucky 🙂

To Book – Simply select the number of persons in your group and your activity start date. Unless you are joining an existing booking, the minimum booking is 2 persons. The price shown above is the base price without permits added.

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U/Water Digital Camera Rental

Why not capture a few underwater memories with an underwater camera rental? We offer a Nikon W300 rated to 30m or GoPro Hero 11 with an underwater housing and float handle rated to 40m. Your images will be uploaded to a Google Drive, and a link will be shared with you. Photos will be available for download for approximately ten days. Please be aware that there will be a charge for loss or damage to the camera and housing RM 2500.00

Guided Snorkeling Tour in Kota Kinabalu Sabah

Looking for a snorkeling adventure in warm tropical waters during your holiday in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah? Then join the PADI Discover Snorkeling Experience – a Guided Snorkeling Tour in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park near Kota Kinabalu. Whether you are new to snorkeling, or have gone snorkeling many times before, the guided snorkeling tour will be tailored by your Snorkel Guide, an experienced PADI Instructor, to offer you the best snorkeling experience.

During our Guided Snorkeling tour, we offer three fully guided snorkel tours (from our boat) by a PADI Professional – two in the morning, one in the afternoon – helping you to get the most from your snorkeling day tour in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. During your Guided Snorkeling Tour, or PADI Discover Snorkeling Experience, we will not only show you some great marine life but help you with your snorkeling skills should there be a need. As your guided snorkel tours are from our boat you will be snorkeling shallow fringing coral reefs on one of the islands in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, and therefore away from the busy beach areas on the public islands. Chilled out, tropical guided snorkeling fun with Borneo Dream in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah! Book your Guided Snorkeling Tour Kota Kinabalu Sabah with Borneo Dream Today!

Experience the Underwater World with a Guided Snorkeling Adventure

The tropical coral reefs we visit for our guided snorkelling tours in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park are home to a myriad of tropical marine life. Expect to see a wide variety of tropical fish species including Clown Fish (maybe Nemo’s cousin :-), Parrot Fish, Damsel Fish, Puffer Fish, Lion Fish, Wrasse, Scorpion Fish, Barracuda and lots more. If you are lucky, you could come across a Hawksbill Turtle during a guided snorkel Tour – very cool! As we only use experienced PADI Professionals to guide you on our Guided Snorkeling Day Trip they have fantastic eyes for spotting marine life for you.

After enjoying a relaxing snorkeling trip around our local marine park, why not consider some scuba diving? If you are not a scuba diver already, then why not try a PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience with Borneo Dream. Or, why not push the boat out with some new snorkel gear from our extensive shop range?

Trip Itinerary – Your Guided Snorkeling Trip Adventure in Kota Kinabalu

08:45hrs: Meet our crew at the Red Telephone Booths/Boxes on the left-hand side, just inside the entrance on the left-hand side at Jesselton Point Jetty.

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

09:30hrs – 9:45hrs: From Jesselton Point Jetty it takes about 15 – 30 minutes to arrive in the marine park. We will then give you a full briefing prior to your first guided snorkeling tour. Get your snorkel gear on and off you go with your PADI Instructor Snorkel Guide for your morning guided snorkeling tour. During the morning you will be offered two guided snorkeling sessions at two different coral reef sites (each snorkel session will be a maximum of 1 hour). Your Snorkel Guide ‘PADI Professional’ can also choose to adapt the morning snorkel session to offer one longer snorkel tour in the morning if a site offers lovey snorkeling conditions, or due to weather/sea state.

~ 12:00hrs: Your group and guide will be collected and taken for lunch on one of the islands in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

~13:30hrs: After your lunch break you will have the opportunity to join a guided snorkeling tour on a different snorkel site or alternatively relax on a beach.

15:00 – 16:00hrs: At the end of the day you will be returned to Jesselton Point jetty.

Trip Pre-requisites For Guided Snorkeling Day Tour

The PADI Discover Snorkeling Experience, Guided Snorkeling Tour in Kota Kinabalu, is available to anyone. There are no age restrictions but we ask that anyone under 18 yrs old be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian. It is recommended too for joining the guided snorkeling activity that you should be able to swim and be in good health.

Trip Inclusions

  • 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).
  • 2 – 3 guided snorkel tours (subject to conditions on the day)
  • Guiding by one of our friendly, experienced, qualified PADI Professionals.
  • Lunch on a tropical island – Padang Point, Gaya Island.
  • Drinking water.

Trip Exclusions

We suggest you bring a small change for ice cream or a soft drink/fruit juice at lunchtime.

A camera with underwater housing is available for daily rental (advance booking required).

Recommended Packing List For Your Guided Snorkeling Day Trip

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

Notes

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

So, what are you waiting for, book your guided snorkeling day trip in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah today?

32 reviews for Guided Snorkeling Tour in Kota Kinabalu

  1. English

    Marion Wiedrich (verified owner)

    It was one of our best trips in Malaysia. Very relaxing! Beautiful snorkelling sites, nice and patient guides.

  2. Spanish

    Xiaodong W (TripAdvisor)

    Xiaodong W (TripAdvisor) 15th Feb. 2024
    Ayer hicimos este viaje de snorkel. Fue una gira excelente. Al principio tuve problemas para reservar el tour ya que necesitaban un mínimo de dos personas. Y mis amigos se unieron a mí. ¡Nos dieron un recorrido privado para nosotros tres! Estábamos atrapados en un atasco por la mañana, y fueron muy amables y nos esperaron. Mi amiga y su hija practican snorkel por primera vez. Nuestro guía, Basir, fue muy amable y paciente al enseñarles y cuidarnos muy bien. Es muy bueno señalándonos tortugas (vimos tres), tiburones (vimos dos) y otros peces difíciles de detectar. También me ayudó a bucear y tomó muy buenas fotografías y videos de tortugas y anguilas. ¡Estamos muy satisfechos con el servicio!

  3. Italian

    Xiaodong W (TripAdvisor)

    Xiaodong W (TripAdvisor) 15th Feb. 2024
    Ieri abbiamo fatto questa escursione di snorkeling. È stata una gita eccellente. All’inizio ho avuto problemi a prenotare il tour poiché avevano bisogno di un minimo di due persone. E i miei amici si sono uniti a me. Ci hanno offerto un tour privato per tre di noi! Al mattino eravamo bloccati in un ingorgo e loro sono stati molto gentili e ci hanno aspettato. La mia amica e sua figlia sono snorkelisti per la prima volta. La nostra guida, Basir, è stata molto gentile e paziente nell’insegnare loro e nel prendersi cura di noi. È molto bravo a indicarci le tartarughe (ne abbiamo viste tre), gli squali (ne abbiamo visti due) e altri pesci difficili da individuare. Mi ha anche aiutato a immergermi e ha scattato delle foto e dei video davvero belli di tartarughe e anguille. Siamo molto soddisfatti del servizio!

  4. German

    Xiaodong W (TripAdvisor)

    Xiaodong W (TripAdvisor) 15th Feb. 2024
    Wir haben diesen Schnorchelausflug gestern gemacht. Es war eine ausgezeichnete Tour. Zuerst hatte ich Probleme, die Tour zu buchen, da mindestens zwei Personen erforderlich waren. Und meine Freunde schlossen sich mir an. Sie gaben uns eine private Tour für drei von uns! Wir standen morgens im Stau und sie waren sehr nett und haben auf uns gewartet. Meine Freundin und ihre Tochter sind zum ersten Mal Schnorchler. Unser Führer, Basir, war sehr nett und geduldig beim Unterrichten und kümmerte sich gut um uns. Er ist sehr gut darin, uns auf Schildkröten (wir haben drei gesehen), Haie (wir haben zwei gesehen) und andere schwer zu erkennende Fische aufmerksam zu machen. Er half mir auch beim Abtauchen und machte einige wirklich gute Bilder und Videos von Schildkröten und Aalen. Wir sind mit dem Service sehr zufrieden!

  5. French

    Xiaodong W (TripAdvisor)

    Xiaodong W (TripAdvisor) 15th Feb. 2024
    Nous avons fait cette excursion de plongée avec tuba hier. Ce fut une excellente tournée. Au début, j’ai eu du mal à réserver la visite car ils avaient besoin d’un minimum de deux personnes. Et mes amis m’ont rejoint. Ils nous ont offert une visite privée pour trois d’entre nous ! Nous étions coincés dans un embouteillage le matin et ils étaient très gentils et nous attendaient. Mon amie et sa fille font de la plongée avec tuba pour la première fois. Notre guide, Basir, a été très gentil et patient en leur enseignant et en prenant bien soin de nous. Il est très doué pour nous signaler les tortues (nous en avons vu trois), les requins (nous en avons vu deux) et d’autres poissons difficiles à repérer. Il m’a également aidé à plonger et a pris de très bonnes photos et vidéos de tortues et d’anguilles. Nous sommes très satisfaits du service !

  6. Dutch

    Xiaodong W (TripAdvisor)

    Xiaodong W (TripAdvisor) 15th Feb. 2024
    Gisteren hebben we deze snorkeltrip gemaakt. Het was een uitstekende rondreis. In eerste instantie had ik problemen met het boeken van de tour, omdat ze minimaal twee personen nodig hadden. En mijn vrienden sloten zich bij mij aan. Ze gaven ons een privérondleiding voor ons drieën! We zaten ‘s ochtends in de file en ze waren erg aardig en wachtten op ons. Mijn vriendin en haar dochter zijn voor het eerst snorkelaars. Onze gids, Basir, was erg aardig en geduldig in het lesgeven en goed voor ons zorgen. Hij is erg goed in het wijzen op schildpadden (we zagen er drie), haaien (we zagen er twee) en andere moeilijk te spotten vissen. Hij hielp me ook met duiken en maakte een aantal hele goede foto’s en video’s van schildpadden en palingen. Wij zijn zeer tevreden over de service!

  7. English

    Tristan Bell (verified owner)

    Excellent day of snorkeling, easy to understand instructions for initial meeting place, friendly welcome, clear concise explanation of the days events.
    We snorkeled at two different sights, before lunch, with a well-informed snorkeling guide, and really enjoyed it.
    Stopped on the island for an excellent lunch, and a wander on the beach to see the monkeys.
    Swell started to get rough after lunch, so we popped around the other side of the island, where it was calm, on the way we took a quick stop to see the probiscis monkeys, before snorkeling in calm clear waters.
    An excellent day of snorkelling, well worth the price, suggest to anyone and every one.

  8. English

    Glado_Jatz (TripAdvisor) (verified owner)

    Fantastic tour, with an awesome crew and quality snorkelling gear. Highly recommend Borneo Dream.
    Awesome experience. Great crew. Esther and Amir were fantastic. Went to 3 different snorkelling sites, all different. Saw lots of tropical fish, parrot gosh, reef tip sharks, barracudas and other fish. Great quality mask, snorkel and flippers. Lunch at Gaya island was really good, and a nice break between the first 2 swims and the last swim. The crew were so helpful all day and had a great amount of knowledge. We felt very safe all day. Would thoroughly recommend this tour.

  9. English

    Joelle (TripAdvisor) (verified owner)

    Great day snorkelling!
    Very well organized, and the guides did a great job keeping us safe while having fun! Well, I have to use 100 characters to leave a review.

  10. English

    wei_ming93 (TripAdvisor) (verified owner)

    Great guides all around
    Dec 2022 • Couples
    The crew is amazing at what they do! Genuinely kind and also attentive to make the experience enjoyable and safe. Esther goes the extra mile to make sure the group is okay. Highly recommend!

  11. English

    sinseh (TripAdvisor) (verified owner)

    More Than 5 Stars!
    I would give Borneo Dreams more than 5 stars if I’d the option because theirs is one of the best snorkelling trips I’ve ever been on.

    We’re both seasoned snorkellers and have gone on many such trips in Thailand and Malaysia. Usually, for most tour dive/snorkel operators we’ve been with, when they say ‘guided’ trip, it would mean ferrying snorkellers to a spot and then letting us swim around on our own for a while before moving to the next spot. At most, there would also be a staff or two in the water swimming with us, occasionally pointing out some sea life to us.

    But Borneo Dreams (BD) is truly a guided snorkelling tour in every sense of the word. Their guide, Amir, was with us throughout the swim. He would lead us to various spots and point out sea life or sights that we’d otherwise miss on our own. He also shared some insights about the marine life situation in Sabah and educated us on some of the sea life we came across. It was also helpful that he carried a life bouy with him during the swim; for us to hang on to for a quick rest whenever swimming just got a bit too tiring- because we covered quite a distance. Its bright colour was also useful in helping us spot him whenever we got too engrossed in spotting sea life. And although I’m a seasoned snorkeller, it was reassuring to know the bouy was there if we needed it.

    With BD, we spent a lot of time in the water. More than we usually would with other operators anywhere. We spotted a stingray, baby squid, stone fish, lion fish and few more. But our guides were also realistic about expectations. Because it’d been raining heavily the evening before and early morning when we were out, they did remind us that visibility may be low or nothing at all, despite their best efforts. Our fellow boat mates who were on a discovery and refresher dive on the same trip said they couldn’t see much because of that. So, I guess we were quite lucky to have been able to see all those fishes during our snorkel.

    I’d read reviews here from snorkellers griping about not being informed that their trip would be a mix of snorkellers and divers. It was the same for us. I got the impression that it was all going to be snorkellers. We were only told about the divers on an actual day. But, for us, it wasn’t an issue. We figured that it might be more due to logistics and the uncertainty of people not showing up for their bookings, that BD had to arrange it this way. Because one of the guides told us that they do get boats where the bookings for the day were all snorkellers. Despite that, both groups on our boat, the divers and the snorkelers, had ample time in the water and their own areas in the sea. In fact, we enjoyed hearing about and sharing each group’s experiences during the trip. But may I suggest with regards to this, BD gives a heads up to their guests about the possibility of a mixed group. At least some people can come mentally prepared and not end up being upset/salty about it. (Pun not intended.)

    Overall, we have nothing but good words for all the highly experienced instructors/guides on our boat. This was what drew us to BD. We’ve never come across a snorkel trip led by certified PADI instructors before this. (Dive trips, yes, of course. But none for our past snorkel trips.) So, we knew we were going to be in good hands and have a snorkelling trip that was of quality. Big shoutouts to our guides and instructors, Amir, Ricky and Esther as well. They were genuinely warm. (Not the ‘fake’ warmness that you often find at most places. Like the, ‘I have to be nice to you because you are tourists’, kind of warm.) With the BD guides, you can really sense their sincerity and they accorded the same to everybody regardless if they were local or tourists, even on the boat.

    Esther’s guidance with the discovery divers who were on our boat is also commendable. She was patient, very clear and presented her briefing in a way that was easy to understand. We got a chance to listen in while we got ready for our snorkel session, and my husband, who is a certified advanced diver, commended her for this. The guides also genuinely care not just about the local marine life, but they’re big on animal welfare, including that of the strays here. We got to observe this for ourselves and were very taken by their big hearts. Our experience with BD was superb, and they’ll definitely be on our list, not just for the sea activities, but for the land ones next time we come this way.

    ☆ Tips/Shares:-
    • As I shared earlier, BD’s snorkel tour is a ‘proper one (not the touristy type), so expect to be in the water for some time and to cover quite an area if the weather, sea state and visibility permits. As they mentioned in their pre-trip email to us, this session’s more suitable for those who are strong and/or confident swimmers, (even though we have to wear life vests during the swim), because of the duration and area we’ll cover.

    • There are no shower facilities at Jesselton terminal, and the toilet there is quite basic and undesirable at most. The only access you’ll have to a shower is during the 1-hour island stop for lunch (but you’ll have another swim session after that, so it kinda defeats the purpose.) The crew will also provide some (but a limited supply) of water to hose/rinse yourself down at the end of your swim. So, if you’re planning to go elsewhere after the trip, it is best to have some contingency plans for changing and/or a shower.

    • Food portion on the island’s restaurant is BIG (but reasonably priced). Just a heads up to the small eaters, who might end up buying too much as we did. Lol.

    • You get to alight/disembark on BD’s own boats from a separate pontoon at the terminal, so you don’t have to jostle for space with the crowd at the terminal.

    • BD provides boat pick-up from certain resorts’ jetties. From what we understand and saw, Sutera Harbor and Gaya island are one of them. (Pardon me if I’m wrong.) Unfortunately, the marina at the resort we stayed at doesn’t allow this, so we had to make the trip to Jesselton. Do check with BD if your resort is one of the lucky ones.

  12. English

    Justin (TripAdvisor) (verified owner)

    Snorkelling Fun
    We saw clownfish, cuttlefish, lobster and stingrays. Thank you PADI Instructor Esther for taking beautiful photos of the sea creatures and guiding us along on our trip. Everyone was very hospitable and nice.
    Highly recommended to go on this trip while you’re in Sabah.

  13. English

    siokshen

    BEST guided snorkelling trip
    My sis and I had a fantastic time with Borneo Dream, big kudos to Esther! She is very bubbly, cheerful and she literally makes the whole snorkelling trip very enjoyable, together with skipper Sha. We spotted many amazing marine life such as green turtle (WOW), reef sharks (not one but two), cuttlefish, neon fishes, clownfish, parrotfish, batfish, big mouth mackerel, remora, porcupine pufferfish, swordfish and etc! Definitely got educated well with this guided snorkelling trip by Esther 🙂

  14. English

    Norizan Kamar

    BEST Guided Snorkelling Session!
    We opted for a guided snorkelling session only a day before we left for KK. It was the best decision! As a first-timer, Amir, our instructor was very patient and responsive to our needs. We enjoyed the session very much. Many thanks, Amir & Borneo Dream team.

  15. English

    Shirli Ng

    Best snorkelling experience
    Our experience with Borneo Dream Travel was amazing. We booked our snorkelling tour quite last minute and decided to go with Borneo Dream Travel based on their reviews. We booked through the website and got a prompt confirmation and reply. No regrets 🙂 We even had the whole boat and guide to ourselves. Our guide, Esther was very friendly, bubbly and guided us professionally throughout the whole three snorkelling sessions. She taught us a lot about marine life too. Esther definitely needs a big bonus as a reward 🙂 We snokerled at Pulau Sapi and two different areas at Pulau Gaya. We saw cuttlefish, Sargent major, batfish, clownfish, big neon, blue-spotted pufferfish, baby lobster, remora fish, swordfish, red-breasted wrasse, different types of coral (as high as a few meters), Indian starfish, yellowback fish, angelfish and many more. The best part of our trip was spotting the green turtle and shark. We were indeed very lucky. We had a good time and enjoyed the simple lunch provided too. Everything about the trip was so memorable and amazing. We will definitely go with Borneo Dream Travel for our next diving trip in Sabah. Keep up with the good work 🙂

  16. English

    Pat G

    Great time!!
    Hi, We’re a family of 5, went snorkeling with Esther who was fun and knowledgeable. Saw many exotic marine life including a shark. Esther managed to calm my nerves (non swimmer and first time snorkeling). Definitely would choose Borneo dream travel for our next snorkelling trip – Nov. 2021

  17. English

    Moses

    Excellent!!
    Review of: Guided Snorkeling Day Trip, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
    Well organised trip for DSD at Pulau Sapi. Experience instructor and transport is the best. I will do it again in near future – Oct. 2021

  18. English

    Henrika, Finland

    Extremely well organized trip!
    Took a boat for two different snorkeling sites, the snorkeling took over one hour on each site which was great. The sites were not crowded, huge amount of different fish and saa even a shark. Then had Ok lunch on an island after which had third session of snorkeling, over an hour again. So the trip was all about what we had wished and paid for, snorkeling on good sites and saa so much.
    Small group was nice, well planned snorkeling tours, a great guide, could not wish more. Jason was so great guide, very good English speaking, knows very much about fish, snorkelingsites etc. All gear we had from the organizer was in excellent condition and we were very well informed all the time about everything. I so recommend this tour and company If you wish to dive or snorkel in Borneo. I have snorkeled for 25 years and this surely one of the best trips ever, If not the best too.

  19. English

    JamesFairclough17 Tarporley, United Kingdom (TripAdvisor)

    Brilliant day snorkelling – Jumping into the sea in Borneo is like getting into an aquarium! Did the guided snorkelling trip with Esther. She was absolutely brilliant, funny and chatty but most of all had a great knowledge of all the marine life- we were spotting sharks etc. while other groups were in the wrong place! What an experience. Boat driver was also funny as was the other guide on the trip, really nice environment. Nice lunch was provided and for what you pay it’s great value. If you love colourful marine life, do the guided snorkelling tour, but I think any underwater adventure with them would be great. Keep up the great work!

  20. English

    A TripAdvisor Me (TripAdvisor)

    A wonderful way to spend a day in Kota Kinabalu – We had a great day snorkelling with Borneo Dream Travel. The staff was very helpful and fun. In the afternoon, the girls stayed on the boat and relaxed while the boys went on the second segment of snorkelling. The highlight of the trip was the zip line between the islands at lunch. Would recommend renting the camera waterproof case to capture the fish and underwater wildlife you can see. We did not take advantage of it but wish we had.

  21. English

    A TripAdvisor Me (TripAdvisor)

    Day of snorkel – The team took a lot of effort in taking us to the nice snorkel sites. If you stay close to the guide, he will show you the unexpected wonders of the sea.

  22. English

    Ciampi1 London, United Kingdom (TripAdvisor)

    Amazing snorkelling and diving trips – We went snorkelling as a family in August and the following day my son (14) and I, had an introduction to diving. We had Esther as our instructor on both occasions, which was perfect because she is very competent and great fun. On the first day, we got caught by a storm in the afternoon, but we were taken back to our resort by our fantastic skipper Shah who also helped me with the heavy equipment on my diving trial (thank you Shah!!). We had a fantastic time on both days, saw loads of fish and sea life, had fun and felt very safe ( even my apprehensive teenage daughter who had a blast!). If you are in the area, I would highly recommend Borneo Dream for snorkelling or diving.

  23. English

    Rovers_Girl2, UK (TripAdvisor)

    Excellent snorkelling trip – We booked on the 1-day snorkelling trip in TARP from Kota Kinabalu as we wanted to snorkel from a boat rather than from a beach. Before the trip, the email communication was excellent and they ensured they had the right sizes of equipment on board for us.

    Our leader, Sabri, met us at Jesselton and ensured everything ran smoothly all day. The boat had 3 separate parties – 2 snorkelling and 1 diving – a nice touch was that each party had their own leader so Sabri was only looking after my family. He pointed out fish and coral to us when in the water and also arranged for my girls to do the zip line between Gaya and Sapi at lunchtime.

    Lunch is included on Gaya Island and you get to choose from a menu so you don’t all have to eat the same food.

    Overall it was a great day out and highly recommended.

  24. English

    Rikke Hamburger G (TripAdvisor)

    Amazing day – My mom and I had a private snorkelling trip with our own guide and had a wonderful day together with Dave. Nice program and good attention in the guest.

  25. English

    Barry

    Did a snorkeling trip as my girlfriend does not dive. First snorkel there was a lot of destroyed coral due to dynamite fishing. The afternoon snorkel was perfect for my girlfriend as a newcomer to snorkeling. Nice coral, lots of fish, OK visability, a nice drift at times. We saw a blue spotted Ray and Green Turtle which was nice. The atmosphere on the boat was really nice, the staff very friendly and they took care of the new divers on the boat… Overall a good day and I would recommend this company 🙂

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    Susan Kim

    Borneo Dream snorkelling trip was fantastic. Big thanks to all staff from booking to the trip stage, especially to Basir who ensured I always followed the group throughout the day. All in all the trip was well organised, safe and comfortable for me to take participate in.

  27. English

    Ryan

    Really well organised trip with great guides. They were very friendly and really helped to find the best spots to snorkel on. Would really recommend to anyone wanting to avoid the crowded areas surrounding KK. Thanks guys

  28. English

    RR_Yangon (TripAdvisor)

    Fun day for scuba / snorkel near Gaya Island
    My husband and I had a great day outing with the Borneo Dream team. We were delighted the team could accommodate a couple like us with one diver and one snorkeller on the same boat. Eugene and Basir were both excellent – pointing out fish, sharks, etc. Overall we were happy with the experience and would recommend to anyone looking for a solid snorkelling/diving experience near Gaya Island.

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    Willie C.

    Our snorkel guide, Basir, really helped us a lot in open water area where we could genuinely experienced wildlife. He also kept us safe any time. Furthermore, the boat was clean, everything was organized and I did get value for my money !

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    John Morgan

    The Borneo Dream Team are fun loving and great to be around. The snorkelling is not a priority on the boat as divers dictate location and timing. A bit more chat about types of coral and fish types would have added value. Overall a good day out for non divers or people flying the next day.

    John, Many thanks for your feedback we will take note of your comments and improve our service. Regards Borneo Dream

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    JAEH HYUK HUR

    Wonderful diver staff and snorkel trip schedule. next time we`ll try DSD course. *frankly i`m one of padi MSD #0706A57817, But my wife is NON diver. so i have no other choices, and stick together with my wife. It`s 1st snorkel trip experience to my wife. we very enjoyed with borneo dream travel trips. thank again, see you next vacation in K.K.

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    Nigel Bradley, UK

    Gary was a brilliant Snorkel Guide, especially for my 3 sons who hadn’t snorkelled before and were a little apprehensive. He was very patient and great company. Thanks very much for all your help!

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    Jiang Qi, CH

    First it’s a well organized trip. Rebecca is a nice guide. The introduction of the whole trip and the boat was professional. And the 2nd snorkelling place was more seduced and we had great fun. Food was delicious.

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Best Snorkeling in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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).

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