Jungle Trek & Guided Snorkeling Day Tour, Kota Kinabalu
Fancy a snorkeling day tour with some added adventure during your holiday in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah? Then choose our Jungle Trek and Snorkeling Day Tour in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. You’ll start your tour by joining a 1.5-hour trek (~ 2km) in the morning through the rainforest and by mangroves on Pulau Gaya. There is the option to add a loop to the morning trek through the rainforest on Pulau Gaya extending your morning jungle trek to ~ 4.5km. The trekking route is categorised as ‘easy’ and suitable for most fitness levels as you follow well-marked, gently undulating trails. If you fancy adding the optional trekking loop to your morning jungle trek there is an uphill section at the start of the trek – this add on is recommended for those of average fitness and above. Enjoy some aerial images of the Jungle Trek and Guided Snorkeling location.
Upon arrival at Padang Point on Pulau Gaya (the endpoint for your trek) you’ll have time to chill out on the beach or go for a swim in the sea before lunch. After lunch, it’s time for a guided snorkel tour from our boat along a shallow coral reef fringing one of the islands in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. If you want to add even more adventure to your jungle trek & guided snorkeling tour why not add on a ride on the Coral Flyer – an island-to-land zip line ride. Cool!
Jungle Trek & Guided Snorkeling Adventure – why not add on a Zipline Ride?
Your Guided Snorkeling Tour will be by a PADI Instructor who will help you see lots of tropical reef marine life during your snorkel tour. The typical sightings during our guided snorkel tours in Kota Kinabalu include Clown Fish, Damsel Fish, Puffer Fish, Lion Fish, Blue Spotted Rays, Yellow Snapper, Cornet Fish, Trumpet Fish, Wrasse, Parrot Fish and lots more. Our guided snorkelers often see Turtles too if they are lucky!
If your guided snorkeling experience tempts you into exploring more of the tropical underwater world then why not join a PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience and have a go at scuba diving for the first time? A fantastic experience to have in the toasty warm waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park under the expert instruction of our Borneo Dream Dive Crew.
Trip Itinerary – Jungle Trek & Guided Snorkeling Day Tour, Kota Kinabalu
The outline itinerary for the Jungle Trek & Guided Snorkeling Day Tour is as follows:-
08:50: Collection from Jesselton Point Jetty by our Boat Crew and transfer out into the local marine park. You will be provided with a full boat safety briefing by our crew on a boat along with the day’s agenda.
Let the Jungle Trek & Guided Snorkeling begin…
09:20: Arrive at Base Camp Jetty on Pulau Gaya. Jungle Trek for about 50 to 90 minutes from Base Camp to Padang Point taking in the wildlife, sights and sounds.
11:00: After a break in the shade at Padang Point, and a well-earned drink, you can choose to go for a swim in the sea at Padang Point or chill out on the beach before lunch. Optional add on to your Jungle Trek & Guided Snorkeling Tour – you could go on a Zip Line Ride, the Coral Flyer, from Gaya to Sapi Island (an extra charge is applicable).
~12:45: Lunch on a tropical island choosing from a wide selection of local dishes – Time to restock your energy after your Jungle Trek and ready for your Guided Snorkeling Tour!
14:00 till 15:30: The group will be taken on a fully guided snorkelling session by a PADI Diving Instructor in a small group. Pointing out and explaining how the fish and coral fit into the underwater world plus the role they play – Education :-). Each person will be provided with a mask, snorkel, fins, wet suit and life jacket.
~16:00: Arrive back at Jesselton Point Jetty after your Jungle Trek & Guided Snorkeling Day Tour Adventure with Borneo Dream 🙂
Trip Pre-requisites – Jungle Trek & Guided Snorkeling Tour, Kota Kinabalu
You need to be in good health to join the trekking and snorkeling activities. For trekking, you need to be physically fit and comfortable at trekking for 1 – 2 hours in a tropical climate (with stops along the way). For the snorkeling activity, it is recommended you have basic swimming skills and are comfortable in the sea in water too deep to stand up in.
We have had many families, with children, join this trip and they have a great day out together. Whilst there is no minimum age for children joining this trip, it is recommended for children joining this trip that they have basic swimming skills and they would be comfortable trekking in a humid, hot climate.
- 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).
- 1 x Jungle trek on Pulau Gaya – Starting at Base Camp and finishing at Padang Point.
- 1 x Guided snorkeling tour.
- Guiding by one of our friendly, experienced, qualified PADI Professionals with a maximum ratio of 1:6
- Lunch at a cafe on an island in the Marine Park (choose from a range of meal options).
- Drinking water.
Extra snacks, hotel transfers to Jesselton Jetty, items not mentioned above. We suggest you bring some small change to buy yourself a soft drink or fruit juice during your lunch break.
A camera with underwater housing is available for daily rental at MYR 150.00 per camera per day (advance booking required).
Recommended packing list for trip | Jungle Trek with Guided Snorkeling
For the Jungle Trek – Comfortable trekking shoes, water bottle (minimum 1.5 litres), insect/mosquito repellent, sun protection cream, camera, small dry bag (or plastic bag inside a small rucksack) and hat.
For Guided Snorkeling – swimwear, towel, dry clothes, suntan lotion, sun hat and sunglasses.
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.
Björn T (TripAdvisor) –
Jungle trek and snorkeling fun! 🙂 – Had an amazing day with my guide, Dev, trekking through the beautiful jungle landscape and snorkeling. Although we didn’t spot that many animals in the jungle, we did see wild sea turtles and sharks (don’t worry, they’re not scary!) among a host of other sea life.
Hutch & Soula, AU –
And yes we enjoyed the Day. Awesome activity and would recommend it to any of our Family & Friends who decide to holiday in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia 🙂
Than you very much…