Unguided Snorkeling Tour, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
A good choice for those wanting an unguided snorkeling tour in Kota Kinabalu and visiting the local protected marine park, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. The Unguided Snorkeling Tour tour is for those who are happy to look after themselves whilst snorkeling in the water or just want the flexibility to go snorkeling and sunbathing during your day out in the Marine Park. This trip involves two unguided snorkel sessions from the beach along house reefs, one in the morning and one after lunch afternoon.
For your Unguided Snorkeling Tour, you will snorkel independently (not with one of our PADI Instructors) from a beach on one of the islands in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Our crew will brief you on the snorkel route to follow to see the nicest part of the ‘house coral reef’ and see as much tropical marine life as possible.
Book your Snorkeling Day Tour in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah with Borneo Dream!
Please note Sabah Parks will require you to snorkel inside the marked buoy line when snorkeling from one of the beaches on the public islands in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. This is for your own safety.
For snorkelers wanting more from their snorkeling day tour in Kota Kinabalu, we recommend you book our Guided Snorkeling Tour, which offers guided snorkeling sessions from our boat along reefs fringing the islands.
Trip Itinerary – Unguided Snorkeling Tour, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
08:50hrs: Meet our crew at the Red Telephone Booths/Boxes. These are just inside the archway entrance on the left-hand side.
09:00hrs: Board our boat, and a boat safety briefing will be provided. One of our crew will explain the outline itinerary for the day. You will then be transferred by boat to an island in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park – your morning snorkel site.
09:30hrs – 9:45hrs: From Jesselton Point Jetty, it takes about 30 minutes to arrive in the marine park. One of our crew will escort you onto the island (with your snorkel gear) and provide an overview of the island facilities, as well as suggest the snorkel route you should follow. You then have the morning to go snorkelling from the beach (unguided) or chill out on the beach.
11:30hrs – 12:00hrs: You will meet our boat at the end of the Resort Jetty (our crew will confirm the meeting time on the day) and be 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 go unguided snorkeling from the beach (at a different site to the morning session) 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 – Unguided Snorkeling Tour, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
The Unguided 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 for joining the snorkelling activity that you should be able to swim and be in good health.
- 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).
- 2 x unguided snorkeling sessions (from the beach) in Kota Kinabalu.
- Lunch at a cafe on an island in the Marine Park (choose from a range of meal options).
- Drink water. Please bring your own container to refill.
We suggest you bring a small change for drinks and ice cream on the islands.
Recommended Packing List For The Trip
Swimwear, towel, dry clothes, suntan lotion, sun hat, a bottle of water for whilst you are on the islands for your snorkeling sessions, sunglasses.
Notes – Unguided Snorkeling Tour, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
We recommend you do not take valuables onto the island during your snorkeling sessions (there are no secure storage facilities on the islands).
A PADI Liability Release Form must be signed and understood by the participant before the tour commences.
Sarah01101965 Twickenham, United Kingdom (TripAdvisor) –
Excellent customer service and adventure – Borneo Dream organised our stay including snorkelling, diving and jungle trips. All the way through the visit they went above and beyond to make sure our holiday was brilliant. I highly recommend them. Sarah Harraghy
John Philips, UK –
Thanks to Borneo Dream, we fully enjoyed our family snorkelling session in Kota Kinabalu. Thank Dreams you are the Best!
Lew Yin Leow, CN –
Many thanks great day, we wish we had gone on guided trip rather than free style. Still had great time and will see you again soon. Thanks Team
Alvin Koh, HK –
Myself and my family of 5 all joined an unguided snorkelling tour in Kota Kinabalu with Borneo Dream and it was fantastic. We saw loads of cool things and had a chance to also relax on an island. Thanks A