DAY TRIP TO TUNKU ABDUL RAHMAN PARK
The Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park is a group of five islands lying just off the coast of Borneo. An essential part of Borneo’s ecosystem is its Day Trip Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park and its protected area. This area provides the habitats of endemic birds which are one of the main components of the Borneo biodiversity and also offers essential nesting grounds for many other bird species.
Tunku Abdul Rahman is one of the most important protected areas in the world. It is one of the most significant protected areas in the world – it is the only place globally where protected land covers over 80% of its total area. This is also one of only two places in the world where there exists an uninterrupted migration of protected species.
It’s possible to do a full Day Trip Tunku Abdul Rahman and visit all 5 islands in one day. But you only get a short amount of time on each, and as they are all reasonably similar, it’s best to pick one and enjoy a maximum relaxing time. I also recommend heading to the first island on your list and then following it closely. If you spend enough time on that island, you’ll find that you like it there and decide to continue to the other islands for your next day.
We would recommend spending an hour or two on each island before getting back to the mainland. I’ve only visited two of them as part of a full-day tour, and they don’t seem to be as developed. However, if you’ll do an overnight island-hopping tour, they will make for an exciting trip. And if you have a friend willing to help with the boat or kayak, it will make for a beautiful adventure.
Which islands to visit in Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park?
Isla Gaya: This is by far the largest island in the park and is home to some resorts. You can only visit here on an organized day trip or if you stay in one of the resorts, which sounds great. So, if you have more time, check out the resort prices also.
Sapi island: This is the most famous island for tourists, and we first went there on our day in the National Park. As with all islands, it has a small white sand beach and some places for diving. Unfortunately, the reef was closed during our stay due to ebb and, as far as we could see, a lot was dead. There were still many fishes in the area, but there were also a few hundred Chinese tourists circling. We would not recommend Sapi if you like peace.
Manukan Island: We stopped here to leave other people and, as far as we could see, it seemed pretty quiet (although many of the tours go here after Sapi and we just arrived for them). This is the longest beach on one of the islands, so there are more places to dive and more options for finding a secluded spot.
Mamutik Island: We spent a great afternoon sharing the beach with three other people on Mamutik Island. There was a lot to see while we were snorkelling and there are also many facilities on the island for snorkelling and kayaking, including glass-bottom kayaks.
Sulug Island: This island is visited very less, and you will hardly find anyone else there. As a result, it is harder to find a boat that will take you there (although it has the same price as the other islands) and there are no facilities on the island. But if loneliness is what you want, then this is a good bet.