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Full-Day Snorkeling Adventure from Kota Kinabalu

4.6 / 5

22 reviews

Activity provider: Borneo Dream

Full-Day Snorkeling Adventure from Kota Kinabalu

Activity provider: Borneo Dream

From US$ 83.83 per person

Snorkel the tropical waters of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park near Kota Kinabalu and see a host of colorful reef fish and coral gardens. Chill out on sandy beaches, and relax over a full a la carte lunch at an island café.

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Duration 7 hours
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English, Chinese, Malay


  • Snorkel among the colorful coral gardens of Sabah
  • Explore the Coral Triangle of Kota Kinabalu
  • Sail by catamaran to the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park in the South China Sea
  • See if you can find Nemo among the coral reefs
  • Enjoy an a la carte lunch on a tropical island
  • Spot elusive green or hawksbill turtles
  • Take an optional snorkeling or skin diving lesson with a PADI instructor
Full description
Spend the day snorkeling at Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, part of the Coral Triangle of Sabah in the South China Sea. Recognised as having the greatest biodiversity of any waters in the world, the Coral Triangle offers a vast range of marine life, including many colorful reef fish. You will sail by fully equipped catamaran to the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman, where you will take 2 different guided snorkeling adventures around the coral gardens. An a la carte lunch will be served during the day at an island café, while refreshments will be available on board the well-equipped catamaran throughout. The exact snorkel locations will be selected on the day of your tour, dependent on sea conditions, as well as your level of experience. For more confident snorkelers, a trip to a remote coral reef will be organized, where you can snorkel directly off the boat. Less experienced snorkelers can relax with the help of a PADI professional guide, who will snorkel with you from tranquil beaches, and help you spot and identify the diverse marine life. See if you can spot an elusive green or hawksbill turtle. And look out for the shy clownfish, fondly known as "Nemo!"
  • Full-day snorkeling tour
  • PADI-certified guide
  • Optional snorkeling and skin diving skills session
  • Boat transfers
  • Access to fish identification material
  • Equipment (mask, snorkel, fins) and optional wetsuit
  • Buoyancy aid
  • Lunch
  • Water and biscuits
  • Jetty, island entrance, and conservation fees
  • Hotel transfers

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Meeting point

Meet at 8:45 AM at the entrance to Jesselton Point Jetty in central Kota Kinabalu. From here you will be escorted to one of the boats. Jesselton Point Jetty is a short stroll , or taxi ride, from most hotels in central Kota Kinabalu.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Please note that the snorkeling sites visited are subject to weather / sea state on the day and your level of comfort and confidence snorkeling in the sea
  • Any participant under 18 years must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times
  • Personal buoyancy aids (vests) are available - please ask the crew for one when you join the boat
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 22 reviews

Review summary

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Started the day with joint attendance and information. We were told what was going to happen and we were taught how to snorkel. We stopped 3 times for snorkeling. In the middle of the day it was lunch at an island cafe. The guides were keen on how we were doing and were happy to give us tips and advice. They seemed genuinely happy about their work, which spreads to the group. Thanks for a wonderful day on the water!

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April 18, 2019

Fantastic snorkeling guide

Service (i.e. snorkeling guide Esther) was fantastic. Bubbly, attentive and really helpful. She was really into teaching us the correct snorkeling method, despite us not asking her to do so. Visibility was just OK, but it is not within their control. Food was just meh, but the portion is big, which is a plus :) Boat was clean! which is superb. Life vest a bit on the old and dirty looking side, but no nasty smell unlike some other boats (other companies) we have been on, which is great! Email communication and instructions were very clear. Would i recommend this to others? yes!

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March 26, 2019

Nice snorkeling fun

The pickup worked as agreed. We went to three different snorkeling spots all around Gaya Island. Everyone has their peculiarities. We could see many beautiful corals and fish. The water was very clear for the most part. The last snorkeling area was the best. We even saw a black fin reef shark and a turtle. Lunch on the island was ok but not great. Can recommend the tour. Hopefully the reefs will continue to be so intact.

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March 1, 2019

Product ID: 13863