How to DIY your Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park Island Hopping Trip

Island hopping in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park could easily cost you a lot of money if you book thru travel agencies. You actually have the option to DIY it to save money. Here’s how:

How to DIY your Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park Island Hopping Trip

Jesselton Ferry Terminal

1. Go to Jesselton Ferry Terminal and book your boats (price depends on number of islands you’ll visit). We paid RM37 each for four islands. Inform them of you desired itinerary (they’ll give you options depending on boat schedules).

2. Pay the terminal fess (RM7) before you leave the terminal. Proceed to the dock.

3. Before you leave the boat, ask the boatman the time of departure for the next destination. On the first island that you’ll visit, pay the RM10 Conservation Fee.

4. Stay and have fun on the island and go back to the dock on the scheduled time. The boat will pick you up and bring you to your next island.

Ain’t that easy 🙂

Here’s some tips if you want to enjoy your island hopping without breaking the bank:

1. Bring food and drinks.
2. You can rent a snorkelling mask and life vest in Jesselton (not included in your boat fare).
3. Pulau Manukan has restaurants in case you didn’t bring any food nor drinks.
3. Padang Point (Gaya Island’s southernmost tip) has monkeys and monitor lizards freely roaming the islands. DO NOT FEED the ANIMALS!
4. Protect your gadgets by putting them in a waterproof bag. If you don’t have any, there’s a small outdoor shop near Jesselton Port.

Here’s some pictures of the islands:

Mamutik Island

Manukan Island

Padang Point

Enjoy your Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park Island Hopping Trip!


  1. this is one tip I could have used when I went to KL but soonest when I will get the chance to go to Kota Kinabalu, I shall be needing this the most.

    Thank you Plif for this. God bless you always

    • I was there last May but never got the chance to go island hopping. Hope to get back there in the future. I’ll take note of those places. Nice city. Very laid back especially if you’re looking for a place devoid of the crowd.

  2. whaaaa. i missed manukan island, we went here after our mt. kinabalu assault. and we slept under the tree the whole day. the guy in the bar is a filipino, and he lend us the snorkeling gear for free!

  3. Ohhhh those island photos are gorgeous! And great tips for saving money….

  4. How far is this jesselton ferry terminal from Tune Hotel? Tune hotel is at Jalan Sulaman road.
    Do you have any idea how much will be the taxi fare for 1 way?

    • not sure about the distance but you can try using Google Maps to see the direction from your hotel to Jesselton Terminal.


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