Malaysia the most memorable feature around Pulau Layang-Layang
is a 200m see wall; the oceanic position means that sharks
and pelagic fish are common Tunku Abdul Rahman Park includes
five pristine islands Gaya, Sapi, manukan, mamutik and Sulug.
The beaches are excellent and the coral and marine life good
they are also the most easily accessible dive spots of quality
from Kota Klnabalu, lying about20 mins by boat from the state
capital. Accommodation is available on two of the island mutik
and Manukan. Pulau Mantanani is a group of islands off sabah’s
west coast of which Pulau Mantanani is the largest. Sharks
and large pelagic fishes the area is also a renowned fishing
location. Pulau Mengalum is 70km west of kota kinabalu and
fish include marlin and sail fish along with the more
usual grouper, wrasse and snapper.
Tiga dive spot comprises three islands that Iie within the
boundaries of a 15,864 hectare park gazetted in 1978, 50km
southwest of Kota Kinabalu. Marine life includes turtles,
tuna, dolphin and stingrays The island themselves support
populations of monkeys and monitor lizards, as well as a mw
volcano . The park is primarily a research area for naturalists
and so tourist facilities are intentionally kept to a minimum.
Camping is allowed, hut visitor need to bring their own food.
Turtle Islands National Park was created in 1977 and encompasses
three islands: Pulau Selingaan, Gulisan and Bakkungan Kecil.
As the popular name of the park suggests, it was gazetted
to protect the rare green aw hawksbill turtles. The peak period
for egg laying is August to October for the green turtle and
February to April for the hawksbill. Pulau Selingaan is the
only island with accommodation.
The duty free Island of Labuan is a good base for visiting
surrounding islands and dive spots. Because Labuan was a focus
of military activity during the Second World War, there are
a number of wrecks here including Japanese and US warships
(the latter probably the US Salute). Sipadan is probably the
best-known dive site in east Malaysia because of its stunning
700m sea wall Because Sipadan is an oceanic island, fish such
as manta rays and large schools barracuda are commonly seen
here while they are rare elsewhere.
popular activities include rafting, which is becoming increasingly
popular. especially in East Malaysia, and cultural tours.
Again, East Malaysia offers the greatest possibilities, trips
to explore longhouses in upriver settlements are your best
A good source of information is the internet; for websites
on Malaysia and Southeast Asia, For a list of tourist boards
overseas, see box on page 22; see also bon embassies and consulates,
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