Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park (TARP), located off the coast of Sabah, is an ideal place for beginning scuba divers to learn the basics and explore ocean waters with a PADI-certified instructor. Enjoy a practice session from the beach in the morning and take a second dive from a speedboat in the afternoon over a stunning coral reef. There’s a maximum of four divers per guide, and all diving equipment is included. Rest easy on round-trip transport from Kota Kinabalu, dreaming of all the colorful fish you get to see on this 6-hour trip that’s aimed at non-certified and newly qualified divers.
It’s also where you’ll discover some of the world’s best scuba diving, especially for beginners. Before making two dives, receive a step-by-step introduction to scuba diving, and learn how to suit up and use your diving equipment from your PADI-certified instructor. No prior experience is necessary and you can expect to receive personalized attention. Each instructor only works with a total of four divers at any given time. If you are more advanced and want to join, no problem! No challenging diving takes place during the experience, but divers of all abilities are sure to find the park stunning to explore.
Over the course of this 45-minute dive, with little or no current, take in the topography of the site — reef made of soft and hard corals where nudibranchs, pufferfish, lionfish, stingrays, sea stars, cuttlefish and moray eels are among the macro marine life you might see. Search for schools of barracuda and snapper, all seven species of clownfish, and sea turtles as you kick around the underwater paradise.