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T.A.R MARINE PARK > SNORKEL > MANUKAN
 

Kota Kinabalu Hotels & Resorts
Hyatt Regency
Gayana Island Eco Resort
Nexus Karambunai
Shangri-la Rasa Ria
Manukan Island Resort
T.A.R Marine Park Beaches
Pulau Sapi
Malohom Bay
Pulau Manukan
Pulau Mamutik
T.A.R Marine Park Dive Spots
Hanging Garden
Sulug West - Suman Reef
T.A.R Marine Park Snorkeling Spots
Manukan Island
Sapi Island

 
 
 



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LOCATION:
The snorkeling site is located to the far left of Manukan beach. The island is accessible from downtown Kota Kinabalu by boat. Journey takes about 20 minutes from the jetty of Sabah Port Authority.

DESCRIPTION:

The snorkeling at Manukan is fantastic! During my trip, the variety of marine fish that I saw was really astounding. The corals were of great varieties too.

Interestingly, the rarest fish specie that you can here are of the anemonefish! While most of us are used to seeing regular clown anemonefish, being able to spot the large spinecheek anemonefish (Premnas biaculeatus) and orange anemonefish (Amphiprion sandaracinos, somewhat similar to pink anemonefish of A. perideraion) was something that I treasured during the snorkeling trip.

Other than that, you can see colourful damselfish, Moorish idols (Zanclus cornutus), Eastern triangular butterflyfish (Chaetodon baronessa), a few parrotfish, sixbar wrasse (Thalassoma hardwicke), virgate rabbitfish (Siganus virgatus, a big school of them!), vermiculated angelfish (Chaetodontoplus mesoleucus), mirror butterflyfish (Chaetodon speculum), eight-banded butterflyfish, blue-spotted grouper (Cephalopholis cyanostigma), copper-band butterflyfish (Chelmon rostratus), etc.

The corals are definitely healthy and teeming with marine fishes. Among the stony corals you could even spot a number of Bennet's feather of star (Oxycomanthus bennetti) as well as rare bulb tentacle anemones (Entacmaea quadricolor). Otherwise, in term of corals, the usual suspects are colourful staghorn corals, Porites sp. corals, Pavona clavus corals, green mushroom sea anemones (Sarcophyton sp.), blue sea star, bottlebrush Acropora awi corals, various Montipora sp. corals, leaf corals (Pavona decussata), plate corals, knob brain corals (Lobophyllia hemprichii), table corals, etc.

Overall, superb snorkeling spot!

MY RATING:

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