The largest of the islands, Gaya derived its name from a local tribe word “Gayo'' which means big. For those preferring to spend a night or two on the islands, visitors can choose between three leisure island resorts. Gaya Island has a lot to offer visitors - the breathtaking marine ecosystem, which is spectacular for snorkelling and diving, is accompanied by dense untouched tropical rainforest with 20 kilometres of hiking trails to explore. Some may just prefer to bask under the tropical sun on one of the island’s spectacular beaches such as Malahom Bay or Police Bay.
Manukan Island is the second largest and one of the most popular islands in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park with its endless pristine beaches. Even at peak times you’ll be able to find a spot for yourself on the beach! Some of the best stretches for sunbathing and picnicking can be found on the eastern tip of the island. Manukan is the most developed amongst the five in terms of tourist facilities which includes the Sutera Sanctuary Lodges island resort, a local restaurant, sports playing field, a dive centre and a variety of water sports activities such as parasailing and banana boating. Head to the south and east side of the island for great snorkeling spots and thrilling water sports or explore the island along the designated nature trails.
This is the smallest of the islands at only 15 acres. It is also the closest island to the mainland, taking approximately 10-15 minutes by speed boat. Though it is small, this island has some of the most beautiful coral reefs and best snorkeling spots in the park. It is quieter than the bigger islands such as Manukan, and is perfect for both solo travellers and families who want to spend the day out. Public facilities that can be found here include changing rooms, convenience store, restaurant, toilets, picnic shelters, tables and barbeque pits. The Borneo Divers dive centre is located on Mamutik Island. For those who would like to spend the night, visitors can arrange to camp on the island.
Sapi Island is linked to Gaya Island and during low tide, it is even possible to wade between the two islands. Here you can find the Coral Flyer, and at 235 metres long, is the second longest island-to-island zipline in the world. The clear waters of Sapi Island make for excellent snorkelling and exciting water sports such as parasailing and banana boating. The busiest times on the island are from 10 AM to 4 PM, and once the last ferry leaves at 4.30 PM, the island quietens down for the adventurous who choose to camp overnight.
Sulug Island is the furthest away amongst the five islands in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park and is the least visited. It does not have a jetty, nor any local development and is mostly reserved for snorkelling and diving tours. Untouched and remote, Sulug is the place to go for those who want to to get away from it all and pretend having your own private island.