Snorkeling in Borneo & Penang

Oct 6th, 2008, 06:31 PM
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Snorkeling in Borneo & Penang

I'm wondering how the snorkeling is on Borneo and Penang. Should I bother to pack my snorkel mask? Our tour company had mentioned it during an "island-hopping" tour outside Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, but that tour seems to have been dropped from the itinerary.
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Oct 6th, 2008, 07:08 PM
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If the tour company removed the trip to the islands off of Kota Kinabalu (which has fabulous snorkeling, by all reports) I can't think of anywhere else near KK or near Penang where there is great snorkeling.
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Oct 6th, 2008, 07:40 PM
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ida will carry a mask for both of you
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Oct 6th, 2008, 08:12 PM
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There's virtually no good diving along the west coast of Malaysia. There is a platform at Pulau Payer for day-trippers from Penang and Langkawi, but I hear it's not that good. It's also an all day trip from Penang, so it's probably not worth it unless you're really keen on diving.

If you're on a tour and they're taking you to a place that has snorkeling, chances are they'll provide you with a mask and snorkel. Most tour companies do.
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Oct 6th, 2008, 09:16 PM
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We didn't do any snorkelling during our visit to K.K., but I am told that Manukan Island has clear water and abundant fish. I believe also that you can take snorkelling trips from Shangri-La Tanjung Aru in KK where speed boats operate to the Tunku Abdul Rahmen Marine Park.
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Oct 6th, 2008, 10:06 PM
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We were in KK just recently and we really enjoyed the snorkelling off the beach at Manukan Island. We stayed at Sutera Harbour and you can book a trip at the Wharf that ajoins the resort. They supply good quality masks and fins. The coral is not bad but the variety of tropical fish is amazing.
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Oct 7th, 2008, 05:38 AM
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No question, the islands off of KK have great snorkeling. But remember that karinkz is traveling with a tour and the tour company took that excursion off the itinerary.
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Oct 7th, 2008, 06:54 AM
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Unfortunately, RHkkmk, Ida isn't going along--so I'm on my own re packing!

Although my tour company has taken that off their itinerary, I do have one free afternoon there. Would an afternoon be enough time to take a boat to Tanku Abdul Rahmen--or Manukan Island (or are they the same)? By the way, Shanek, we're also staying at the Sutera Harbor, so I appreciate the tip on where to book. Maybe I'll rely on their masks if I decide to book.
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