Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park
The marine park is under the administration of the Sabah Parks authority which has the mandate to oversee designated protected areas and ensure their maintenance and upkeep as reserves while catering to tourists wanting to enjoy the natural beauty that Sabah has to offer.
The largest amongst the island group is Pulau Gaya on which there is a small settlement of locals and illegals (primarily from the Philippines) who have built wooden housing over the coastal edges while the rest is pristine jungle.
Flora and fauna
Travel to the TAR Marine Park is easy as hourly speedboat rides can be caught at the Kota Kinabalu ferry terminal and is only a short 10 - 25 minute ride to the Park.