Named after Malaysia's first Prime Minister the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park (TARP for short) consists of five islands lying around 3 kilometers off Kota Kinabalu.
Coral reefs fringe all the islands and are exposed to varying degrees during low tides. In general TARP is known as an area for macro diving. Although the coral reefs are not extensive, they exhibit the wide range of species diversity that Malaysia is famous for. Most of the diving is done round Pulau Gaya and Pulau Manukan and Sulug, with a good spot north of Pulau Mamutik. Whale sharks have been known to put in an appearance on the migratory route in February and March.