A visit to Marine Ecology Research Centre

Experience the warm, wildlife-rich reefs of the idyllic Tunku Abul Rahman Marine Park on Malaysia’s southern coastline. Observe ground level marine conservation of the world’s endangered aquatic animals as you spend the morning with the Marine Ecology Research Centre. Learn about their cutting edge approach leading Malaysia’s fight against reef deterioration.

Destinations included:
Kuching - Kubah National Park

We pride ourselves in creating personalised travel experiences that suit all your preferences and needs.

With this tour you can:

  • Choose your own departure date
  • Select the comfort level of accommodation
  • Adjust activities to cater to special interests
  • Modify any aspect of the tour as needed
JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Enjoying a conservation-themed excursion, and learning about important issues surrounding Sabah
  • Witnessing efforts to operate in an ecologically sensitive manner while improving the local habitat
  • Exploring the astounding beauty of the Gaya Islands
TOUR INCLUSIONS
  • Tours as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
  • Meals listed in the itinerary
  • Expert English-speaking local guide
  • Service charges and government VAT tax
TOUR MAP
ITINERARY BY DAY

Begin the day’s conservation-themed excursion with hotel pick-up and a drive through the gentle early morning hustle of Kota Kinabalu’s sunny streets. Following jetty transfer savour a 20 minute boat ride over shallow-water reefs shimmering with tones of polished opals and teeming with an array of wildlife. The serene waters of Gaya Island’s Malohom Bay greet you as you head to the Marine Ecology Research Centre – MERC. Witness the Centre’s efforts to both operate in an ecologically sensitive manner and improve the conditions of the breathtaking local habitat, located at the doorstep of Tunku Abul Rahman Park.

As you spend the morning in the protected marine area made up of five islands in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, learn about how MERC has employed state-of-the-art Biorock artificial reef technology to improve the growth and survival rate of Malaysia’s precious coral species by 80%. Follow in the footsteps of other visitors and be part of the MERC’s Adopt a Coral programme by sponsoring one of thousands of coral plants. Play a role in combating the increasing threat of extinction to the world’s last remaining giant clam habitats by supporting the Giant Clam Propagation Programme, which has successfully produced over 10,000 spats (juvenile clams) thus far.

After visiting the Centre, break for lunch and return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure afterwards.

Please fill in the form below, and our experts will contact you within 24-48 hours with a tailor-made itinerary and price
Preferred departure date*
Anything else we should know?
* Required fields
Contact us
  • By Phone
  • Online Form
  • Visit Us
If you are in Vietnam
Call +84 4 3828 0702 for general enquiries
Call +84 4 3926 3425 for online enquiries
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday, 8:30 - 17:30 ICT
If you are in Cambodia
Call +855 6396 5670

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday, 8:30 - 17:00 ICT
If you are in Laos
Call +856 7125 4395

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday, 8.30 - 17:00 ICT
If you are in Thailand
Call +66 2245 6392

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday, 9:00 - 18:00 ICT
If you are in Australia
Call +61 2 8065 7931

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday, 9:00 - 17:00 EST
If you are in United Kingdom
Call +44 20 8545 2830

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday, 9:00 - 17:30 GMT
VIETNAM
Head Office in Hanoi
Level 10, 70-72 Ba Trieu Street
Hoan Kiem District
Hanoi
Email: caj.sales@buffalotours.com
CAMBODIA
Office in Siem Reap
556 Tep Vong Street
Khum Svay Dangkom
Siem Reap
Email: cambodia@buffalotours.com
LAOS
Office in Luang Prabang
102/5 Kaysone
Phomvihane Road, Ban Phabattai
Luang Prabang
Email: laos@buffalotours.com
THAILAND
Office in Bangkok
Lertpanya Building Suite
706-707 41 Soi Lertpanya, Sri-Ayuthaya
Phayathai Road, Rajathewee
Bangkok 10400
Email: thailand@buffalotours.com
AUSTRALIA
Office in Sydney
L5, Suite 509 55 Holt Street
Surry Hills
Sydney
Email: caj.sales@buffalotours.com
UNITED KINGDOM
Office in London
The Old Church
89B Quicks Road Wimbledon
London SW19 1EX
Email: uk@buffalotours.com