Pulau Kuraman Pulau
Rusukan Besar Pulau Rusukan Kecil Diving
Park is located 2 kilometres off the southern part of Labuan main
island. Beautiful and wild, the park encompasses 10 square kilometres of
pristine water and three secluded islets, namely Pulau Rusukan Besar,
Pulau Rusukan kecil and the largest of the three, Pulau Kuraman. Waters
surrounding 3 small islands, stretching up till two nautical miles from
the shore of these islands, have been declared as Marine Park
Here you may photograph, swim, observe and study all forms of marine
fauna and flora as well as scuba dive, sail, kayak and snorkel freely.
It features long stretches of sandy beaches, reef atoll, jungle tracks
and quiet tidal pools. Sea snakes, rare butterflies and a prolific bird
life add to its enchantment. Snorkeling and scuba trails introduce you
to an underwater world of fascinating marine life and the many secluded
beach spots offer unusual privacy and natural ambience. An atoll in the
middle of the marine park is known for its many snakes sheltering
there. Visitors can choose camp out at these quiet, unspoilt islands
provided they ensure the cleanliness and pristine condition here is not
compromised upon their departure back to Labuan.
The best time to visit The Labuan Marine Park is between February and
Note: Banned - Fishing and anchoring
Local authority bans all form of fishing in waters around the Park. It
also bans anchoring. Visiting yachts will either have to rent a mooring
or tie to a dock in one of the marinas in the main island of Labuan. The
only exceptions are boats under three meters in length using a stone
anchor, and larger vessels having special advance authorization in
writing from the authority.
Pulau Kuraman is the largest of the three islands and is about 5.2 sq.
kilometre in size. It has two beautiful white beaches, perfect for
picnics and sun-bathing. The island is surrounded by hard corals, the
most conspicuous species of the coral reef is the Acropora tubinaria.
The corals are found in water 8 - 13 meters deep.
Pulau Rusukan Besar is about 14 ha. in size and is situated just next to
Pulau Kuraman. There are coral reefs in the waters to the west, east and
south of the island. The waters east and south of the island is very
good for snorkelling and viewing from glass-bottom boats, as well as
As it is close to the wreck-dive sites, many divers use it as their
base. Rusukan Besar is densely forested. It is ideal for picnic,
swimming and snorkelling.
Pulau Rusukan Kecil is situated near Pulau Kuraman and it has a land
area of only 8 ha. The coral reefs nearby consist of mostly Acropora and
Platygyra species. The water surrounding this island is very suitable
for snorkelling and swimming. There are places for camping and picnics
as well. The hike around the small forest on Rusukan Kecil can be an
interesting experience as well, with rare butterflies and bird species
to admire. An atoll in the middle of the marine park has many snakes
Labuan offers ideal diving conditions all year round for both
professionals and amateurs divers. Four wrecks await exploration by
diving enthusiasts. Sunken relics of World War 11 and post war
shipwrecks have made Labuan's waters the region's centre for wreck
The types of diving at these wrecks ranges from "novice" to "serious"
dives with penetrations into the hulls. These wrecks are known as
"Cement Wreck", "American Wreck", "Australian Wreck" and "Blue Water