Guided by a local tour guide, I went to Pulau Mantanani alone - together with a boat of foreign tourists. The journey began with an hour drive from Kota Kinabalu to Kota Belud jetty followed by a 45-minutes 'crocodile' ride. It was pouring half of the journey and the current was rough. I could see neither island nor other boats in the middle of the sea. It was the longest 45 minutes in my life.
The fear vanished the moment approaching an island. All I could see was the cleanest sea I have ever seen and a sandy white beach. That very moment, I know that I will have no regrets in my life setting foot on this isle. We snorkelled in two areas: one with breathtaking choral reefs beneath us and another with lotsa fishes (with 20 metres depth). The guide even showed us Nemo near the shore of the island.
During lunch time, we were served with scrumptious buffet lunch. I made friends with an Australian, Koreans and Chinese nationals.
In short, this’ certainly one of the most memorable tours in my entire life. The crystal clear sea is simply irresistible and I have since back to my life for 3 weeks by now. I just wish I were still there.
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