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“Humble and Beautiful”
Review of Mantanani Island

Mantanani Island
Ranked #54 of 199 things to do in Sabah
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Humble and Beautiful”
Reviewed 1 January 2014

Previously, you’d have to drive up north for approximately 1.5 hours, or take a bus to Kota Belud, to reach a small jetty at Kuala Abai that will then lead you to Mantanani Island via speed boats.

Now there's a ferry ride available directly from the Jesselton Port (Kota Kinabalu) itself. It takes approximately up to 2 hours ferry ride from the famous Jesselton Port to Mantanani Island.

Mantanani is a white sands and blue waters kind of beach, few of its kind that are blessed in this world. So after FINALLY landing on them white sand, I spotted all the activities and even checked with them what are the things that one can do in Mantanani ; volleyball, frisbee, kayak, discover diving, snorkeling and banana boats are generally the favourites. Or… a good ol’ rest. Most of us are connected to Mantanani via packages, so chances are your activities are already predetermined.

All in all, Mantanani Island has fairly few people compared to its closer to city alternative islands (Mamutik, Sapi and Manukan) but this is a humble and beautiful alternative.

More: http://jacqkie.blogspot.com/2013/12/pulau-mantanani-mantanani-island.html

Visited December 2013
2 Thank Jacqkie
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Level 3 Contributor
5 reviews
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“A fantastic place for snorkeling”
Reviewed 10 October 2013

It takes nearly 2 hours from the Kinabalu city center to the wharf by driving. Then we took the speedboat to Mantanani Island. It's a beautiful beach but not so big. We snorkeled for 1 hour, and saw the attractive fish and corals under the sea.Pls pay attention to the local weather report before you go there , because it rains frequently in KK. Make your plan in advance to avoid the prohibition to the island.

Visited September 2013
2 Thank Tiffany M
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Kuala Lumpur
Level 5 Contributor
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29 attraction reviews
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“Blue sky and great place for snorkeling”
Reviewed 26 September 2013

I was lucky as the boat ride is smooth and the weather is great. 1 day trip is a bit too rush but you get 2 snorkelling session. trip start by pickup at 7.30 am and the trip end at about 7pm drop off at the hotel. my trip report is here. http://ilovesabah.info/2013/09/12/mantanani-island-the-mermaid-island/

Visited September 2013
2 Thank AdamLai
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Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Relaxing, beautiful and most importantly, NOT CROWDED”
Reviewed 16 September 2013

My husband and I took a day tour package from the hotel @ MYR300 per pax, inclusive of a 1hour 45 min drive to Kota Belud from our hotel (Le Meridien KK), a 45 min boat transfer to the island itself, 2 snorkeling trips in the middle of the sea, snorkeling gears, lunch and tea break. Although slightly pricey for us, we thoroughly enjoyed it, because it was so beautiful and most importantly, it wasn't crowded like the other islands nearer to KK as it wasn't that easily accessible. I'm not even sure you could go there without a tour package. Everyone we saw on the island was part of our tour. There were like only about 100 of us on the island (on our side). We got to travel offshore in boats to selected spots to snorkel (or dive, if you join the diving team) twice - once in the morning and once in the afternoon. No doubt it was hot but mostly the view underwater was worth it. The guides were very friendly as well. We even had a child on board and the guide took her around in the sea on her (float?), while her mother waited on the boat - haha very funny sight actually, but the guide was so nice he even made boat sounds to accompany her ride. In contrary to what another reviewer mentioned, we were allowed to go without life jackets, ONLY if you can swim and have snorkeled before - this the guides made sure before we jumped in. Other than that, they made sure newbies and 'commoners' were safe in the life jackets. So it was really quite safe, as they themselves were in the water overlooking the activity the whole time.

If you take the package like ours, do not expect the lunch to be luxurious, just normal food. They also had beach chairs and hammocks for you to relax on after lunch, and the sandy beach is clean and smooth enough to play in. It's just too bad that they don't have other water sports. But the beach itself was so beautiful my husband and I just sat there enjoying the view and the sea breeze. One word of caution though - HOT! So lather on LOTS of sunscreen.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank EmmC48
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Hong Kong, China
Level 6 Contributor
97 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Day trip from KK”
Reviewed 4 September 2013

We went on a day trip from KK. The bus/boat trip was too long and the snorkeling not enough and slightly disappointing. For a first time experience it is OK but if you have been snorkeling before you will probably want something better. I believe the diving is good here but didn't do this.

Being part of a larger group didn't help and I felt like cattle by the end of the day.
On all other snorkeling trips I was able to swim without life jacket and pretty much do my own thing (within reason. I don't go crazy). But on this trip everything was geared to the lowest common stupid person denominator.

However, I went with a party of 4 which included 2 teenagers who hadn't been snorkeling before and they had a really good time and want to do it again.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank MartynC_HK
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