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.
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