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“Really nice if you do it right”
Review of Mantanani Island

Mantanani Island
Ranked #57 of 211 things to do in Sabah
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Reviewed 4 February 2014

We took a day trip to Mantanani. There are two ways to get there now, but our tour took us on a 1 hr 45 min drive north, followed by a 30-40 minute boat ride to the island. There was some waiting time between as we collected snorkeling gear and life vests.

The island itself, once you get there, is quite nice. As of February 2014 there is a lot of construction going on to add more bungalows, but it is still quite desolate compared to the other islands. There was a large group of people who went, but due to time constraints of squeezing in two snorkeling sessions plus lunch, there was no one swimming on the far ends of the islands. It actually felt like a desolate, tropical paradise. The beaches were a nice white sand and the water was clean and very calm on the side facing Borneo. We could even see Mount Kinabalu from the beach.

That said, if you can book a trip that stays on the island overnight I would recommend it. We needed to wait about 45 minutes after landing before taking the first snorkeling trip, and between that, lunch and needing to be back at the boat by 4 made us feel that we were on the clock a bit too much. We all wanted to stay longer.

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Reviewed 30 January 2014

The 6 hours journey plus waiting for other tourists to ferry to and from the island really test one's patience. Disappointingly, the corals garden were patchy and lack variety - dull and colorless. Local tour operators should up the game, especially on safety aspects of scuba diving. Further, on that day the water was cold and visibility was very poor (1 meter only).

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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

2  Thank Jacqkie
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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.

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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/

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