Mantanani Islands are a group of three isolated islands located northwest of Kota Belud, about an hour’s drive from the state capital of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu. These islands are approximately 45 minutes boat ride by speedboat from the mainland Kuala Abai Jetty. Pulau Mantanani Besar, shaped-like a knife, has a beach that stretches up to 2.500 metres. The fact, that this thin island has never been commercialized, secures its hidden secrets from great number of divers and thus giving you a private but full enjoyment to the tropical island. Unfairly blessed with age-old shipwrecks and critters inhabiting in and around it. The island promises the most diverse marine life with visibility up to 40 metres.
Many species of rays flutter around like blue spotted ray and marbled sting ray amongst large schools of fish. Besides that muck diving is excellent with the quiet existence of imperial shrimps, jaw fish ribbon eels, seahorses, pink-eyed gobbles and the jaw-dropping blue ringed octopus, amidst nudibranch of all sorts. One of the main reasons that Mantanani Islands is popular for local and tourists alike is because of its picturesque scenery, cool breezes and serene environment. On Pulau Mantanani Besar (Big Mantanani Island), stay at theMari Mari Backpackers Lodge. Here the island is yours to explore. One can stay for days and be completely complacent enough with island life at the lodge. Go island trekking and see what life is like for locals in the fishing village. Hop into a kayak and try your hands at sea-kayaking or simply laze on the beach and work on your tan. Grab a book, find yourself a hammock and swing yourself to the gentle sound of sea breeze. When evening comes, play a friendly game of volleyball.
At sunset, join our sunset cruise with our big wooden boat and watch the sun cast Technicolor rays across the sky as it slowly disappears into the horizon.
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