MANTANANI ISLAND EXCURSION

The demure island of Mantanani lies off the beaten tracks of other mainstream tourism destinations in Sabah. The journey to the island begins with a 2 hours drive to Kampung Kuala Abai jetty in Kota Belud, followed by another hour of riding on a speedboat.

The fun literally starts with the hour-long boat ride. Depending on the sea condition, the experience may even resemble that of white water rafting in Padas River — minus all the paddling! Don’t hesitate to ask your tour guide for seasick pills if you cannot handle the rough ride.

Once there, be prepared to be mesmerized by the untouched underwater world. The term ‘diver’s paradise’ may sound trite, but Mantanani Island is exactly that and more. As you plunge into the Mantanani underwater world, you’ll be simply mesmerized by neon coloured fish in intoxicating swirls, adorable clownfish playing hide and seek amidst the sea anemones, vivid coloured finger corals waving about, and vast garden of living coral reefs.

Stay on the island for a leisure night or two, enjoy the serene and quiet island environment. Go explore the nearby Bajau (“Sea Gypsy”) village or simply lie around under the shades of the coconut palms to take a nap or relax with a good book. Whatever you decide to do, Mantanani Island will surly rejuvenate your spirit and leave you wanting to stay longer!

The Plan

Pick-up from hotel and transfer by van to Kuala Abai Jetty, Kota Belud. Estimated travel time will be 1 hour & 45 minutes. Arrival at Jetty and depart by boat to Mantanani Island. The boat ride takes approx. 1 hour to the island. Upon arrival at Mantanani Island, freshen up and have some refreshment. Get changed. Begin your activity (Snorkelling, Leisure Diving, or Discover Scuba Diving). Lunch is provided at the designated area on the island. At 3 pm, depart back to Kuala Abai Jetty. Upon arrival, board van and proceed back to Kota Kinabalu and transfer to your respective hotel.

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Snorkelling Activity & Non-Divers Itinerary:

10:45 am
Upon reaching the island, gear up for a 1st snorkelling session. Mask and fins will be issued by our crew. Get on the boat and proceed to the first boat snorkelling at house reef.

12:30 pm
Return back to the island for lunch.

13:30 pm
After lunch, continue to the second snorkelling house reef site or simply swim around the house reef.

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Discover Scuba Diving Activity Itinerary (For Non-Certified Divers):

10:45 am
Arrival at the island. After gearing up, safety briefing will be given by our Dive Instructor/Master. After the briefing, proceed for 1st Dive in shallow water (waist deep) around the beach to familiarize with the equipment and learn basic skills. Get on the boat and proceed for the 2nd Dive (less than 6 meters depth). Dive sites will be determined by our Dive Instructor/Instructor depending on guest’s capability.

12:30 pm
Return back to the island for lunch.

13:30 pm
After lunch, freshen up. Free and easy. You can snorkel at the beach, play volleyball, take photos, or engage in water sports activities.

Note: Unlimited snorkelling (F.O.C.) from the beach for Discover Scuba Divers after lunch.

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Leisure Diving Activity Itinerary (For Certified Divers):

10.45 am
Upon reaching the starting point, Dive equipment will be provided to the guests. After gearing up, safety briefing will be given by our Dive Master / Instructor. Proceed to the 1st Dive site with the boat. 1st Dive commences.

12:30 pm
Return back to the island for lunch.

13:30 pm
After lunch, get ready for a Second Dive. Proceed to a different dive site with the boat.

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  • TOUR CODE : BBT14
  • DURATION : 2D/1N OR 3D/2N
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