Created with Sketch. Mantanani Island, Kuala Abai, Sabah

Mari Mari Backpackers Lodge

Mari Mari Backpackers Lodge

Picturesque scenery, cool breezes, and a serene environment. Escape the city to this little slice of paradise. Day trips and overnight packages available.

Located at Mantanani Besar, Mari Mari Backpackers Lodge offers daily excursions and overnight stays. There are two main types of accommodation:

  • The charming “Sulap” (hut or cabin in the Kadazandusun language), with shared or attached bathrooms, made of wood sitting on stilts and teak wood flooring. Below each “Sulap” is a deck area furnished with a hammock between the stilts. Each “Sulap” is equipped with lighting, socket points, and a wall fan.
  • Shared fan dorms, providing guests with a no-frills and clean accommodation with basic facilities.

Mari Mari has its own private beach front, which boasts crystal clear waters filled with a myriad of marine life and a white sandy beach fringed by coconut palm trees making this an excellent destination for escaping the city.

Type

Dive Center

Affiliation

PADI

Languages Spoken

English, Malay, Mandarin

Number of dive instructors

2

Number of divemasters

1

Able to cater to physically challenged

Sorry, not at the moment

Fan rooms

With hot showers too (from 1800 to 0600)

Private Beach

No crowds! yay!

Electricity

Available from 1800hrs to 0600hrs daily

Wi-Fi

Available for rent

Cafeteria

Indulge in a variety of local cuisine

Store

Snacks, drinks, and basic items available for purchase

Fish ID and training books

Reference materials available to identify that fish you spotted

Housereef

Within walking distance. Perfect for a shore dive

First aid kit

Located at the dive center, resort reception and in all boats

Emergency oxygen

Located at the dive centre

VHF radio

Located at the dive centre

Clinic nearby

At Kuala Abai town

Diving type

Boat dive, shore dive

Dive courses

Discover scuba • Open Water • Advanced Open Water

Instructor to student ratio (max)

1:4

Instructor to discover diver ratio (max)

1:4

Dive guide to scuba diver ratio (max)

1:6

Dive equipment rental

Complimentary 🙂

NITROX / Enriched Air

Not available

Equipment servicing

For light repairs, and do not extend to overhauls

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Packaged Rates

The prices below are for references only. We will quote you the best available rates

Price per personEx. Kota Kinabalu CityEx. Kuala Abai Jetty
Leisure Dives
• 2 guided dives
RM 550RM 520
SnorkelingRM 380RM 350
Discover ScubaRM 550RM 520

** Special rates are available for Malaysian citizens. Please enquire within **

Please note:

  • Boat in to Mantanani island from Kuala Abai Jetty is at 0900hrs
  • Boat out from the island back to jetty is at 1500hrs
  • Buffet lunch is served on the island
  • Includes all necessary equipment for diving and snorkeling activities, and professional guides
  • Child rates (age 5-11) are available. 50% off adult snorkeling rates
  • Rates above are subject to 6% sales and service tax
  • Additional charges for return transfers outside KK city. Please enquire within
  • Solo traveler? No problem, just send us an enquiry and we’ll try fit you in a scheduled excursion

Packaged rates below are priced per person, and for certified divers only

DIVING PACKAGES

2days/1night
• 2 guided dives
3days/2nights
• 5 guided dives
4days/3nights
• 8 guided dives
Sulap Seaview
• Ensuite bathroom
• Balcony
Single: RM 900
Twin share: RM 730
Single: RM 1770
Twin share: RM 1432
Single: RM 2640
Twin share: RM 2140
Standard Sulap
• Ensuite bathroom
Single: RM 840
Twin share: RM 710
Single: RM 1650
Twin share: RM 1385
Single: RM 2460
Twin share: RM 2060
Sulap
• Shared bathroom
Single: RM 775
Twin share: RM 670
Single: RM 1535
Twin share: RM 1320
Single: RM 2295
Twin share: RM 1970
Dormitory
• Shared bathroom
RM 620RM 1230RM 1840

** Special rates are available for Malaysian citizens. Please enquire within **

Please note:

  • All packages above include return boat transfers, breakfast, and lodging selected rooms
  • Bath towels, shower gels and shampoo are provided except for dormitories
  • Scuba diving excursions include the guidance of a professional dive guide
  • Scuba diving equipment usage (except for dive computer) is complimentary
  • Rates above are subject to 6% sales and service tax
  • Price excludes mandatory tourism tax of RM10/room/night for non-Malaysians
  • Solo traveler? No problem. Just send us an enquiry, and we’ll get you the ideal single traveler packages

Packaged rates below are based on room sharing type

LEISURE PACKAGES

2days/1night
• free snorkeling trip on 1st day
3days/2nights
• free snorkeling trip on 1st day
4days/3nights
• free snorkeling trip on 1st day
Sulap Seaview
• Ensuite bathroom
• Balcony
Single: RM 540
Twin share: RM 370
Single: RM 870
Twin share: RM 535
Single: RM 1200
Twin share: RM 700
Standard Sulap
• Ensuite bathroom
Single: RM 480
Twin share: RM 350
Single: RM 750
Twin share: RM 535
Single: RM 1020
Twin share: RM 700
Sulap
• Shared bathroom
Single: RM 415
Twin share: RM 310
Single: RM 635
Twin share: RM 420
Single: RM 855
Twin share: RM 530
Dormitory
• Shared bathroom
RM 260RM 330RM 400

** Special rates are available for Malaysian citizens. Please enquire within **

Please note:

  • Child rates (aged 5-11) are available. 50% off adult rates
  • All packages above include return boat transfers, breakfast, and lodging selected rooms
  • Bath towels, shower gels and shampoo are provided except for dormitories
  • Snorkeling equipment rental is available for rent from the dive center
  • Rates above are subject to 6% sales and service tax
  • Price excludes mandatory tourism tax of RM10/room/night for non-Malaysians
  • Solo traveler? No problem. Just send us an enquiry, and we’ll get you the ideal single traveler packages

COURSE

Min. DurationPrice Per Pax
PADI Open Water4days/3nightsRM 1350
PADI Advanced Open Water3days/2nightsRM 1200

Please note:

  • Courses include course materials, instructor fees, dive equipment usage
  • Rates above do not include lodging at Mari Mari. Kindly enquire within.

ACTIVITIES

Price Per Pax
Snorkeling gear rentalRM 30/set/day
Guided snorkeling
• boat session
RM 50/session
Guided night snorkelingRM 90/session
Leisure dive
• For certified divers
• Includes equipment
RM 180/dive
Discover scuba experienceRM 350
Sunset/Sunrise Dive
• For certified divers
• Includes equipment
RM 230/dive
Night Dive
• For certified divers
• Includes equipment
RM 260/dive
Sea Kayak RentalSingle: RM 22/30mins
Double: RM32/30mins

Please note:

  • The activities above are applicable to overnight guests
  • Price is subject to change without prior notice
  • Availability is on a first come first served basis
  • Sea sports will not be conducted during unfavorable weather for your safety
Check-In Time :
There is only 1 boat in at 0900hrs from Kuala Abai Jetty, and 1 boat out from Mantanani at 1500hrs.
Accepted Payment Methods Onsite :
• Mastercard • VISA •Cash
Booking & Payment Terms :
A 50% non-refundable deposit is required for booking confirmation, balance must be paid 30 days before scheduled check-in date. There will be no refunds on unutilised dives/services included in the package.
Booking Amendments :
Amendments to package or services booked are subject to availability and must be made 7 days before scheduled trip.
Additional charges (if any), must be settled in full once amendment is accepted.
Cancellation Policy :
• Initial deposit of 50% is non-refundable
• 50% of full payment will be forfeited for cancellations made 15 days before scheduled trip
• 75% of full payment will be forfeited for cancellations made 8-14 days from scheduled trip
• No refunds for cancellations made within 7 days from scheduled trip
Force Majure :
We will not be liable in whole or in part by any cause beyond our control due to fire, flood, weather, strikes or other labour disputes, shortage of materials, transportation difficulties, accident, war, riot, acts of God, or change of laws.
How To Get There :
The nearest jetty is Kuala Abai jetty (~1.5 hours from Kota Kinabalu city). Thereafter a 1 hour boat ride to Mantanani, depending on sea conditions.
Transfers :
• From Kota Kinabalu city to Kuala Abai jetty – Available, at a surcharge
• From Kuala Abai Jetty to Mari Mari Mantanani –  included in the package
Important notice :
If you are taking a flight on your departure day and have been scuba diving the day before, it is highly recommended to book the afternoon flight after 1500hrs to ensure sufficient surface interval before flights.
Don’t forget to bring :
Dive certification card, dive logbook, passport/ID, spare cash for personal spend, and a smile 🙂

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