Mantanani Island

Dive Map Mantanani Island Sabah

Mantanani Island Sabah

Description :
Mantanani or known by the locals as “Mermaid island” is gaining popularity among divers, as fast as its tourist arrivals. Just a couple of hours from Kota Kinabalu, the 3 island groups offers postcard scenery, cool breezes and a serene environment, surrounded by crystal turquoise waters teeming with vibrant reef life. It used to be a hot spot for spotting dugongs, hence its name “Mermaid island”.
Where is it :
Kota Belud, Sabah.
Number of dive sites :
Type of Diving :
Guided – boat, deep, drift, wreck
Skill Level :
Beginner to advanced
Main Diving Attraction :
Dugongs (a.k.a manatees) if you are really lucky, blacktip sharks, juvenile turtles abound, and macro diving (seahorses, imperial shrimps, blue-ringed octopus, nudibranches). And not to mention, its clear visibility and beautiful coral reefs.
Average Water Temperature :
27°C (80.6°F) to 30°C (86.0°F)
Seasonality :
All year round (ideal times to go between April and July)
Typical Visibility :
10m (32ft) to 30m (98ft)
General Current Conditions :
Low to mild
Family / Non-Diver Friendly :
Availability of Other Leisure Activities :
Snorkelling, sea kayak, island trekking.
Availability of ATM / Foreign Exchange Bureau :
None on the island
Availability of Medical Facility :
None on the island
Here are some of our favorite dive sites 🙂
Gilly Reef :
Descend into the sloping reef and you will be greeted by the sight of ribbon eels, nudibranchs, lionfish and marbled stingrays.
Pehen Rock :
This site offers quite an unusual topography thriving with bottom dwellers. Excitingly large giant clams congregate here, amid a school of batfish and occassionally, green turtles.
Sandy Bar Point :
Dive down into a seascape carpetted by a mix of pristine hard and soft corals. Here, you can expect to see a variety of tropical reef fishes, and even reef sharks or turtles if you are lucky.
Nearest Jetty :
Kuala Abai Jetty
Address :
Jalan Kuala Abai, 89150, Kota Belud, Sabah
* Approximately 45mins boat ride to Mantanani Island
Nearest Airport :
Kota Kinabalu International Airport (IATA: BKI)
Estimated Travel Time from Kota Kinabalu Airport :
1.5 hours (by car)

Price reference based on 4D3N packages

  • Mantanani Island, Kuala Abai, Sabah

    Mari Mari Backpackers Lodge

    Packages from RM520

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

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