Manukan Island, Kota Kinabalu

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Take a trip to Manukan Island, located in the country's first marine national park. Hop on a speedboat from the mainland and in 20 minutes you're there--on a paradisal island offering natural attractions and plenty of activities. Head to the southern coastline for white sand beaches, where you can venture into the coral reefs just offshore. Get active with scuba diving, parasailing, and banana boating (chalets around the island's coast rent out equipment). A few restaurants serve an array of local specialities with sea views. Use our Kota Kinabalu trip itinerary planner to add Manukan Island and other attractions to your Kota Kinabalu vacation plans.
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  • We got here early. Less people and clearer water meant brilliant views of many fish when snorkelling. There are walks to take along the coast and places go sit or eat.  more »
  • Caught the boat over from Shangrla Tanjung Aru. Great service as the rep was ready for us on arrival, had beach mats set out for us, we were provided with towels and hired snorkelling gear from the. W...  more »
  • The beach is white/yellowish, under the trees it was full of leaves the other part was quite nice. There wasn’t that much rubish as written in other reviews and yes quite a few people but still not to...  more »
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  • It's an island... relaxing place to spend holiday with family n loved one.... can spend the night here cos got chalet ... having relaxing our peace of mind here is goodcos of open sea view and the ever green environment 🖒👌
  • While I believe the resort is top-notch, the beach itself is a major disappointment. If you want a beach paradise, head instead to the Visayan islands of the Philippines.
  • Manukan is quite big and beautiful and you have good snorkelling possibilities. Again many tourists but that's how it is. Many food options. For me Manukan was the favorite just snorkelling around. The enclosed area is bigger and deeper. The best.
  • Very nice island. Great views and a ery nice place to relax. There are various resorts on the island. There is an option for scuba diving here. Snorkelling is also an option here. The beaches are very nice. The boat ride from KK to the island is very much enjoyable. There are a lot of other activities on other island around this one. Worth spending some time on this island for relaxing and enjoying nature with beautiful waters all around.
  • Enjoyable beach with drinking/eating options. 20 minutes from the ferry terminal. Departure was a bit messy as nobody was coming to the jetty to check ticket, and we had to catch the guy shouting from his boat (Borneo Ferry).
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