Manukan Island, Kota Kinabalu

3.6
#1 of 16 in Parks in Kota Kinabalu
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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  • 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.
  • 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).
  • The island is not great, firstly if you come by speedboat the company gives you a large life jacket which you need to carry around all day or pay to have put in a locker, secondly the beach is nice but there are a lot of tourists, and rubbish everywhere, even in the sea. Pretty good for snorkelling and there are a lot of fish around, but some do bite and it's not very nice to see them having to live amongst all this trash.
  • Great place to come for snorkelling and picnicking. It's the island that stands out most compared to the other islands in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. It's pretty packed, nonetheless, should visit as well!
  • I had a great time here. The water is so blue. The sand cool and soft. One of the best beaches I've been to.
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