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. Add Manukan Island to your Kota Kinabalu travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Kota Kinabalu itinerary planner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    excellent ecological reserve, very well protected, wonderful beach and very nice view, very fast boat service
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  • August 18, 2017
    My kids and I went to Manukan island by STAR MARINA operated by Shangri-La Resort (RM 65 for each adult, RM 40 for each kid, entrance fee included). We saw lots of fish already at the pier and they ar...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    If you're bored in Kota Kinabalu, then do a day trip to Manukan Island. It is the best of all the other islands. Most touristy and lots of activities. Need not follow any tour agency. Just take Uber o...  more »
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  • September 5, 2017
    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.
  • July 22, 2017
    One of the beautiful islands i've ever been. Water is crystal clear, the crowd is in small number and the island is well managed and maintained.
  • March 6, 2017
    Very nice scenery! Crystal clear water. Very good for snorkeling. They also have a lookout which is worth to visit.
  • July 1, 2017
    I prefer Manukan Island than the other neigbour island, Sapi and Mamutik. Besides of the sea activities, you also can enjoy hiking and walk along the beach to get back to the main point. Don't forget to try parasailing, you will see amazing view off KK city from the other side. If you want to stay overnight, there is an accomodation for you, no worries!
  • June 3, 2017
    Nice place crowded with tourist, a lot of fun activities can be done. However, food are quite expensive.

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Where to stay in Kota Kinabalu

In the area of Sepanggar you'll find the main set of hotels, ranging from simple and mid-priced, to the more luxurious with good sea views. Move away from the coast for more space and privacy in resort-style hotels, which offer a range of facilities and comfortable, sometimes quirky rooms and apartments. Farther out still, you'll find backpacker motels, giving easy access to the surrounding natural attractions that, after all, are the primary reason for being here.
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