After our first trip to Mantanani Island, we realized that we spend too much time on the bus/boat trip and have little time for snorkeling and exploring the island. to appreciate the charm of Mantanani Island, an overnight stay at Mantanani Island is a must. We got to know Palm Beach Mantanani have new chalets at their premises and offer us a good price to stay overnight and we grab the chance to go visit Mantanani Island again.
Our speedboat to Mantanani Island, braving through the rough sea. the journey took 45 minutes
Palm Beach Mantanani just undergo a change of ownership and the new owner has made a lot of improvement on the property. New boats, new chalets and better maintenance.
I skip the snorkeling session so I can spend more time on the beach. had a game of volleyball with the staff and guest before lunch.
Our accommodation for the day, Dugong house. We have our own balcony and the room come with air condition and water heater.
My private room. perfect setup for an island stay!
The owner invites us to their fishing trip and we drop by the local village to get some fish for bait. There are many inhabitants of the village on Mantanani Island, there are also many cows and buffalos on the island. most of the villagers work as a fisherman.
a friendly fisherman
sunset fishing on a boat.
sunset view from the boat.
We manage to get some fishes for our dinner. Really fresh seafood. there are many activities at the night. The tour guide brings us to see Bioluminescent algae and crab catching. Prepare torchlight if you want to explore the island at night as it is really dark.
We get back to Palm beach Mantanani island after a long walk around the island. electricity is available from 6pm to 6am and the compound area is nicely lit.
The best thing to do at night, appreciate the beauty of nature. The sky full of stars and moon lights up the sea.
wake up early in the morning to see the sunrise at the front of the beach. Beautiful nature at its best on Mantanani Island.
after breakfast, we prepare for our diving trip. We can see Mount Kinabalu distance away from where our boat stop.
The visibility is low on the day and didn’t manage to get clear view during the dive. Disappointing but we enjoy the dive nonetheless.
We get back to Palm beach for change and ready for our lunch. We get ready for our boat back to Kota Kinabalu at 3pm . It was a satisfying trip and I certainly will be back to Mantanani Island again for more photo opportunity. There is something special about Mantanani Island because it was so beautiful and most importantly, it wasn’t crowded like the other islands nearer to KK as it wasn’t that easily accessible.