Mantanani island, made in heaven


Mantanani Island, also known as Mermaid Island ( 美人鱼岛) is one of the top destinations for tourist in recent year. The island only open up for tourists 5 years ago and is more famous to foreign tourists than to locals. I always wanted to go taking photos at Mantanani Island after looking at the beautiful photographs on the internet. So we decide to arrange a day trip to Mantanani with tour company. The cost for one person is RM280 with Amazing Borneo. For the price, We got transport to Kota Belud, return boat rides to Mantanani Island, 2 snorkelling sessions, a buffet lunch and a full day of fun. I’m so happy that I don’t have to drive this time as my friends refuse to drive most of the time we go for road trips. Unlimited drinking water and big cozy bus this time.

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We reach the Jetty at Kuala Abai Estuary around 9.30 am. There are already many tourists waiting for boat ride to Mantanani Island.


Good Weather today considering it’s been raining for the past few days. Mantanani Island is located at the open sea and the wave is always expected to be rough. The boat ride to Mantanani takes about 30 to  75 minutes depending on wind and sea condition.

Kampung Kuala Abai

Kampung Kuala Abai

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Mount Kinabalu view from the boat

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Our Boat Master, David explaining the importance of the captain and also the Do And Don’ts on the boat. He is a humorous person and makes everyone relax and understand the importance of boat ride safety.

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Sea condition is very good and we reach Mantanani Island in 30 minutes time. The first thing that welcomes us is a beautiful beach with clear sea water.



If you are lucky, you may see Dugong when you dive. Thats how the island got the Chinese name “美人鱼岛” Mermaid Island.

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Mantanani Island, where all things bright and beautiful happen!




2 snorkelling sessions: 1 in the morning and another in the afternoon. Safety jacket is a must when you are on the boat and also during snorkelling session.



Snorkelling time! Don’t jump as the water is shallow




Snorkelling in group to ensure safety. else you may lose your way and end up on another island

Mantanani Besar Island

Mantanani Besar Island

Mantanani Kecil Island

Mantanani Kecil Island

After the morning snorkelling fun, we proceed back to the island for lunch and take a break.


romance is in the air


Take a stroll along the beach after lunch and enjoy the wind, sands and coconut trees along the beach. I am so in love with this island!




 Blue sky and white clouds, perfect setup for a heavenly trip.



 We leave the island at 4pm to avoid rough sea at late afternoon. We are very lucky as the sea is calm during our boat ride back to Kota Belud. It takes only 30 minutes today which is kinda record breaking according to our captain. Thanks to our tour guide today, Mr Yuz who gave us plastic bags to waterproof our gears and told us his childhood story about learning mandarin the hard way in primary school with 100% non-chinese classmates. You are the man!


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