On the radar, you can find three little blips that form the Mantanani islands, stretching about 40km northwest of Kota Belud. The paradise is your quintessential alabaster-fringed tropical archipelago. Reef ringed and sitting in crystal-clear aquamarine waters.
What Is So Special of Mantanani?
On the largest Mantanani island, you can find two small villages with no roads or the growing number of resorts. The location is suitable for day-trippers from Kota Kinabalu. These people are coming here to snorkel or dive among the colorful reefs and World War II shipwrecks.
Besides that, muck diving is also known to be fantastic as well as the waters have excellent visibility up to 30 meters. Pulau Mantanani is also known as the diver paradise. As the underwater, you go for has full of mesmerizing neon-colored fish, corals, and vast garden of coral reefs.
Other than sporadic encounters with dolphins, Pulau Mantanani also provides unique experiences such as the encounter with rare underwater species. These include bump head parrotfish, moray eel, turtles and eagle ray.
For those who are a fan of underwater photography. Pulau Mantanani Kota Belud is also the go-to place. As the view is simply to die for and high visibility which makes it magnificent.
Get A Pleasant View with Some Walking
Besides that, you could also visit Atkinson Clock Tower, as it is one of the main landmarks at Mantanani island package. The tower was given the name during the colonial period, in honor of Francis George Atkinson.
Getting up to the tower requires tourists to walk up to a scenic hill. It offers you views over the rest of the city with the Signal Hill Observatory. Which is included in the Mantanani island package.
For water lovers, you could also take a wetland river cruise after resting at Mantanani resort. From the vantage point of water, you will be able to observe several flocks of animals coming to the river to bathe and drink.
What are the other things that you could do after visiting the Sutera at Mantanani resort? Ever heard of Kota Kinabalu? It is one of the world-famous attractions resides in Sabah. It is a sacred mountain as thousands of hill climbers come here for the attempt.
There are a long list of activities to-do in KK. The mountain has a very well-diverse ecosystem, which allows you to see gorgeous flora and fauna in Malaysia.
Kota Kinabalu is also known as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. And the best island in Kota Kinabalu, the trek to the summit grants you some of the most breathtaking views over the rest of Sabah you could get in your life.
Visit the Aquarium
For those who don’t want to wet themselves to have a look at the aquatic life on Mantanani Island. You can visit the green aquarium. It has a collection of some most colorful marine species in Sabah as it is one of the things to do in KK.
This place is also great for a family visit. As it has many interactive exhibits such as a touch tank where families of big and small can get close with all manner of creatures. Remember that it is the best island in Kota Kinabalu.
All in all, Mantanani Island is a great place for divers and nature lovers, make sure to book your tickets early to secure your next vacation.