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ISLANDS OF BORNEO > Sabah Islands > Manukan Island

Pulau Manukan
Manukan Island Resort

Manukan offers clear waters and beautiful coral reefs. Shaped like a dolphin, the island is 1 km long. Blessed with a long stretch of white sandy beach promising hours of sea, sand & fun! Guests can choose to stay in one of the single or double storey chalets. All chalets overlook the South China Sea and a spectacular sunset is almost a daily affair.

The island is also ideal for small to medium sized group meetings. Have a solitary time for yourself at the Look-Out Point and watch the beautiful sunset of Borneo.

The island is accessible from downtown Kota Kinabalu by boat. Journey takes about 20 minutes from the jetty of Jesselton Point (formally the location of Sabah Port Authority)

Pulau Manukan is located off the coast of downtown Kota Kinabalu.

There are a number of tour operators provide day tour to Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (which consists of the islands of Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan, Pulau Sulug and Pulau Mamutik).

Accommodation in Manukan Island :

 Accommodation No. of unit
 1. Hilltop Lodge (Single Storey) 4 Units
 2. Hilltop Lodge (Double Storey) 6 Units
 3. Beach Lodge (Single Storey) 4 Units
 4. Beach Lodge (Double Storey) 6 Units
Contact Information

Sutera Sanctuary Lodges (392937-K)
Sales & Reservation Office:
Lot G15, Ground Floor, Wisma Sabah
88000, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
Tel : (60-88) 243629   Fax: (60-88) 259552

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What are available in Manukan Island
Pulau Manukan Island
A 15-20 minutes boat ride from Kota Kinabalu city
Coral beds
& Dive Sites
White Sandy Beach Public Facilities 1 Resorts

20 different dive sites in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

The reefs lie in shallow waters with little current making it an ideal location for novice divers, however, the diverse and sometimes rare marine creatures also make it an interesting dive location for experienced divers and underwater photographers.

Good stretches of beaches on the southern coastline.

The best stretch is on the eastern tip of the island. Crowded during Malaysian school holidays.

Ideal for snorkelling, diving, swimming and fish feeding.

Basic tourist facilities are  provided on the beach:

Water-based activity centre for renting kayaks, snorkelling gears, life jackets, etc

A number of cafes,
3 restaurants,
Souvenir shops,
Water sports,
Hiking trails,
Exhibition hall by Sabah Parks,
The Sabah Parks Marine Headquarters,
Washrooms with showers,
Dive centres.

Manukan Island - an ideal getaway for a short break from the city. This shade-fringed island offers modern chalet accommodation, restaurants, and a swimming pool. A white sandy beach and fringing coral reefs teeming with marine life beckons the city-frazzled nature lover to swim, snorkel, dive and just unwind...
Manukan Island - an ideal getaway for a short break from the city.

This shade-fringed island offers modern chalet accommodation, restaurants, and a swimming pool. A white sandy beach and fringing coral reefs teeming with marine life beckons the city-frazzled nature lover to swim, snorkel, dive and just unwind...

The beach at Pulau Manukan
The beach at Pulau Manukan

is less spectacular to Pulau Sapi, but people come to Pulau Manukan for the diving and snorkeling.

Its shortcomings above the water surface is compensated by the rich and colourful marine life underneath it.

Pulau Manukan Island

Open air kitchen under shady trees
Open air kitchen under shady trees

Manukan has most developed tourist facilities that includes a few restaurants. The Manukan Island Restaurant offers a wide selection of cuisine or visitors may make pre-arrangement for barbecue.
A full day Island picnic tour package with Grilled BBQ is available for booking through hotel counter or tour argent.

Island Tour Package Price:
RM 230 per person (BBQ at Manukan Island)
RM 200 per person (BBQ at Sapi Island)
BBQ Lunch at Manukan Island. Open air restaurant under the shady trees (PHOTO BELOW)



(1/2 Dozen)
RM 16.00nett
(1 Dozen)
RM 18.00nett


Enjoyed snorkelling with fish feeding followed by hundreds of fish when they see your bottle of food for them.
You also find nemo here.



On the island is a store to rent snorkelling equipment.
You can rent equipments at the island itself, or rent from the tour boat at a cheaper price. Deposit required.


MASK, SNORKEL & FINS 15.00 50,00
MASH & SNORKEL 10.00 40.00
MASH ONLY 10.00 40.00
FINS ONLY 10.00 40.00
SNORKEL ONLY 5.00 20.00
BEACH MAT (SMALL) 4.00  5.00
BEACH MAT (LARGE)  5.00 10.00
LIFE BUOY 5.00 10.00
LIFE / TUBE RING (SMALL) 5.00 10.00
LIFE / TUBE RING (LARGE) 6.00 10.00
LIFE JACKET 10.00 20.00
BODY BOARD (SMALL)  5.00 10.00
BODY BOARD (LARGE) 10.00 15.00

For those who do not want to join an expensive picnic package but came by own arrangement, there is an economy food outlet on this island.

The second largest island in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. Manukan is the most popular island. It is covered in dense vegetation and has hiking trails.

Good stretches of beaches are on the southern coastline of this island. The best beach is on the eastern tip. Manukan has rich coral reefs ideal for snorkelling and diving.

Out of 5 islands in the park , Manukan has most developed tourist facilities that includes:

1) 20 units of chalets
2) a clubhouse
3) a few restaurants
4) a diving centre.

Recreation facilities :

1) a swimming pool
2) football field
3) squash and tennis courts.
Manukan Island has a Marine Conservation and Research Centre, it also had some attractions such as "Remnants of World War II".

Infrastructural facilities include :

1) Water
2) Electricity
3) Desalination plant
4) Sewerage system

This 51 acres boomerang shaped is the second largest of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, Manukan has good stretches of beaches on the southern coastline. There is a trail system around the island. Ideal for snorkeling, diving and swimming. The snorkeling area is far left of thebeach. Snorkeling at Manukan is fantastic! The variety of marine fish is astounding. The corals were of great varieties too

Manukan Island Package :

Almost all hotel offer or help arrange Day Tour to TAR Marine Park. Manukan Island is the most popular island because of its well developed tourist facilities.
Just ask your hotel counter for information for an Island Day Trip.

Photo above : Western stretch of beach of Manukan Island is usually crowded. But The best stretch of beach is on the eastern tip of the island a walking distant away on a walking trial.

The island has very clear waters and is an excellent venue for water-skiing and sea-sports. The beach however is somewhat rocky and swimmers should exercise some caution.
There are coral beds on the eastern and the western reefs and multicolored coral fishes abound here.

Bird Watching & Nature Trail

BIRD WATCHING: There are some special species to note here such as the island-dwelling Pied Hornbill; and the interesting Megapode. Between September and April, large flock of terns and other migrant waders can be seen resting on the sandbar at low tide.

NATURE TRAIL: Trek to Sunset Point. The trail passes along cool lowland forest. The occasional Pangolin or Scaly Ant-eater and monkeys may be seen along the trails. Quiet picnickers may be visited by large Monitor lizards in search of a few scraps.

How to get to Manukan Island

Getting to any island of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is easy. Just take a boat ride from Jesselton Point where there are several ticketing counters from different travel agents selling packages such as island hopping, sunset cruise, diving and beach activities and even packages inclusive of meals.
The pricing are more or less the same. For a trip to Manukan Island, the cost is a total of RM 22.00 per person.
The history of the harbour is also shown in black and white pictures placed on the walls and outside the Jesselton Point ferry terminal.

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