Manukan Island, Kota Kinabalu
Pulau Manukan is one of the 5 islands in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park which is 25 minutes away from Kota Kinabalu by speedboat. A conservation fee of RM 3 per pax will be charged upon arrival.
The island has very clear waters and good venue for snorkelling, kayaking and swimming. The beach is somewhat rocky (laden with corals remnants), so beach barefoot jogging is an absolutely a no no. Snorkles and masks can be rented at a small fee from a sundry shop.
There are some chalets if you want to spend more time in this beautiful island.
I personally love the 1.5 km "jogging trail". The trail passes along cool lowland forest. Many species of birds can insect can be seen along the trail.
We did a boat trip that included two islands, one of them was Manukan island.
Manukan covers 51 acres and is the second largest island in the group, and has walking trails through shady forest that you can do, beautiful Beach, and some lovely looking Chalets if you want to stay on the Island.
The surrounding crystal clear waters is ideal for snorkeling, diving and swimming, with lots of colourful Fish that swarm around you, especially if you feed them!
Other facilities included a clubhouse, restaurants, souvenir centre, diving centre, a swimming pool, tennis and squash courts.
The bbq area was located under lots of shady Trees and near the Beach, what a nice setting it was and the meal was good too!
I didn't think the fish at this Island were as good as at Mamutik Island.
IF you wish to go direct to Manukan Island (takes approx 15mins), the fare is 23RM return
DEPARTS FROM JESSLETON WHARF ......7.30 - 5pm Daily
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Manukan is the most beautiful, most visited and most recommended of the 5 islands. Enjoy sunlight, beach, beach volleyball, parasailing, watersport (jetsky, snorkelling, diving, banana boat, scuba doo..etc ...(You got a activities menu on that once you reached there) and get close to the nature. Our trip was on 3-7-2008 and a day trip was sufficient even for scuba diving. We took a taxi to Jesselton Point and paid for speed boat ride. For 2 islands we paid per person RM 27 boat fare +RM 6 for tariff charge at Jesselton Point and + RM 3 for entrance (conservation fee) payable at the first island reached. Be reminded that you only have pay once (that is RM3 conservation fee)and can be used for all the other islands. We arranged with the boatman and agreed among other passengers on the time to depart to the other islands, etc. Having compared both islands, my advice is just stay on Manukan Island. Sapi Island is very small and nothing much around...can forgo (check out the 1 photo I attached and u got what I meant). Any fun activities can be arranged on the island. For Scuba Diving, just ask and be ready to pay RM300 for two dives attached with a master diver.
This is a 1500 metre track that winds through the island to sunrise point.
Its a very pleasant walk and well worth doing
The track itself is undulating (at times quite steep), but the track is paved the full lenth of the walk.
The 1500 meters is the length of the track and you have to return, so the total will be 3000 meters you are walking.
Manukan island is one of the islands in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. You have to take a speed boat or a regular boat to reach there. On the island there is a long beach and you can do some snorkelling. If you will stay the whole day here, there are 2 restaurants and a small snack cafe. I wasn't so much impressed with this island as it was very crowded that day. The beach was nice but nothing special. From the dock where you arrive by boat, you can also feed the fish and that's quite an attraction.
A very pleasant trip to make is a ferry to Manukan Island. You can take this ferry at the SUTERA HARBOUR RESORT, situated south from KK at the seaside. Perhaps not on walking distance, but a taxi is not expensive in KK. When you go through the very beautifull harbour resort, a very luxerous hotel resort, with swiming pools and beautifull gardens, you'll arrive at the harbour point, where ferries are leaving for different islands.
Take a ticket for the largest island of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine national Parc; Manukan. When arriving, you have to pay a "conservation fee" of 10 RM and a Jetty entry pass of 5 RM.
You can spend an excellent day on the island, the beach, walking inside along the beach, having a drink in one of the terrasses or restaurants, where you can order very good Malasian food.
One of the must sea islands near Kota Kinabalu is Manukan Island. you can easily reach it riding hourly boats from Kota Kinabalu Jetty for a reasonable price.
At the island you`ve got to pay entrance fee per head which is different for Malaysians and foreigners. If you`d like to stay at Manukan , there`s a beautiful resort there.
Unfortunately the day me and my friend got to the island was a rainy day and we did not experience the good side of this beautiful island.
There are also jungle tours to the jungles of the island. based on many books Manukan Island is one of the best snorkeling sites in south east Asia but we could not experience it due to the bad weather .
Boomerang shaped Manukan is the second largest of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park which has good stretches of beaches on the southern coastline.
For the avid diver, the reefs at Manukan Island offers excellent crystal water and beautiful corals. For those who want to enjoy the scenery, take a leisurely stroll along the nature trail or simply laze by the long stretch of beautiful beach.
All chalets overlook the South China Sea and a spectacular sunset is almost a daily sight. Stay overnight in the beautifully structured chalets, and lose yourself in the romance of a tropical island paradise. The island is also ideal for small to medium sized meeting groups.
Visited the Manukan island as a part of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park 3 island hopping tour.
TARP consists of 5 islands ,the Gaya, Mamutik, Manukan,Sapi and Sulug, but we just visited Manukan , Mamutik and we had our lunch on Sapi island.
Departed from Jesselton Harbour , and it just took about 15 minutes to reach.
Pay the Harbor tax,Sabah Park enterance, speedboat fare and lunch arrangements at the Jesselton Harbor ticketing booth.
Boat service is from 8.30 to 16.15 ,arrive early to avoid the crowds.
Manukan island is the 2nd largest among other islands on TARP, and out of 5 ,this island was the most developed. It has some luxurious hotels and some budget acomodations, as well as restaurants ,sepak takraw field and a diving center.
Can do a lot of activities in Manukan , swimming snorkeling ,jungle trekking, kayaking etc, ideal also for sun seekers.
The best site to snorkel , is among the corals (the darker color of the sea means there's a coral bed below the water ). Don't swim too close to the boat pier and pillars ,there's a risk that you can run down by a speedboat.
Do not feed the fish ,because it said that it can ruin the balance of the sea ecosystem.
Best time to visit ,is during the dry season, we experienced a thunderstorm on the way back and its quite scary,bigger waves and dark skies.
Manukan island is one of the 5 islands which make up the Tunku Abdul Rahman national marine park (along with Mamutik, Gaya, Sapi and Sulug). Between 10 and 3, you're spoilt for choice of boats leaving from Jesselton Point pier, and you should be able to negotiate a price of RM20-5 per person including terminal fee. The boat ride takes about 20 mins, longer if it goes via one or two of the other islands.
On the island, you'll have to pay a national park entry fee of RM10 for non-Malaysians, RM3 for Malaysians. This entry fee is valid for all of the islands on that day, so you can use the boats to 'hop'.
On the island you can snorkel, swim and parasail. I like to do the jungle trail, which is an alternative route to 'sunset point' on the east of the island. It takes about 90 mins to walk up through the jungle, then about 30 mins to walk back along the paved path. There's a nice secluded beach at sunset point (sadly, unless you stay at the resort, as the last boats leave before 5pm you won't see the sunset!).
There are 2 restaurants which are quite expensive (I haven't used them), and a nasi campur place (which I have - basic and a bit dear for this type of place, but they have to bring everything in by boat).
Visited in 2011 as part of a 2 island trip including Gaya. found the snorkelling better at Gaya.
While it was nice and the scuba doo's convinced my non diving wife to learn how to dive. That was the only highlight. Found it over priced with aggressive peddlers.
One of the island in Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, be prepare all the swimming gears before heading to island.