Mantanani Island Overnight - Mari Mari Backpackers Lodge


REGION: Kota Kinabalu
DURATION: From 2 Days 1 Night
PICK UP POINT: Your Hotel in Kota Kinabalu City
PICK UP TIME: Between 07:15 - 07:30 Hrs
DROP OFF POINT: Your Hotel in Kota Kinabalu City
DROP OFF TIME: 18:30 Hrs
* All timings are estimated and for reference purposes only. Actual timing will be provided prior to your departure.

Sample itinerary


  • Pick-up from your hotel and transfer by coach or van to Kuala Abai Jetty, Kota Belud. Estimated travel time will be 1 hour & 45 minutes.
  • 0930hrs: Arrival at Jetty and depart by boat to Mari Mari Backpackers Lodge at Mantanani Besar (Big) Island. Boat ride takes approx. 1 hour to the island.
  • Note: For safety reasons, the trip may cancel/turn back halfway if the weather or sea condition is deemed unsafe for the journey to proceed.
  • 1030hrs: Upon arrival at Mari Mari Backpackers lodge, check in to your accommodation.
  • 1200hrs: Lunch (own expense)
  • 1330hrs: Start of your activity (Leisure Dive / Discover Scuba Dive / Snorkeling / etc) according to the schedule.
  • For No Activity Package, free at leisure after lunch.
  • 1900hrs: Dinner (own expense) and overnight.
Accommodation : Mantanani Island (Mari Mari Backpackers Lodge)


  • 0700hrs: Breakfast (included in package) at the dining hall.
  • We recommend that you be up early to experience the serenity if day break on the island, watch the sunrise over Mt Kinabalu, see the village children going to the school and fishing boats going out to the sea.
  • 1000hrs: Check out of your room. However, continue to enjoy the Lodge’s facilities. Please check with the crew if you need to store your luggage. Free and easy (Note that there are no activities on the day of departure).
  • 1200hrs: Lunch (own expense)
  • 1500hrs: Get ready to depart back to the mainland (Kuala Abai Jetty)
  • For No Activity Package, free at leisure after lunch.
  • 1600hrs: Arrival at Kuala Abai Jetty, Kota Belud. Board coach/van to Kota Kinabalu and transfer to your respective hotel. Approx. arrival 1830hrs
Meals : Breakfast

(You are reminded to bring along personal toiletries and towel though some basic items may be purchased at the Manta Shop. Shopping options is almost non-existent. Anything remotely unusual is best brought with you from the city.)

  • Log book and diver certification card (For Diver Only)
  • Pocket Money
  • Sun block lotion
  • Towel (No towels are provided at the Lodge)
  • Suitable outfit for diving
  • Extra change of clothing
  • Personal toiletries (No toiletries are provided at the Lodge)
  • Insect repellent
  • Hat / Cap
  • Raincoat
  • Plastic Bags to protect your electronic devices or important document from getting wet
  • You may wish to bring along some food/snacks with you
  • The snorkeling session must be utilised on day of arrival.
  • Due to the outdoor and adventure nature of the tours and activities, children below 5 years old are not encouraged to participate in the tours.
  • Age limit for diving with compressed air is 12 years old and above.
  • Boat journey to the Island may not be suitable for individuals who have any of the following conditions but not limited to: heart or lung conditions, recent surgery, back or spinal surgery, back problems/injury/fracture, arthritis, osteoporosis or other similar spinal/pelvic diseases. Pregnant women are also not recommended as the boat ride may be bumpy depending on the sea condition. If you are having similar issues as above, kindly consult your physician before you enrol in this activity.
  • We do not encourage you to book your flight on the day you depart Mantanani Island back to Kota Kinabalu.  This is due to unpredictable sea and weather conditions that may result in cancellation of boat departure from Mantanani Island to the mainland. 
  • In the event if we encounter bad weather condition or unforeseen circumstances which render cancellation of last boat transfer out of the island for safety reasons; all relevant lodging costs for the overnight stay will be arranged and paid for by the resort in lieu of the cost staying in Mantanani. There will be no further claims or refunds for such incidental circumstances.
  • Liability Release Form MUST be understood and signed by the participant before the tour commences.
  • Weather conditions: We cannot predict the weather conditions these days for scuba diving even for the best season.
  • Standard check-in and check-out times for most hotels & resorts are 1400 Hrs & 1200 Hrs. However, check-in & check-out times may vary depending on each accommodation. So kindly check with us to get accurate check-in & check-out times of your accommodation.
  • Effective as of 1st September 2017, the Tourism and Culture Ministry of Malaysia will be implementing a Malaysian Tourism Tax (TTX). Foreign tourists will be required to pay a flat rate of MYR 10 per room per night regardless of accommodation star level.The TTx is to be paid upon check-in. Malaysians or permanent residents residing in Malaysia are exempted from TTx and is required to present a valid identification upon check-in for the exemption.
  • This package is based on join-in basis of shared guide and transport vehicle.  Private Guide or Tour is available upon request at a reasonable fee.  Please inform us when making the bookings.
  • For safety reasons, the trip may get cancelled or revert halfway if the weather or sea condition is deemed unsafe for the journey to proceed. Therefore, we do not recommend you go on this trip if it is the same day as your departure flight in the event the weather does not permit for the boat transfer to return to the mainland on the same day.
  • Should any unforeseen circumstances arise, we recommend you to carefully set out your own schedule with some leeway to ensure you do not miss your next activity.
  • Departure time is approximate and varies from different hotels due to traffic conditions, please reconfirm with our staffs. Should the transport be delayed, please call the relevant telephone number as stated on the voucher before making alternative arrangements.
  • Amazing Borneo Tours reserves the right to alter routes, timetables, itineraries and accommodation reserved should conditions beyond our control render it necessary.
  • Tipping is like giving a hug. Although it’s never expected, it’s always very much appreciated.
  • As this is NOT a luxury beach resort, we recommend you to bring your own toilet amenities for a more comfortable stay.
  • Your belongings may get wet. You can bring along waterproof bags such as dry bags or plastic bags to keep your belongings nice and dry!
  • Before going out for some fun in the sun, you may bring along some SPF50 sunscreen and an umbrella to protect your skin.