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Manukan Island

Stay on a coral-fringed island in the South China Sea

A 4 day extension to a tropical island in a national marine park

Located in northwest Borneo’s Tunku Abdul Rahman National Marine Park Manukan Island lies just off the coast from Sabah’s capital, Kota Kinabalu, so perfectly combines tranquil seclusion with easy access. The small, unspoilt, jungle-clad island is surrounded by some pristine beaches and vibrant coral reefs, and houses just the one accommodation option; Manukan Island Resort.  Our suggestion  – though you can obviously stay as long as you wish – is 4 days, 3 nights on the island, and includes return transfers by speedboat from the Kota Kinabalu jetty and road transfers to and from Kota Kinabalu.

Options during your stay on the island (aside from relaxing on the beach or checking out the offshore coral life), include jungle exploration and bird watching, island hopping tours through the marine park, snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking, fishing, or for the less energetic, spa treatments and beach picnics.

The very well-appointed resort offers delightful chalet-style accommodation constructed in traditional style but with all mod cons including a beachside bar and an excellent restaurant offering both international and local cuisine. Enjoy your stay!

The transfer to the island is made from Kota Kinabalu Town with the return to Kota Kinabalu International Airport so Manukan Island would be a suitable island add-on for either our Sabah Tour, Land Below the Wind or our 2-week Borneo Adventure to Sarawak and Sabah.

The price in a beach villa for twin/double sharing is £325 per person, for one person, £575.  The price in a hillside villa for twin/double sharing is £430 per person, for one person £700 while discounts are available for larger groups or families.



Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.

Day 1 - Manukan - transfer from Kota Kinabalu

Short transfer by speedboat from the Kota Kinabalu jetty and arrival on the island.

Please note, after 3.30 pm, transfers are by private boat at a cost of £85.00 per boat.

Overnight: Manukan Transport: Taxi, Boat,

Day 2 & 3 - Manukan - explore the island and marine park

At leisure on the island. A wide variety of optional activities is on offer.

Overnight: Manukan Transport: Boat, Walk,  Meals: B,

Day 4 - Manukan - return to Kota Kinabalu

At leisure on the island and return to Kota Kinabalu at your convenience.

Additional nights at Manukan Resort and/or extra nights in Kota Kinabalu are available. Please ask. Please note, after 2.00 pm, transfers are by private boat at a cost of £85.00 per boat.

Overnight: Departure Transport: Boat, Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Extend your Borneo adventure with a 4-day stay on a secluded tropical island.

  • A 4 day stay on a secluded tropical island in the South China Sea
  • Choose from a wide variety of optional activities during your stay
  • Easy access to and from Kota Kinabalu and it's international airport
  • Comfortable, well-appointed but low-key resort with delightful chalet accommodation
  • A beautifully preserved, jungle-clad island, surrounded by coral reefs
  • Beachside bar and some great food choices

We choose our hotels based on a combination of location, comfort and convenience. Here is a *selection of the types of hotel/rooms you can expect to stay at on this tour...

Manukan Island Resort Sabah view

  • Manukan Island - in the South China Sea
  • A stunning and beautifully preserved, tropical island
  • Located in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.

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