Pulau Mantanani is a group of three remote islands located 80km northwest of Kota Belud, an hour’s drive from Kota Kinabalu, the capital of the state of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. The island boasts miles and miles of incredibly white sand beaches and crystal clear blue water. A small human population has caused minimal pollution and there is very little boat traffic.
Sheltered bays around the Manatani Islands are a perfect habitat for sea grass from which the rare and elusive dugong feeds. Recently there have been fewer and fewer sightings of these graceful, nearly extinct creatures.
The shallow coast line is ideal for snorkelling, while the reefs and recently discovered wrecks are perfect for scuba diving There are three wrecks in the vicinity of Mantanani Island, one of which is a former Japanese supply ship called the Eikyo Maru that was sunk in 1944. Discovered in 1998 it is covered by colourful coral and home to a myriad of marine creatures
There are 16 marked dive sites at Mantanani Island, with many yet to be discovered; you may be the lucky one who finds the next dive site. The marine life found here ranges from the tiny blue ringed octopus, seahorses, imperial shrimp, jawfish, lionfish, scorpionfish, , various species of rays and so many nudibranchs, some of which you cannot find in the nudibranchs book.