An aerial view of Mamutik (top left), Sulug (top right) and Manukan (bottom) resembles a smiling face. Drone footage of Manukan Island Resort.

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Manukan Island, Kota Kinabalu Overview

Manukan Island is the second-largest island in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park and is well known for its vast stretches of beaches and trail system. The mesmerising island is shaped like a boomerang and is part of the five islands that make up the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park, which is Malaysia’s first marine park.

The island is surrounded by crystal clear water and is a popular place for water sports. It has extensive marine life and is a great place for visitors to spend their time in leisure. Visitors interested in snorkelling must definitely visit Manukan Island as snorkelling is the most popular attraction here.

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Things to Do at Manukan Island

Water Sports: Snorkeling and scuba diving are among the more popular water sports on the beach. People are also free to swim and dive in the beaches while exploring the coral reefs of the island. Manukan Island is also considered as the best Snorkeling Spot among the five islands in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park. 

Beaches: Manukan Island has vast stretches of beaches on the southern coastline. The eastern tip of the island is particularly famous among visitors and is a popular spot. The beach is surrounded by the tranquil sea and cool breeze which make it an ideal spot to spend leisure time.

Sunset Point: Tourists can take a small walk to Sunset Point which is located in the western edge of Manukan Island. Walk through the peaceful jogging track or take the more adventurous jungle trial. Sunset Point also houses two endangered mangrove trees and there are only 200 of them remaining in this world.

How to Reach Manukan Island

Take a speedboat from Kota Kinabalu to Manukan Island, which will take approximately 20 minutes. Speedboats from Kota Kinabalu Ferry Terminal operate between 8:30 AM – 4:15 PM.

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