The beautiful island of Manukan, located right off the coast of Kota Kinabalu (fondly known as KK among the locals), is the ideal destination for travellers seeking inner tranquility and breathtaking natural wonders, an accessible paradise where all modern comforts and conveniences are within easy reach.
Anyone intent on exploring KK to the fullest would agree that a trip to the city won’t be complete without a visit to this gem of an island. In fact, when it comes to KK, island-hopping has become a common fixture in a visitor’s itinerary. Manukan Island, Sapi Island and Gaya Island are strung like jewels in the surrounding waters of the coastal city. Their close proximity to Sabah’s capital definitely enhances their attraction. For who can resist the charms of a city holiday with an island escapade thrown in for good measure? Talk about having the best of both worlds and then some!
A mere 15 minutes’ walk from the main hotels in town is Jesselton Point. From this waterfront onwards, your adventure truly begins. Here, you can purchase tickets for the motorboat service that will carry you to all three islands or any one island of your choice. The journey to Manukan Island itself takes about half an hour. This ever-changing blue hues of the sparkling sea and the white crests of the waves herald the good things to come. Witness how the magnificent ocean turns a darker shade of indigo as the boat reached deep sea. It’s a wonderful moment to share with your loved ones, a simple yet unforgettable experience to hold on to.
The speedboat will drop you off at the island jetty, consisting of wooden planks that form a bridge to Manukan Island. Step on the boardwalk and be captivated by the barracudas and clownfish swimming around in the crystal clear pale turquoise water. These swirling beauties serve as a brilliant backdrop for endless photo opportunities! The white pergolas dotting the pristine beach also create the ideal setting for holidaymakers and honeymooners alike.
Now that you’ve reached your dream location, it’s time to start amusing yourself with the diverse array of things to do at Manukan Island. If beach activities are what you’re after, you’ll be thrilled by the options on offer. For starters, the sporty types will literally jump at the chance to get on a wet an wild banana boat ride. Just hop on, hang on tight and zip around by the beach, fuelled by copious amounts of golden sunshine, an unadulterated sense of fun and plenty of adrenaline rush!
For the less adventurous, lying in the sun with a good book or listening to your favourite playlist is an excellent way to unwind and forget about life’s stresses and strains. Feel the cool breeze gently brush your skin as you rest you weary limb on the warm sand…
Not too keen on just lazing around? There’s always hiking, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving and indulging in picnics with a sumptuous spread of island fare. Those wanting to prolong their stay can do so at the private chalets and lodges available. With its stunning seascape and peaceful perfection, Manukan Island is worth every step of the voyage and a sure winner in our book. We’re already wistfully wishing we could go back for more!