Things You Can Do Here
- Enjoy snorkeling at Mantanani and later get on a boat cruise up the pristine Kawa Kawa river.
- Get off the beaten track, avoid tourist crowds and explore Mantanani for a snorkeling adventure that will blow you away.
- Swim in crystal clear waters, enjoy the sound of the waves and soak up the sun at this pristine beach of Sabah.
- Get a chance to see the sea cows or dugong, a creature close to extinction.
- Discover the blue spotted rays and beautiful coral reefs in a group of secluded island off Kota Kinabalu.
- Hop on a boat and embark on a night cruise along the Kawa Kawa river. Spot the rare Borneo monkeys enjoy the river’s breathtaking tropical forest.
- See a stunning show of the fireflies after the sun sets from the comfort of your boat.
- If you just want to see Mantanani, you may also opt for the Mantanani Snorkeling tour.
- If you just want to join the Kawa Kawa river cruise alone, you may also do it at the Kawa-Kawa Fireflies tour single package,
About This Trip
This Mantanani Island Snorkelling + Kawa Kawa Fireflies Cruise COMBO Tour is must do trip for wildlife lovers.
With this tour, you will be on a full day hunt of the Sabah’s underwater creatures as well as the fireflies and the unusually big nosed Proboscis monkey.
The Mantanani Islands
- The Mantanani islands are a group of three isolated islands located northwest of Kota Belud, Sabah.
- The Mantanani besar which has a knife like shape has a long beach that stretches up to 2500 metres with water visibility of up to 40 meters deep.
- Aside from the wealth of marine treasures, the island is blessed with shipwrecks, making it a haven for sea creatures. The current here is also mild most of the year.
- To get to Mantanani, one needs to go on a two-hour drive to Kampung Kuala Abai jetty in Kota Belud.
- From there, you’ll hop on a speedboat for an hour trip from Kota Belud to the island itself.
- There are 16 marked diving spots to explore in Mantanani, including more that have not yet been mapped, consisting of ancient and fascinating shipwrecks.
- The most famous diving spot in Mantanani is around the Usukan Bay. There are 3 Japanese warships sunk by a US submarine during World War II, and magnificent coral reefs swirling with fish of many colors.
- The best time to visit is from April to September. Outside of this period you might need flexibility of schedules to travel as the sea can be rough at times.
- Since the trip to Mantanani is long, many opt to get here on a 2D1N trip, with the chance to see Mantanani spellbinding sunset view.
- It is also near the Kawa-Kawa area, hence making it an excellent nature combo once you are already here.
The Kawa Kawa River
- This river is located 112 km away from Kota Kinabalu, and is in the district of Kota Belud.
- The Kawa Kawa’s mangrove habitat forms an excellent habitat for the Borneo’s Proboscis Monkeys, who swing on the high branches of the trees.
- This virgin oasis is little touched by men, is still in pristine wildness, and is best suited for nature lovers looking to enjoy Borneo after-dark.
- Apart from the monkeys and hornbills, the night river-safari also offering dazzling firefly sightings.
From Kota Kinabalu City Center