Diving at Mantanani Island, Sabah is one of the must-dive places here if you love muck diving or seeing macro life underwater. Pulau Mantanani is located just out of Kudat Town on the west coast and is about a three hour journey there from Kota Kinabalu. Known for the amazing visibility, this island only has three resorts which are all basic accommodation and on my trip there in April 2012, I stayed at the Bemberan Beach Resort which is located on Mantanani Besar (Big Island).
Getting to Mantanani Island is quite simple and easy and if you book through a dive operator, they will pick you up from the Kota Kinabalu Airport and send you directly to the main jetty. At the Bembaran jetty, you will complete most of your diving gear like fins, BCDs and whatever else is needed for your dive trip.
The Dive Lodge
Bemberan Beach Resort or Dive Lodge is a stand alone resort with no other resort located along the private beach here called Dugung Beach. Reason for this is because at one time before, many Dugongs or Sea Cows (Ubian in local language) used to frequent this beach but not any more. The last sighting for Dugongs at Mantanani was about 2 years ago (2010) so you will be very lucky if you chance upon them.
Scuba Diving at Mantanani Island
- Peaceful surroundings on the island
- Beautiful sunsets
- Lovely beach
- Muck diving at its best, lots of nudis.
- Clear visibility
- Open Water ready
- Isolated, no shops or restaurants nearby
- No phone connection at all! Don't even bother.
- Bring insect repellent
- Diving - No large fish