Discover Scuba Diving Day Trip - Mantanani Besar, Sabah Borneo
This island is heaven for those looking for some tranquility and away from thrashing fins and mass diving tourism. Unfairly blessed with age-old shipwrecks and critters inhabiting in and around it, the island offers opportunities for visitors to explore.
The island promises the most diverse marine life with visibility up to 40 metres. Many species of rays flutter around like blue spotted ray and marbled sting ray amongst large schools of fish.
Besides that muck diving is excellent with the quiet existence of imperial shirmps, jaw fish ribbon eels, seahorses, pink-eyed gobbles and the jaw-dropping blue ringed octopus, amidst nudibranch of all sorts.
The Mantanani Islands consists of 3 islands; Pulau Mantanani Besar, Pulau Mantanani Kechil and Pulau Lungisan.
These islands provide divers with a wonderful moving scenery in the sea but the islands themselves provide a much needed resting spot or nesting spot for migrating birds as well as resident sea birds. Near Threatened species that has been recorded are the endemic Mantanani Scops-owl Otus mantananensis, Malaysian Plover Charadrius peronii, Nicobar Pigeon Caloenas nicobaricaand Blue-naped Parrot Tanygnathus lucionensisas well as the Megapode which has been hunted to near extinction over the past 20yrs.
Sabah ~ Kota Kinabalu ~ Mantanani Besar Island
Minimum No of Pax
Place of Departure
Daily. Unless weather conditions do not allow the boats to leave the mainland.
Due to the nature of the tour as well as the journey which involves overland and sea transportation, the trip is not recommend to anyone who has pre-existing medical conditions (such as pregnancy, hypertension, back pain problem...etc) that will normally preclude him/her from taking part in activities of similar nature.
Age limit for diving with compressed air is 12 years old and above.
For safety reasons, tour and activities are dependent on SEA & WEATHER CONDITIONS. The operator Traverse Tours reserves the rights to CANCEL or POSTPONE the tour or any activities if we deem there is an absence of a safe operating environment.
Liability Release Form MUST be understood and signed by the participant before the tour and activities commence.
Things To Bring:
Payment/Service Voucher, Pocket money, Change of clothes, Towel, Sun-block lotion, Cap / Hat, Plastic bag/DRY BAG to protect your personal belongings from getting WET
1hr 40 minutes by car away from Kota Kinabalu city
Discover Scuba Dive Trip at Mantanani Besar Island
- Return Land transfer : Kota Kinabalu-Kuala Abai Jetty (Kota Belud)-Kota Kinabalu
- Return Boat transfer : Kuala Abai Jetty-Mantanani Island-Kuala Abai Jetty
- Diving Equipments Rental
- Dive Instructor / Dive Master
1) All rates are inclusive of 6% GST.
2) Child Rate (05 years – 11 years old) - 50% off Adult Rate.
3) For Land Transfer info, please refer to the TRANSPORTATION LIST Attachment.
Things To Note (Important - Please read carefully):
For safety reasons, tour and activities are dependent on SEA & WEATHER CONDITIONS. We reserve the rights to CANCEL or POSTPONE the tour or any activities if we deem there is an absence of a safe operating environment.
Due to the nature of the tour as well as the journey which involves overland and sea transportation, we do not recommend it to anyone who has pre-existing medical conditions that will normally preclude him/her from taking part in activities of similar nature.
Children below 2 years old is also not encouraged. We reserve the right to refuse service where we deem appropriate.
Liability Release Form MUST be understood and signed by the participant before the tour and activities commence.
You might get WET during the boat journey, so please be sure to pack and stow your belongings properly during the journey. Dry bags or plastic bags for waterproofing are recommended.
You may like to bring along rain coat in case of rain or to protect against splashes during the boat ride.
We will not be liable for any damage to your belongings caused by exposure to elements of nature such as weather and sea conditions.
Kindly note that you are responsible for the safe keeping of your belongings at all time. We do not encourage guests bringing along electronic devices, valuables and important documents.
Please check with us if you have any special dietary request, e.g. vegetarian. We however do not guarantee that we will be able to meet all requests.
Please provide passport number and full name for security reasons.
Things To Bring:
- Payment/Service Voucher
- Pocket money
- Change of clothes
- Sun-block lotion
- Cap / Hat
- Plastic bag/DRY BAG to protect your personal belongings from getting WET
0715hrs Meet at Wisma Sabah, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen, Kota Kinabalu and transfer by coach or van to Kuala Abai Jetty, Kota Belud. Estimated travel time will be 1 hour & 45 minutes.
0930hrs Arrival at Jetty and depart to Mari Mari Backpackers Lodge at Pulau Mantanani Besar.
We travel 1 hour to the island. Mantanani Island group consists of 3 islands namely Pulau
Mantanani Besar (Big Mantanani Island), Pulau Mantanani Kecil (Small Mantanani Island) and Pulau Lungisan.
NOTE: For safety reasons, we may cancel / turn back halfway if the weather or sea condition is deemed unsafe for the journey to proceed.
1030hrs Arrive at Mari-Mari Backpackers Lodge (Mantanani Besar). Enjoy the coffee and tea that served at the Lodge while getting ready for Discover Scuba.
1045hrs THE INFORMATIVE PART- Equipments and Safety Briefing
Learn how your body will react to water pressure and how to deal with it with our PADI trained professional. Learn how to handle any difficulties while you are in the water e.g if your mask is flooded, how to clear water from your mask and regulator. You will learn new hand signal which is very useful while you are in the water.
THE IMPORTANT PART- Shallow Water Dive
To ensure your safety and enjoyment, your PADI professional will let you practice breathing underwater in shallow area and how to use your fins properly. Once you are already confident with it, then we will start your underwater tour around the island. This will help to build your comfort level and determine your understanding of SCUBA diving.
This is important for your safety before your open water dive.
THE FUN PART - Open Water Dive
Your PADI professional will then get you on the boat once he/she feels that you are ready for your deeper dives and embark on your new adventure… Take your time and relax, your PADI professional will supervise you for an unforgettable underwater adventure with care and safety in mind. During the dive your PADI professional will be pointing out the various marine lives that you will encounter.
Back to the lodge for lunch after the dive.
Free and easy after lunch and enjoy the white sandy beach and scenery of Mantanani.
1500hrs Depart back to Kuala Abai Jetty. Upon arrival, board coach/van and proceed back to Kota Kinabalu.
NOTE: We may depart earlier from the island if the we foresee that the sea or weather is going to be rough due to the any change of weather condition.
1830hrs Arrive at Kota Kinabalu & drop off at Wisma Sabah.
End of service.
LAND TRANSFER SCHEDULE & PRICING
DAY TRIP PACKAGES:
Transfer services are from WISMA SABAH only. Extra charges will be levied when picking up from other hotels according to zones. However, these are subject to availability and confirmation. Please check with us for detail coverage of the zones during reservation.
Zone A: Kota Kinabalu City Centre - From BANDARAN BERJAYA (South) to 1BORNEO (North) = RM26.50/person*
Zone B: Outside KK City Centre - SUTERA HARBOUR (South) to NEXUS (North) = RM37.10/person*
Zone C: Outside KK City Centre - STAR (South) to RASA RIA (North) = RM53.00/person*
* PICK UP TIME & POINTS (For Daytrip & Overnight Mantanani Tours)
|Pick Up Time||Pick Up Point|
|0645 hrs||Shangri La’s Tanjung Aru Resort (STAR)|
|0700 hrs||Pacific Sutera Hotel / Magellan Sutera Resort|
|0715 hrs||Kota Kinabalu - Wisma Sabah / Gaya Centre Hotel|
|0745 hrs||1Borneo Area|
|0815 hrs||Nexus Karambunai Resort|
|0840 hrs||Shangri La’s Rasa Ria Resort|
RESERVATION AND PAYMENT
Full payment must be made 14 days before the tour date.
Guest details (name list with identification details as per below) must be submitted to us prior to commencement of tour, for verification and confirmation as required by the Authorities:
i.) GUEST FULL NAME
ii.) DATE OF BIRTH
iii.) PASSPORT NUMBER & ISSUING COUNTRY
v.) EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBER / LOCAL NUMBER (if available)
vi.) FLIGHT DETAILS (ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE)
CANCELLATION & NO SHOW
a. 50% of full package payment will be forfeited for cancellation made between 15-30 days from tour date and;
b. 75% of full package payment will be forfeited for cancellation made between 8-14 days from tour date.
c. 100% for cancellation within 7 days from the tour date.
UNUSED SERVICES AND AMENDMENTS
a. 100% of full package payment will be forfeited if the guest did not turn up on the specified date of the tour confirmed.
b. No refund will be made for any part of the services included in the package that was not utilized by guest after commencement of tour.
c. In the event guests have arrived at Kuala Abai Jetty on our land transport and the tour has to be cancelled due to bad weather, sea conditions or other factors which is beyond the control of our Company, refund of full package cost minus 30% of published return land transfer fee will be given.
d. Amendments to package or services booked are subject to availability and must be made 7 days before tour date. Additional charges, if any, must be settled in full once amendment is accepted.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Q: WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT THE ISLAND?
A: 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. Our guests’ safety and comfort are our TOP priorities. Tours are at times cancelled to abide to our Safe Operation Policies.
2. Q: WHAT PRECAUTION SHOULD I TAKE AGAINST MOSQUITOES OR OTHER INSECT?
A: You are in the natural surroundings of the island so it is advisable to bring along insect repellents. Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn, so it’s best to stay away from dark and humid areas at these times. Mosquitoes net may be provided upon request.
3 Q: IS THERE ANYTHING THAT I SHOULD LOOK OUT FOR WHILE WALKING ON THE BEACH?
A: The island is endowed with white sandy beaches and crystal clear water that you will enjoy wading in. It is however also the natural habitat of rays and urchins who might not like to be surprised. So please tread lightly and have your flip-flops on.
4. Q: IF I LEARN TO SCUBA DIVE AT MARI-MARI DIVE CENTRE, IS MY LICENSE RECOGNISED WORLDWIDE?
A: YES. WE are a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) authorised Dive Resort and divers we helped to certify are recognised all over the world.
5. Q: WHAT ARE THE SCHEDULES FOR THE LAND AND BOAT TRANSFER?
A: We have only one schedule for each transfer sector.
* These schedules are based on estimated time only and are subject to changes. Factors that can affect the schedules are traffic, sea and weather conditions. Ample allowances are advised if you have confirmed onward travel arrangement. Private charter and transfer outside regular schedules may be arranged subject to charges and availability.
6.Q: HOW CAN I PAY MY BILLS ON THE ISLAND?
A: You can pay by cash. We accept Malaysian Ringgit currency notes only. It is not advisable to pay by credit card. Although we do have Credit cards facility, it is still dependant on the instability of our satellite line. Credit cards accepted are Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
7. Q: WHAT HAPPEN IF MY TRIP IS CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER?
A: In the event that the trip is cancelled by us due to factors that are beyond our control such as weather or sea condition, we will refund in full the tour fees after deducting any finance charges that may have been incurred. We however refuse liability for any damages, inconveniences or costs that may have been incurred as a result of the cancellation.
8. Q: WHAT HAPPEN IF I CANNOT MAKE THE TRIP?
A: Kindly note our cancellation policy as follow:
50% of full package payment will be forfeited for cancellation made within 15-30 days from tour date and;
75% of full package payment will be forfeited for cancellation made within 8-14 days from tour date;
100% for cancellation within 7 days from the tour date.
9. Q: IF I DO NOT WANT TO DO THE ACTIVITIES IN THE PACKAGE OFFERED, WILL I GET ANY REFUND?
A: No refund will be given for any part of the services included in any packaged tours that was not utilized by guest at their own option after commencement of tour. Full refund of the relevant item will be given if a service could not be rendered by us in the event of adverse sea, weather or other conditions necessary for service.
10. Q. CAN I JOIN THE TOUR IF I AM PREGNANT?
A: Unfortunately NO, we do not allow pregnant women to join our tour as the sea condition can get quite rough and there is a lack of medical facilities in such a remote location.