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Trip Starting From: Kota Belud
Trip Location: Kota Belud
Mantanani Island is a beautiful island with clear and warm water. The coral reefs for your open water activities are nearby and offer a great variety of marine life. You will definitely enjoy the activity-snorkeling here. The islands are well away from river outflows and urban pollution resulting in great visibility. The reefs are shallow, so easy to observe with fantastic coral cover. Plus, because you are off the beaten track your trip will be shared with about 10 other guests guaranteeing no crowding. The island itself is coral sand, resulting in blinding white beaches and achingly beautiful turquoise lagoons.
07:00 pm: Pick up at the hotel.
07:30 pm: Depart to Kota Belud jetty
09:30 pm: Reach jetty, take a rest before taking the boat to the island
10:45 pm: Arrive at Mantanani Island, start snorkeling at sea after the briefing
12:00 pm: Back to basecamp for lunch
13:30 pm: Free and leisure, you may swim at the house reef
15:00 pm: Depart back to Kota Belud jetty.
18:00 pm: Arrive Kota Kinabalu and transfer back to the hotel.
Pickup time and location:
Kota Kinabalu city North- 7:30 am
Kota Kinabalu city Centre- 7:15 am
Kota Kinabalu city South- 7:15 am
Airport area- 7:00 am
1Bornea area- 8:00 am
Outskirt area- 8:30 am
-Free of charge for the kid who is below 3 years old. Staff will be assigned to look after your kid at the boat when you are snorkeling.
- Due to the unpredictable rough sea conditions, expecting mothers (especially during the early stage of pregnancy) is not suitable to join this tour.
- The road to Kota Belud jetty from KK is very hilly and curvy, the guest was not used to the elevation and winding roads might get dizzy.
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What is the duration of this activity?
The total duration of this activity is 11 hours, which includes pickup and drop off services offered. As per the itinerary, the tourists will be picked up between 7.00 – 8.30 am, and they will depart to Kota Belud jetty. By 9.30 am, they will reach jetty and relax for sometime before taking the boat to the island. They can start the most awaited snorkelling activity at Mantanani Island and return to base camp for lunch. Around 1.30 pm, they can spend some leisure time and swim at the house reef. At 5.00 pm, they will arrive at Kota Kinabalu and transfer back to the hotel.
Is Pick up and Drop off included in the price?
Yes. The pickup and drop off prices are added in the overall package. Upon booking the Mantanani Island Snorkeling activity, the tourists need to pay for the tickets, and it includes the transfer facility as well. Generally, tourists book the activity and opt for the transfer service as it takes them from their hotel to the starting point and vice versa without much hassle. However, tourists are requested to provide their contact number and hotel address to the tour operator, and he will arrange a convenient vehicle for pick up and drop. Please note that there are different pickup timings for different locations.
What if the sea conditions are rough?
When there is an extreme climatic condition or roughness in the sea, the activity will be halted for a while. Since the instructors are well aware of the environment, they know when to resume the activity. In case if the sea conditions seem to be rough for a longer period, the activity needs to be postponed or cancelled for the day. Considering safety reasons, the Mantanani Island snorkelling instructors will cancel the activity immediately and take the participants back to the base camp safely. However, once the sea behaviour becomes normal, the activity will be resumed at the earliest.
Will we get lunch?
Yes, of course. After indulging in the adventurous snorkelling thing, you will be taken back to the base camp for lunch. Here, a delicious meal is waiting to flow on your taste buds. The food is cooked by the professional chefs who know the rich ingredients and add the right aroma and flavour. The menu includes both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. Tourists can get the best lunch after a tiresome activity. It is sure to fill their appetite and give an exquisite supper. After lunch, don’t forget to relax for a while and enjoy swimming at the house reef.
What is the cancellation policy?
As per the present cancellation policy, tourists can cancel their snorkelling activity anytime they want. However, they need to be aware of the following guidelines. • If you cancel the transfer facility at least 72 hours (3 days) before the actual date, you will get a full refundable amount. • If you cancel the transfer facility within 48 hours (2 days) before the actual date, you will not get any refundable amount. If you’re eligible for a refundable amount, the money will be processed and transferred to the place within 10 business days.
What are the pickup times and locations?
The pickup times for different locations are given below: • Kota Kinabalu city North – 7.30 am • Kota Kinabalu city Centre – 7.15 am • Kota Kinabalu city South – 7.15 am • Airport area – 7.00 am • 1Bornea area – 8.00 am • Outskirt area – 8.30 am Tourists are advised to be ready at their hotel lobby at least 15 minutes before the pickup time, as it saves enough time to the driver. For the first-time visitors, the road to Kota Belud jetty from Kota Kinabalu is very hilly and curvy, the guest was not used to the elevation, and winding roads might get dizzy.
Are children allowed?
Yes, of course. At Mantanani Island snorkeling, one can explore the underwater creatures and enjoy the deep blue sea, irrespective of the age and gender. This tour welcomes both adults and kids for this snorkelling activity and it provides adequate safety gears to all. Unlike adults, kids are more energetic and enthusiastic, so they may tend to explore the unexplored. As long as there are instructors being around, they will help them throughout the activity and give them an awe-struck feeling at the end. Please note that the child’s age must be between 6 and 10 years old.
What are the timings?
The tour starts at 7.00 am, where tourists will be boarded in the cab and taken to Kota Belud jetty. At 9.30 am, they will head towards the island through a boat and it takes 1 hour 15 minutes time to reach the snorkelling base camp. By 10.45 am, the adventurers can start their snorkelling activity at Mantanani Island. Then they can enjoy their lunch at 12.00 pm and go swimming at 1.30 pm. Around 3.00 pm, they will depart to Kota Belud jetty, and by 6.00 pm, they will be transferred back to the hotel without any tension. In this overall duration, there might be some delay due to traffic conditions.
Can we go for this activity any day?
Yes. This snorkelling activity is conducted on both weekdays and weekends. If you’d like to do explore the hidden gems of sea, you can indulge in the Mantanani Island snorkelling activity and discover the wonderful creatures of earth and get an unparallel experience. We ensure the same level of excitement and adventure are met at the end of the journey. Unless there is an extreme weather condition or unusual water behaviour, the activity will be temporarily stopped. Once nature comes to its normal state, the activity will be resumed at the earliest.
Will there be an English speaking instructor?
Yes. There will be an English speaking instructor on board. Since there are many backpackers from English speaking and other European countries, the tour operators and management have decided to give instructors who could speak fluent English and communicate with tourists comfortably. They will brief you about the activity, the place, and the overall exotic species under the water. The snorkelers need to follow their instructions and ask doubts if any.
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