The second largest of the islands that make up the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, Manukan Island is just a short boat-ride from Kota Kinabalu, attracting a large number of locals and international visitors alike.
Manukan Island boasts a beautiful coastline, some stunning coral reefs, and areas of lush vegetation. The main beach on the southern side of the island is a huge stretch of white sand facing a bay of crystal-clear ocean. The water is calm and safe, making snorkeling and swimming the most popular pastimes for visitors to the island. Meanwhile, a network of walking trails leading inland allow keen walkers to explore the island’s natural environment without getting wet.
The island caters well to tourism, with various facilities and services on offer, from accommodation and restaurants to gift shops and a diving center.
To reach Manukan Island, depart from the Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal in downtown Kota Kinabalu. Visitors will need to purchase a ticket (conservation fee) to enter the island.