About Beaches of Manukan Island

As the second-largest beach in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, Manukan Islands has gained quite a name for itself, all thanks to its magnificent beaches. The beaches here are a must-visit because of the plethora of activities available and to partake of. Abounding in sea activities for everyone, from experienced divers to amateurs, Manukan beaches have you covered.

The beaches themselves are a local hotspot as well, proving that it is not just another washed-up tourist trap. The beach here is also famous for its easy accessibility, being just under half an hour ride from the city, meaning you do not have to dedicate one entire day to it. Manukan Beaches are also famous for their snorkeling activity, done in specially sealed off zones to ensure the safety of the less experienced swimmers, and to assure one gets the best experience possible. The increase in recent footfalls has led to the creation of many food stalls with other beach vendors selling various items that make beachgoing a most sought after activity.

Must See

● Snorkeling

● Parasailing

● Water Sports

● Marine Conservation and Research Centre

How to reach

Speedboat from Kota Kinabalu to Manukan Island.

Time taken will be 20 to 30 minutes.

Fare will be 30 to 35 RM


  • The hotels usually offer attractive package deals to visit Manukan Island Beaches so make sure to check with them before making any plans.
  • Try to visit during the off-season timings as crowds can take away from the experience. Try to avoid visiting during local holidays as well.
  • At the beach you should arrive early in the morning to secure a nice spot, if you plan to stay for a long time.
  • Make sure to carry only necessities as it will be difficult to keep track of all the items at the beachside.
  • There are a whole lot of rentals here to rent out and if by chance you have missed out on any must-have beach items you can always procure the same here.
  • There are no ATMs on the Island so you will have to carry enough cash with you for any on- the-spot payments.
  • Sunblock will be handy and much needed to make the most of the tropical beach side weather.

  • There are various stalls for food and 2 restaurants at the beach for all those who get ravenous after all the activities.
  • For maximum enjoyment, it is suggested to do only 1 or 2 activities on the beach and then relax, and then visit the next day and repeat till you are satisfied.
  • Accommodations are also available at the beach if you want to stay overnight.
  • Check out the souvenir shop at the beach to buy dainty and hard to miss, exclusive memorabilia to remember your visit by.

Visit Time

Sunday:            Open 24 hours

Monday:           Open 24 hours

Tuesday:          Open 24 hours

Wednesday:     Open 24 hours

Thursday:         Open 24 hours

Friday:              Open 24 hours

Saturday:          Open 24 hours

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Time you can spend

4 to 6 hours


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