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Mari Mari Mantanani Backpacker Lodge

Kampong Mantanani, Pulau Mantanani Besar, Malaysia
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Lansing, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our stay here for one night. We booked the Sulap with a shared bathroom but regretted not getting a private bathroom. The shared bathroom is the common bathroom that every goes to and the shower is in there as well; there are no separate areas for showering. The ground is really sandy so you definitely need to wear... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

We spend 3 days and two nights here which was amazing! We made a phonecall to ask for prices and how to get there. Hard to understand the lady on the phone. In the end we got a price for a hut with a double bed and left KK to Mantanani Island We had a really nice hut with a... More 

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The resort provide basic dorm hostle and chalet type accommodation with basic cafe service but complete diving snorkling activities. I think this is the cheapest lodging you get on the island. The dorm is clean with trees hummok around where you can enjoy sea breeze. Electricity only available from 6pm to 6am. They provide ferry transfer from Kuala Abai fisherman... More 

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Kota Kinabalu
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Stayed 2D1N with family members! Staff very helpful but basic facilities need to be improved ! No power supply day time, electricity available after sunset & blackout again at sunrise! Worst is we have only dripping water supply at shower room, no water at all the next day morning! The beaches are beautiful with Crystal clear water and wonderful sunsets!... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Spent 2 or 3 nights here with my friend. We had a Sulap (bungalow) with twin beds and a fan. The room was quite basic, but is was okay, as you won't sit in your room when you are at a place like this. There are hammock under every bungalow and everywhere in the property, so you can bring your... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Mari Mari Backpacker Lodge is a well kept facility, the huts are basic but nice and clean, and staff is helpful. It seems that revenue management hasn't reached the island and they are reluctant to discount a penny regardless of the lodge being almost empty. Snorkling is quite poor, coral gardens are nice but wildlife is almost missing due to... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We've stayed for three nights on mantanani. The marimari is a good place to be on the island. Sadly the beaches on the island are far away from clean .... Diving: very diverse coral gardens with a lot of small fish .. unfortunatly bigger fish are sparse and traces from dynamite fishing are obvious -anyway thats not the fault of... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We chose to stay at Mantanani because it seemed to be the least dear island option out of KK. The cute huts are basic inside, and you don't miss the electricity during the day. Food was average. The highlight of our stay was the diving which was well organised at an affordable cost. While the water was beautiful, the resort... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We spent three days and two nights on Mantanani at the Mari Mari backpackers. The location is stunning and absolutely beautiful, the huts are clean and beds comfortable. The shower is not great, takes ages to get a decent amount of water and electricity only runs during the night. Breakfast was just okay but don't expect anything special in terms... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

Accomodation very basic, food OK, but limited. But the white sandy beach, clear water, stunning view and excellent diving and snorkeling more than make up for it. Staff were friendly and helpful. No cars, electricity, clear skies, pure air, we left feeling totally recharged.

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