Very dissapointed with our trip to Manukan Island, considering it is supposedly a part of the National Parks it is not very well conserved.
On our last trip we went on a cruise and snorkelled offshore and saw the most amazing array of marinelife and clear waters with undamaged coral.
We decided it would be great to spend the day at one of the islands just chilling out lying on the beach, and snorkelling. We went down to Jesselton Point and got a ferry out which was good value, 17rm per adult with an extra 3rm tax and then 10rm conservation fee when you get to the island. They run about every half hour.
You can hire snorkel gear on the jetty or the island, its 10rm each on the island and that gives you a life jacket as well if you want one.
There is basically no marinelife close to the beach, the coral has been destroyed by too many tourists standing on it. Also there are sea lice which sting you. To see anything you have to swim out quite a distance, too far for most kids to go. Really dissapointing.
The restaurant is shocking, the service is terrible they get alot of the orders wrong, deliver the wrong food to the wrong tables. We saw people complaining because they had ordered before others and were given their food late. My laksa was not a laksa at all but some sort of fishbroth soup which tasted terrible, but when I complained they tried to cover up by saying that was how they made it there. I refused to have it so finally they took it back. We got two meals, then had to wait 10 mins for the third and then another 30+ mins for the fish and chips. I would never recommend eating there.
They have the cheek to charge 90++rm for an average seafood bbq which looked overcooked and not fresh.
All in all this was not an enjoyable experience and I would not recommend it at all.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Manukan Island Resort is located just off the coast of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah and provides an island getaway with luxurious accommodation options. A mere 10 minutes by boat from the city of Kota Kinabalu, Manukan island is the second largest island of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine National Park and provides an idyllic option for island accommodation in Malaysia. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Manukan Island Hotel Manukan Island
- Manukan Island Resort Sabah