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Manukan Island Resort
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Give it a miss”
Reviewed May 30, 2008

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.

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed September 4, 2007

Manukan is beautiful and the accomodation Sutuera sanctuary lodges was really good. Nice little houses, very serviceminded staff and the beach great. The only drawback with the accomodation is that they have serious electrical problem daytime, some days we could not even use the toilett in our room between 10 am and 5 pm. Otherwise the hotel is fine, but it is a shame that there only is one restaurant on the island. And it is kind of expensive. Probably just cause they can, since the food is not that super. I would say ok but not great.

  • Liked — location and nice staff
  • Disliked — electrical problems
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 23, 2007

Manukan Island is beautiful and very worth a day trip. The snorkeling was some of the best I've ever seen. But don't bother spending the night on the island. The only accomodations are run by Sutera Sanctuary Lodges. They are incredibly overpriced and the bathrooms are disgusting--at least they were in the Hilltop Lodge where we stayed. The toilet never flushed properly, we were without water on two occasions, the staff was inflexible in the booking process, and we were awakened at 7:30 a.m. to the loud noise of a water pump right outside our bedroom window one morning. Don't make the same mistake we did. Go there for the day and spend the night at the Seri Borneo Hotel in Kota Kinabalu.

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Property: Manukan Island Resort
Address: Lot G15, Wisma Sabah Ground Floor, Manukan Island 88000, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > West Coast Division > Kota Kinabalu District > Manukan Island
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Manukan Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Manukan Island Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
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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