“Surrounded by a protected coral reef, this luxury private island resort is a serene hideaway in which to relax, dive and snorkel.”,
Kim, the discoverer.
Swimming PoolSwimming Pool
Speed BoatSpeed Boat

Hotel Description

Situated 15-minutes by boat from Kota Kinabalu, this resort is located on the second largest island in Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Surrounded by a protected coral reef, a pristine rainforest and beautiful white sand beaches, it offers endless water activities including diving, snorkelling, trekking, and glass-bottomed boat rides. The resort features an outdoor pool, a restaurant, and spacious villas with private terraces that overlook the South China Sea.

There is no substitute for local knowledge and personal assistance to help you plan the perfect stay. The Secret Retreats Concierge is ready to share insider tips with you to ensure you book the best room for your stay on the best available rate or offer , to share tips on what to see and do and where to dine, to help you with personal requests, and to keep you informed of any cultural events, shows or festivals that match your dates of stay. Enjoy the difference that turns a good stay, into a great travel experience. Your Secret Retreats Concierge is looking forward to hearing from you. Contact the concierge on dream@secret-retreats.com.

Room Description


Why Book With Secret Retreats?

Concierge Service

Personal assistance from our Concierge offering local knowledge and insider tips to help you plan and book your perfect Asian journey.

Personal Service

The peace of mind and personal service one can only enjoy by booking direct with the Asian experts.

Local Knowledge

Benefit from our local knowledge and passion for our homes to personalize your stay.

Exclusive Offers

Exclusive deals and offers, and join the ‘Voyage’ loyalty program to enhance these deals.

Your Concierge is ready to assist you with completing your reservation on dream@secret-retreats.com

Hotel Facilities & Highlights

Manukan Island Resort highlight
2 free form pools.
Manukan Island Resort highlight
Restaurant: Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Prahu Restaurant serves Malaysian and International cuisine. A romantic or BBQ dinner can also be arranged on the sand or in the beach cabana.
Manukan Island Resort highlight
A long stretch of white sandy beach spanning about 1,500m with a bay of crystal clear and tranquil sea at the South of the island.
Manukan Island Resort highlight
Diving around Manukan Island: A dedicated PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Centre is located right next to the swimming pool area. Daily activities: scuba diving, snorkelling safaris & sea kayaking. There are 49 dive sites to choose from within the state national Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park and they are all just minutes away from Manukan Island and accessible via boats. Dive sites within the park are great for scuba diving beginners as well as experienced divers. Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park is also great for underwater photographers, providing lots of macro subjects in relatively shallow calm water.

Amazing Love at Manukan

Amazing Love Power Boat: Hop on board Amazing Love - an Aquila 48 Power Catamaran - and we sail for an unforgettable tropical luxury cruise around the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Parks along the coastline of Kota Kinabalu for a private dive charter or an unforgettable sunset cruise experience. Designed for exclusive enjoyment this beautiful vessel has air conditioned cabins with en-suite bathrooms, saloon seating for dining and entertainment, tastefully fitted galley and a lifting platform for ease of access to the waters. A cocktail on board can host up to 22 passengers, but it is also an ideal vessel for an romantic private cruise for just 2 of you.
As we glide over the azure waters at sunset, you can watch as the fiery red orb of light slowly sink beneath the horizon. Sunsets in Sabah are a spectacular and colorful experience to live once .

A selection of charters offer a blend of leisure and adventure. For the sunset cruise, for instance:
- Meet at the Sutera Marina Jetty at 16:30 for boarding
- Admire the stunning sunset around 18:00
- We return to the marina around 19:30
Each cruise includes the Captain, full crew (engineer, deckhand, chef, stewards), free flow food & beverage and towels.

Contact your concierge to create your very own Sunset Cruise, Leisure, Fishing and Diving packages

Your Host & The Team

Ben MeganathanBen Meganathan
“We aspire to share with you the natural beauty that Manukan Island has to offer at just a mere 15-20mn boat trip from Kota Kinabalu city center. Here, time is on your side where you can choose to be adventurous and take up a diving course or just marvel at one of the most stunning views of sunset in Borneo. Experience our side of paradise in our secret retreat!”

Welcome to Sabah

Situated in Borneo in the South China Sea, embrace spectacular nature in the Eastern state of Malaysia. Head to the UNESCO World Heritage site Kinabalu National Park to climb Southeast Asia’s highest mountain, Kota Kinabalu. See the orangutans, proboscis monkeys, and other indigenous wildlife that call the dense rainforest home. Dive or snorkel amid the coral reefs in Tunku Adbul Rahman Marine Park. Witness local traditions and customs at a cultural village. Shop for native handicrafts and taste some delightful local cuisine. A land for curious travellers in search of adventure both at sea and in the jungle—Sabah.

Useful Information

Total number of rooms: 20
Annual closing:
open all year

Time zone: (GMT+08:00) Kuala Lumpur
Currency accepted: MYR
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard, American Express
Electricity voltage: 240V
Electricity plug type:  
Your concierge is ready to assist you with planning and completing your reservation, contact them on dream@secret-retreats.com
10-15 minute drive from Kota Kinabalu International Airport to Sutera Harbour Marina Jetty, followed by 15 minute boat ride to Manukan Island Resort.
Nearest Airport: Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI) - 10 km
Nearest Pier: Sutera Harbour Marina Jetty - 5 km

Manukan Islan, Kota Kinabalu - Sabah , Malaysia


Time & Weather

Current Temperature

32° C

Current Weather

Local Time

4:08 pm