manukanislandManukan Island ResortMalaysia/Manukan+Island+Resort

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.


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Beach Suite (10 units)

  • Beach Suite (10 units)
  • Beach Suite (10 units)
  • Beach Suite (10 units)
Beach Suite (10 units)
Each of these 10 suites is nestled in lush greenery in front of the beach and comes equipped with air conditioning and modern comfort. Luxurious hideaways, guests can choose king size or twin beds (for up to 3 persons).

Hill Side Villas (10 units)

  • Hill Side Villas (10 units)
  • Hill Side Villas (10 units)
  • Hill Side Villas (10 units)
Hill Side Villas (10 units)
Each of these 10 suites is nestled in lush greenery in front of the beach. Luxurious hideaways, they feature a king size bed, but are suitable for up to 4 persons, and come equipped with air conditioning and modern comfort. Four villas are single storey and six are double storey.

Amazing Love Power Boat ( 2 cabins)

  • Amazing Love Power Boat ( 2 cabins)
  • Amazing Love Power Boat ( 2 cabins)
  • Amazing Love Power Boat ( 2 cabins)
  • Amazing Love Power Boat ( 2 cabins)
Amazing Love Power Boat ( 2 cabins)
The Aquila 48 Power Catamaran sails 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 2 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. A selection of charters offer a blend of leisure and adventure. Contact your concierge to create your very own Sunset Cruise, Leisure, Fishing and Diving packages.

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Hotel Facilities & Highlights

2 free form pools.

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.

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.

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.

Your Host & The Team

“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

Malaysia is a tropical country full of rich culture and even richer natural landscapes. If you’re looking for grand adventures in the great outdoors, the best nature retreats in Malaysia await you in Sabah.

If your dream holiday combines orangutan sightings, visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites, getting to know indigenous cultures and diving amongst stunning tropical reefs all at one destination, Sabah has you covered. Secret Retreats has curated a collection of the best boutique hotels in Sabah to help you plan your escape to this far-flung destination.

More than a thousand kilometres away from the skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur or the historic streets of Penang, Sabah is a land of unspoilt landscapes and great natural beauty. Situated in Borneo in the South China Sea, Sabah offers embrace spectacular nature in the eastern state of Malaysia.

“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.

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:  
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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