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Mari Mari Mantanani




On Mantanani Island, Mari Mari provides basic and clean accommodation facilities.

Located on Pulau Mantanani Besar (Big Mantanani Island), the charming "Sulap"-style huts at the Mari Mari Backpackers Lodge provide the ideal beach setting for your island vacation. 

For those who prefer dormitory type accomodation, the Sayang Sayang Hostel with its breathtaking sea view will sure to enchant you.

Here the island is yours to explore. One can stay for days and be completely complacent enough with island life at the lodge.

The PADI authorised Mari Mari Dive Center is also located here to provide you with excellent professional services.

Mari Mari Backpackers Lodge. Accommodation are standalone "Sulap" (hut or cabin in the native Kadazandusun language) on stilts. Each Sulap is equipped with lighting and socket points, and wall fan.


There are 3 types of Sulaps - Sulap with Common Bathroom, Sulap with Attached Bathroom & Sulap with Attached Bathroom & Seaview Balcony.


Guests are provided with a bed, blanket and pillow in the room.


Bath towel, shower gel & shampoo are provided for Sulaps guests. Nevertheless, you are advised to bring along personal toiletries and towel though some basic items may be purchased at our Manta Shop.


Sayang-Sayang Hostel provides  2 types of room; Family- Corner Sea-view room with 4 beds and, Dormitory with 6 nits of beds in each room. All bathrooms are on sharing basis.


All bathrooms are equipped with electrical hot water shower and is available during the island’s regular electricity supply time, i.e. 6.00pm to 6.00am daily.

Meals are available at the Lodge’s Mari-Mari Canteen.

Opening hours as below :

Breakfast ( 7.30am to 10am)

Lunch (11am - 2pm)

Snacks (4pm - 5pm)

Dinner (6pm - 8pm)


Outside food are not allowed in the lodge. 


Snacks, beverages are available for purchase at the Lodge’s Manta Shop.


Island electricity supply is only available from 6.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m.  daily. Electricity supply voltage is 240v, 50-cycle system. You will need a 3 square pin contact plug.


Shopping options is almost non-existent. Anything remotely unusual is best brought with you from the city.


Mobile phone reception is not available on the island. The Lodge is nevertheless connected to the outside world by telephone and internet through satellite link (you can make calls - chargeable)

Things To Do While In Mantanani

Scuba Diving There are many exciting diving sites near the island that will enthrall you.


Discover Scuba Dive New to scuba diving? Fret not. Our Dive Instructor will give you adequate briefing on the keys to scuba diving and the use of the equipments and voila, you'll be swimming with the rays, and many more other wondrous sea creatures.


Open Water Diver Course Get certified by! Get a license to dive around the world.


Advance Open Water Diver Course Explore deeper oceans, experience more, more excitements. That's what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course is all about.


Snorkelling Take the surface tour, peeks into the underwater world and admire the abundant marine lives of Mantanani. Simply snorkel along the beach or follow our boat out to the many exciting spots.


Night Snorkelling At night, it is a different sea, totally...


Sea Kayaking Be adventurous, take out the kayak and explore the surrounding sea.


Kampong (Village)  A quite walk around the idyllic fishing village for an intimate look of Walk island life in Borneo.


Bird Watching Good for seeing birds that usually nest on island because of the relatively lack of terrestrial predators. The only place in Sabah to see the Mantanani Scoops Owls (Otus Mantananensis).


Sunset Cruise Admire the magnificent sunset off the South China Sea while enjoying a cold drink aboard.


Night Walk Take a walk under the star-lit sky, hear the Mantanani Scops Owls (Otus Mantananensis) call (found only at Mantanani and Palawan Islands) and be amazed by the “Kelip-Kelip” (fire-flies) lighted X’mas trees.


*Availability & schedules of all activities and facilities are subject to terms & conditions and sea & weather conditions.


For your convenience and maximum enjoyment, we recommend that you pre-book your activities before departure.

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