Manukan island is located near the coast of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. It has a few good stretches of white sandy beaches and the water is crystal clear. You can see exotic fishes swimming and beautiful coral beds in the water. Thus its a great place for snorkeling and diving activities.

Manukan island is the second largest island of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine National Park. The marine park basically comprises of five islands: Pulau Gaya (Gaya Island), Pulau Sapi (Sapi Island), Pulau Manukan (Manukan Island), Pulau Mamutik (Mamutik Island) and Pulau Sulug (Sulug Island).

To go there you need to take the boat ride from the Kota Kinabalu Town Jetty.The boat ride to Manukan Island usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes.

Below are some of my pictures taken during my visit, there:

This is the entrance to the jetty. It is clean and filled with a lot of vintage Kota Kinabalu Town pictures on the wall (see the pictures hanged on the orange wall on the right).

This picture shows what Jesselton like, during the 1950s. By the way, Jesselton is what Kota Kinabalu Town is formerly known during that time.

At the jetty, there are many shops selling t-shirts, keychains and crafts originated from Sabah. In the picture, on the right hand side, there is an entry door to the ticket counter to buy boat tickets to Manukan Island.

This picture was taken while I'm on the boat. Its a medium size boat that can accomodates 10-15 passenggers. During my ride, it was smooth because the water is calm. Make sure you wear the life-jacket given during the ride.

The scene taken when the boat is getting near to Manukan Island. You can see people snorkeling in the water.

The entry to Pulau Manukan. Here you will again, find shops selling crafts and gifts.

Next: Manukan Tropical Island Part 2