Mantanani island 美人鱼岛
Mantanani island 美人鱼岛
Explore the Wonders of Sabah Malaysia
Pulau Mantanani is a group of three isolated islands northwest of Kota Belud, 80 km north of Kota Kinabalu. It was so isolated in fact that not until recently, only a few locals knew the existence of the islands. The Mantanani islands, lying off the northwest coast of Sabah, Malaysia, comprise a host of marine communities, from coral reefs to sea grass beds, rocky cliffs and sandy shores. The inner lagoon area has been found to be used by numerous resident endangered green turtles (Chelonia mydas), a handful of similarly endangered small Dugongs (Sea Cow), and a suite of tropical marine life drawing nourishment from the surrounding reefs and sea grass beds. The reefs surrounding the Mantanani islands represent the most productive shallow water habitats of the north eastern side of Borneo, with the 15 mile-distant mainland shores comprising mostly fine sediment or rock substrates. Lying slightly offshore, however, the Mantanani islands enjoy cleaner waters and flushing by larvae-rich waters. The island, shaped-like knife, has a beach that stretches up to 2.500 metres. This narrow strip of island is heaven for those looking for me tranquillity and away from thrashing fins and mass diving tourism. Unfairly blessed with age-old shipwrecks and critters inhabiting in and around it, the island offers opportunities for visitors to explore. Besides that muck diving is excellent with the quiet existence of imperial shrimps, jaw fish ribbon eels, seahorses, pink-eyed gobbles and the jaw-dropping blue ringed octopus, amidst nudibranch of all sorts. These islands provide divers with wonderful moving scenery in the sea but the islands themselves provide a much needed resting spot or nesting spot for migrating birds as well as resident sea birds. Near Threatened species that has been recorded are the endemic Mantanani Scops-owl Otus mantananensis, Malaysian Plover Charadrius peronii, Nicobar Pigeon Caloenas nicobarica and Blue-naped Parrot Tanygnathus lucionensis as well as the Megapode which has been hunted to near extinction over the past 20yrs. The term ‘diver’s paradise’ may sound trite, but Mantanani Island is exactly that and more. The sun also seems a lot prettier in Mantanani. After a whole day of diving, snorkelling or kayaking, sit back and feast your eyes on the gorgeous layers of orange hues penetrating the clouds as the sun sets. In the morning, nothing beats sitting on the jetty with your legs dangling over the water, watching the sun rising as gentle breeze caresses your skin and ruffles your hair. Be spellbound also by the magnificent view of Mount Kinabalu veiled in chiffon-like clouds and morning mist.