One of the most prominent must-see places near Kota Belud is Kuala Abai. Kampong Kuala Abai is a fishing village 3 kilometers from Kota Belud, which is more inland. No wonder that many residents flock to Kuala Abai on weekends to buy fish or bathe in the sea. The popular fishing village overlooks the South China Sea. People like to come here to enjoy the beautiful and picturesque view.
Kuala Abai is not only known for its fish, beach and China Sea, but this kampong is also the departure point to Mantanani Island. From Kota Belud you are in the blink of an eye at the jetty of Kuala Abai, but from Kota Kinabalu the bus takes about 75 minutes for the journey of about 80 kilometers.
Fish restaurant at the beach
Pulau Mantanani is a cluster of three isolated small islands northwest of Kota Belud. It was so isolated that, until recently, only a few locals knew about the islands' existence. Mantanani consists of 3 islands, namely Mantanani Besar (the largest) island, Mantanani Kecil (Kechil) island and Lingisan (smallest). In fact, these islands are so small that they don't appear on most Sabah maps.
One of the main reasons the Mantanani Islands are popular with tourists is because of the scenic landscape, cool breeze and serene environment. But Pulau Mantanani's most popular attraction is the dugongs. The Mantanani Islands appear to provide ideal habitats for dugongs with seagrass beds and shallow sandy areas within the surrounding reefs of the islands.
The islands are popular diving and snorkeling destinations due to their crystal clear waters and colorful coral reefs.
the Ferry to Mantanani
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Nido Mantanani Island
Located in Pulau Mantanani, Mari Mari Backpacker Lodge is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. Located in the heart of the city, this 1-star hotel enjoys an excellent location with major attractions within easy reach. Thanks to its convenient location, all major attractions are close to the hotel.
Mari Mari Backpacker Lodge also offers many facilities to enrich your stay in Mari Mari. Top features of the hotel include daily housekeeping, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park, family room.
Experience high-quality room facilities, including bed linen, wood / parquet floor, balcony / terrace, fan, toiletries, to help you unwind after a long day. Throughout the day you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the private beach, diving, fishing, water sports. Mari Mari Backpacker Lodge is your one-stop destination for quality hotel accommodations in Kota Belud.