Mantabuan Island


Mantabuan Island is the smallest island in Tun Sakaran Marine Park, with an area of ~10 hectares or 0.1km².

It is located just ±2km from the northern coasts of Bohey Dulang and Bodgaya, the biggest island in the marine park.

Pulau Mantabuan is inhabited by a small, friendly community of Sea Gypsies (Bajau Laut), who live in houseboats or stilt houses built over coral reefs. Over here, it is not uncommon for visitors to be invited into their homes for a fresh coconut or two.

The Malaysian army operates a military base on the island, and if you’re lucky, you may get the chance to snap a photo inside the army outpost that comes complete with artillery and sandbags.

There are no motor vehicles or fancy commercial developments here, and visitors to the island are far and few in between.

Accommodation & day tours

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There are no major hotels or resorts on Pulau Mantabuan, or any of the other islands in Tun Sakaran Marine Park.

Nearby hotels and resorts with day tours to Tun Sakaran Marine Park

Things to do

Snorkeling & scuba diving
Pulau Mantabuan is a hot spot for snorkeling and diving activities. Featuring 3 major dive sites, Black Coral Garden, Stingray Alley Way and Star Point, Mantabuan is best known for sighting groups of manta rays, eagle rays and devil rays, especially when the currents pick up.

Other marine life commonly found in the area include sea turtles, blue-spotted stingrays, crocodile fish, puffer fish and the rare black coral.

See above for snorkeling and diving day tours to Tun Sakaran Marine Park.

Bajau Laut (Sea Gypsies) village
There is a small, friendly community of Bajau Laut living in and around Pulau Mantabuan.

Getting here

Mantabuan is located about ±35 minutes by boat from Semporna, ±20 minutes from Pom Pom, ±30 minutes from Mataking and ±1.5 hours from Mabul.

More info

Mantabuan Island is in fact a sand cay formed from the eroded remains of surrounding coral reefs, with an elevation of about 1-2m above sea level.

The islet is flat with a sandy beach running all the way round.