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The Mantanani Islands are located about 40km Northwest from the mainland of Kota Belud, a town 80km North of Kota Kinabalu. The islands are primarily volcanic rock in origin, around which an oceanic island has developed, resulting in two distinct reef formats: one built upon volcanic bedrock and one on the calcareous rubble.
Mantanani Islands consist of 3 islands: Mantanani Besar, Mantanani Kechil and Linggisan. Viva Mantanani is on its own peninsula on Mantanani Besar, which is approximately 3km long and 1.5km at its widest point. The island’s community is made up of about 1000 people who are from the Bajau ethnic group and are predominantly Muslim.
The weather is beautiful and relatively unchanging year-round, but the best time to visit is late spring to early fall. The reason for this is the sea can get a bit choppy in the months between October and March, so boats traveling to the island may get delayed.
Because your safety is our number one concern, tours are cancelled when the weather is non-permissive. We constantly check the weather and inform all guests of situations.