There is no better way to experience the pristine beauty and hidden treasures of Mantanani Island than a holiday at JSK Mantanani Island Resort – your tropical oasis. Our sandy beaches, emerald waters, and azure skies are perfect for those wishing to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
With 12 aesthetic Deluxe Rooms (and more underway) to choose from, our resort is perfect for all types of guests – be it as a solo traveler, family, or a group.
Explore the scenic points of the island such as the Dragon’s Tail, Lingisan Cave, Mantanani Kecil, Blue Tears, Corals, our mesmerising sunset view, and more!
You may also engage in a game of water sport of your choice on our inflatable water park or opt for something more exhilarating by going kayaking or snorkeling.
If you’re looking for something more laid-back, take our bicycles for a ride around the island, play a friendly game of carrom, test your skills in a game of pool, sing your heart out in our karaoke bar, go for a village walk, or just snap pictures at the “Insta-worthy” spots around the resort.
On top of that, your stay with us will also be inclusive of full board meals - which of course include mouth-watering local Sabahan delicacies!
JSK Mantanani Island Resort is located at Mantanani Besar Island, one of the three islands that make up the main island of Mantanani. Our main jetty is located just around 100KM away from the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA). From there, it will take a one-hour speedboat ride to reach our resort.
Mantanani Island (Pulau Mantanani in Malay) is made up of three islands – Pulau Mantanani Besar, Pulau Mantanani Kecil and Pulau Lingisan. It is well known for its recreational diving activities, dugong sightings, and the Usukan shipwreck diving sites dating from World War II.
Even the story behind the name is fascinating. “Mantanani” is a compound of the Ubian word "manta" (blanket) and "Nani" (the name of a mighty man who fought the enemies that owned the blanket).
According to one of the myths of the Kadazandusun people (one of Sabah’s ethnic groups), Mantanani Island was one of the two rocks that Kinoingan, the Creator according to Kadazandusun beliefs, had erected to bring ”balance” to the world that he had created. And guess what, the other rock was the one and only Mount Kinabalu!
The presence of dugongs (also fondly known as “sea cows”) in Mantanani’s waters has given it the nickname “Mermaid Island”. Interestingly, the word “dugong” translates to “lady of the sea” in the Malay language.
According to traditional lore, mermaids are “aquatic creatures with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish”, who help fishermen who are lost at sea.
Dugongs have a lifespan of 70 years, similar to humans. They have been listed by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as a vulnerable and protected endangered species.
The Usukan wreckage, located just 38.2KM from Mantanani Island, comprises three Japanese ships, namely Kokusei Maru, Higane Maru, and Hiyori Maru. It was believed that the ships were torpedoed by the United States during the 1944 Pacific War.
For years, the wreckage has been a hotspot for local and international diving enthusiasts.
Sadly, in 2017, it was discovered that the wreckage was reportedly destroyed by uncontrolled salvaging.
Here at JSK, we strive to give our customers first-class services – but not at the expense of our beloved environment.
In an effort to maintain environmental sustainability, the JSK Carbon Free System was formed to reduce carbon footprint and ultimately protect our ocean and marine life.
To further intensify our efforts in marine conservation, JSK has organised and taken part in numerous sea and beach cleaning/rubbish disposal activities.