Mantanani Island + Discover Scuba Dive

Tour code: WB38-E

Underwater Scuba Turtle Mantanani Island Beach

Discover SCUBA is a great way for first-timers to get a taste of the excitement of underwater exploration. You will be thoroughly briefed on techniques and safety procedures then, accompanied by a certified PADI professional, make a shallow dive at a safe nearby dive site.

Travel Advisory

Health and fitness

This activity may not be suitable for children below 10 years of age. Adults who may be experiencing health problems such as asthma or those with physical disabilities or injuries may want to consult their physicians before participating in this activity. Also note that participants who are suffering from the flu or sinus problems may want to reconsider participating as this may cause discomfort during your dive. The company will not be liable for any compensation.

Weather conditions

This is a nature based tour. In the event of adverse weather and to ensure the comfort and safety of all our guests, we reserve the right to amend the itinerary, reschedule, postpone or cancel the trip. The company will not be liable for any compensation.

  • Day #1 - Daily Schedule


    Pick-up from your hotel and journey overland to Kuala Abai Jetty (Kota Belud). The trip will take approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. Upon arrival at the jetty we depart for Mari Mari Backpackers Lodge on Pulau Mantanani Besar (i.e. Big Mantanani Island).


    Arrive at Mari Mari Backpackers Lodge and enjoy a spot of tea (or coffee if you prefer) and take in the island while we get ready for your Discover SCUBA experience.


    During the equipment and safety briefing you will learn about how your body reacts to water pressure and how to deal with it.

    You will also be taught to identify and handle any difficulties while you are in the water (e.g. how to clear your mask or regulator).

    We will also teach you the various hand signals used by SCUBA divers whilst underwater. This is not only important during emergencies but it will also allow other divers to communicate with you if they come across something interesting (e.g. a turtle swimming idly by or a family of Clown fishes).


    We then follow up with a practice dive in shallow water. You will learn how to get comfortable breathing underwater and how to use your fins properly. The whole idea is to get you comfortable with the underwater environment and your equipment.

    As daunting as this may sound to some of you - it's actually loads of fun!


    Once you're comfortable with your training and your PADI professional feels you're up for it we'll put you on a boat take you on your first open water dive.

    Your dive will be closely supervised by your friendly PADI professional who will also be pointing out the various items of interest at the dive site you are visiting. The dive takes anywhere from 20 - 30 minutes.

    At the end of your dive you will return to Mari Mari Backpackers Lodge for a sumptuous lunch - trust us - you will be hungry!

    15:00 Depart by boat back to Kuala Abai Jetty then onwards by road back to Kota Kinabalu.


 Included in the tour
  • Dive equipment

    Includes oxygen tanks, weights, mask, fins, boots, wetsuit, BCD and regulator.

  • Dive Instructor / Dive Master

    Includes PADI professionals who will oversee your training and act as your guide on your Discover SCUBA dive.

  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Transportation

    Includes all overland and boat transfers.

 NOT included in the tour
 What to bring along with you ...
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal amenities

    Sun block or sun-tan lotion, wide brimmed hat, extra dry clothing and sunglasses.

 Other important things you should know!
  • Tour Details

    9 hours

  • Departure Schedule

    7:15 (Kota Kinabalu)