Mari Mari Backpackers Lodge - Mantanani Besar, Sabah Borneo Malaysia


Hotel Description

This island is heaven for those looking for some tranquility and away from thrashing fins and mass diving tourism. Unfairly blessed with age-old shipwrecks and critters inhabiting in and around it, the island offers opportunities for visitors to explore.

The island promises the most diverse marine life with visibility up to 40 metres. Many species of rays flutter around like blue spotted ray and marbled sting ray amongst large schools of fish.

Besides that muck diving is excellent with the quiet existence of imperial shirmps, jaw fish ribbon eels, seahorses, pink-eyed gobbles and the jaw-dropping blue ringed octopus, amidst nudibranch of all sorts.

The Mantanani Islands consists of 3 islands; Pulau Mantanani Besar, Pulau Mantanani Kechil and Pulau Lungisan.

These islands provide divers with a wonderful moving scenery in the sea but the islands themselves provide a much needed resting spot or nesting spot for migrating birds as well as resident sea birds. Near Threatened species that has been recorded are the endemic Mantanani Scops-owl Otus mantananensis, Malaysian Plover Charadrius peronii, Nicobar Pigeon Caloenas nicobaricaand Blue-naped Parrot Tanygnathus lucionensisas well as the Megapode which has been hunted to near extinction over the past 20yrs.

About the Sulap and Sayang-Sayang Accommodation:

-Mari-Mari Backpackers Lodge provides guests with clean and no frill accommodation with basic facilities.

-Each Sulap (hut or cabin in the native Kadazandusun language) is equipped with lighting and socket points, and wall fan.

-There are 3 types of Sulaps - Sulap with Common Bathroom, Sulap with Attached Bathroom & Sulap with Attached Bathroom & Seaview Balcony.

-Guests are provided with a bed, blanket and a pillow each in each room.

-Sayang-Sayang Hostel consists of 2 types of room; Family - Corner Seaview room with 4 beds and Dormitory with 6units of beds in each room. All bathrooms are on sharing basis.

-Bath towel, shower gel & shampoo are provided for Sulaps only. Nevertheless, you are reminded to bring along personal toiletries and towel though some basic items may be purchased at our Manta Shop.

-Both Attached and Common bathrooms are equipped with hot water shower and is available during the island’s regular electricity supply time, i.e. 6.00pm to 6.00am.

-Meals are available at the Lodge’s Mari-Mari Cafe. For your convenience, we recommend that you pre-order your meals before the tours. Kindly refer to the menu for selection.

-Opening hours as below : Breakfast ( 7.30am to 10am) Lunch (11am - 2pm) Snacks (4pm – 5pm) Dinner (6pm – 8pm)

-Outside food is not allowed in the lodges.

-Snacks, beverages are available for purchase at the Lodge’s Manta Shop.

-Island electricity supply is only available from 6.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. daily.

-Electricity supply voltage is 240v, 50-cycle system. You will need a 3 square pin contact plug.

-Shopping options is almost non-existent. Anything remotely unusual is best brought with you from the city.

-Mobile phone reception is not available on the island. The Lodge is nevertheless connected to the outside world by telephone and internet through satellite link (you can make calls – chargeable)

-Wi-Fi internet connection is available for rental when electricity supply is on.

Destination

Sabah ~ Kota Kinabalu ~ Mantanani Besar Island ~ island chalets

Room Type

4 chalets with 8 rooms each

Room Description

Basic with only cold showers and fan cooled rooms


Facilities & Activities

Restaurant, diving facilities ,

Electricity supply on the island is limited to 12 hours a day starting at 6.00pm to 6.00am. Voltage use is

220v-240v, Due to the nature of the tour as well as the journey which involves overland and sea transportation, the trip is not recommend to anyone who has pre-existing medical conditions (such as pregnancy, hypertension, back pain problem...etc) that will normally preclude him/her from taking part in activities of similar nature.

Children below 2 years old is also not encouraged. The resort reserves the right to refuse service where deemed appropriate.

LOCATION

1hr 40 minutes by car away from Kota Kinabalu city


WHAT TO DO

Mari Mari Backpackers Lodge caters to everyone. Besides diving, there is Snorkelling and kayaking ; Bird Watching , Massage and Night safari

THINGS TO BRING:

Payment / Service Voucher , Pocket money , Insect repellent, Sun-block lotion, Towel for Common Bathroom & personal toiletries, Change of clothes, Cap/Hat, Raincoat to protect against water splashes during boat ride, Dry bag/plastic bag to protect your personal belongings

FOR DIVERS:

* Please bring along your logbook & diver certification card.

2 Days 1 Night/ 3 Days 2 Nights Package Trip at Mantanani Besar Island ~ valid till 30th Nov 2017 (Package rate based per person basis)

Package Per Night Basis (RM)
Package Code Accommodation Type Non Malaysians Malaysians Non Malaysians Malaysians
Dormitory (Common Bathroom) 1st Night 2nd Night Onwards
MMM5 Sayang Sayang Hostel (Max. 6pax per dorm) 265.00 225.00 68.90 58.30
MMM6 Family Room (Max 4pax. Corner sea-view unit) 312.70 280.90 84.80 76.30
MMM7 Quad Share (Max 4 pax per dorm.) 275.60 248.00 74.20 66.80
SULAP (Twin - Share) 1st Night 2nd Night Onwards
MMM8 SULAP (Common Bathroom)** 328.60 296.00 116.60 105.00
SULAP (Twin - Share) SULAP (Attached Bathroom)**
MMM9 Standard Sulap 371.00 334.00 143.10 128.30
MMM10 Sulap with Seaview Balcony 392.20 353.00 174.90 156.90
Single Occupancy 1st Night 2nd Night Onwards
MMM11 SULAP (Common Bathroom)** 439.90 395.00 233.20 209.90
Single Occupancy SULAP (Attached Bathroom)**
MMM12 Standard Sulap 508.80 458.00 286.20 257.60
MMM13 Sulap with Seaview Balcony 572.40 515.00 349.80 314.80

*1st night rates are inclusive of return boat transfer and 01 session boat snorkeling & equipment. **Bath Towel, shower gel and shampoo are provided for all Sulaps ONLY.

The snorkelling session must be utilised on day of arrival

Notes :

1) ALL Rates are INCLUSIVE of 6% GST

2) 40% off the published rates for children from 05 years – 11 years old (child rate).

3) Breakfast is included for all overnight stays. Other meals are not included but can be purchased at the canteen.

5) Bath Towel, shower gel and shampoo are provided except for dormitories. (M5, M6 & M7)

6) For information on Land Transfer, please refer to the TRANSPORTATION LIST attachment.

7) Activity must be done on 1st day only, cannot be carried forward to other days, not transferable and not refundable if not utilised

8) Insurance for guests are provided (Terms and Condition applies)

OTHERS : WI-FI INTERNET CONNECTION (Available only when electricity supply is turned on) 1st Night = RM15.00 & RM5.00 for 2nd night stay onwards.

Things to Bring:

* Payment / Service Voucher * Extra pocket money * Insect repellent * Sun-block lotion * Change of clothes * Towel * Cap / Hat

For Divers:

* Please bring along your logbook and diver certification card.

**Please Note that there will be a non-refundable handling charge on payment made. Conditions apply.

Please Note:

1) Due to the outdoor and adventure nature of the tours and activities, children below 5 years old are not encouraged to participate in the tours.

2) We will not conduct tours for persons who are physically frail, pregnant or with pre-existing medical conditions that would normally preclude them from participating in rigorous physical activities.

3) Age limit for diving with compressed air is 12 years old and above.

4) For safety reasons, tour and activities are dependent on SEA & WEATHER CONDITIONS. The operator Traverse Tours reserves the rights to CANCEL or POSTPONE the tour or any activities if we deem there is an absence of a safe operating environment.

6) Liability Release Form MUST be understood and signed by the participant before the tour and activities commence.

RESERVATION AND PAYMENT

Reservation will be held for you for 15 days, during which you are required to remit to us a non-refundable and non-transferable deposit of 50% of the total cost of the reservation. Failure to remit the deposit will result in the reservation being cancelled.

Full payment must be made 14 days before the tour date.

Guest details (name list with identification details as per below) must be submitted to us prior to commencement of tour, for verification and confirmation as required by the Authorities:

i.) GUEST FULL NAME

ii.) DATE OF BIRTH

iii.) PASSPORT NUMBER & ISSUING COUNTRY

iv.) NATIONALITY

v.) EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBER / LOCAL NUMBER (if available)

vi.) FLIGHT DETAILS (ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE)

CANCELLATION & NO SHOW

a. 50% of full package payment will be forfeited for cancellation made between 15-30 days from tour date and;

b. 75% of full package payment will be forfeited for cancellation made between 8-14 days from tour date.

c. 100% for cancellation within 7 days from the tour date.

UNUSED SERVICES AND AMENDMENTS

a. 100% of full package payment will be forfeited if the guest did not turn up on the specified date of the tour confirmed.

b. No refund will be made for any part of the services included in the package that was not utilized by guest after commencement of tour.

c. In the event guests have arrived at Kuala Abai Jetty on our land transport and the tour has to be cancelled due to bad weather, sea conditions or other factors which is beyond the control of our Company, refund of full package cost minus 30% of published return land transfer fee will be given.

d. Amendments to package or services booked are subject to availability and must be made 7 days before tour date. Additional charges, if any, must be settled in full once amendment is accepted.

Things To Bring:

Payment / Service Coupon ; Pocket money ; Insect repellent ; Sun-block lotion ; Change of clothes ; Raincoat to protect against water splashes during boat ride ; Cap / Hat ; Plastic bag/DRY BAG to protect your personal belongings from getting WET ; Good hiking shoes for those who would like to take a walk in the jungle

For divers, please bring along your logbook & diver certification card

Things To Do:

ISLAND ACTIVITIES FOR OVERNIGHT GUESTS
GEAR RENTAL (Snorkel, Fin & Mask) RM26.50/set/day
GUIDED (BOAT) SNORKELING RM47.70/pax/session
GUIDED NIGHT SNORKELING RM89.00/pax/session
LEISURE DIVE RM164.30/pax/dive
DISCOVER SCUBA DIVE (DSD) RM344.60/pax
SUNRISE/SUNSET DIVE RM222.60/pax/dive
NIGHT DIVE RM254.00/pax/dive
SEA KAYAK Single Double
*(or part thereof) RM23.00/30mins* RM34.00/30mins*
PADI COURSES
OPEN WATER COURSE RM1,357.00/pax
(At least 4 days/3 nights stay [not included] is recommended)
ADVANCE OPEN WATER COURSE RM1,060.00/pax
(At least 3days/2 nights stay [not included] is recommended)


Note :-

1) Diving rates are inclusive of equipment rental, dive boat and Dive Instructor/Dive Master

2) ALL Rates above are INCLUSIVE of 6% GST as of 1st April 2015.

TRANSPORTATION LIST FOR MANTANANI ISLAND TOURS

(Valid from 1st December 2016 – 30th November 2017)

1. DAY TRIP PACKAGES

a. Pick up & Drop off point : Wisma Sabah

b. Transfer services are available from WISMA SABAH only.

c. Extra charges will be levied if pick up is requested from other points according to zones as per TABLE A.

d. However, these are subject to availability and confirmation. Please check with us for detail coverage of the zones during reservation.

2. OVERNIGHT PACKAGES

a. Pick up & Drop off point : Wisma Sabah

b. Transfer services are available from WISMA SABAH only.

c. Rates: Adult= RM140.00/return, Child= RM70.00/return

d. Extra charges will be levied if pick up is requested from other points according to zones as per TABLE A.

e. However, these are subject to availability and confirmation. Please check with us for detail coverage of the zones during reservation

TABLE A
Zone A Kota Kinabalu City Centre BANDARAN BERJAYA (South) to LIKAS SQUARE (North) to JALAN TUARAN (West) RM26.50/person
Zone B Outside KK City Centre SUTERA HARBOUR (South) to 1 BORNEO (North) to JALAN LINTAS (West) RM37.10/person
Zone C Greater KK STAR (South) to RASA RIA (North) to JALAN PENAMPANG BYPASS (West) RM53.00/person


* PICK UP TIME & POINTS (For Daytrip & Overnight Mantanani Tours)

Pick Up Time Pick Up Point
0645 hrs Shangri La’s Tanjung Aru Resort (STAR)
0700 hrs Pacific Sutera Hotel / Magellan Sutera Resort
0715 hrs Kota Kinabalu - Wisma Sabah / Gaya Centre Hotel
0745 hrs 1Borneo Area
0815 hrs Nexus Karambunai Resort
0840 hrs Shangri La’s Rasa Ria Resort


2 Days 1 Night Itinerary

DAY 01

0715hrs Meet at Wisma Sabah, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen, Kota Kinabalu and transfer by coach or van to Kuala Abai Jetty, Kota Belud.

Estimated travel time will be 1 hour & 45 minutes.

0930hrs Pick up by boat at Kuala Abai Jetty, Kota Belud and depart to Mantanani Island. The journey will take approximately 1 hour to the Mari-Mari Backpacker Lodge on Mantanani Besar (Big) Island.

The Mantanani Island group consists of 3 islands namely Pulau Mantanani Besar (Big Mantanani Island), Pulau Mantanani Kecil (Small Mantanani Island) and Pulau Lungisan.

NOTE: For safety reasons, we may cancel / turn back if the weather or sea condition is deemed unsafe for the journey to proceed.

1030hrs Upon reaching the island, check in to your accommodation.

1300hrs Lunch.*

1400hrs Free at leisure after lunch.

Check out the various activities and schedule available on the island.

1900hrs Dinner* and stay overnight.

DAY 02

0730hrs Breakfast.

We nevertheless recommend that you be up early to experience the serenity of day break on the island, watch the sun rise over Mt Kinabalu, see the village children going to school and fishing boats going out to sea.

0930hrs Check out of your room. However, continue to enjoy the Lodge’s facilities. Please check with our crew if you should need to store your luggage.

Free and easy.

1200hrs Lunch.*

1500hrs Get ready to depart back to the mainland (Kuala Abai Jetty)

NOTE: We may depart earlier from the island if the we foresee that there is any change in sea or weather conditions that may affect the safety of the journey.

1600hrs Arrival at Kuala Abai Jetty, Kota Belud. Board coach/van to Kota Kinabalu.

1830hrs Arrival at Kota Kinabalu. Drop off at Wisma Sabah.

~END OF SERVICES~

Note: -

*Meals are not included but are available for purchase at the Lodge’s cafeteria.

3 Days 2 Nights Itinerary

DAY 1

0715hrs Meet at Wisma Sabah, Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen, Kota Kinabalu and transfer by coach or van to Kuala Abai Jetty, Kota Belud.

Estimated travel time will be 1 hour & 45 minutes.

0930hrs Pick up by boat at Kuala Abai Jetty, Kota Belud and depart to Mantanani Island.

The journey will take approximately 1 hour to the Mari-Mari Backpacker Lodge on Mantanani Besar (Big) Island.

The Mantanani Island group consists of 3 islands namely Pulau Mantanani Besar (Big Mantanani Island), Pulau Mantanani Kecil (Small Mantanani Island) and Pulau Lungisan.

NOTE: For safety reasons, we may cancel / turn back if the weather or sea condition is deemed unsafe for the journey to proceed.

1030hrs Upon reaching the island, check in to your accommodation.

1300hrs Lunch.*

1400hrs Free at leisure after lunch.

Check out the various activities and schedule available on the island.

1900hrs Dinner* and stay overnight.

DAY 2

0730hrs

Breakfast.

We nevertheless recommend that you be up early to experience the serenity of day break on the island, watch the sun rise over Mt. Kinabalu, see the village children going to school and fishing boats going out to sea.

Free and easy.

1200hrs Lunch.*

1400hrs Free at leisure after lunch.

Check out the various activities and schedule available on the island.

1900hrs Dinner* and stay overnight.

DAY 3

0730hrs Breakfast.

0930hrs Check out of your room. However, continue to enjoy the Lodge’s facilities. Please check

with our crew if you should need to store your luggage.

Free and easy.

1200hrs Lunch.*

1500hrs Get ready to depart back to the mainland (Kuala Abai Jetty)

1600hrs Arrival at Kuala Abai Jetty, Kota Belud. Board coach/van to Kota Kinabalu.

1830hrs Arrival at Kota Kinabalu. Drop off at Wisma Sabah.

~END OF SERVICES~

Note: -

*Meals are not included but are available for purchase at the Lodge’s cafeteria.

Things To Note:

1. For safety reasons, tour and activities are dependent on SEA & WEATHER CONDITIONS. We reserve the right to CANCEL or POSTPONE the tour or any activities if we deem there is an absence of a safe operating environment. We monitor closely weather changes through the relevant sources.

2. Liability Release Form MUST be understood and signed by the participant before the tour and activities commence.

3. You might get WET during the boat journey, so please be sure to pack and stow your belongings properly during the journey. Dry bags or plastic bags for waterproofing are recommended.

4. We will not be liable for any damage to your belongings caused by exposure to elements of nature such as weather and sea conditions.

5. Due to the nature of the tour as well as the journey which involves overland and sea transportation, we do not recommend it to anyone who has pre-existing medical conditions (such as pregnancy, hypertension, back pain problem...etc) that will normally preclude him/her from taking part in activities of similar nature.

Children below 2 years old is also not encouraged. We reserve the right to refuse service where we deem appropriate.

6. Kindly note that you are responsible for the safe keeping of your belongings at all time. We do not encourage guests bringing along electronic devices, valuables and important documents.

7. Age limit for diving with compressed air is 12 years old and above.

8. Breakfast is included for all overnight stays. However, other meals are not includes but is available for sell at the Lodge’s Cafe. Opening hours of the café is from 7.30am to 10.00pm.

9. Shower gel & shampoo are provided for all common bathrooms. Bath towel, shower gel & shampoo are provided for Sulaps guests. Nevertheless, you are advised to bring along pers onal toiletries although some basic items may be purchased at our Manta Shop.

10. Charges for 1st night stay is inclusive of return boat transfer (Kuala Abai—Mantanani—Kuala Abai).

11. Electricity supply on the island is limited to 12 hours a day starting at 6.00pm to 6.00am. Voltage use is 220v-240v.

12. Please produce your passport number or other identification for registration.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Q: WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT THE ISLAND?

A: The best time to visit is from April to September. Outside of this period you might need flexibility of schedules to travel as the sea can be rough at times. Our guests’ safety and comfort are our TOP priorities. Tours are at times cancelled to abide to our Safe Operation Policies.

2. Q: ARE TOWEL AND OTHER PERSONAL TOILETRIES PROVIDED?

A: Yes, bath towel, shower gel & shampoo are provided for all Sulaps only. Nevertheless, guests are required to bring their own personal toiletries.

3. Q: WHAT DO THE ACCOMMODATIONS LOOK LIKE ?

A: All Sulaps (huts) are on stilts and with wood flooring. Below each chalet is a deck area with a hammock and chairs. This is a very simple wooden village type house. Staircase to upper level is about 2 meters high with mattresses on beds in all rooms. Sayang Sayang Hostel comprises of 2 units of single storey buildings with shower facilities in the middle. Rooms are equipped with beds and mattresses.

4. Q: WHAT PRECAUTION SHOULD I TAKE AGAINST MOSQUITOES OR OTHER INSECT?

A: You are in the natural surroundings of the island so it is advisable to bring along insect repellents. Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn, so it’s best to stay away from dark and humid areas at these times. Mosquitoes net may be provided upon request.

5. Q: IS THERE ANYTHING THAT I SHOULD LOOK OUT FOR WHILE WALKING ON THE BEACH?

A: The island is endowed with white sandy beaches and crystal clear water that you will enjoy wading in. It is however also the natural habitat of rays and urchins who might not like to be surprised. So please tread lightly and have your flip-flops on.

6. Q: IF I LEARN TO SCUBA DIVE AT MARI-MARI DIVE CENTRE, IS MY LICENSE RECOGNISED WORLDWIDE?

A: YES. WE are a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) authorised Dive Resort and divers we helped to certify are recognised all over the world.

7. Q: WHAT ARE THE SCHEDULES FOR THE LAND AND BOAT TRANSFER?

A: We have only one schedule for each transfer sector.

* These schedules are based on estimated time only and are subject to changes. Factors that can affect the schedules are traffic, sea and weather conditions. Ample allowances are advised if you have confirmed onward travel arrangement. Private charter and transfer outside regular schedules may be arranged subject to charges and availability.

8.Q: HOW CAN I PAY MY BILLS ON THE ISLAND?

A: You can pay by cash. We accept Malaysian Ringgit currency notes only. It is not advisable to pay by credit card. Although we do have Credit cards facility, it is still dependant on the instability of our satellite line. Credit cards accepted are Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

9. Q: WHAT HAPPEN IF MY TRIP IS CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER?

A: In the event that the trip is cancelled by us due to factors that are beyond our control such as weather or sea condition, we will refund in full the tour fees after deducting any finance charges that may have been incurred. We however refuse liability for any damages, inconveniences or costs that may have been incurred as a result of the cancellation.

10. Q: WHAT HAPPEN IF I CANNOT MAKE THE TRIP?

A: Kindly note our cancellation policy as follow:

50% of full package payment will be forfeited for cancellation made within 15-30 days from tour date and;

75% of full package payment will be forfeited for cancellation made within 8-14 days from tour date;

100% for cancellation within 7 days from the tour date.

11. Q: IF I DO NOT WANT TO DO THE ACTIVITIES IN THE PACKAGE OFFERED, WILL I GET ANY REFUND?

A: No refund will be given for any part of the services included in any packaged tours that was not utilized by guest at their own option after commencement of tour. Full refund of the relevant item will be given if a service could not be rendered by us in the event of adverse sea, weather or other conditions necessary for service.

12. Q. CAN I JOIN THE TOUR IF I AM PREGNANT?

A: Unfortunately NO, we do not allow pregnant women to join our tour as the sea condition can get quite rough and there is a lack of medical facilities in such a remote location.

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