Manukan Island's Scuba Diving

Manukan Island is the second largest island of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park in Malaysia. It is washed by clear waters of the South China Sea. Opulent vegetation and snow-white beaches characterise this place. Manukan is one of the most developed tourist locations of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. The island is very popular with divers and snorkelers. Thanks to the fact that the territory is secured, nature has been preserved in its original state. You will see coral reefs, which have become home to much bright fish. Adventure seekers are recommended to dive to a deliberately sunken ship that has been inhabited by large fish. It is a fantastic place where you will enjoy the wild underwater world.

Getting There

You can reach Manukan Island from Kota Kinabalu International Aiport. You should take a taxi or a bus and go to Jesselton Point Ferry Terminal. Then you would need to buy a ferry ticket or rent a boat.


The tropical monsoon climate on Manukan Island is suitable for diving all year, except for the season of heavy rains in July and November. The most convenient period for diving is from November to March. The average air temperature is +26-32 °С, while the water is +27-29 °С. April is the hottest month.

Dive Spots near Manukan Island

Reefs and a wreck are the main dive spots of Manukan Island. There are about 20 exciting dive sites here. The most popular are the Manukan Reef with an abundance of colourful creatures, Land Slide West and North, and Manukan Slope. It was deliberately sunk in 2017 to create an artificial reef.