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Hereford, United Kingdom
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Was nice once, but has gone shabby. Very basic, bordering on grubby. All worn out. Decent beach, good sunset, reasonable snorkelling but nothing great. Not worth paying for a dive. Walked down the beach to the "Chinese" resort. Grim.

Thank Paul B
Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The rooms are thread bare , we had a family of rats in the roof that kept us awake all night and fleas in the bed that covered us in bites ... No mosquito net or aircon and lumpy pillows. The food was horrific and seriously overpriced , there is no alternative on the island so it is a big...

Thank Mikeoo47
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Mari Mari Backpackers is over priced and not worth your money. The accommodation is terrible - there are rats in the roof and fleas in the bed. The pillows are lumpy and the beds are uncomfortable. The food and drinks are overpriced. The food is horrible and there are no other options on the island. The island is full of...

Thank courtneyw747
Reviewed 24 October 2016

I swear I'm not precious, but this place is the definition of what happens when you have a great idea to put a backpacker lodge on a sandy white beach with cool traditional accomodation and then you stop giving a toss. This place would have been great a few years ago but now it's expensive for what you get and...

Thank IniKamoze39
Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Mantanani is a beautiful island with white sandy beach. And to me Mari Mari Mantanani Backpackers Lodge is situated on the best stretch of the island. The cabins (or Sulaps) are pretty much very basic with minimal furniture, a fan and there is no TV.The electricity runs from 6.30pm till 6am so it will get hot once they cut off...

Thank EtonDragon
Reviewed 24 September 2016

Four of us spend 3 days 2 nights surviving without the wifi, no water heater, no tel connection, no aircon but just fan. Electricity starts from 6.30pm to 6am or 6.30pm. All is good enjoying the nature, the white beach and the blue crystal sea water. this island Just make you forget about the sad world we living in and...

Thank inazzy
Hilversum, The Netherlands
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

We spent 7 days and 6 nights at Mari Mari backpackers just over a week ago, July 2016. Group of 2 families, with 4 kids aged 8-12. We were supposed to stay 6 days and 5 nights but due to bad weather the boat could not come from the mainland to pick us up. When the boat finally came the...

Thank sonja_wesselius
Madrid, Spain
Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

Everything is just ok in this place. Is really lacking personality. Too expensive for what you get. If you want to visit the island (which is very nice) I strongly recommend to explore the home stays in the village. Cheaper and certainly more interesting.

Thank sergiovelarde
Maarssen, The Netherlands
Reviewed 13 July 2016

On a beach on a tropical island, about 1 hour by speedboat from the coast, lies Mari Mari Mantanani. The Manatanani island contains 2 small fishing villages, the Mari Mari backpackerslodge and a resort. The first day is really expensive, since it includes the pickup and return transfer from your hotel in Kota Kinabalu (KK) a 2,5 hour drive to...

3Thank Mark Jos P
Reviewed 30 June 2016

Mantanani is 2-3 hour van+boat ride from Kota Kinabalu. Many of the tourists come here for day trips of snorkeling and diving, but honestly the trip is not worth it just for one day. We spent 4D3N here and was swept way by the view and the underwater ecosystem. The stingrays are fantastic and can't even be described by words....

2Thank 270nashc

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Backpackers Lodge on Pulau Mantanani Besar Island in Sabah Borneo. We provide twin shared rooms with attached bathroom, twin shared rooms with common bathroom, and dormitory rooms. Hot water shower is available during island's regular electricity supply time (6.00pm to 6.00am).Our dive center - Mari Mari Dive Center is a PADI authorized dive resort. PADI scuba diving certifications are also available.Best for scuba diving, snorkeling or just lay back and relax the white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Mari Mari Mantanani Backpacker Lodge

Address: Kampong Mantanani, Pulau Mantanani Besar, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > Kota Belud District > Pulau Mantanani Besar
Price Range: ₹ 3,696 - ₹ 8,939 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
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“Chalet 11 has the best view on the beach”
  • The view
  • Cows roam around freely
  • Chalet number 11
 of 5 bubbles markjosp, 13 Jul 2016 | Read review
“The chalets are the best with view to the sea, and bathroom inside.”
 of 5 bubbles _5i6_, 13 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Two front cabins (10 & 11) have a bigger deck and better views.”
 of 5 bubbles tonim627, 22 Oct 2015 | Read review
“Don't stay overnight”
 of 5 bubbles 641Vicki, 28 Aug 2015 | Read review
“Shared room request for room #1! Great view of the water.”
 of 5 bubbles KarenC770, 19 Jul 2015 | Read review
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