We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Mari Mari Mantanani Backpacker Lodge

Agoda.comUS$ 137*
View Deal
04/06/2017 05/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
Lock in the lowest price from our partners
View Deal
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Professional photos
Mari Mari Mantanani Backpacker Lodge
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"},"moduleList":["handlers"],"template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

127 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 94: English reviews
Start your review of Mari Mari Mantanani Backpacker Lodge
 Click to rate
Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our package price (stayed 5-6 May) was SGD223 for a Sulap Twin so it was pretty expensive but understandable because it was close to 2 hours away from KK and another boat ride away. You are welcomed with a nice cold ice lemon tea and a friendly staff who will show you the map of the island when you arrive....

 Report
Helpful?
Thank marietheant
Taipei, Taiwan
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

白天沒有供電,浮潛完不能洗熱水澡。潛水沒什麼可以看的,有些點浮潛很棒。他們說一天有三次機會浮潛,但不是真的。他們沒有足夠的船帶我們去浮潛或潛水。 他們的船很老舊,全身上下都濕透。別人一日遊的船不會弄濕,也可以開得比較快。 網站上說有三人房,實際上我得到的是加床在很小的兩人房。卻每人每晚收370(未稅)馬幣,一晚1100MRY,非常誇張的價錢。 房間早上10必須退房,但要等到下午三點才有船送我們回去。很愚蠢的安排。 They don't provide electricity at day time. That's mean we didn't have hot water to shower after snorkeling or diving.And won't have fan at day time. They said everyday have three times go to snorkeling but it's not true. They don't have enough boats to do snorkeling or diving. I thought they are diving lodge must...

 Report
Helpful?
2Thank Constance C
Hereford, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 February 2017

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.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Paul B
Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 24 January 2017 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...

 Report
Helpful?
2Thank Mikeoo47
Reviewed 24 January 2017 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...

 Report
Helpful?
3Thank 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...

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank 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...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank EtonDragon
Singapore
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...

 Report
Helpful?
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...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Sonja_Hilversum
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.

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank sergiovelarde

131 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveller Photos (128)
Viewed
Dining (2)
Viewed
Room/Suite (9)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (7)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (26)
Viewed
View from Room (3)
Viewed
Family/Play Areas (1)
Viewed
Other (80)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (3)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (2)
Viewed
Other (1)
04/06/2017 05/06/2017
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Pulau Mantanani Besar
198.3 km away
Selingan Turtle Island
Selingan Turtle Island
#1 of 1 in Pulau Selingan
137 reviews
35.3 km away
Usukan Cove Lodge
Usukan Cove Lodge
#13 of 99 in Kota Kinabalu
41 reviews
0.0 km away
GreenHouse Lodge
GreenHouse Lodge
#1 of 3 in Pulau Mantanani Besar
4 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.0 km away
Taun Gusi Village Homestay
Taun Gusi Village Homestay
#1 of 6 in Kota Belud
1 reviews
40.1 km away
TD Lodge Kota Belud
TD Lodge Kota Belud
#2 of 6 in Kota Belud
11 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices

Amenities

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: ₹ 3,814 - ₹ 8,727 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Agoda and Booking.com so you can book your Mari Mari Mantanani Backpacker Lodge reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Mari Mari Mantanani Backpacker Hotel Pulau Mantanani Besar
Mari Mari Mantanani Backpacker Lodge Pulau Mantanani Besar, Sabah
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from Mari Mari Mantanani Backpacker Lodge staff and other travellers.
5 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Mari Mari Mantanani Backpacker Lodge staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“Chalet 11 has the best view on the beach”
  • Chalet number 11
  • Cows roam around freely
  • The view
markjosp, 13 Jul 2016 | Read review
“The chalets are the best with view to the sea, and bathroom inside.”
_5i6_, 13 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Two front cabins (10 & 11) have a bigger deck and better views.”
tonim627, 22 Oct 2015 | Read review
“Don't stay overnight”
641Vicki, 28 Aug 2015 | Read review
“Shared room request for room #1! Great view of the water.”
KarenC770, 19 Jul 2015 | Read review
5 of 5
Agoda.com
US$ 137* /night
View Deal
Booking.com
*Disclaimer
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Change dates