Very good 7.6
Based on 50 reviews

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About Mari Mari Backpacker Lodge


Conveniently located in Kota Belud, Mari Mari Backpacker Lodge is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. With its location just from the city center and from the airport, this 1-star hotel attracts numerous travelers each year. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Mari Mari Backpacker Lodge is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. While lodging at this wonderful property, guests can enjoy daily housekeeping, photocopying, printer, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas.

Hotel accommodations have been carefully appointed to the highest degree of comfort and convenience. In some of the rooms, guests can find wooden/parqueted flooring, linens, fan, toiletries, shower. The hotel offers wonderful recreational facilities such as private beach, diving, fishing, water sports (non-motorized) to make your stay truly unforgettable. When you are looking for comfortable and convenient accommodations in Kota Belud, make Mari Mari Backpacker Lodge your home away from home.
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  • free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • Wi-Fi in public areas


  • car park
  • shuttle service

Water sports

  • private beach
  • diving
  • fishing
  • water sports (non-motorized)

Food & beverage

  • restaurant(s)


  • pets allowed

Cleaning services

  • daily housekeeping

Guest services

  • luggage storage
  • tours

On-site facilities

  • family room
  • shops
  • smoking area

Business & money services

  • photocopying
  • printer

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
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Child and extra bed policy
Infant 2-3 year(s) Stay for free if using existing bedding. Note, if you need a cot there may be an extra charge.
Children 4-11 year(s) Must use an extra bed
  • Minimum age of guests is: 2 year(s).
  • Guests over 11 years old are considered as adults.
  • Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose, please check the individual room policy for more details.
When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
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Useful info

Check-In From: 12:00pm
Check-Out Until: 09:30am
Internet Usage Fee: 15 MYR
Number of Restaurants: 1
Reception Open Until: 10:00pm
Room Voltage: 240
Time to Airport (Minutes): 180
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Important notice

Speed Boat Transfer (Daily Departure) as follow :
09.30 AM: From Kuala Abai Jetty to Mantanani Island
03.00 PM: From Mantanani Island to Kuala Abai Jetty
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Recent customer comments

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Very good

  • Hotel Condition/Cleanliness 7.2
  • Facilities 7.2
  • Location 8.7
  • Room Comfort/Standard 7.0
  • Service 8.3
  • Value for Money 7.3
  • Food/Dining 7.2

caroline G.
United Kingdom
July 23, 2016
Idyllic unspoilt paradise
We loved our stay here. The accom was basic but the vibe was very chilled and right on beautiful beach. The sunset was amazing as was the snorkelling. Would definitely recommend it.

Laura S.
United Arab Emirates
May 19, 2016
Amazing little backpackers gem
Loved this place. It was expensive for Borneo and the accommodation is basic, but for a basic place, it is lovely. Amazing secluded setting and wonderful huts on the beach. Couldn't have asked for more. Loved it!

Daisy M.
United Kingdom
April 16, 2016
Nice place but overpriced
We enjoyed our time here but we're disappointed at the price we paid for what we get. Also because you are so secluded on the island, you have no option to eat every meal in the cafeteria which is overpriced food and quite restricted menu. Everything is overpriced as they know you have no other choice on the island, for example you are charged for wifi by the day! Also the staff were quite lazy and not very helpful. Diving was not good. Other than the pricing we enjoyed our stay on the island, if you just want a nice secluded spot with not much to do but enjoy the sun and sea then it's great.

Adrian H.
March 25, 2016
Nice place
The resort is a beautiful place and staff is very friendly. The chalets look special but are not really comfortable. The high price pays definitely the location, not the room comfort. Very hot at night and no moskito nets.

peng X.
February 23, 2016
nice location, beach in front of the hotel , stuff very friendly.
nice location, beach in front of the hotel , stuff very friendly.

Manuela C.
January 06, 2016
Nice location but..
Sea, beach, food
The island is amazing! They have a nice clean white sand beach, the sea in front of gate is good for snorkeling and more on left side great for swimming and chilling. Visiting vilige was quite an experience. Unfortunately I have to complain about management. Email exchange was fast and easy, but we got the worst cottage and seems like the main reason was that we booked by agoda and got a discount here.. Eventually they changed our cottage for two nights, for last night we had to move again ,but they couldn't get our cottage ready because guests checked out two hours late. So we were sitting and waiting.. There is few another little issues like they said dinner will start at 6 ,so we came and wait but eventually they started hour later.

January 03, 2016
Solo Traveller
Room superb, view marvellousn weather was perfect!!!
As a solo traveller all was good. Personal safety was a priority. Had the best room with a view. I could just stay at the hammock all day with the view. Sad to say no electricity available during the day. There was a day it was getting too dark but the lights where still not on at 630pm and had to sit and wait at the beach till it was switched on (this resort only have electricty power from 630pm to 630am) cause most of the time during the day you will be outdoors. But i wonder what will happen if it gets dark in the day and during rainy days. They could have improved the quality of food better, small restaurants serve better food i would say. Others was good☺️

Erika B.
October 03, 2015
nice island but too pricey for the low quality
snorkelling, beach, sunsets
Although the island location is lovely, the price you pay for the very budget-style accommodation is frankly too much. The food which you must buy from Mari Mari is not very nice. The snorkelling is great, as is the diving, but just be ready to overspend on everything else! Also note that there is no aircon or wifi, and the intermittent electricity is only turned on at night. Also bring earplugs to cope with the sound of the fan while you are sleeping. No mosquito nets either.

Emma M.
United Kingdom
August 20, 2015
Stunning location, clean rooms, limited food.
The beach, the sulaps (huts), the views
My partner and I had a wonderful time here and would definitely stay again. The accommodation is just steps away from the sand and the aqua water. The main activities are snorkelling and diving, apart from that there's not much to do apart from sunbathe or play volleyball. It's a perfect place to relax but don't expect partying or any lively atmosphere here. The rooms are clean and comfortable; it's a desert island so if you want luxury don't stay here. The only down side was the food. We stayed for 5 days and they ran out of pretty much the whole menu twice, including drinks. This wasn't really a huge problem, however for the price they charge, they should improve their food and supply of it during high season. The breakfast is also very basic. For us, this was a small compromise for the stunning location. For others, it seemed to diminish their experience, especially the families.

Jennifer K.
United States
August 09, 2015
Not worth the money
Beach, views, relaxing
Very, very basic. Which is fine, but for what we paid, it's just not worth it. Cheap construction, nothing but a sheet over the mattress, few drinks options (warm water, Tiger, and 100 plus). Beach is kept very clean at Mari Mari, but elsewhere it's depressingly filthy.