Borneo Climate Action
Mantanani island lies about 80km north of Kota Kinabalu and is home to around 800 permanent residents. The surrounding coral reef and lagoon are home to juvenile turtles, rays, a variety of tropical fish and even the occasional dolphin passes by.
Your key focus will be investigating how the impact of increasing tourism is changing the natural world and the community structure for the indigenous people of Mantanani.
You will use a wide range of scientific methods as part of a holistic research effort, covering key ecosystems and working with enigmatic species. The data you help to collect will form part of a long-term collaborative study which will be used to provide valuable insights, helping local communities manage the natural environment and protect ecosystems.
Methods will include:
- Collecting physical samples from natural and urban environments
- Surveying, classification and taxonomy of local species
- Gathering data on the environmental impact of tourism
- Providing insights and management strategies for local people and authorities
- Monitoring activity and populations of local wildlife
Borneo Climate Action
The impact you will make
Hands-on scientific research (Mantanani)
Undertake hands-on scientific research on the beautiful and biodiverse island of Mantanani. Your key focus will be investigating how the impact of increasing tourism is changing the natural world and the community structure for the indigenous people of Mantanani. Your research project will become part of the scientific effort to understand how our world is changing and help develop strategies to protect and conserve our most threatened ecosystems.
For those who love white sand beaches, crystal blue waters and their own remote tropical island (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?), Mantanani might just be the perfect location.
The island lies about 80km north of Kota Kinabalu and is home to around 800 permanent residents. The surrounding coral reef and lagoon are home to juvenile turtles, rays, a variety of tropical fish and even the occasional dolphin passes by.
The camp itself is set right on the beach a little way from the main village where many of our community projects are based, allowing you to feel part of this amazing community for the time that you’re here.
Location: 80 km north of Kota Kinabalu. (around 1.5 hrs drive from KK to Kuala Abai Jetty, then 1 hr boat ride to Mantanani Island)
Accommodation: Beautiful open sided driftwood bunk houses with comfy mattresses & bedding including mosquito net. Asian style toilets, cold water showers & sinks
Power: Generator (between 18:00 – 06:00). British 3 pin power sockets
Phone Signal: Intermittent
Meals: Three healthy, well balanced and tasty meals a day e.g. bread, pancakes, oats for breakfast; rice, beef stew/fish with veg for lunch/dinner & fruit
Signature dish: Stewed beef in soy sauce & pumpkin in coconut milk
If you’re feeling brave: Try Sambal Bellman (shrimp paste) or Kuih Tahai
Social: Beach, campfire, snorkelling, kayak, volleyball