Mantanani From Above


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    Published on Jan 13, 2022
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    Hello Asian Hive Community. I think this is my first post in this community. I have been following this group for quite some time now but just don't have the opportunity to post an entry due to my hectic schedule. I've been procrastinating to create a post entry for a long time now afraid that I'm not posting a relevent topic in this community.
    I also just recently being active back in Hive community for the last 4 months since migrating from the former steemit community. Just that I'm not consistently posting an entry. Coming to this new year 2022, I'm hoping to post consistently at least 1 entry per week as now i'm juggling between the commitment of my freelance business in videography and photography which recently has been active back. For almost half a year in 2021 I spend most of my time at home because of the lock down and most of my job got cancelled or postponed. So, my post entry today is a video of aerial footage that i have taken during my visit to Mantanani Island on the month of July 2019. This is a photo outing trip organized by my fellow enthusiast photographer and this is my first time joining such a trip. It's very enjoying and fun trip because we are free to roam around the tiny island to take picture.
    The Mantanani Islands, form a small group of three islands off the north-west coast of the state of Sabah, Malaysia, opposite the town of Kota Belud in North Borneo. The video I posted here is the largest island of the three, Mantanani Besar. The other two are Mantanani Kecil and Lungisan. During the Pre Covid Pandemic, this island is very popular with tourist internationally and locally. Mostly tourist from China and Korea are the largest visitor to this island before the pandemic happen. Now, this island is slowly being open back to the local people for tourism. The distance from the main jetty at Kuala Abai, Kota Belud district to this island is about 1 hour of boat ride crossing the South China Sea. As you can see from the video, there's a small village at the centre of this island which have the population of around 1,024 people. During my visit here, we live in one of the village homestay which is quite cheap compare to the resort in the island. Even the house hospitality is very good, we were given 3 times meal per day by our host. Unfortunately, I already forgot how much we pay for the accomodation but it's very cheap, less than 30 US Dollar for 2 days 1 night stay with food provided.
    I will be back again to this island in the future as there is still so much to discover. During this trip, I didn't have the opportunity to visit the other 2 island and also going for snorkeling as I'm very focused on exploring around the main island only. It seems 2 days is not enough and next time I might extend it for another few more days. Hopefully things will get better this year for traveling again.

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