Welcome to Mabul

Most people that set foot here, however, have only one thing in mind and that is scuba diving. Mabul has not only become famous for its proximity to Sipadan, but also has a reputation as one of the best “muck” diving sites there isMabul is definitely an island from the south-eastern coast of Sabah in Malaysia. It first grew to become popular because of its closeness to Sipadan island. Mabul is perhaps among the wealthiest single locations for exotic small marine existence all over the world. Flamboyant cuttlefish, blue-ringed octopus, mimic octopus and bobtail squids are only a couple of of many kinds of cephalopods found on Mabul’s reef.

Mabul Island is really a small oblong formed island encircled by sandy beaches and perched around the northwest corner of the bigger two square kilometer reef. Muck divers get it particularly good on Mabul. Limited amounts is most likely advisable anyway. Most dive sites are generally solid barrier reefs sloping lower to some silty bottom or perhaps a silty slope speckled with clumps of barrier outgrowths. Visibility isn’t endless although it is almost always a minimum of 12 metres, however the silt will get started up easily which reduces visibility much more and makes photography difficult.

The reef is on the edge of the continental shelf and the seabed surrounding the reef slopes out to 25 to 30 m deep. There are several dive resorts operating on Mabul island, such as Mabul Water Bungalows and Borneo Divers Mabul Resort.

How to get there

Mabul Island can be found within the Celebes Ocean, from the coast of Borneo. It’s in Malaysia’s most eastern condition, Sabah, and may be arrived at within 30 minutes by speedboat from Semporna, the nearest town around the landmass.

Speedboats to Mabul depart from Semporna, a small fishing town on Malaysian Borneo, and trips to and back are arranged by the resorts. The boat trip takes around 25-30 minutes. Diving trips to Mabul are also arranged by the dive resort on nearby Kapalai island The nearest airport terminal to Semporna is within Tawau, roughly one hour away. Your resort can request transport (usually by air-conditioned minivan) in the airport terminal to Semporna.

As you will find no motorboats towards the islands after dusk, you may want to stay overnight in Semporna after flying directly into Tawau. The Seafest Hotel and also the Dragon Motel are popular options because they are within metres from the Speedboat departure point.

Air Asia has several plane tickets daily to Tawau from Kota Kinabalu and Kl. Malaysia Air carriers has daily plane tickets from Kl and Sandakan and many plane tickets daily from Kota Kinabalu. From the worldwide destination, book your return plane tickets to Kl Airport Terminal, from where one can obtain the abovementioned hooking up plane tickets to Tawau.


Travel tips

The best time to visit
Diving is possible throughout the year with visibility at 20m and above most of the time. The best time for diving is from April to June, with visibility above 35m and up to 55m around Sipadan. From May to August, you may also be lucky enough to spot turtles laying their eggs on the beaches.

Very casual. There are no dress restrictions on the islands and light cotton clothing, t-shirts and shorts would be suitable.


  • Telephone and InternetAll resorts have telephone facilities, including facilities for worldwide telephone calls. The access code to make worldwide calls from Malaysia is 00. To learn more, dial 103.  Most resorts possess a fairly stable Web connection readily available for visitors.Underwater photography

    Photo processing and video editing facilities can be found for the most part from the resorts. An expert videographer can also be available to create diving videos for visitors and also the Dvd disks could be bought.