Just half an hour from the coast of Borneo, tiny Mabul Island is only a 20 hectares piece of land, 5-10 metres above sea level, covered in tall palm trees and fringed with soft white sand. Yet despite its relative size, Mabul offers a macro diving paradise, one that you are hard pressed to find elsewhere. Among the international diving community, Mabul’s reputation as one of the world’s best macro diving site is definitely no kept secret.
Diving at Mabul is otherwise known as muck diving, a term used to describe limited visibility dives at shallow sites with usually sandy bottoms, or in other words, heaven for divers who love macro stuff.
Highlights of Mabul include the Hawksbill Turtle, Giant Turtle, Manta Ray, Blue-ringed Octopus and Flamboyant Cuttlefish.
Best Time to Dive
- Mabul, just like Sipadan, it is not affected by the annual North-east monsoon due to its location in east Malaysia, making scuba diving available all year round. The best conditions at Mabul are from March to October.
FACTS ABOUT MABUL RESORT
30 units of semi-detached rooms in beautiful hardwood chalets, each with twin or double beds and a private verandah overlooking the Celebes Seas.
The standard package is based on twin-sharing. Upgrade your rooms to single occupancy for only $530, or save $100 and downgrade to triple-sharing.
All rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with en-suite bathrooms with private hot/cold showers, hairdryers, couches, dressing tables, ceiling fans and private verandahs.
Hop into a quick speedboat ride (40 min) from the port of Semporna, Tawau. Borneo Divers provide transfers from Tawau Airport to Semporna and Mabul.
To get to Tawau, take a short flight from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur or Kota Kinabalu and transfer to a domestic flight to Tawau. Alternatively, take a short bus ride from Singapore to Johor Bahru and transfer to a domestic flight to Tawau.
All meals at Borneo Divers Mabul Resort are included in the dive package.
Meals are served buffet style, with Malaysian, Asian, Japanese, Chinese and Western cuisines. A good selection of vegetarian dishes is available with advance notice, and dinner may occasionally be replaced by “Steamboat” or BBQ. Coffee, tea, fruit juice and water are available on the house, all day long.
Conference centre and equipment, gift shop, private beach, dive station, dive equipment rental, private lockers, speedboats, dining hall complex, entertainment centre, lounges, beachfront Sunset bar, recreational sport facilities, professional underwater video and film service centre with E-6 processing.