Mabul Island

If are not quite sure of your abilities as a diver, the best place you can go to and improve them is the shallow water surrounding the Mabul Island from the Malaysian archipelago.

This is a small formation, in the shape of an oval, situated off the Borneo Island’s coast, and measuring only 5 to 10 meters above the sea. In spite of its relatively reduced size, it is a popular destination for divers who prefer to exercise their techniques in not so deep waters. There is also a special name for this activity – “muck diving”. This is because these shore waters contain different quantities of waste that make good visibility to be nearly impossible to achieve.

In spite of this inconvenient, there are a lot of people who love coming here every year. This is probably also because of the multitude of marine species that can be met here. Different varieties of eels, scorpion fish, sea horses and frogfish offer an interesting study material for every amateur marine biologist who chooses Mabul Island as a destination for an exotic vacation.

In spite of the fact that there are only two villages in the entire area, with a total population of around 2,000 people, there are many things to do here. The sandy beaches on the shore are ideal for sun bathing and catching tan, especially for those who like less crowded places.

The resorts here offer the tourists all the comfort back home, with the splendid exotic view as a bonus. The dishes served in the restaurants are based both on the international and traditional Malaysian cuisine.

The transition is ensured by a boat that arrives several times a day to transport people on and off the island. The diving sessions can be assisted by a highly qualified trainer, who offers useful information about the best locations from here. As a result, the Mabul Island can be called the true paradise for shallow water divers.


  • Sipadan Water Village – With its stunning Bajau architectural design, Sipadan Water Village is simply breathtaking.
  • Sipadan Mabul Resort – Sipadan Mabul Resort (SMART) is a assortment of semi-detached bungalows spread throughout coconut grove around the south-east of Mabul Island looking over the ocean
  • Mabul Water Bungalows – Mabul Water Bungalows is a new floating resort located on the Coast of Mabul Island
  • Borneo Divers Mabul Resort – Occupying a beautiful stretch of white sandy beach on Mabul island, Borneo Divers Mabul Resort provides effortless water access for shore and boat diving
  • Seaventures Dive Resort – Seaventures Dive Resort was once an oil-drilling rig but has since been decommissioned and now stands in the crystal clear waters off the Coast of Mabul Island.

Sample Itinerary (4D/3N Sipadan Mabul Resort)

Day 1
  • Meet by SMART staff representative at Tawau Airport upon arrival eta 0745hrs via MH2121 from Kota Kinabalu
  • Overland transfer to Semporna Jetty for boat departure to Mabul Island at 0930hrs
  • Boat journey will take about 40 minutes
  • Arrived Mabul Island and check in SMART
  • Diver will have one orientation dive & one boat dive in the afternoon
  • Lunch, dinner & overnight
Days 2 - 3
  • 3 boat dives daily
  • Unlimited jetty dive with buddy
  • Non Diver will be free at leisure for the whole stay
Day 4
  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Check out from SMART via 1430hrs boat transfer
  • Proceed to Tawau Airport for next flight


Please contact us or click the links in the resort section above for current resort pricing.


  1. Mala (April 14, 2015)

    Pls advise package for 3 days 2 nights (depart from Singapore)

  2. Jaren (January 22, 2014)


    I have previously enquired about Mt KK climbing trip for 5 pax as well.

    Bascially, I am thinking of going Mabul island first then fly to KK. And climb KK as well.

    How much is 3 days 2 nights package at Mabul Island.

    looking at Water bungalow and chalet kind of accommodation type.

    Will the package include transfers from Airport to Jetty and to Island (2 way)? And also the all meals on the island??

    pls advise. If price is good, I will take up both KK and Mabul Island package from you.


  3. Samuel (November 12, 2013)

    Hi Tini,

    Thank you for the comment :-)

    I have just the requested details to your email. Please check.


  4. Tini (November 11, 2013)

    Hi.. Im going to kk from 27/12-29/12. Please sent me kk tours package for 2 persons. Is Manukan island is safe for visit at this date?

  5. Samuel (October 24, 2013)

    Hi Ely,

    Thank you for the comment.

    Please check your inbox for further details.


  6. ely (September 22, 2013)

    I’ve booked flight to tawau on 2 jan 2014. Please give a good quotation for full package mabul island non-diver 3d2n for 10 adults & 1 infant (<2yrs). Prefer room with attached bathroom. Looking for budget package.


  7. Samuel (September 10, 2013)

    Hello @Margin @Mizct @Fikri,

    Thank you for the comments!

    Please check your emails for further details.


  8. Fikri (September 10, 2013)

    can we get a quotation for end of this year packages?

  9. Mizct (September 9, 2013)

    Hi im siti from singapore. Could you provide me the diver package for december 2013? Thank you.

  10. Margin (September 6, 2013)

    Hi,4 people,7 days 6 nights,non-diver,just want to stay in island Mabul for relax,pls send more detail to me,thanks.

  11. Samuel (September 5, 2013)

    Hello @Suraya @Zuhair,

    Thank you for the comments!

    I have sent teh details to yoru emails. Please check.


  12. suraya (September 5, 2013)


    I am from Kuala Lumpur, would you mind give me some information on Sipadan & Mabul Island:-

    1. how to get there by flight.
    2. the package for 3days 2nights (non-divers).
    3. the hotels, chalets that are available there.
    4. How much is the cost for 3-4pax for non-divers.

    Many Thanks,

  13. zuhair (August 22, 2013)


    I would like to go to Mabul Island this 29,30, and 31st of August 2013. 2 pax (Me and my wife).

    I am from Kuala Lumpur, would you mind give me some information on how to get there by flight and the package for 3days2nights.(non-divers)

    Also the hotels,chalets that are available there.

    Hope to hear from you soon.


  14. Samuel (August 15, 2013)

    Hi All!

    Thank you for the comments!

    We have sent out all details to your emails. Let us know should you need furthe details.


  15. Kelly (June 24, 2013)

    Hi we will be in KK from 13th-18th of July
    Would like to visit Sipadan 3days 2nights.
    How much is the cost for 2pax for divers and non-divers.

  16. fan (April 7, 2013)

    how much is a 3days2 nite cost (diving,acomodation )..i would like to dive at mabul island after my kk trekking trip. thanks

  17. Laurens Schiebroek (March 2, 2013)

    I would like to visit Sipadan-Mabul Resort for the period March 18 – March 21. I will be staying at Kuala Lumpur before and after this period. This means that I would like to stay for 4 days/3 nights.

    How does my travel scheme look like? Where do I have to go from Kuala Lumpur? And is there still availability? I am a diver, travelling on my own and looking for your cheapest accommodation offer.

  18. Leonard leong (February 20, 2013)

    Hi, may I know how much you all charge for 4D/3N stay at Mabul resort? Is it available from 23/03/13 to 26/03/13?

  19. aby (February 17, 2013)

    hi pls let us know about 3day 2 nite price for the hotel and scuba dive package on tis month 25

  20. salimah (February 17, 2013)

    Hi there, i would like to know too how to go this place from singapore. thank you ! =)

  21. rai (February 15, 2013)

    i would like to go mabul island on april frm Singapore for 3-4 days..i need some help re: the trip.thanks

  22. murugan (January 19, 2013)

    kindly send me your tour pkg to mabul island honeymoon pkg

  23. El (January 17, 2013)

    I would like to know detail about mabul
    I plan to go there on march 2013

  24. Weda (January 15, 2013)

    hai im from brunei..i wish to go to mabul island from kota kinabalu with my family…we plan to go there in june 2013.

    1) can u pls provide me any information to go to mabul island from kota kinabalu?

    2)can u pls send me the package price ?


  25. Kay (January 6, 2013)

    How to get to Mabul Island from Kota Kinabalu? Need to spend overnight on the island?

  26. kina (January 1, 2013)

    thanks 4 de info,,,very helping doing my muet

  27. anayu_hamzah (December 27, 2012)

    Hi….would like to plan a trip to Mabul as well…appreciate if you can forward me the details to go there from KK….thanks =)

  28. Alvin (December 13, 2012)

    I wish to travel to Mabul from Singapore too. Anyone please reply.

  29. Jason (December 4, 2012)

    Hi @Wee Mei Lin @Arina Sukor

    Thanks for the comments. I have sent the details to your respective emails. Let me know should you need further details.


  30. Arina Sukor (November 29, 2012)

    I’m Arina. Could you provide me some information to go to Mabul Island from Kota Kinabalu?

    I’m planning to go there during the first week of February 2013.


  31. Wee mei Lin (November 27, 2012)

    I wish to go mabul island from Singapore .how to go about.pls help

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