Mabul Island

Mabul map

Where is it: Semporna, Sabah, East Malaysia

Number of Dive Sites: 19

Type of Diving: Guided – boat, deep, drift diving

Skill Level: Beginner to advanced

Main Diving Attraction: The “Muck Diving Mecca”… need we say more? Common findings include: flamboyant cuttlefish, blue ringed octopus, mimic octopus, bobtail squid, harlequin shrimps, mantis shrimps, hairy squat lobsters, spider crabs, porcelain crabs, frog fish, leaf scorpion fish, clown frog fish, seahorses, harlequin ghost pipefish

* Not to mention its close proximity to the world famous Sipadan Island and one of Sabah’s macro ‘paradise’ – Kapalai Island

Average Water Temperature: 27°C (80.6°F) to 30°C (86.0°F)

Seasonality: All year round (peak season typically runs from March to August)

Typical Visibility: 5m (16ft) to 15m (49ft)

General Current Conditions: Low to mild

Family / Non-Diver Friendly: Yes

Availability of Other Leisure Activities: Snorkelling, beach volleyball, island safaris, bars, spa (selected resorts)

Availability of ATM / Foreign Exchange Bureau: None

Availability of Medical Facility: None

Availability of Other Facilities: None

Nearest Jetty: Semporna Jetty

Address: Pekan Semporna, 91308, Semporna, Sabah

* Approximately 45mins boat ride to Mabul Island

Nearest Airport: Tawau Airport (IATA: TWU)

Estimated Travel Time to Jetty:

From Tawau Airport (by car): 1hr 15mins (average taxi fare ~RM100 one way)

From Tawau Airport (by bus/minivan) via Tawau Town: 35 mins by airport taxi (~RM50) to Sabindo Square (Tawau), thereafter a 1.5hrs bus/minivan ride to Semporna (average bus/minivan fare ~RM15 one way)

From Kota Kinabalu (by car): 8hrs or 10hrs by bus (average fare ~RM80 one way)

Seaventures Dive Rig

Where is it: Mabul Island, Sabah (dive excursions to Mabul Island, Sipadan Island, Kapalai Island)

Type: Dive Resort

Affiliations / Distinction: PADI 5 Star IDC, PADI 5 Star Dive Centre, PADI 5 Star Dive Resort

Languages Spoken: English, Mandarin and Malay

Borneo Divers Mabul Resort

Where is it: Mabul Island, Sabah (dive excursions to Mabul Island, Sipadan Island, Kapalai Island)

Type: Dive Resort

Affiliations / Distinction: PADI 5 Star Dive Centre

Languages Spoken: English, Mandarin and Malay

ND Divers (Semporna)

Where is it: Bum Bum Island (Semporna), Sabah (dive excursions to Mabul Island, Sipadan Island, Kapalai Island, Mantabuan Island, Sibuan Island, Mataking Island)

Type: Dive Centre (Homestay)

Affiliations / Distinction: PADI

Languages Spoken: English, Mandarin and Malay

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