Mantabuan Island

Mantabuan Map

Where is it: Semporna, Sabah, East Malaysia

Number of Dive Sites: 8

Type of Diving: Guided – boat, deep diving

Skill Level: Beginner to advanced

Main Diving Attraction: The rare and precious black corals. Other marine life includes manta rays, eagle rays, devil rays, turtles, shoals of tropical fishes

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

Seasonality: All year round

Typical Visibility: 10m (32ft) to 20m (65ft)

General Current Conditions: Low to Mild

Family / Non-Diver Friendly: Yes

Availability of Other Leisure Activities: Snorkelling, visiting the sea gypsy (bajau) village

Availability of ATM / Foreign Exchange Bureau: None

Availability of Medical Facility: None

Availability of Other Facilities: Malaysian Military Base

Nearest Jetty: Semporna Jetty

Address: Pekan Semporna, 91308, Semporna, Sabah

* Approximately 40mins boat ride to Mantabuan 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)

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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