Mabul Water Bungalows is a meandering complex of 14 tastefully decorated over-water bungalows – built on stilts above the reef – each equipped with air-conditioning, fan, shower and toilet with hot water, minibar and a veranda with private ocean views.
The nearby Smart Divers Mabul offer daily dive packages for Mabul, nearby Kapalai and of course, Sipadan.
The restaurant is located in the large open main building. Here you also find a small shop and the hotel bar. The restaurant serves three delicious buffet meals per day. Water, tea, coffee and light snacks are available in the afternoon free of charge.
The Ka’andaman spa at the hotel offers a variety of treatments. This spa may also be used by guests of the Sipadan Mabul Resort.
Guests with their own laptops can use free WiFi in the main building. A computer in the office may be used for a charge. Mobile phone reception can be patchy.
Indicative Pricing for Mabul Water Bungalows 2018
|8 days / 7 nights double/twin room||AUD||2871||USD|
|8 days / 7 nights single room||AUD||4306.50||USD|
|6 days / 5 nights double/twin room||AUD||2171||USD|
|6 days / 5 nights single room||AUD||3256.50||USD|
|INCLUDED: accommodation as specified, all meals, return transfers between Tawau-Semporna-Mabul, 1 day guaranteed diving at Sipadan for 3 boat dives, up to 3 boat dives per day on either Mabul, Kapalai or nearby island (no diving on arrival and departure days), dive guide, tanks, weights, unlimited house reef diving from Mabuls house reef, Malaysia Government tax|
|The per person pricing above is indicative only: we show 7 night with 10/12 dive packages at high-end and lower-end rooms (singles & doubles) for the purposes of comparison. We can give you a price (and availability) for any combination of nights/dives you wish to undertake, which will include any discounts due to you as part of that package, and any exclusions, or items payable at the resort. Use the [Enquiry & Booking] button to give us your exact requirements and we'll give you the best deal we can.|
|Training School Type:||PADI||Nitrox Fill:|
|Air Fill||Number of Guides||9|
|Gear Hire||Number of Boats||3|
|Gear Sales||Number of Dive Sites||45|
Mabul Water Bungalows is a meandering complex of over-water bungalows connected to Mabul Island by a walk way – also on stilts.
To get there fly to Kuala Lumpur or Kota Kinabalu, and on to Tawau (on south eastern side of Sabah) with Malaysian Airlines. The bus ride from Tawau to the port of Semporna takes about 1 hour. The boat transfer from Semporna on to Mabul Island takes about 30-40 minutes.
What to expect
The Malaysian managed, Smart Divers Mabul dive centre, offers three dive trips per day, equipment hire and PADI dive courses. In addition to Nitrox, they also offer technical diving and cave diving.
On arrival in Mabul guests are allocated a boat for the entire time. All dive trips are madein fast speed boats with short ride times to Sipadan (35 min), to Kapalai and Mabul (10 min). All dives are very professionally organised, with divers accompanied by Malaysian dive guides with excellent local knowledge (all briefings are conducted in English).
The dive trips start daily at 9am, 11:30am and 2:30pm. In between boat dives you can have additional dives at the Mabul jetty, and night dives are possible for additional cost.
Guests at Mabul Water Bungalows have their own dive boats which depart from the resort jetty.
The dive areas visited are Sipadan Island, and while you are waiting, Kapalai and Mabul Island. You will get a huge variety of dives from critters to pelagics.
Sipadan is the tip of an underwater mountain, which reaches straight up from the depth of the Celebes Sea. On these dive sites, you find superbly covered drops, great biodiversity and regular sightings of large fish. No dive is complete without a turtle and a white tip reef shark. Special attractions are a school of barracudas and bumphead parrot fish. Because of the exposed nature of the site, encounters with hammerhead sharks and other large sharks are possible.
Sipadan is actually quite small, with well-documented dive sites – so most dive sites are so close that you enter at one site and exit at the next site.
Please ensure you are well informed about the Sipadan Permit System before you book a trip to the area
Mabul and Kapalai
Diving around Mabul and Kapalai is totally different from diving around Sipadan. These dive sites are much shallower and may appear much less spectacular at first glance. However, focusing on a smaller scale is quickly rewarded with fascinating encounters of the weird and wonderful critter world of the Indo-Pacific at its very best.
There is a shallow fringing reef around one side of Mabul, and a set of artificial reefs around the other. Check out the different dive sites to get a feel for what you’ll see there.
Kapalai has some amazing underwater structures for their artificial reefs and are treasure troves for all kinds of macro rarities. Ghost pipefish, anglerfish, leafy scorpion fish, mandarin fish, ribbon eels, seahorses, plenty of different nudibranchs and other curious sea creature are often seen here.
A real dive resort with beautiful over-water bungalows. A great choice for divers who like it comfortable. Accessibility to the house reef is excellent. There are very good dive sites, especially the combination of Sipadan with its large marine life and the sites around Mabul with macro sites make diving here very diverse.