Mabul Island: Sipadan - Borneo Divers Mabul Resort


REGION: Tawau / Mabul Island
DURATION: From 3 Days 2 Nights
AVAILABILITY: Pre-Book Required
PICK UP POINT: Your Hotel in Tawau City / Tawau Airport
PICK UP TIME: Depends on Selected Boat Schedule
DROP OFF POINT: Your Hotel in Tawau City / Tawau Airport
DROP OFF TIME: Depends on Selected Boat Schedule
* All timings are estimated and for reference purposes only. Actual timing will be provided prior to your departure.

Tour highlights

  • Return Airport Transfer from Tawau Airport to Semporna Jetty
  • Return Boat Transfer from Semporna Jetty to Borneo Divers Mabul Resorts Private Jetty
  • Modern & Comfortable Chalet and Villa Rooms
  • Fullboard Meals included (Barbeque buffet on Sundays depending on weather conditions)
  • House Reef at Private Jetty - Paradise 2
  • 12 Daily Sipadan Island Dive Permit Available 


This is a hassel free way to experience the best of Mabul island and the islands in Celebes sea. With all ground and boat transfers, fullboard meals and snorkel / dive equipment included.

Borneo Divers Mabul Resort (BDMR) is the perfect destination for a relaxing island getaway for couples and families.
It boasts 62 rooms - 30 Chalet Rooms and 32 Luxury Villa Rooms with modern design and is well equipped with facilities with a dining hall suited for all day dining, three bars (Beach Bar, Jetty Bar and Turtle Bar) a swimming pool and ocean spa. If you're looking to host a big group, the event hall with indoor entertainment such as karaoke, mahjong, foosball table and more can be setup into a conference room.

And true to its name, Borneo Divers Mabul Resort caters well to seasoned and amateur divers. At its private jetty, there's a popular diving spot, Paradise 2 (also known as jetty reef and house reef) where there are ongoing efforts to conserve marine biodiversity through Coral Planting and Seahorse Conservation Program.

Becoming a scuba diver is the first step in a journey that will forever change the way you experience the ocean. You will explore the wonders of a weightless underwater world, interact with incredible marine life and discover ecosystems hidden beneath the surface of the Celebes sea. The professional and friendly dive team of BDMR strive to offer safe, personal and enjoyable diving experience.


BDMR consist of 32 Villa Rooms and 30 Chalet Rooms

The Villa Rooms are newly built with twin-share/double beds with attached modern style bathroom, and balcony with overlooking your choice of garden view, pool view and sea view. The rooms are spacious at 390sqft, furnished with comfortable, elegant and sophisticated modern design. Well-equipped with wide LCD TV, mini-bar and comfortable beddings. 

The Chalet Rooms are built with twin-share/double beds and private verandah with either Sea or Garden View. Rooms are spacious at 280sqft and furnished with air-conditioned, ceiling fans, ensuite bathroom with hot/cold shower, dressing table, coffee/tea making facilities and hair dryer which you cn request upon check in.


The standard check in-time is 14:00hrs and check out time is 10:00hrs.  

If you wish to extend your stay after your checked in time, you are required to pay full amount directly to the resort.

Take a short 45 minutes domestic flight from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau. You can also fly into Tawau Airport via Kuala Lumpur International Aiport or Senai Airport, Johor. 

Upon arrival, you will be picked up from Tawau Airport and embark on an estimated 90 minutes drive to Semporna's Seafest jetty. 

If you choose to stay in a hotel in Tawau city, pick up from your hotel instead of the airport is available. 

From the jetty, the boat ride to Mabul island takes another 45 minutes to 1 hour of to reach Borneo Divers Mabul Resort's private jetty.  


  • Guests are advised to follow the recommended flights in order to be connected to the scheduled land and boat transfers provided by us in and out of the island for their comfort of minimizing the waiting time at the airport. 
  • If guests are unable to take the scheduled transfers provided by us, additional charges of MYR150.00 per way for land transfer and MYR600.00 per way for boat transfer will be charged. 

For more information, refer to "Suggested Flight Information" below, and "Land & Boat Transfer" above.

Information below acts as a guideline & subject to change without prior notice.

Arrival Flight Information & Scheduled Boat-In Information

BKI/TWU MH2121 0725 0815 0830 hrs 1000 hrs 1000 hrs 1100 hrs
Pick up from Tawau Hotels 0700 hrs / from Semporna Hotel 0930 hrs 1000 hrs 1100 hrs
BKI/TWU AK6260 0900 0950 1045 hrs 1215 hrs 1230 hrs 1330 hrs
KUL/TWU AK5744 0700 0950 1045 hrs 1215 hrs 1230 hrs 1330 hrs
KUL/TWU MH2660 0725 1015 1045 hrs 1215 hrs 1230 hrs 1330 hrs
SDK/TWU MH3093 0855 0935 1045 hrs 1215 hrs 1230 hrs 1330 hrs
BKI/TWU MH3051 0915 1025 1045 hrs 1215 hrs 1230 hrs 1330 hrs

MH- Malaysia Airlines     AK- AirAsia  


Departure Flight Information & Scheduled Boat-Out Information







TWU/KUL AK5749 1540 1830 0900 hrs 1000 hrs 1015 hrs 1145 hrs
TWU/BKI AK6263 1505 1555 0900 hrs 1000 hrs 1015 hrs 1145 hrs
TWU/KUL MH2665 1410 1655 0900 hrs 1000 hrs 1015 hrs 1145 hrs
TWU/BKI MH2134 1825 1915 1330 hrs 1430 hrs 1615 hrs 1615 hrs
TWU/KUL AK5741 1855 2140 1330 hrs 1430 hrs 1615 hrs 1615 hrs

MH- Malaysia Airlines     AK- AirAsia  



  • Please be at the Semporna Jetty before the boat's time of departure.
  • It is advisable to inform the resort of your flight arrival time in advance as their boats are not stationed at the jetty at all times.
  • If you have missed the boat, you will need to wait for the next scheduled boat.
  • All land & boat transfers are on a join in basis. 
  • Unscheduled boat transfers to and from the resort can be arranged with additional surcharge(s), but subject to availability and weather conditions.
  • On some occasions, the boat departure time could be delayed due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • Whenever necessary, the resort management reserves the right to change the boat schedule at any time. Therefore, please always double check with the resort management for your boat & flight information.

Divers who wish to dive at Sipadan will need to apply and pay for a permit. Kindly note that the allocation and approval of Sipadan Permits are under the management of Sabah Parks. 

Due to permit restrictions where Borneo Divers Mabul Resort is allocated 12 permits daily out of 120 persons, we can only guarantee ONE Day Trip to Sipadan Island if you stay a minimum of 5 days 4 nights with us.  Each room will be guaranteed 2 Sipadan permits only, and the fee of MYR140.00 per person per entry will need to be paid in advance upon booking. Priority goes to guests who take the Diver Package. 

Children below 12 years old are not guaranteed to get Sipadan permits even if they stayed 4 nights and above unless they pay adult price. Sipadan permit allocations are based on resort discretion and group bookings are not guaranteed to go to Sipadan on the same day. 

Any extra entry requests to Sipadan will be subject to availability at a first come first serve basis request during booking at an additional cost of MYR246 per person per trip (inclusive of one day Sipadan permit) to be paid at the resort. This can only be confirmed 3 days before arrival. 

The following personal details are required in order to apply for the permit:-

  • Name on passport with gender
  • Passport numbers with nationality
  • Date of birth or Age
  • No. of logged dives done (For divers)
  • Contact address

The resort reserves the right and final decision to proceed or abort any dives or activities for safety reasons or subject to adverse weather or sea conditions, poor visibility and if divers' physical abilities is compromised (for example, due to injuries, intoxication, hangover, and more). 

You are not allowed to dive 18 hours before your flight. Please schedule your flights accordingly.