Mabul Water Bungalow is a 4-Star floating dive-resort wholly owned by Sipadan-Mabul Resort (Sabah) Sdn. Bhd. (SMART), is situated at Mabul Island overlooking the world-known Sipadan Island which is 15-minutes away by speedboat.
These wooden-type bungalows (built up size 17X17ft) has sixteen (16) units (12XDouble Bed & 4XTwin Bedded) entirely built over water with stilts offer sheer comfort. Each bungalow exquisitely furnished with contemporary decor, equipped with remote control air-conditioner, ceiling fan, private bathroom-hot/cold shower and toilet, spacious private balcony offer panoramic vistas of blue sea, colour TV with satellite channels, mini bar, in-room safety box and free wireless internet access.
Facilities includes a large and airy restaurant for dining, a souvenirs shop selling variety of t-shirts, accessories and gifts, a business center, a dive center and an office taking care all the guests registration, billings and a health spa outlet. Free WIFI internet access is available in the room, you may enquire for the password at their front desk.
CHECK-IN / CHECK OUT
The standard check in-time is 1400 hours and check out time is 1200 hours. Early check-in and late check-out is subject to room availability. The resort 150-member staff awaits to make your dive holiday safe, easy and fun.
You can take your meals in the large open-air Restaurant which serves excellent western and local cuisine. After dark enjoy a drink with your friends at one of the Bar & lounge.
About Mabul Island
Its proximity to Sipadan Island (about 15 minutes away by boat) was the initial draw card of Mabul, although it soon became apparant that it offerend excellent muck diving which some claim is among the world's best. A small flat island with sandy beaches, Mabul sits on the northwest corner of a 200-hectare reef. on its sandy bottoms, on the coral reefs and around the man-made reefs, Mabul offers an astonishing array of small marine life. Flamboyant cuttlefish, blue-ringed octopus, mimic optopus and bobtail squid are just a few of the cephalopods to be found. Harlequin shrimp, boxer crabs, many types of goby, including spike-fin goby, black sail-fin goby and metallic shrimp can be found on Mabul's reef. Frogfisg, moray eels and snake eels seen along with scorpion fish family, Mabul is a truly magical macro site.
Take a short 45 minutes Malaysia Airlines domestic flight from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau then you will be met and transferred to Semporna Jetty (Harbor) by scheduled land transfer vehicle (appro. 1-hour drive) and finally, you will be transferred to Mabul Resort by speedboat (appro. 40 minutes boat ride).
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
|SECTOR||FLIGHT||ETD||ETA|| SCHEDULED BOAT DEPARTURE
TIME FROM SEMPORNA JETTY
|BKI/TWU||MH3093(Via SDK)||0800||0950||1230 hrs|
MH- Malaysia Airlines AK- AirAsia FY- Firefly OD- Malindo Air
Departure Flight Information
SCHEDULED BOAT DEPARTURE
|TWU/BKI||MH3092(Via SDK)||1010||1205||0630 hrs|
MH- Malaysia Airlines AK- AirAsia FY- Firefly OD- Malindo Air
Additional Day Dives
Unlimited Jetty Dives
Buddy System and Depth Limitations
FLYING AFTER DIVING (Last Day At The Resort)
SIPADAN is the small island where you can dive and snorkel. It is a 15-30 minutes boat ride south of Mabul. Sipadan is the tip of a mountain with steep underwater walls all around it. These walls drop to 300m on the Mabul side of the island and 600m on south side.
Diving on Sipadan is all drift diving, divers drop in and cruise with the current along the walls. This combination of deep walls and ocean currents provides the ideal environment for pelagic such as sharks and large schools of jacks and barracuda.
SPECIAL RULES FOR PROTECTING TURTLES:
Divers and snorkelers are to refrain from touching, teasing and restraining turtles under water because turtles are air breathers and can be drowned if panicked or cornered. Anyone riding or restraining turtles will sit out the next dive.
Note: The time restricted by the Government for Diving at Sipadan Island is from 6am to 6pm.
MABUL in contrast to Sipadan is a continuation of the Borneo landmass rather than the top of an underwater mountain. Because of this, Mabul has more gradually sloping walls around it that bottom out at about 30m. The attractions on Mabul are of the smaller variety such as lobster, crocodile fish, moray and garden eels. This makes it an ideal location for macro-photo opportunities.
If you walk around the east of the island at night, be sure to take a flashlight and watch for sea snakes on the beach or amongst the palm trees.
KAPALAI lies to the east of Mabul about 10 minutes away. It used to be a vegetated island much like Mabul but erosion has turned it into a small sandbar that just breaks the surface of the water. This is an area that we are exploring for new dive sites. Like Mabul it is an excellent location for macro-photography and is specially abundant in the rare finds of diving such as mandarin fish, stonefish, leaf fish, pipefish, lionfish, frogfish, cuttlefish, eels, and more.
SMART reserves final discretion on who may or may not do any type of diving they offer, based on diver's shown abilities, experience, etc. If a diver is or becomes physically incapacitated by injuries, illness, intoxication, 'hangovers', etc., SMART reserves the right to stop this person from diving.
SMART constantly reminds all the valued guests that the future of the reef is in their hands, they are told not to touch, lift, remove or damage any of the flora and fauna of the reef.
All the Dive masters and instructors are well versed on protection of the underwater ocean environment and have at all time been advertising all Resort guest divers on the underwater rules during their briefings and that is the standard practice. These restrictions are also stated in the contract agreement signed by all guests.
The resort do take it very seriously on the diving and underwater rules. If warranted, for consistent bad bahaviors underwater, the resort reserve the right to ban the divers from diving.
Sabah Parks Announcement
Effective in 2020 onwards, Sabah Parks has announced that Sipadan Island will be CLOSED for any activities including Diving and Snorkeling during the month of November every year (1-30 November). The purpose of this one month closure is to give a “RECUPERATION PERIOD” to the marine environment in Sipadan Island. During this closure period, Divers and Snorkelers will be brought to other islands of Tun Sakaran Marine park for their activities.
SIPADAN ENTRY PERMIT
Please be informed that all guests need to obtain entry permit daily to dive or visit to Sipadan Island and it will be subject to approval by the sabah Parks Management, which is in control of issuing the entry permit.
The total number of divers or visitors allowed to visit Sipadan Island due to the conservation measures by the Government. Daily total entry quota is 176 permits per day. The resort has been allocated 14 quotas each day out of the 176 peoples shared between Mabul Water Bungalow and Sipadan-Mabul Resort per day. Due to the limitation, the priority will be given to guests who stay from 5 nights onward at Standalone Chalets to have 1 day diving guarantee at Sipadan Island. All permit application will be handled and process by the resort management. Please note there is NO first come first serve basis. During peak season, priority will be given to divers.
The gurantee trip is NOT included the entry permit fee. The fee for Entry Permit to Sipadan Island is MYR 40 per person per day for divers, non-divers, visitors and children. This entry permit has to be paid before or on arrival in the resort.
However, should the entry permit to Sipadan Island is not been approved, the resort can offers alternative trip (snorkeling / diving) at nearby island such as Sibuan, Mataking, Boheydulang, Mantabuan, Kapalai or Mabul where there is no restriction to dive on this island. Note: The time restricted by the Government for Diving at Sipadan Island is from 6am to 6pm.
For guests who are staying less than 5 nights at water Bungalow, the package will bw based on the NON SIPADAN PACKAGE. If Mabul Water Bungalow guests wishes to do more diving in Sipadan Island, he or she can enquire through our Amazing Borneo Tours OR on arrival in the resort, can approach the Resort Manager for assistance to buy "Sipadan diving service and entry permits Package" from other dive resorts/operators (NO GUARANTEE).
You may check with the resort when you arrive at the resort if any day trip Sipadan diving service available to book. The price per trip is MYR 390 per person per day. The permit will entitle you to 3 boat dives at Sipadan Island. It is advisable to enquire well in advance and subject to availabilities.
Amazing Borneo Tours and SMART will not be held responsible for not being able to provide trip to Sipadan due to the conservation measures by the Government.
Thank you for your understanding.
CONDITION FOR DIVING