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There are six diver's lodge on Mabul Island

Mabul Paradise Lodge



Uncle Chang's  Lodge
Spheredivers Scuba


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Uncle Chang's Sipadan Mabul Dive Lodge

Wholly Owned By Borneo Jungle River Island Tours Sdn. Bhd (Co.No.595150K) (KPL No.4491)
Member Of Malaysian Association Of Tour Travel Agents (MA2432)

Office of
Borneo Jungle River Island Tours Sdn. Bhd
Causeway Road, Peti Surat 37 Semporna Sabah, Malaysia
Tel: 60 89 781002

Uncle Chang's Sipadan Mabul Dive Lodge


It's not 5 stars luxury, but a backpacker's resort, Uncle Chang's Lodge is able to offer a holiday for those with a tide budget.

Uncle Chang's Lodge has two wings; the new wing and the old. (The Air Con rooms and Fan rooms). The new chalets style was constructed and completed in 2012 while the old longhouse style need a lot repair and maintenance.  The staff pay more attention in maintaining the new chalets to cater the increase number of Chinese who pay higher price. 

The old dormitory style are usually neglected because they are used as cheap accommodation for drivers who spent the day in the sea and return only at night to sleep.

So if you need some comfort and luxury like those Chinese, then get the chalet when booking.

If you are on budget  and can adapt to the local toilet and room with cockroach, then the longhouse style room is among the cheapest on the island.

Both old and new rooms are on the water with beautiful views overlooking the ocean. Sunset at the West and Uncle Chang is on the West side of the island.

Air-conditioners of budget accommodation so not always work in perfect condition. The island is always in shortage of servicemen and technicians.

Main dining/socialising area,

Sundeck with hammocks,

Diving Center,

New public conveniences near the dining area.

3 brand new smacking chalets have been constructed. The new chalets are indeed a class above the existing ones!


Buffet style meals are included in all accommodation package.

The meals at UChang's are not lavish, but you get a balanced diet daily. If you would like to treat yourself to some super fresh seafood, Chef Ah Long will be more than happy to cater to your culinary delights for a small fee.


Every day a couple of fishermen will paddle their boat with their fresh catch from the sea.   The price is always lower then the market so satisfy yourself if you love seafood. The kitchen's chef is happy to cook for you at a fee of Rm10.00 - 20.00


The place has a nice relaxed atmosphere, people playing guitars and hanging in the common area.

"party place" when band playing some nights of the week.


Budget rooms have rats enter at night when they smell foods in the rooms. So if you do not totolate rats, then get a room at one of the classy resorts.

Uncle Chang provides free snorkel trips around Mabul daily and for a small fee going to Kapalai. Sipadan and island hopping tours can also be arranged through the office staff.

Office of Borneo Jungle River Island Tours Sdn. Bhd Causeway Road,Borneo Jungle River Island Tours Sdn. Bhd

Photo above : Office in Semporna Town

DINING HALL of Uncle Chang's Sipadan Mabul Dive Lodge

of Uncle Chang's Sipadan Mabul Dive Lodge

Spacious open air dining area/common area over the waters of the Celebes Sea.

New restaurant completed.

You can buy fresh seafood everyday from the local fisherman and have them cooked for a small fee.

Basic food is all inclusive in package.

CHALETS of Uncle Chang's Sipadan Mabul Dive Lodge

of Uncle Chang's Sipadan Mabul Dive Lodge

The newer Chalets are more spacious, even with small private balcony. Worth the extra money for much larger and comfortable than the dorms.

Nice view of sunset from here. Clear crystal waters below chalet.

All rooms are air condition .

No TV, no hot water, no electricity during the day. Electricity Power is from 4.30pm to 8.30am. Uncle Chang's is basic accomodation , but most visitors of Uncle Chang's come to Mabul for the marine life, not for comforts. They came here to experience nature.

Standard Twin Share: Two single beds, wall fan, attached washroom.


Dormitory: Four single beds, wall fan, attached washroom.

Standard Twin Share: Two single beds, wall fan, attached washroom.

Standard Twin Share (Air Conditioned): Two single beds, air conditioner, attached washroom.

Double Bed Chalet (Air Conditioned): One double bed, air conditioner, attached washroom.

Old rooms are renovated in 2011.

All the rooms at Uncle Chang's are constructed with iron-wood and built above water. Each room supported with thick iron-wood stilts, offering you the local "Floating-village" experience.

Revamped dive center of Uncle Chang's Lodge in Mabul Island


Dive center of Uncle Chang's Lodge in Mabul Island

Dive Center

Though the Dive Center is not a registered PADI Dive Center, most of the dive staff are all PADI Dive Masters and Instructors with others are certified by other scuba training federations like SSI, NAUI and SDI.

The most popular scuba courses readily available here are:
1) PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program,
2) PADI Open Water Diver Course and
3) PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course.

The dive center offers the lowest rate for all PADI Courses provided here and the instructors are all friendly, attentive, enthusiastic and fun.

The dive center provides daily dives and snorkeling trips to Sipadan, Mabul, Kapalai, Maiga and Sibuan. Each dive are guided by a qualified professional and each dive and snorkeling session is around 35-40 minutes. The dive center general trip schedule each day is 0900am first trip, 11pm second trip, 3pm third trip, 7pm optional night dive. The dive center do not offer unlimited shore dives.

The dive center provides you with:
* First aid kit & Oxygen
* Changing room & Shower
* Pantry & Snack bar
* Scuba gears & snorkeling gears for rent
* Aluminum scuba cylinders
* Lead weights
* Fiberglass 6 passengers dive boats

An aging sea turtle swimming around feeding on sea weed behind Uncle Chang's Lodge.

Photo above : An aging sea turtle swimming around feeding on sea weed behind Uncle Chang's Lodge.


At night you can even see turtles swimming around the lodge.
You may even fortunate to see turtles swim beneath your bungalow night or day.

Borneo Jungle River Island Tours Sdn Bhd
Address : Semporna Ocean Tourism Centre, ,Jln Kastam, 91300 Semporna, Sabah.

Room Options Rates (per person per night)
Chalet (New Room) RM140
Aircond Room RM100
Double Room RM90
Dormitory Room RM70
Boat Transfer RM100

  Rate per person
Snorkeling at Mabul Rm 115.00 per person
2 Dives in Mabul Rm 180.00
3 Dives in Mabul Rm 220.00
Night Dive Mabul Rm 120.00
Torch Light Rm 20.00
Snorkeling Gear Rm 15.00
Scuba Gear Rm 40.00




"But we will remain friends remembering our happy days in the lodge.
Uncle Chang Mabul Backpackers Lodge become alive because of the people who've been there!........................."

  Sunday, November 28, 2010
Mabul @ Uncle Chang

Uncle Chang Mabul Backpackers Lodge started as humble guest house somewhere in 2003.
He organized diving in islands around Semporna in 1999 but he started the lodge few years later.
Uncle Chang is a pioneer of budget diving in Semporna specially Sipadan.
Back then, only those with money making it possible to dive in Semporna........


Fascinating, affordable Mabul

Uncle Chang is a legendary personality on Semporna among the tourism communities.

Having gained experience in his early days working for dive operators in Semporna, Uncle Chang ventured out on his own more then 10 years ago and established Borneo Jungle River Island Tour Sdn Bhd, which owns Uncle Chang’s Sipadan Mabul Dive Lodge.

Most people come to Sipadan  to dive, and just need basic accommodation. That is the idea behind the setting-up of this simple dive lodge  Backpacker Resort.

Built entirely of hardwood timber over the shallow waters of the Sulawesi Sea, Uncle Chang’s Lodge offers very basic accommodation with its twin-sharing rooms going at RM50 per person per night.

On the same Mabul Island  is also four other high end dive resorts.

Uncle Chang’s backpacker resort is where everyone being able to afford Mabul with basic accommodation, food, diving and fun on a budget.

Uncle Chang’s Sipadan Mabul Dive Lodge: Tel +60 089 781002 (office hours) or Tel: +60 089 786988 (24 hours).

From Mabul Island To Sipadan Island is 25 minutes

With  Uncle Chang's Sipadan Mabul Dive Lodge, visitor no longer need to stay in Semporna. Situated on beautiful Mabul Island, the Lodge puts you in the heart of world-class diving, with all of the diving sites only minutes away.

Plus FREE tea, coffee, water and sandwiches


Uncle Chang  house reefs are only 5 minutes from the lodge jetty. Dive Mabul island and you are into the unusual and rare creatures in the sea like Crocodile fish, Stone fish, Scorpion fish Frog fish or Nudibranch to name but a few. Also see the giant Groupers at Kapalai wrecks & Froggy Lair.

Mabul Island Budget Accommodation

Daily Dive & Snorkeling Trip to -Sipadan Island / Mabul Island / Kapalai Island with experienced dive master

To contact :

P.O. Box 37, Causeway Road S.O.T.C.( Dragon Inn ) Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia.

Tel: (+6) 089-781002 (Off Hrs), 089-786988 (24 hrs)Fax: (+6) 089-781789Mobile : (+6) 017-8940002, 017-8980002Email:

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