ISLANDS OF BORNEO > Sabah Islands > Mabul Island
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RESORTS ON MABUL ISLAND
(B) and 8 Budget Lodges with Dive Centers on Mabul Island :
Uncle Chang's Sipadan Mabul Dive Lodge
Sipadan Dive Centre
Mabul (on land)
Backpackers (SipadanBorneo.com) (water)
4- BIG JOHN Scuba
Spheredivers Scuba &
on Mabul Island
with NO Dive Center :
1- Arung Hayat Homestay
Managed by Arung Hayat Semporna Lodge
2- Summer Friends Homestay for local visitors
Maaaged by Mr Yong and wife Sandra
3- ScubaJeff for local visitors
Managed by Scuba Jeff Sipadan Sdn Bhd
|THE 120 SIPIDAN DIVERS
ONLY 120 DIVERS PERMITTED TO DIVE IN SIPIDAN ISLAND PER DAY
Sabah Parks is the authority to issue dive permit to Pulau Sipadan Island
A single permit would allow an individual to visit or snorkel at Sipadan Island for a single day only.
Sabah Parks issues only 120 permits a day, which is divided among different diving resorts. The division of the permits is based on the size of the resorts. It is the resort’s duty to succumb the name and other information of a guest to Sabah Parks for the issuance of a license. However, not every visitor lodging at a resort gets a permit.
Arung Hayat Homestay
1- Sipadan Dive Cente
|In 2004, in protecting the eco-system and environment of Sipidan
Island, the government moved all resorts and dive centers away from
Sipitan Island to Mabul Island.
Today there is no more resort on Sipadan Island, and Mabul has become the residential area of Sipidan where divers and tourists stay.
Mabul Island is not too far out into the ocean. Mabul is within easy reaching distances.
From Semporna Town, It's a mere 50 minute boat ride away.
To reach the final destination of Sipidan Ialand, speed boats are used. Boat rides from Mabul to Sipadan takes 30 minutes.
Kapalai Island is also another popular island near to Mabul which takes only 20 minutes...
All these diving islands in the Celebes Sea have no roads, no motorbikes or cars to live on. All these islands are small enough for one to walk one round in 30 minutes.
The simplicity of life here make many feel paradise away from material contamination. Paradise the Hippies of those years seeking for.
Is it difficult to go to Mabul Island, Sempona and Tawau Town?
It is easy to go to Mabul Island. The island resort will pick up their hotel guests directly from Tawau Airport and arrange whole transport all the way to the Island. But during booking, the guests must clearly indicate that transport is needed.
It is also easy to go to Semporna Town and Tawau Town. Texi service is available at Tawau airport. Take notice that there is no public bus service available at the Tawau Airport like those in KK and KL Airport. You can specify transport needed during hotel booking to pick you up at airport. Most hotels provide airport pickup at a small charges.
If you are driving your car so you only need the sea transport from Semporna Town to Mabul Island. All Mabul resorts have their own boats. You only need to shown up at the jetty during departure time.
You only have to settle your car parking during the few days away on the island. Only Seafest Hotel has a private hotel car park. Else, other hotels the cars are parked beside the hotels at the road side.
|Watch how this awesome Malaysian girl rescues a sinking canoe:
There's not much information about this video, except that it was filmed in Mabul, a small island off the coast of Sabah in Malaysia that has approximately 2,000 inhabitants. The girl is Bajau Laut, an indigenous ethnic group in Southeast Asia. They've been called "sea gypsies" - a term that refers to their nomadic, seafaring history.
|July 25, 2014, Friday
Social Care Foundation gives RM20,000 to widow of marine policeman.
Salamah Ahmad, the widow of marine police Corporal Abdul Rajah Jamuan who was killed at the recent Mabul island ambush, received RM20,000 aid from the Social Care Foundation.
On July 12, Abdul Rajah Jamuan, 32, was killed in an exchange of fire with eight gunmen from Southern Philippines, at the Mabul Water Bungalows Resort on Pulau Mabul.
His colleague, Zakiah Aleip, 26, was kidnapped.
JULY 12, 2014 Saturday
Sunday JUL 13, 2014 Mabul island shootout possibly a 'revenge'
attack, say Sabah authorities
Tourists are being urged to avoid several islands off the coast of Malaysia after heavily armed gunmen stormed a dive resort, killing a policeman and kidnapping another.
The raid at the Mabul Water Bungalows Resort in 2014 on Mabul, off the east coast of Sabah, was the latest in a string of attacks in the region.
The recent attack on Mabul island is driving another nail into
Sabah’s diving sector, as well as Sabah tourism industry’s progress.
In a statement yesterday, MATTA vice-president K.L. Tan said Sabah
tourism continued to suffer adverse impacts since the MH370 saga in
March, 2014. This, along with the kidnappings over the past few
months, had put a dent on Sabah’s tourism.
The pathway around the island cuts through a
local Bajau village with a traditional lifestyle
entirely dependent on the sea.
The population of Mabul Island is
a majority of immigrants from southern Philippines. They are mainly
Bajau Laut and Suluk Muslims who live a nomadic lifestyle of as sea gypsies.
The population of Mabul Island is a majority of immigrants from southern Philippines. They are mainly Bajau Laut and Suluk Muslims who live a nomadic lifestyle of as sea gypsies.
|Mabul is a small 20 hectares oval shaped island,
ringed with sandy beaches and perched on the northwest corner of a
larger 200 hectare reef.
The reef is on the edge of the continental shelf and the seabed surrounding the reef slopes out to 25m-30m deep.
The island has a resident fishing community and is covered in coconut plantations. This unusual setting makes for some interesting scuba diving.
Through small and mostly bottom dwellers, many of Mabul's sea creatures are unique, stunningly colorful, often rare and sometimes bizarre. The astonishing thing is that most of these creatures can be found on the house reef right in front of the resort.
Mabul’s popularity has ensured a variety of accommodation options, all with different levels of comfort and each taking advantage of the idyllic setting in its own way.
Most resorts assist with your transport from the airport in Tawau and boat transfers from Semporna. Be sure to book well in advance.
“Now everyone can stay at Mabul Island” — is a slogan by one locally run backpacker lodge Uncle Chang's Lodge
|The Police Station
The police station is behind Sipadan Dive Centre Mabul.
The Malaysian Marine Field Police Force the Malaysian Navy and the Royal Malaysian Airforce are patrolling the entire east coast of Sabah 24 hours a day.
Security emphasis on the islands with resorts in the Semporna and Sipadan region including Mabul Island.
Half an hour from the coast of Semporna Town,
Mabul is a small, oval shaped island covered in
tall palm trees, fringed with soft white sand
and surrounded by the turquoise water of the
Celebes Sea. Visitor can easily walk around the
island in half an hour.
Most visitors set foot here have only one thing
in mind and that is scuba diving. Mabul has not
only become famous for its proximity to Sipadan,
but also has a reputation as one of the best
“muck” diving sites there is.
Mabul Island recently had become a popular destination for both divers and photographers from around the world.
Mabul Island first became popular due to its close proximity to Sipadan Island. In the last few years it has gained its own recognition as one of the best "muck-diving" sites in the world. Mabul Island is a small oval shaped island surrounded by sandy beaches and perched on the northwest corner of a larger 200-hectare reef. The reef is on the edge of the continental shelf and the seabed surrounding the reef slopes out to 25m-30m deep. There are several Dive resorts operating on Mabul Island.
Mabul is located southeast of Semporna on the east coast of Sabah, 15 km to the north of Pulau Sipadan 15 minutes by speedboats. Though physically close to Sipadan, the diving at Mabul is completely different. Mabul's forte lies in the tiny rare creatures that can be found in the sand, rubble and fringing coral reef near the island. Mabul is popular for its 'muck dives' (Muck Diving). If fantastic colorful creatures and Macro Photography are your style, you'll love Mabul.
How to get to Mabul Island :
Getting to Mabul requires a little planning. Visitors to the island have to travel to Semporna Town 1 hour drive from Tawau international airport. Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and Air Asia have daily flights to Tawau. From Semporna, it is a mere 35 minute speed boat ride to the resort.
Travel Time between Tawau Town and Semporna Town by van is 1.5 hours.
From Semporna Town to Mabul Island by speed boat is 45 minutes.
Recommended AirAsia flight schedule are :
Kuala Lumpur to Tawau :
Flight AK5152 Depart: 0720