Last Update on : 19-12-2012 WED 1:40PM
and 3 Budget Dive Centers on Mabul Island :
1- Uncle Chang's Sipadan Mabul Dive Lodge (on water)
2 - Sipadan Dive Centre Mabul (on land)
3 - Mabul Backpackers (on water)
|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.
|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.
Mabul | Hope
Mabul…, where do I begin, where do I start, as usual I really have a hard times putting thought into words, I admit it that I’ve a lot to tell, a lot to share, this trip to Mabul Island, a small island off the south-east coast of Sabah.......
Trip to Mabul Island
Clear crystal water of Mabul island...... We can see the
bottom of the sea from afar from the island, really amazing.
We could get free fish from the boatman too if you see them passing by before they passed it to those sellers.
Actually Mabul does not have nice beaches like those in West Malaysia, but there are great for the underwater view.
I bet that's the most beautiful underwater scene I have seen compared it in many islands in West Peninsular, even the islands on the other side of Sabah (Kota Kinabalu side, the West China Sea) is not as beautiful as the Celebras Sea side here. So if you are an avid fans of diving, or sea lovers, it is a must to visit here once in a life time, you will know how beauty it is the living creatures under the sea.........
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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
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