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Mabul Water Bungalows


Destination: Sipadan

Pulau Mabul, Malaysia | Full-board + 3 dives from $478++/ppn

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Mabul Water Bungalows Quick Pitch 

The Mabul Water Bungalows are only a five-minute walk away from the Sipadan-Mabul Resort. With twenty-four wooden-type bungalows built over the water, the Mabul Water Bungalows offer guests a unique trip filled comfort and adventure. 


Quick Information 

  • No of Rooms: 24
  • Dive Center: On-site
  • Amenities: AC, ensuite bathrooms, satellite TVs, pool, spa, wifi, island adventures, nitrox
  • WiFi: Yes, free
  • Nearest International Airport: Kota Kinabalu International Airport
  • Airport shuttle: Yes


How to Get There 

Mabul Island is located on the east coast of Borneo, Sabah, East Malaysia. First, you 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 van (approx. 1-hour drive), and finally, you will be transferred to Mabul Resort by speedboat (approx. 40 minutes boat ride).  


Dive Overview 

Excellent dive sites are reached by full-day boat excursions. The diving in this area is limited, so divers take full advantage of every scuba trip. The dive staff pays careful attention to their clients, which, combined with the vast and beautiful underwater world, ensures a wonderful diving experience.

All divers will be required to show proof of diver training/certification by an internationally recognized Diver Training Agency upon arrival before they would be allowed to participate in any diving activity.  SMART also reserves the right to require a Scuba Skills Refresher Course for any diver who cannot provide proof of diving in the last 12 months and/or exhibits uncertainty in their skills. 



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Types of Rooms, Amenities and Photos

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Mabul Water Bungalows Accommodation Overview 

These wooden-type bungalows has twenty-four (24) unit entirely built over water with stilts that offer sheer comfort. Each bungalow is exquisitely furnished with contemporary furniture and décor, equipped with remote control air-conditioner, ceiling fan, private bathroom-hot/cold shower and toilet, spacious private balcony offering panoramic vistas of blue sea, selected satellite TV channels, mini-bar, coffee/tea maker, hairdryer and in-room safety box. Free WIFI Internet Access is available in the room. 

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Resort Facilities

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Restaurant & Bar

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Lounge & Spa


Mabul Water Bungalows Features

  • Large and airy restaurant for dining
  • Souvenirs shop selling variety of t-shirts, accessories, and gifts
  • Business center
  • Dive center
  • Office taking care of all guests registration, billings
  • Health spa outlet
  • Meeting hall


Mabul Water Bungalows Food & Drinks 



Mabul Water Bungalows Activities

  • Scuba Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Beach Volley Ball
  • Ocean Kayak
  • Island Hopping at nearby island
  • Fishing Trip at nearby island
  • Diving trip at nearby island 

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Packages & Rates

Mabul Water Bungalows Rates

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For information regarding rates, availability, and packages drop us an email at or call us at 310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation!

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Dive Information

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SIPADAN is a 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 the 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.



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 a smaller variety such as lobster, crocodile fish, moray, and garden eels.  This makes it an ideal location for macro-photo opportunities.



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 especially abundant in the rare finds of diving such as mandarin fish, stonefish, leaffish, pipefish, lionfish, frogfish, cuttlefish, eels, and more.

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Dive Center Information

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Mabul Water Bungalows Dive Center Overview

A Technical Diving Center (SMART-Tec) offers various services such as Nitrox Air and Certification Courses.  They have fifteen (15) custom-built fiberglass dive boats and three (3) half-cabin passenger/transport boats. These dive boats can carry 10 divers each and get to any of the island dive sites in 15 minutes or more.  Each boat goes out three times a day with a boatman and divemaster.

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Other Information

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Practical Information

  • Electricity: 220 V
  • Time zone: UTC+8
  • Languages: Malay, Chinese & English

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Reviews (1)


MWB was fantastic overall and a highly recommended place. Starting with the staff that was always willing to help, very friendly and knowledgeable about the area, the marine life, transportation, etc. The food was good, served on buffet style for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and with a good mix of Western and local Malaysian food.

Diving schedules were posted each night and the dive masters were very helpful and professional. Diving in Mabul was good if you are into muck diving. Sipadan is obviously the star diving place in the area. There are restrictions on permits but the staff was very helpful on explaining and finding permits whenever available - I was lucky enough to make it 3 times to Sipadan in a 6 night stay (typically MWB staff says that only 1 Sipadan dive is guaranteed with a 6 nights stay). In Sipadan Barracuda point was really fantastic, great visibility, lots of marine life (sharks, barracudas, turtles).

Finally, accommodations are very comfortable. A bungalow that comfortably fits 2 people with a terrace overlooking the water. There is a small beach at the back of the resort that you can easily walk there or use one of the many bikes that are available in the hotel. Be advised that Mabul island is remote and far from the closest big town. Getting there takes a while (bus ride from the airport, boat ride to the island) but it was well worth it.

Visited on 04/2013 - Submitted on 01/31/2014


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