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Location: Mabul Island, Sabah, Borneo
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Mabul island is dotted with coconut trees that are actively harvested by the villagers. It is in this coconut grove in which Sipadan Mabul Resort lies, on the south-east side of the island from where Sipadan Island is visible.

FLIGHT FROM DESTINATION FLIGHT DEPARTS ARRIVES
Kota Kinabalu (BKI) Tawau (TWU) Malaysian Airlines MH 2121 0730 hrs 0815 hrs
Kota Kinabalu (BKI) Tawau (TWU) Malaysian Airlines MH 3051 0850 hrs 1000 hrs
Kota Kinabalu (BKI) Tawau (TWU) Malaysian Airlines MH 2660 0730 hrs 1020 hrs
Kuala Lumpur (KUL) Tawau (TWU) Air Asia AK 5744 0715 hrs 1005 hrs
Kota Kinabalu (BKI) Tawau (TWU) Air Asia AK 6260 0900 hrs 0950 hrs
Tawau (TWU) Kuala Lumpur (KUL) Malaysian Airlines MH 2661 1105 hrs 1345 hrs
Tawau (TWU) Kota Kinabalu (BKI) Malaysian Airlines MH 3052 1245 hrs 1345 hrs
Tawau (TWU) Kota Kinabalu (BKI) Air Asia AK 6261 1015 hrs 1105 hrs
Tawau (TWU) Kuala Lumpur (KUL) Air Asia AK 5745 1030 hrs 1310 hrs
Tawau (TWU) Johor Bahru (JHB) Air Asia AK 5597 1345 hrs 1620 hrs
Tawau (TWU) Kuala Lumpur (KUL) Air Asia AK 5747 1400 hrs 1645 hrs
Tawau (TWU) Kota Kinabalu (BKI) Malaysian Airlines MH 2134 1540 hrs 1630 hrs
Tawau (TWU) Kota Kinabalu (BKI) Air Asia AK 6263 1725 hrs 1815 hrs
Tawau (TWU) Kuala Lumpur (KUL) Air Asia AK 5749 1530 hrs 1815 hrs
Tawau (TWU) Kuala Lumpur (KUL) Malaysian Airlines MH 2665 1815 hrs 2055 hrs
Tawau (TWU) Kota Kinabalu (BKI) Malaysian Airlines MH 3056 2055 hrs 2155 hrs
Tawau (TWU) Kuala Lumpur (KUL) Air Asia AK 6265 2145 hrs 2235 hrs

Note Travelling from Kuala Lumpur requires a transit in KK, so it’s advised to stay 1 night in KK before flying the next morning on the flight details above.

Ex-Semporna Mabul is the popular island not far away from the more famous dive destination Sipadan. Sipadan Mabul Resort (also known as SMART) is one of the more upmarket offerings on Mabul, with private en-suite accommodation.

With a view of Sipadan, guests of Sipadan Mabul Resort are within easy reach of one of the top 5 dive sites in there world. The reefs and walls of Sipadan Island are home to uncountable sea turtles, schooling pelagics, untold weird and wonderful critters, and Turtle Tomb, the cave system beneath Sipadan.

Sipadan is 15 minutes from Mabul Island, but diving Sipadan from Sipadan Mabul Resort means being out for the whole day. The dive boats easily accommodate this though, being large sized, with full awning and overhead storage for dry gear. Dive surface intervals are spent and lunch is served on Sipadan Island itself, on its famous wharf or walking along the beach. The first 2 dives of the day, pending dive permits, are usually at Sipadan. The 3rd dive around Mabul or Kapalai after a pitstop back at the SMART Resort on Mabul.

The island of Mabul is home to 3 resorts and large fishermen’s village. The interior of Mabul island is dotted with coconut trees that are actively harvested by the villagers. It is in this coconut grove in which Sipadan Mabul Resort lies, on the south-east side of the island from where Sipadan Island is visible. There are 45 duplex units with a private veranda each, entirely built from locally available materials. Each unit is equipped with oversized single beds, a sofa, windows with mosquito nets, ceiling fans, shelving and, of course, air-conditioning with en-suite bathrooms. Communal areas at Sipadan Mabul Resort include an open-air pavilion for meals, an air-conditioned TV room with Astro (satellite TV) and a secure airing-shed for safely storing your equipment after each diving day.

Downbelow offers a variety of bungalow, suite and chalet accommodation packages for both divers and non-divers, ranging from 2 days 1 night up to 5 days 4 nights or more at Sipadan Mabul Resort. Detached / stand-alone chalets are in high demand and should be booked well in advance.

Mabul Island

Mabul is a 20-hectare tropical island located 12km off the south-east coast of Sabah in Borneo, 15km north of Sipadan Island. The island itself is home to cultural water villages and Bajau people, described in our About Sabah page.

Not so long ago this reluctantly adopted sister to Sipadan was a little known destination. However, the advent of Muck Diving placed Mabul on the same stage as other world class macro destinations such as in Indonesia and Sulawesi. To say that it offers only Muck Diving is an injustice as it actually has some fantastic walls, very healthy coral growth and generally fair to good visibility. All dives in the area have a top reef conveniently beginning at safety stop depths of approximately 5m where one can float by and admire the view.

 

Tour Highlights

  • Sipadan Mabul Resort SMART
  • Idyllic Water Bungalows
  • Stunning Ocean Sunsets
  • World Class Scuba Diving

 

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival Day

Pick up from Tawau Airport or from hotels in Tawau or Semporna and transfer to Semporna Jetty for the scheduled boat departure to Sipadan Mabul Resort. Check into accommodation upon arrival and overnight at Sipadan Mabul Resort.
Meals Included: Lunch (if via first boat) & Dinner at Sipadan Mabul Resort’s Restaurant.
Note: Check IN time is at 1400 hrs and Check OUT time is at 1200 hrs. For divers, you will be able to do an orientation upon arrival at the resort but this will be depending on the diving schedule, which is set by the dive centre at the resort. Strictly NO fly policy within 24 hours after the last dive. Unlimited jetty dives can be carried out within the resort’s reef with a buddy once the orientation dive has been done.

Day 2 – 3

Daily Diver Package – diving via boat & unlimited jetty dives at resort. For non divers, you will be free at leisure and you may opt for the snorkelling around the reef or via boat (based on schedule set by the resort). Overnight at Sipadan Mabul Resort.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner at Sipadan Mabul Resort’s Restaurant.

Day 4 – Departure Day

Breakfast at resort. Free at leisure until check out from resort via boat. Upon arrival at mainland, drop off Tawau Airport for flight departure or drop off at any hotels in Tawau or Semporna (to maximise your time at the resort, it is best to book flight that departs from 1530 hrs onwards)
Meals Included: Breakfast at Sipadan Mabul Resort’s Restaurant.

Boat Schedules

Semporna Jetty – Sipadan Mabul Resort 1000hrs, 1230hrs, 1630hrs
Sipadan Mabul Resort – Semporna Jetty 0700hrs, 1100hrs, 1400hrs

*Guests departing by flights not stated above will have to spend the night at accommodation in either Tawau or Semporna. Hotels can be arranged on request. Unscheduled boat transfers can be arranged at additional costs, but strictly no boat transfers after 1800hrs. It is advisable to inform us in advance of your arrival time, as our boats are not stationed at the jetty. If you miss the boat then you will have to wait for the next boat. Please be informed that the waiting point is at Seafest Hotel main lobby, Semporna.

  • Transfer between : Tawau Airport – Semporna Jetty – Sipadan Mabul Resort – Tawau Airport by van and speedboat; All food and hot beverage while at the resort (excluding alcoholic, fruit juice and carbonated soft drinks) (ADDITIONAL INCLUSIONS FOR CERTIFIED DIVERS); 3 daily boat dives at either Mabul, Kapalai or Sipadan* islands (except arrival / departure days); Unlimited diving from SMART Sipadan Mabul Resort’s jetty; Weight belt and tanks.
    Non-Sipadan Diving Package: Chalet type accommodation on standard twin-sharing basis with attached bathroom and facilities of hot shower and the comfort of air-conditioning.
    Sipadan Diving Package: Chalet type accommodation on stand alone twin-sharing basis and bungalow type accommodation on twin-sharing basis with attached bathroom and facilities of hot shower and the comfort of air-conditioning.
  • Flights, diving equipment, beverages and meals not specified, laundry, room service, airfare and items not mentioned in the itinerary above.

 

Important Information

To ensure guest safety, there is a police station located at Mabul Island itself. In addition the Malaysian Military and Police have a strong presence at the area and they patrol 24hours around the island.

Child Rate (based on year of birth)
Infants below 3 years old are Free of Charge. The infant must stay in the same chalet as the parents; a baby cot will be provided free of charge if prior arrangement is made. Children 4 to 11 years old who are NON-DIVERS are chargeable at children rate (please refer below), whereby they have to stay in the same chalets with the parents, an extra bed will be provided in each chalet. Diving children will be paying the full DIVER package rate.

Single Supplement
Add a surcharge of 50% on top of the above prices for single occupancy of a 2-bed bungalow / chalet. To ensure availability, it must be booked well in advance.

Entry Permit Application to Sipadan Island
Please be informed that daily entry to dive or visit Sipadan Island will be subject to approval by the Sabah Parks Management, which is in control of issuing the entry permits. The total number of divers or visitors allowed to visit Sipadan island is now restricted to 120 per day.
The fee for the entry permit to Sipadan Island is RM 40 per person per day for divers, non divers and visitors, whether adult or child. This entry permit has to be paid on the spot in the resort if the approval is obtained. Stays of 5 nights or more in the stand alone chalets or water bungalows guarantees at least 1 day diving at Sipadan. The RM390 applicable to the Sipadan Mabul Standard Chalet already includes the RM40 permit fee. All prices mentioned excludes 6% GST.
Please take note that the permit to Sipadan Island is NOT GUARANTEED, but apply early to give yourself a better chance. If the entry permit to Sipadan Island is not approved, the resort offers alternative diving at nearby islands such as Si Amil, Roach Reef, Mataking, Ligitan, Kapalai or Mabul where there is no restriction to dive these islands.

Optional Extra

      • Night boat diving is available for Mabul Island. For 1-2 divers the rate is MYR 286.00 per diver per dive, or for 3 or more divers the rate is MYR 106.00 per diver per dive. This is arranged and charged locally at the resort.
      • Should divers not be flying on your departure day and wish to dive, it will incur an additional charge of RM 106 per person per dive. But this is depending on the dive centre’s arrangement. Divers will also need to fill out a separate liability / release form. Divers can refer to the resort’s dive centre when you’re there to ask them about the dive schedule.

NOTE: The first dive at the Dive Resort on the day of arrival will be an orientation dive with a Divemaster. This is required of all divers before they go on any jetty or boat dive. But kindly take note that we are not able to guarantee what dives you will be doing on your arrival day as it depends on your arrival time at the resort and also the resort’s dive schedule which is arranged at the discretion of the resort management. The resort will advise divers directly at the resort if you can do any dives on the first day. Diving on the last day (on departure day if not flying) is chargeable at RM 106.00 per dive/per person. You are also request to sign another liability/waiver form for this extra dive.

Non-Sipadan Diving Package:
Non-Sipadan Package room allocation is solely based on Standard Chalet (regardless of how many nights) and Stand Alone Chalet (less than 5 nights).
When choosing the Sipadan Mabul Standard Chalet, should a Sipadan permit be obtained, a fee of MYR 390.00 per diver (excludes dive gear and 6% GST) will be levied per day diving in Sipadan, payable at the resort.
Please note that room allocations are based on Run of the House (ROH), special request for detached/stand-alone/ suite chalets is subject to additional surcharge – please enquire for the surcharge.

Non-Diver Package:
Sipadan Package room allocation is solely based on Stand Alone Chalet and Mabul Water Bungalows – 5 Nights and above.
*Stays of 5 nights and above (at Stand-Alone Chalet and any higher room categories) ensure that divers booked under diver package will get at least 1 day diving at Sipadan and a fee of RM 40 per person (excludes 6% GST) is to be paid for it at the resort. Dive gears are available for rent at the resort.
*Should one or more days of Sipadan permit entry are obtained, the fee of RM 390 per diver (excludes 6% GST) will be levied per day diving in Sipadan, payable directly to the resort.

Note: During peak season, divers are given the priority to dive at Sipadan.

Equipment Rental at the Resort
Divers without their own equipment can rent the necessary from the SMART Sipadan Mabul Resort at the following rates payable to the resort directly, on per person per day basis:

BC Jacket RM27/day
Regulator/Gauges/Octopus RM32/day
Torch w/ Batteries RM38/dive
Torch (re-chargeable) RM48/dive
Mask & Snorkel RM22/day
Fins RM22/day
Wetsuit RM27/day
Booties RM16/day
Dive Computer RM38/day (limited unit)

*Sipadan diving permit fees are excluded and diving Sipadan is not guaranteed. Please refer to our Sipadan Island page for more info on Sipadan permits.
*Night dives can be arranged at the resort if there are 1 or 2 divers.