Mabul Island

Travel Guide
Dive among shallow reefs and coral gardens and stretch out under the shade of coconut palms at this Malaysian island paradise.

Mabul Island lies in the Celebes Sea, just off the southeastern coast of Sabah, Malaysia. Perched by a gently sloping reef, the small, oval-shaped, sun-kissed playground is a gateway to lots of diving and snorkeling adventures. While investigating the undersea world is the main activity here, there is also fun to be had above the surface. Go sea kayaking, hike through the lush green landscape and laze on a beach.

Diving is a year-round activity on Mabul, although for optimum conditions, come outside of the rainy season, which is typically from November to April. The waters around the island are known for their rich concentration of small, exotic marine creatures.

Organize diving and snorkeling trips with local operators. There are several popular dive spots, including Lobster Wall and Crocodile Avenue. Dive through coral gardens populated by cuttlefish, starfish, boxer crabs and harlequin shrimp. Look in crevices and ledges for seahorse, pufferfish and lionfish.

In between dives, enjoy some of Mabul’s other attractions and activities. Cut through the water in a sea kayak and explore the island on foot. This is easily done in a couple of hours because it only covers approximately 51 acres (21 hectares). Then relax on sandy beaches lined with coconut palms.

Charter a boat for a trip to nearby Sipadan Island, another popular diving destination. After your dive, see what else the island has to offer. Stroll along white-sand beaches and trek through the jungle to see a variety of tropical birds. The island was declared a bird sanctuary in 1933 and is a stopover point for many migratory birds. Look for such species as sea eagles, sunbirds and kingfishers.

To get to Mabul Island’s dive sites and beaches, make your way to Semporna, a city on the east coast of Sabah, Malaysia. From there, it's a 30- to 45-minute speedboat ride to your destination.

Green World Hotel
Green World Hotel
3 out of 5
SA51 Km 1, Jalan Bubul, Semporna, Sabah, 91307
The price is RM240 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan
RM240
per night
28 Jan - 29 Jan
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Semporna. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Popular attractions Semporna Mosque and Bukit Tengkorak ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Very friendly and helpful staffs
"Very friendly staff, fantastic service, clean and simple room, especially thanks to the rooftop staff, being very helpful and friendly, we had a really good time staying in here."

Reviewed on 10 Aug 2022

Green World Hotel
Borneo Divers Mabul Resort
Borneo Divers Mabul Resort
3 out of 5
SJ3, Seafest Marina , Seafest Complex, Jalan Kastam, Mabul Island, Mabul Island, 91308
The price is RM1,927 per night from 10 Feb to 11 Feb
RM1,927
per night
10 Feb - 11 Feb
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Mabul Island. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale and on-site spa services. Popular attraction Kapalai Island is located nearby. ...
3.5/5 Good! (2 reviews)
Great new resort, excellent service
"Brand new resort, very good conditions. Good breakfast and dinner. It would be good to provide WIFI and english channels in the rooms."

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2022

Borneo Divers Mabul Resort
Lato Lato Resort
Lato Lato Resort
2.5 out of 5
Bum Bum Island, Semporna, Sabah, 91308
The price is RM357 per night from 21 Feb to 22 Feb
RM357
per night
21 Feb - 22 Feb
Stay at this guesthouse in Semporna. Enjoy free breakfast, a 24-hour front desk and barbecues. Popular attractions Semporna Mosque and Bukit Tengkorak are located ...
2.3/5 (6 reviews)
Look past bad reviews and make your own opinion
"I would say to everyone look beyond the bad reviews,the staff are very helpfull friendly and will do their best to facilitatee your reequests. The facility has changed since some of the bad reviews in that there is piwer during the day unless generator being topped up. The snorkling around the facilty ..."

Reviewed on 17 Nov 2022

Lato Lato Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Big Three Home
Big Three Home
3 out of 5
Kampung Perigi, Jalan Arung Hayat, Semporna, Sabah, 91308
Stay at this 3-star holiday home in Semporna. Enjoy free parking, barbecues and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions Semporna Mosque and Bukit Tengkorak are ...
Big Three Home
Sipadan Inn Service Apartments Semporna
Sipadan Inn Service Apartments Semporna
Block B-11, Semporna Seafront Township, Lobby of Sipadan Inn 2, Semporna, Sabah, 91307
Stay at this apartment in Semporna. Enjoy free WiFi, dry cleaning or laundry services and 3 bathrooms. Popular attractions Semporna Mosque and Bukit Tengkorak ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
"外观不好看,但公寓内设计美观又宽敞。不太重视厨房的餐具和锅子是唯一的缺点。"

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2022

Sipadan Inn Service Apartments Semporna
3A Homestay Semporna
3A Homestay Semporna
3 out of 5
Lot B3, Taman Mutiara, Semporna, Sabah, 91300
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly holiday home in Semporna. Enjoy free parking, a terrace and an on-site corner shop. Popular attractions Semporna Mosque ...
3A Homestay Semporna
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