Pulau Mabul (Mabul Island)

Aerial view of East Malaysia’s Pulau Mabul and the surrounding reef captured by Capt. Naru Kiob.


Mabul is known for being:

  • a gateway island to world-famous Sipadan;
  • one of the only places in the world where you can stay on an oil rig;
  • home to the legendary Bajau Laut (Sea Gypsies) community;
  • an excellent muck diving destination; and
  • a popular honeymoon destination (luxury Mabul resorts).


Pulau Mabul is located in Sabah, Borneo, East Malaysia.

  Destination (by speedboat)
Nearest town Semporna (±40 minutes)
Nearest airport Tawau (-)
Nearby islands

Getting here
How to get to Mabul Island


From luxury floating resorts and a one-of-a-kind, converted oil rig to smaller, intimate chalets and cosy guesthouses, Mabul accommodation suits everyone’s needs.

Some visitors prefer to stay in Semporna, where hotels and dive packages are generally cheaper.

Things To Do

Snorkeling and diving tours may be arranged to many of the hundreds of islands lying off the coastal town of Semporna, including those in Tun Sakaran Marine Park.

Since water is a way of life on the island, popular lagoon excursions include snorkeling, diving, cruising, fishing, visiting the Bajau Laut (Sea Gypsies) settlements and of course, turtle nesting and hatching.

You can also take your experience to new heights by staying on a liveaboard or touring Mabul Island by helicopter.

More things to do in Mabul Island.

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Jewels of Borneo
Undoubtedly the most celebrated islands in Sabah and Borneo, Mabul and Sipadan are Malaysia’s leading ladies. Mabul’s charm is unsurpassed and Sipadan’s fame, unwavering.

Both islands, including nearby Kapalai, are among the few places on earth travellers, especially divers, hope to witness in their lifetime – once you see them, you will be forever enamored.