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 (-)|
How to get to Mabul Island
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.
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.