All Mabul accommodation (2017)

Mabul Island accommodation caters to every budget. Most homestays, lodges, hotels and resorts are located on the island itself while one is situated on a modified, offshore oil rig about 500 meters from the beach.

Keep in mind that not all resorts/dive operators are allocated Sipadan Permits directly from the government. That being said, there is a rich secondary market for permits.

If your dive operator is unable to provide a permit, they may obtain one for you at a premium or book that day with a resort or dive operator with spare permits.

The 12 resorts with Sipadan Permits are located in Mabul, Mataking, Semporna and Kapalai, as well as one liveaboard with 8 cabins.


Budget Mabul hotels (with Sipadan Permits)

Uncle Chang Dive Lodge1. Uncle Chang Sipadan (7 Permits)

Wooden lodge built on stilts over the sea. Dorm, double, family rooms and seaview chalets available. All rooms come with private bathrooms.

1 day diving in Sipadan from RM600 (non-divers), RM720 (2 dives) and RM750 (3 dives).

Read about Uncle Chang Sipadan on TripAdvisor


Billabong Scuba Mabul2. Billabong Scuba (6 Permits)

Homestay chalets built on stilts over the ocean with different room types available. Options include rooms with air-conditioning and attached bathrooms.

1 day diving in Sipadan from RM848 (3 dives).

Read about Billabong Scuba on TripAdvisor


Other Mabul budget hotels

1. Star Mabul Lodge

All rooms are twin rooms that come with air-conditioning at this clean, budget lodge built over the water. Scrumptious buffet, spacious sun deck and private bathrooms available.

Check pricing for Star Mabul Lodge on: Agoda.com | Booking.com


Arung Hayat Mabul2. Arung Hayat Sipadan Adventures Dive Center

Mabul accommodation consisting of a guesthouse built over the sea. Fan, air-cond and VIP rooms available. Not to be confused with the hotel in Semporna town called Arung Hayat Hotel.

Read about Arung Hayat (in Mabul) on TripAdvisor

Check pricing for Arung Hayat (in Mabul) on: Agoda.com | Booking.com


Spheredivers Lodge3. Spheredivers Lodge

Located within the Bajau Laut (Sea Gypsies) village on the island, this homestay is constructed on stilts over the ocean. Twin sharing rooms with shared or attached bathrooms available here.

Read about Spheredivers Lodge on TripAdvisor

Check pricing for Spheredivers Lodge on: Agoda.com | Booking.com


SDC Lodge4. Sipadan Dive Centre (SDC) Mabul Lodge

Beachside lodge with 10 sea-facing Rainbow Chalets that come with air-conditioning and ensuite bathrooms (hot shower), and 4 water-village-view Goby rooms (triple sharing).

Read about SDC Mabul Lodge on TripAdvisor

Check pricing for SDC Mabul Lodge on: Agoda.com


Seahorse Sipadan Scuba Lodge5. Seahorse Sipadan Scuba Lodge

Dorm and standard rooms with attached bathrooms, ceiling fans and sea views available at this homestay lodge.

Read about Seahorse Sipadan Scuba Lodge on TripAdvisor

Check pricing for Seahorse Sipadan Scuba Lodge on: Booking.com | Agoda.com


Scuba Jeff6. Scuba Jeff Sipadan

Private beach accommodation or sharing rooms built over the sea available here. Features an ‘ocean hammock’ area.

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving

Read about Scuba Jeff Sipadan on TripAdvisor


Summer Friends Homestay7. Summer Friends Homestay

Homestay built on stilts in the middle of a fishing village with 10 rooms (single, twin, triple & quad sharing) and 6 detached bathrooms.

All rooms are equipped with fans.

Read about Summer Friends Homestay on TripAdvisor


Mid-range Mabul hotels (with Sipadan Permits)

Borneo Divers1. Borneo Divers Mabul Dive Resort (14 Permits)

30 tropical-themed chalets. Popular rooms include the ethnic-inspired Runggus Twin and luxurious Runggus Double featuring traditional platform beds.

Stay 4 nights for 1 day diving in Sipadan.

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving

Check pricing for Borneo Divers Mabul Dive Resort on Dive The World (4D3N packages from RM2162 (US$490) per non-diver)

Read about Borneo Divers Mabul Dive Resort on TripAdvisor


Seaventures Dive Rig2. Seaventures Dive Rig Resort (11 Permits)

Stay on and dive below an oil rig.

Stay 3 nights for 1 day diving in Sipadan.

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving

Check pricing for Seaventures Dive Rig Resort on Dive The World (4D3N packages from RM2586 (US$574) per non-diver)

Read about Seaventures Dive Rig Resort on TripAdvisor


Scuba Junkie3. Scuba Junkie/Mabul Beach Resort (7 Permits)

This Mabul resort consists of 24 new ensuite rooms situated on the beach front. Scuba Junkie also operates Scuba Junkie Backpackers (link) based in Semporna.

Stay 3 nights for 1 day diving in Sipadan.

Read about Scuba Junkie/Mabul Beach Resort on TripAdvisor


Smart Divers Resort4. Sipadan-Mabul Resort (SMART) (14 Permits)

40 wooden chalets nestled in a coconut grove towards the southeastern side of Mabul. Sister resort of Mabul Water Bungalows.

Stay 5 nights for 1 day diving in Sipadan.

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving

Check pricing for Sipadan-Mabul Resort (SMART) on Dive The World (4D3N packages from RM2168 (US$506) per non-diver)

Read about SMART Divers Resort on TripAdvisor


5. MV Celebes Explorer (13 Permits)

The only liveaboard serving Mabul, Kapalai and Sipadan. This boat with 8 cabins is an excellent choice if diving in Sipadan is your priority. Compared to land-based resorts, this liveaboard allows you to dive in Sipadan every day of your stay.

Stay 3 nights for 9 diving sessions in Sipadan.

Check pricing for MV Celebes Explorer on Dive The World (4D3N packages from US$943 for 9 dives)


Luxury Mabul hotels (with Sipadan Permits)

Mabul Water Bungalows1. Mabul Water Bungalows (14 Permits)

Super-exclusive Mabul resort with just 16 units of floating, wooden bungalows built entirely over water with spacious, private balconies offering panoramic vistas of the ocean.

Stay 5 nights for 1 day diving in Sipadan.

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving

Check pricing for Mabul Water Bungalows on Dive The World (4D3N packages from RM3103 (US$725) per non-diver)

Read about Mabul Water Bungalows on TripAdvisor


SWV Sipadan Water Village2. Sipadan Water Village Resort (14 Permits)

45 water chalets built based on Bajau architectural design, each with private decks overlooking the sea.

Stay 4 nights for 1 day diving in Sipadan.

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving

Check pricing for Sipadan Water Village on Dive The World (4D3N packages from US$1203 per non-diver)

Read about Sipadan Water Village on TripAdvisor


Mataking Island hotels (with Sipadan Permits)

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Mataking1. Reef Dive Resort (7 Permits)

Luxurious resort with daily diving trips to Sipadan (±80 minutes away) and other islands.

Return dive trip to Sipadan – RM1,400 per boat (maximum of 7 pax per boat)

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving

Check pricing for Mataking Reef Dive Resort on Expedia

Read about Reef Dive Resort on TripAdvisor


Kapalai Island hotels (with Sipadan Permits)

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Kapalai Resort1. Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort (14 Permits)

15-20 minutes from Sipadan and Mabul, this top-notch resort is built in the middle of the Celebes Sea with no land in sight. Popular among couples and honeymooners.

Stay 3 nights for 1 day diving in Sipadan.

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving

Check pricing for Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort on Dive The World (4D3N packages from RM2641 (US$617) per non-diver)

Read about Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort on TripAdvisor


Semporna hotels (with Sipadan Permits)

1. Sipadan Scuba (7 Permits)

Dive operator in Semporna with an attached hotel (Holiday Dive Inn) and daily trips to Sipadan.

Stay 2 nights for 1 day diving in Sipadan. Divers: RM1000, Non-divers: RM950.

Read about Sipadan Scuba on TripAdvisor


Pom Pom Island hotels

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Pom Pom luxury accommodation

Pom Pom Island1. Pom Pom Island Resort

Exclusive resort in Pom Pom Island offering day trips to Mabul and other islands. Located close to Tun Sakaran Marine Park.

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving

Read about Pom Pom Island Resort on TripAdvisor

Check pricing for Pom Pom Island Resort on: Agoda.com


Pom Pom mid-range accommodation

Celebes Beach Resort2. Celebes Beach Resort

Located near an idyllic and secluded stretch of sandy beach with coconut palms lining its fringe, this is a newly revamped resort with diving facilities.

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving

Read about Celebes Beach Resort on TripAdvisor

Check pricing for Celebes Beach Resort on: Agoda.com


More Info

As there are no hotels on Sipadan itself, many visitors choose accommodation in Mabul Island due to its proximity and abundance of dive resorts.

Visitors to Sipadan may also choose to stay in Pom Pom, Mataking, Kapalai or Semporna.

Most resorts listed above provide daily transportation to/from Mabul and nearby islands including those in Tun Sakaran Marine Park.