Mabul Accommodation

Mabul Island accommodation caters to every budget. Most homestays, lodges, hotels and resorts are located on the island itself while one is located 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 Mabul/Semporna resort or dive operator where spare permits are available.

See the full list of 12 tour operators based in Semporna, Mabul, Mataking and Kapalai that have been granted Sipadan Permits directly from the government.

Mabul Island Accommodation

Budget Mabul accommodation with Sipadan permits

Uncle Chang Dive LodgeI. Uncle Chang Sipadan (Sipadan Permits)

Wooden lodge built on stilts over the sea with dorm, double, family and seaview chalets are available here.

1 day diving at Sipadan from RM750 (3 dives).


Billabong Scuba MabulII. Billabong Scuba (Sipadan Permits)

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

1 day diving at Sipadan from RM600 (3 dives).


Other Mabul budget accommodation

Arung Hayat MabulI. 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 Sipadan Adventures Dive Center (in Mabul) on TripAdvisor

Read about Arung Hayat Hotel (in Semporna) on TripAdvisor


Seahorse Sipadan Scuba LodgeII. Seahorse Sipadan Scuba Lodge

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

Read about Seahorse Sipadan Scuba Lodge on TripAdvisor


SDC LodgeIII. Sipadan Dive Centre (SDC) Mabul Lodge

This lodge has 10 sea-facing Rainbow Chalets with ensuite bathrooms (hot shower) and air-conditioning and 4 water village view Goby rooms (triple share).

Read about SDC Mabul Lodge on TripAdvisor


Spheredivers LodgeIV. Spheredivers Lodge

Homestay constructed on stilts built over the sea within the Bajau Laut (Sea Gypsies) village. Available: Twin and triple sharing rooms with shared bathrooms.

Read about Spheredivers Lodge on TripAdvisor


Scuba JeffV. Scuba Jeff Sipadan

Private beach accommodation or sharing rooms built over the sea available. Breakfast is included.

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving


Summer Friends HomestayVI. Summer Friends Homestay

Homestay built on wooden stilts house 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.


Mabul BackpackersVII. Mabul Backpackers Longhouse & Dive Center

Longhouse extending over the water from the beach with twin and double sharing or dormitory rooms available.

Choose between shared bathroom or ensuite bathroom.



Mid-range Mabul accommodation with Sipadan permits

Borneo DiversI. Borneo Divers Mabul Dive Resort (Sipadan Permits)

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

Stay 4 nights for 1 day diving at Sipadan.

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving

Read about Borneo Divers Mabul Dive Resort on TripAdvisor


Seaventures Dive RigII. Seaventures Dive Rig Resort (Sipadan Permits)

Stay on and dive below an oil rig.

Stay 3 nights for 1 day diving at Sipadan.

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving

Read about Seaventures Dive Rig Resort on TripAdvisor


Scuba JunkieIII. Scuba Junkie/Mabul Beach Resort (Sipadan Permits)

This Mabul accommodation consists of 24 new en suite rooms situated on the beach front. Scuba Junkie also operates Scuba Junkie Backpackers based in Semporna.

Stay 3 nights for 1 day diving at Sipadan.


Smart Divers ResortIV. Sipadan Mabul Resort (SMART) (Sipadan Permits)

40 wooden chalets nestled in a coconut grove on the south-east side of Mabul.

Stay 5 nights for 1 day diving at Sipadan.

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving


Luxury Mabul accommodation with Sipadan permits

SWV Sipadan Water VillageI. Sipadan Water Village Resort (Sipadan Permits)

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

Stay 4 nights for 1 day diving at Sipadan.

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving

Read about Sipadan Water Village on TripAdvisor


Mabul Water BungalowsII. Mabul Water Bungalows (Sipadan Permits)

16 units of floating, wooden bungalows built entirely over water with spacious, private balcony offering panoramic vistas of the sea.

Stay 5 nights for 1 day diving at Sipadan.

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving



Kapalai Island Accommodation

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Luxury Kapalai accommodation with Sipadan permits

Kapalai ResortI. Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort (Sipadan Permits)

15 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 at Sipadan.

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving


Mataking Island Accommodation

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Luxury Mataking accommodation with Sipadan Permits

MatakingI. Reef Dive Resort (Sipadan Permits)

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

Return dive trip to Sipadan – RM 1,400 per boat (Max 7 pax per boat)

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving

Read about Reef Dive Resort on TripAdvisor


Pom Pom Island Accommodation

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Pom Pom luxury accommodation

Pom Pom IslandI. Pom Pom Island Resort

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

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving

Read about Pom Pom Island Resort on TripAdvisor


Pom Pom mid-range accommodation

Celebes Beach ResortII. Celebes Beach Resort

Located on an idyllic and secluded stretch of beach with coconut palms lining its fringe, the Celebes Beach Resort is a new resort with diving facilities.

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving

Read about Celebes Beach Resort on TripAdvisor



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.