Homestays and lodges built over the ocean comprise the bulk of Mabul Island budget accommodation. Meals are usually included with the price, but separate charges may apply for airport and jetty transfer (enquire with your hotel/resort).
Keep in mind that not all hotels, resorts or dive operators are allocated a Sipadan permit 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 dive operator who can.
Mabul budget accommodation with Sipadan permits
1. Uncle Chang Sipadan (7 Permits)
Wooden lodge built on stilts over the sea with dorm, double, family and seaview chalets available.
1 day diving in Sipadan from RM750 (3 dives).
Uncle Chang Sipadan on TripAdvisor
2. Billabong Scuba (6 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 in Sipadan from RM600 (3 dives).
Billabong Scuba on TripAdvisor
Other Mabul budget accommodation:
1. Arung Hayat Sipadan Adventures Lodge
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.
Arung Hayat Lodge (in Mabul) on TripAdvisor
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Arung Hayat Hotel (in Semporna) on TripAdvisor
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2. Spheredivers Lodge
Homestay constructed on stilts built over the water within the Bajau Laut (Sea Gypsies) village. Available: Twin and triple sharing rooms with shared bathrooms.
Spheredivers Lodge on TripAdvisor
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3. Seahorse Sipadan Scuba Lodge
Dorm rooms and standard rooms with attached bathrooms, ceiling fans and sea views available in this homestay/lodge.
Seahorse Sipadan Scuba Lodge on TripAdvisor
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4. Sipadan Dive Centre (SDC) Mabul Lodge
This lodge has 10 sea-facing Rainbow Chalets with ensuite bathrooms (hot shower) and air-conditioning & 4 water village view Goby rooms (triple share).
Sipadan Dive Centre (SDC) Mabul Lodge on TripAdvisor
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5. Scuba Jeff Sipadan
Private beach accommodation or sharing rooms built over the water available. Breakfast is included.
Unlimited jetty/house reef diving
Scuba Jeff Sipadan on TripAdvisor
6. 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.
Summer Friends Homestay on TripAdvisor
7. 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.
Mabul Backpackers Longhouse on TripAdvisor
8. Dream Home Mabul Homestay
Brand new homestay in Mabul with 14 rooms. Features a barbecue pit and spacious sun terrace.
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