There are over 15 popular, established Mabul dive sites, each with its own personality and appeal. Here are just a few:
With depths ranging from 10 to 40 meters, this is the closest Mabul Island has to a vertical wall dive location. Plenty of lobsters, nudibranchs, sea fans, squirrelfish, soldierfish and boxfish in the area.
House reef of Sipadan Water Village resort (more on TripAdvisor), 5 to 18 meters deep. Ghost pipefish, frogfish, sea moths, spotted-face moray eels, juvenile cuttlefish, black-saddled tobies, yellow-spotted burrfish, ribbon eels and more can be found in the area.
Seaventures Oilrig Platform (More on TripAdvisor)
About 300 meters north of Sipadan Water Village jetty. Dive below an oil rig, 12 to 17 meters deep. Moray eels, crocodilefish, mantis shrimps, stonefish, frogfish and leaffish are common here.
Southern tip of Mabul reef. The terraced reef slopes to the sandy bottom at about 25 to 30 meters. Here you may find butterflyfish, damselfish, emperorfish, angelfish, parrotfish, scorpionfish and gorgonians, among other creatures.
Southwestern fringe of Mabul reef, 10 to 25 meters deep. Expect to see garden eel colonies, frogfish, ribbon eels, moray eels, mantis shrimp, gobies and more.
Gentle sandy slopes, 5 to 20 meters deep. Visibility ranges from 5 to 10 meters. Good for night dives. Common marine life in the area include seahorses, crocodilefish, ghost pipefish and garden eels.