9 Things To Do In Mabul Island

Whether you’re planning a laid-back family holiday, romantic escapade or diving trip, you’ll find plenty of activities and things to do in Pulau Mabul suitable for all age groups.

Ocean Kayaking

If you’ve never been sea kayaking before, then now’s the time to break your duck.Girl Kayak

Explore Mabul in a transparent kayak to reach pristine stretches of sandy beaches, waterfront picnic areas and secret hideaways unreachable by foot.

More information on kayaking in Mabul Island.

Bajau Laut (Sea Gypsies) Village

Any trip to Mabul Island will not be complete without a visit to the Bajau Laut village, home to the legendary ‘Sea Gypsies’.

Famous for their nomadic, seafaring way of life, they live mostly in houseboats and stilt houses built over the ocean.

The Bajau Laut are a friendly and welcoming people – if you’re lucky, you may even be offered some purple seaweed or fresh coconuts during your visit.


Mabul snorkelingSnorkeling in Mabul is a great way to observe marine life in a natural setting.

Snorkeling trips to nearby Sipadan or Kapalai may also be arranged by your resort or dive operator.

However, Sipadan Permits are required before any snorkeling or diving trips can depart for the island due to the government’s environmental protection policy.


Diving MabulDiving is the main activity on the island, though you do not have to stay here in order to go snorkeling or diving.

Diving in Mabul is entirely different from what one would normally experience in Sipadan, where it’s all about big fishes and vertical coral walls.

Mabul is known as one of the world’s best muck diving destinations – any opportunity to dive here should not be missed.

Sunrise & Sunset

Sunrise, sunsetMabul is located in Sabah, the first Malaysian state to witness the golden rays of the sun every morning, at about 5.45am.

It’s an early wake-up call, but the reward is well worth it. Join the villagers as they prepare for the day ahead or settle down in your chosen spot at the end of the day to experience sunrise or sunset in Mabul.

Tun Sakaran Marine Park

Aerial View Tun Sakaran Marine ParkIf you ever find yourself in the area, be sure to drop by Tun Sakaran Marine Park, where a world of intoxicating beauty awaits.

Comprising 8 islands and 2 patch reefs, the amazing biodiversity of Sabah’s second largest marine conservation area was found by representatives of the U.K.’s Marine Conservation Society to be on par with Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

The main attraction of the marine park is Pulau Bohey Dulang, one of the most visited and photographed islands in the area.

Milky Way

Milky WayThe Milky Way lights up Mabul’s sky at night, providing a scenic backdrop visible from most parts of the island.

If you love stargazing or time-lapse photography, then our live, 5-day Mabul weather forecast can help you see if you have a clear night in the near future so that you can maximize your chances of catching the Milky Way.

Island Hopping

Sebangkat IslandGoing island hopping in Sabah is one of the best ways to discover the coastal beauty of this region.

Day tours may be arranged (from Semporna or Mabul) to many of the nearby islands, including the world-famous Sipadan and Kapalai, a mere 15-20 minutes away by speedboat.

Those who wish to venture further out may visit other islands including Pom Pom, Mataking and the islands and reefs in Tun Sakaran Marine Park.

Regatta Lepa

Regatta Lepa Festival SempornaIf you’re making your way over to Pulau Mabul in April, do remember to check out the Regatta Lepa festival, which takes place in Semporna.

Non-stop celebrations, which last for 2-3 days, pay homage to the culture and traditions of the Sea Gypsies, who come from all over Sabah to take part in this popular water festival.