All Mabul accommodation (2021)

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 500m 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 who can.

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.

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

Billabong Scuba Mabul2. Billabong Scuba (6 permits)

Homestay chalets built over the ocean with air-conditioning and attached bathrooms.

1 day diving in Sipadan from RM848 (3 dives)

Other Mabul budget hotels

Scuba Jeff1. 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

Brand new!

2. Mabul Paradise Lodge

All dorm, double and triple sharing rooms are air-conditioned at this budget lodge built over the water. Scrumptious buffet served at the spacious sun deck.

SDC Lodge3. Sipadan Dive Centre (SDC) Mabul Lodge

Beachside accommodation with sea-facing and water-village-view rooms that come with air-conditioning and ensuite bathrooms (hot shower).

3D2N packages for Sipadan Dive Centre (SDC) Mabul Lodge

Spheredivers Lodge4. Spheredivers Lodge

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

► Check pricing for Spheredivers Lodge on Agoda

Sipadan Micro Dive5. Sipadan Micro Dive

Comfortable, tastefully renovated rooms next to the water. Sister property of Seahorse Sipadan Scuba Lodge.

Seahorse Sipadan Scuba Lodge6. Seahorse Sipadan Scuba Lodge

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

► Check pricing for Seahorse Sipadan Scuba Lodge on Agoda

Arung Hayat Mabul7. 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 Arung Hayat Hotel in Semporna town.

► Check pricing for Arung Hayat (in Mabul) on Agoda

Mabul Backpackers Longhouse8. Mabul Backpackers Longhouse

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

3D2N packages for Mabul Backpackers Longhouse

Summer Friends Homestay9. 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.

Mid-range Mabul hotels (with Sipadan permits)

Scuba Junkie1. Scuba Junkie/Mabul Beach Resort (7 permits)

This Mabul resort consists of 24 ensuite rooms situated on the beachfront. Scuba Junkie also operates Scuba Junkie Backpackers based in Semporna.

Stay 3 nights for 1 day diving in Sipadan

4D3N packages for Mabul Beach Resort (with snorkeling in Sipadan)

Borneo Divers2. 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

Seaventures Dive Rig3. 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

4D3N packages for Seaventures Dive Rig Resort

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 the luxurious Mabul Water Bungalows.

Stay 5 nights for 1 day diving in Sipadan

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving

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 lets you dive in Sipadan on every day of your stay.

Stay 3 nights for 10 dives in Sipadan

Luxury Mabul hotels (with Sipadan permits)

Mabul Water Bungalows1. Mabul Water Bungalows (14 permits)

Exclusive Mabul resort with 16 units of floating bungalows offering private balconies with panoramic vistas of the ocean. Sister resort of Sipadan-Mabul Resort (SMART).

Stay 5 nights for 1 day diving in Sipadan

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving

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

3D2N packages for Sipadan Water Village (with snorkeling in Sipadan)

Mataking Island hotels (with Sipadan permits)

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Mataking1. Reef Dive Resort (7 permits)

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

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

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving

► Check pricing for Mataking Reef Dive Resort on Expedia

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 lavish 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

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

Pom Pom Island hotels

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Pom Pom Island1. Pom Pom Island Resort

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

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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

► Check pricing for Celebes Beach Resort on Agoda