Mabul Island is well known for the Mabul Water Bungalows, consiting in 15 wooden houses, resting on stilts above the water. Each of them offers high comfort in a modern decor; Mabul Water Bungalow actually beeing quite a new diving resort. The facilities here include: satellite television, internet (at the business centre), dinner at a spacious restaurant and of course air-conditioning, to comfort you in the hot days. More details can be found at this awesome website
But there are also plenty of things to be seen and done when out of your room. Mabul Island is just 30 minutes away from Borneo, so the possibility of seeing something else besides the scenery displayed by this small island might be tempting. However, even if Mabul is a small island, requesting only a half an hour walk by feet to be fully explored, it is also an exquisite place, watched over by tall palm trees and offering spectacular views.
The Mabul Water Bungalows are also approached by divers who actually come to dive at Sipadan, since there are no such facilities on this island. But there are also some divers who choose to stay on Mabul, the island providing great conditions for „muck diving”; photographers come here seeking for some unique macro pictures of the underwater creatures and fighting the low visibility. The waters here are shallow but abundant in small weird creatures, that are sought after by every tourist holding a professional underwater camera.
After a day spent exploring the waters and the landscapes, tourists can return to the Mabul Water Bungalows to take a hot shower and rest in their rooms. Just ten of the bungalows available have double beds; the remaining five beeing equipped with twin beds. So, you should make your reservation in advance since this bungalows are very popular and often crowded with tourists. However, all the bungalows are excellently furnished, offering you comforting nights and lovely mornings.
Mornings are great at Mabul, announcing the start of a new day full of adventures. And if you have already experienced the thrill of scuba diving, you can always take a day off to lay under the sun; even lazy days have their beauty on this island. Or you can spend a part of the day in you room, watching the gorgeous vista from your spacious balcony. It will be a great recovery and after that you will be able to leave the cosy Mabul Water Bungalows and venture under the water. You may even go to Sipadan (15 minutes by boat), but remember that doing so requires a special permit.
If it is your last day on the island do not forget to take some souvenirs from the gift shop; a t-shirt is always a great memory and you will be always proud to wear it. Buy something for your friends; they will very much appreciate it.
The Mabul Water Bungalows also have one Bougain Villa suite, where you can enjoy the jacuzzi. This suite has a large living room and provides internet access. So, you will feel as comfortable as in your home, except that you will have a great vista.