Mabul Water Bungalows

Mabul Water BungalowsMabul 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.

Mabul Water BunglowsThe 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.

Mabul Water BungalowsIf 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.


Kapalai Dive Resort

Kapalai Dive ResortAre you thinking about diving in Sipadan, but you are not sure where to stay? Kapalai Resort is the best choice, being closest to Sipadan, just a few minutes away by boat. You can have a look at this website for booking details.

Kapalai Dive Resort is a collection of 59 wooden chalets built on high stilts and linked together through beautiful timber walkways. The resort is actually a water village, built on a sandbar, the remains of Kapalai Island, known as Ligitan Reefs. Its location makes it the best resort for diving in Sipadan.

The Rooms

At the Kapalai Resort, every room has a panoramic view of the turquoise Sea. The 9 meter wide chalets have large beds and spacious bathrooms with hot and cold water. You can enjoy the sunset on the huge verandah, or relax on its comfy seats. Each room also has Internet access, satellite phone and basic cosmetic products.


Kapalai Dive ResortThe Kapalai Resort Dive Center has a wide range of kayaking, snorkeling and diving gear to rent. It also hosts a variety of PADI diving courses, ranging from night diving to open water courses. Diving from Sipadan Kapalai Resort is really easy, with the shallow but amazing sandy bottom, where you’ll see fantastic corals and a wide variety of small sea creatures, some still waiting to be discovered.

Just a boat ride away, you have over 30 dive sites to choose from. Just to name a few: Black Ray Channel, Blue Spotted Garden, Cleaning Station, Coral Garden, East Point, Eel Garden, Flambo Reef, Frontier Reef
and Kapalai Rock, each one exceptional, and more fascinating than the last. You’ll have the chance to come across pipefish, frogfish, gobies, shrimps, mandarin fish, crocodile fish, cuttlefish, turtles, sharks, humphead parrot fish, and barracudas, just to mention a few. The invisible frogfish in all sizes, shapes and colors will be hard to see, even for the trained eye.

If it’s macro you’re interested in, then you’ll be glad to see pipefish, moray eels, stingrays, butterfly fish, shrimps, clown anemone fish, groupers, mandarin dragonets, spotted boxfish, countless types of nudibranchs, triggerfish, and porcupine fish.


Kapalai Dive ResortKapalai Resort serves delicious food, in the romantic tiered, open air construction. The meals are buffet style, with selections ranging from local to Western, to suit all tastes. There is also a big western sundeck for the evening drink, or a post dive exchange of stories, while taking in the remarkable tropical sunset. When dining or relaxing, you can spot, from above water, the schools of squid and needlefish. And from your private sundeck you can watch the turtles swim by!

Getting there

Kapalai Dive ResortKapalai is easily accessible by means of a 45 minute boat ride from Sebah’s town of Semporna. Usually, your resort will take care of your arrival and departure, from the airport of Tawau to the island. It’s advisable that you book your trip well in advance to avoid any mix-ups.

With its exceptional combination of underwater life, sun and serene accommodations, Kapalai Resort is the ideal destination for anyone looking for a great holiday diving in Sipadan, in the Celebes Sea.

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