A Diversity of Marine Life


Situated just 25 minutes from Sipadan, Mabul is another gem in the Sulawesi Sea. However, the seascape in Mabul is starkly different, yet equally stunning. A diversity of marine life makes Mabul a great site for macro and muck-diving.

Blue-ringed octopus, mandarin fish, lionfish, frogfish, moray eels and spike-fin gobies are definite show stealers in the relatively shallow waters. Mabul is slightly larger than Sipadan and has several resorts as well as local village.

Best Macro-Diving Destination

Kapalai is another great location for muck-lovers. In fact, this little island is rated by many diving journalists as one of the best macro-diving destinations in the world. Mandarin Valley, Gurnard Ground and Stingray City are enchanting sites with prolific marine life.

Just like Sipadan, the jumping-off point to Mabul and Kapalai is Semporna. The boat ride takes about 45 minutes. Semporna is about an hour’s drive from Tawau Airport. There are regular air services connecting Tawau and Kota Kinabalu. Transfers can be arranged with tour operators.

Sipadan Island

More Sabah Interesting Places


Belmont Marco Polo Hotel (114 rooms, 3 stars)
Jalan clinic, P.o.Box 1003, 91008 Tawau, Sabah
Tel: 089-777988

Emas Hotel (102 rooms, 3 stars)
TB2103, North Road, P.O.Box 569, 91008 Tawau, Sabah
Tel: 089-762000

Grace Inn (37 rooms, 1 star)
TB533, Bandaran Baru, P.O.Box60077, 91010 Tawau, Sabah
Tel: 089-764477

Hotel Oriental (30 rooms, 1 star)
10 Jalan Dunlop, 91000 Tawau, Sabah
Tel: 089-761601

Merdeka Hotel (76 rooms, 2 stars)
3023, JalanMasjid, P.O.Box 60726, 91012 Tawau, Sabah
Tel: 089-776655

Monaco Hotel (38 rooms, 1 star)
TB214, JalanHaji Karim, Fajar Complex, 91000 Tawau, Sabah
Tel: 089-769911

Sipandan Water Village Resort, Mabul island (70 rooms, 3 stars)
TB226, Lot 3, 1st Floor, Wisma MAA, Town Ext. II P.O.Box 62156, 91031 Tawau, Sabah
Tel: 089-752996