Mabul Island Diving Packages

Mabul Island Diving Packages

Mabul Island Diving Packages generally range from budget to high end for those planning a dive trip to Pulau Mabul and Sipadan Island in Sabah Borneo. What most travelers don't know is that there is a range available to suite all types of diver packages here. If you don't dive, there are also basic snorkeling packages too. When I visited Mabul Island in October 2011, it was my first diving trip to this part of Sabah and did not know what to expect apart from reading and seeing pictures of this beautiful place.

Seahorse Sipadan Scuba Lodge in Mabul Seahorse Sipadan Scuba Lodge in Mabul

Good friend of mine Pat had arranged a 5D/4N Mabul-Sipadan Package for me and I chose to stay at one of the better guest houses on the island called Seahorse Sipadan Scuba which is located at Kampung Mabul Village. To get to Mabul Island, one needs to depart via boat from the town of Semporna in Sabah. The nearest airport here is at Tawau town. From Tawau, you need to get a taxi or van-bus that travels about an hour to Semporna.

Seahorse Guest House at Mabul Sipadan
Seahorse Guest House at Mabul Sipadan

Dining area at Seahorse Guesthouse

Seahorse Guesthouse at Mabul Island is one of the new guesthouses with basic amenities that include an attached bathroom, dining area and dive services. Built on stilts connected by a wooden jetty, the guesthouse has some of the best sunset views on the island. The rooms are basic with two single beds and a fan where there is a housekeeping department. Full board meals are provided three times a day while there is free flow of coffee and tea throughout the day. 

What I found most appealing was the fact that they used local dive masters and instructors there. These local boys who speak good English have good experience at all the dive sites around Mabul and know what the divers want. The lodge also has their own dive boats, air compressor and equipment making your diving experience simple and easy.

Dive center equipment at Seahorse Mabul

The dive facilities are complete here while they have sizes that fit most sizes which include Caucasians and even XXL. Equipment are well taken care and organized. As they are a new business which is about six months old, the items here are all brand new too. For those who are into macro photography, you need to bring your own cameras and casing there but fear not as one of the dive masters at Seahorse has his own camera and casing therefore he will assist you to take some pictures if you do not have an underwater camera.

Joe the dive master gives me a pose

Another cool thing here is that Mabul Island is connected to all major phone and mobile services therefore you are able to use your Edge or 3G services while you are here. For the flash packers, this would be very handy. Travelers can also easily update their facebook status and travelogues while staying here. The only set back at all the guesthouses in Mabul island is that the electricity runs from 6pm to 6am daily. So it would be wise to bring additional batteries for your gadgets. A multi adapter would be required to charge all those gadgets while the power is on. 

Below are some of the underwater pictures I took while diving in Mabul. I used one of the dive master's camera for these and you can see some of the underwater photos taken.

Hairy Seahorse with me in the background at Mabul

Mandarin Fish in Mabul Island, a rare encounter

Green Turtle close up while diving
Cuttlefish at Mabul

Ghost Pike Fish and Green Frog Fish in Mabul

Mabul Dive Sites Map
Mabul Dive Sites Map

If you are interested in any Mabul Diving Packages, you can contact Exporer Lifestyle who deal directly with agents in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. They offer all kinds of diving packages that suit your style. Even if you are not a diver and want to visit Mabul Sipadan for snorkeling or just to chill out, Explorer Lifestyle can arrange for your packages. Prices may vary from time to time due to promotions and so on but the standard dive package consist of:

Mabul Dive Package 2D/1N - RM599

Mabul Dive Package 3D/2N - RM1115 

Mabul Dive Package 4D/3N - From RM1090 to RM1270

Mabul Snorkeling Package

Mabul Package (Non Diver) 2D/1N - RM399

Mabul Package (Non Diver) 3D/2N - RM550

Mabul Package (Non Diver) 4D/3N - RM750

(Please note prices are for 2014 where there are new diving packages for 2015)

Van Transfer from Tawau Airport to Semporna Jetty - RM100 for 2 Persons / RM200 for 3-4 persons

Packages above includes 3 meals per day, boat transfer and diving fees.

Packages above does NOT include: Airfare and Transfer.

Personally I had an amazing time here and plan to go back again in mid December 2011 for another round of diving at Mabul Island and also Sipadan Island. The main reason would be that I only managed to dive at six out of the ten dive spots at Mabul. I visited Paradise 1 and 2, Water Bungalow, Stingray City, Lobster Wall and Panglima Reef. Some of the other spots outside of the main island include Seaventures Rig and Kapalai Island.

At some of the dive spots, I managed to encounter numerous green turtles and white tip sharks. One picture above shows how close the green turtle was to me. Something you hardly experience at other dive spots around the country. Finally, I would personally recommend Equator Adventure Tours if you are planning for some exciting diving or snorkeling within a budget for Mabul Island Diving Packages.
Mabul Island Diving Packages Mabul Island Diving Packages Reviewed by David Jr on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 Rating: 5


Thristhan said...

Wow, the photos are heavenly. Reminds me of Bora Bora Island and it being here in Malaysia, a must visit place. Btw David, congrats on the Sabah Tourism Award :)

David Jr said...

Kevin, it usually cost about RM800-1200 (US$250-400) for the full package to be a certified open water diver here. Check if it is cheaper there or else, do it here when you visit. You will need about 3-4 days to complete your course at any of the islands here.

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rain said...

nice photos

David Jr said...

Thank you all! :)

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