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SIPADAN MABUL RESORT

Sipadan Mabul Resort (SMART)
Sipadan Mabul Resort on Mabul Island near Pulau Sipadan where you can stay on your dive trip of Sabah in Borneo with Borneo Tour Specialists
SIPADAN MABUL RESORT is a dive resort built on the beach on the South-Western side of Mabul Island, overlooking the world-renown Sipadan Island, which is only 15-minutes away by speedboat.


There are three types of accommodation at SMART Resort:

Exterior View of Standard Chalet
Exterior view of Standard Chalet at Sipadan Mabul Resort - SMART Resort on Mabul Island near Pulau Sipadan where you can stay on your dive trip of Sabah in Borneo with Borneo Tour Specialists

Standard Chalet - Built in semi-detached style, sharing the balcony, two rooms of accommodation under one roof, with attached private bathroom. This accommodation is solely for divers/non-divers on the non-Sipadan dive Package.


Exterior View of Stand-alone Chalet
Exterior view of Stand-alone Chalet at Sipadan Mabul Resort - SMART Resort on Mabul Island near Pulau Sipadan where you can stay on your dive trip of Sabah in Borneo with Borneo Tour Specialists

Stand-alone Chalet - Built in free-standing detached style, with its own balcony, only one room of accommodation under the one roof, with attached private bathroom. Stay here if you intend diving at Sipadan.


Chalet Suites - Similar to the Stand-alone Chalet, except larger. Built in free-standing detached style, with its own balcony, only one room of accommodation under the one roof, with attached private bathroom. You can also stay in one of the suite chalets if you intend diving at Sipadan during your stay.

Interior View of Standard Chalet at Sipadan Mabul Resort
Interior view of Standard Chalet at Sipadan Mabul Resort - SMART Resort on Mabul Island near Pulau Sipadan where you can stay on your dive trip of Sabah in Borneo with Borneo Tour Specialists
Sipadan-Mabul Resort has 18 standard semi-detached chalets (built up size 4.3 m X 3.7 m), which are able to accommodate up to 36 guests at any one time. All the chalets are constructed from native materials of Borneo, with oversize twin bed, with insect screens and have attached private bathroom facilities with hot shower, and the comfort of air-conditioning, which is available 24 hours.


Interior View of Stand-alone Chalet at Sipadan Mabul Resort
Interior view of Stand-alone Chalet at Sipadan Mabul Resort - SMART Resort on Mabul Island near Pulau Sipadan where you can stay on your dive trip of Sabah in Borneo with Borneo Tour Specialists
Sipadan-Mabul Resort has 22 stand-alone chalets, (16 units are oversize twin-bed and 6 units are double bed) (built up size 5.8 m X 4.9 m), as well as 2 separate chalet suites (double bed only) (built up size 8.5 m X 9.8 m), which are able to accommodate up to 48 guests at any one time. All the chalets are made from native materials of Borneo, built with their own balcony with insect screens, attached private bathroom with hot shower facilities, the comfort of air-conditioning, which is available 24 hours, selected satellite TV channels, mini bar and in-room safety box.


Facilities includes a large and airy restaurant for dining, a souvenir shop, a business centre with internet service, a dive centre, and an office taking care of the registration of all guests, accounts, and an underwater video and health spa outlet. Free WI-FI Internet Access is available in each room.

Pool area at Sipadan Mabul Resort
Pool area at Sipadan Mabul Resort - SMART Resort on Mabul Island near Pulau Sipadan where you can stay on your dive trip of Sabah in Borneo with Borneo Tour Specialists

A vinyl swimming pool measuring 12.5 m X 6.4 m with a 1.8 m deep end is also available for use, as well as Jacuzzi Whirlpool Spas large enough to accommodate 4-6 people. A large dining hall/bar area is used for meals, socialising, dancing and staff shows. Coconut drink, juices, carbonated soft drinks, beer and wine can be purchased at the resort bar and jetty bar. A small shop sells a range of T-shirts, batteries, toiletries, souvenirs etc.


Sipadan Mabul Resort Reception and Restaurant Area
Sipadan Mabul Resort Reception and Restaurant area - SMART Resort on Mabul Island

A large dining hall/bar area is used for meals, socialising, dancing and staff shows. Coconut drink, juices, carbonated soft drinks, beer and wine can be purchased at the resort bar and the jetty bar.


150 staff members await you to make your dive holiday safe, easy and fun.

Dive Packages

Dive Shop at Sipadan Resort
Dive shop at Sipadan Mabul Resort - SMART Resort on Mabul Island
Sipadan Mabul Resort has been accorded as 4-Stars Resort by The Ministry of Tourism Malaysia, and is a PADI 5-Star Dive Resort and NAUI PRO GOLD Dive Resort. A Technical Diving Center (SMART-Tec) offers various services such as Nitrox Air and Certification Courses.


All dive packages include:

  • Transfer between: Tawau - Semporna Jetty and Sipadan Mabul Resort - Tawau by van and speedboat
  • Bungalow type accommodation on twin-sharing basis with attached bathroom and the facilities of hot shower and the comfort of air-conditioning
  • All food and hot beverage while at the resort (excluding alcoholic, fruit juice and carbonated soft drinks)
  • 3 boat combination dives per day with divemaster either on Mabul, Kapalai or nearby Island (except on arrival and departure day)
  • Unlimited jetty diving from Mabul's House Reef
  • Use of tanks with air, weights and weight belt

OTHER RESORT ACTIVITIES

  • PADI / NAUI Diving Courses (from Open Water to Divemaster level)
  • Scuba Skills Refresher Course
  • Discover Scuba Diving
  • Technical Diving Courses
  • Nitrox Diving
  • PADI/ NAUI Specialty Courses
  • Snorkelling
  • Beach Volley Ball
  • Ocean Kayak
  • Diving trip at nearby island

Night diving is exceptionally good at Mabul walls, where you could easily encounter Lobsters, Crocodile Fish and occasionally large Cuttlefish. The boat leaves for the Mabul night dive at around 6.00 - 6.30 p.m. and dinner will be served after the dive.

Diving at Sipadan

Anyone who wishes to dive at Sipadan will need to apply and pay for a permit. The permit fee is MYR 40 per person per day. Please be advised that daily entry to dive, or visit Sipadan Island, will be subject to approval by the Sabah Parks Management, which is in control of issuing the entry permits. The total number of divers or visitors permitted to visit Sipadan island is now restricted to 120 people per day. Sipadan Mabul Resort has been allocated a quota of 14 permits each day out of the 120 available permits. Due to this limited quota, the resort will guarantee one day diving at Sipadan Island for divers who stay 5 nights at the resort on a dive package.

Diving at Sipadan includes 3 boat dives throughout the day. You will generally return to SMART Resort around 16.00 hrs. Lunch will be served on Sipadan Island during a surface interval.

Please note there is no "first come first served" basis for issuing the permits. During peak season priority will be given to divers. With the 1 day guarantee, the fee for Entry Permit to Sipadan Island is RM 40.00 per person per day for divers, non-divers, visitors and children. This entry permit fee has to be paid on the spot, in the resort.

Standard Chalet


DurationDiver/Non Diver1 Person2 People3 People
3 days/2 nightsDiver$1,485 $990 N/A
 Non Diver$1,130 $755 N/A
4 days/3 nightsDiver$1,760 $1,175 N/A
 Non Diver$1,300 $865 N/A
5 days/4 nightsDiver$2,045 $1,360 N/A
 Non Diver$1,470 $980 N/A
Extra nightsDiver$465 $310 N/A
 Non Diver$410 $275 N/A
Prices per person in Australian Dollars and valid 01 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 (E.O.E.) Refer to General Booking Conditions

Stand-alone Chalet


DurationDiver/Non Diver1 Person2 People3 People
6 days/5 nightsDiver$3,285 $2,190 N/A
 Non Diver$2,410 $1,605 N/A
7 days/6 nightsDiver$3,790 $2,525 N/A
 Non Diver$2,865 $1,910 N/A
8 days/7 nightsDiver$4,290 $2,860 N/A
 Non Diver$3,315 $2,210 N/A
9 days/8 nights Diver$4,800 $3,200 N/A
 Non Diver$3,770 $2,510 N/A
Extra nightsDiver$555 $370 N/A
 Non Diver$500 $330 N/A
Prices per person in Australian Dollars and valid 01 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 (E.O.E.) Refer to General Booking Conditions
The surcharge for the Chalet Suite is $125 per person per night (twin share) over and above the rate for a Stand-alone Chalet (if staying longer than 5 days), or Standard Chalet (if staying for less than 6 days).

Photographs courtesy of Sipadan Mabul Resort
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