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Mabul Water Bungalows Resort
Mabul Water Bungalows on Mabul Island near Pulau Sipadan where you can stay on your dive trip of Sabah in Borneo with Borneo Tour Specialists

MABUL WATER BUNGALOWS is a luxury floating dive-resort situated at the Southern tip of Mabul Island, overlooking the world-renown Sipadan Island, which is only 15-minutes away by speedboat.

Mabul Water Bungalows Accommodation
Mabul Water Bungalows accommodation.

External View of the Water Bungalow Accommodation
External view of Mabul Water Bungalows accommodation.

The timber bungalows (built up size 5.2 m X 5.2 m) comprising 16 units (12 X Double Bed and 4 X Twin Bed) are built entirely over water on stilts, and offer sheer comfort. Each bungalow is exquisitely furnished with contemporary furniture and décor, and is equipped with remote control air-conditioner, ceiling fan, private bathroom-hot/cold shower, toilet, spacious private balcony offering panoramic vistas of the blue sea, selected satellite TV channels, mini bar, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer and in-room safety box. There are also two larger villas - the Borneo Villa and the Bougain Villa, each offering suite style accommodation with separate living/lounge areas, private spas in the bathroom, and a huge private balcony.

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.

Mabul Water Bungalows Restaurant Area
Mabul Water Bungalows Restaurant area

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

Mabul Water Bungalows 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.
Dive Deck at Mabul Water Bungalows
Dive deck at Mabul Water Bungalows

All dive packages include:

  • Transfer between: Tawau - Semporna Jetty and Mabul Water Bungalows - 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 combinations 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


  • 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. Mabul Water Bungalows 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.

DurationDiver/Non Diver1 Person2 People3 People
3 days/2 nightsDiver$3,000 $2,000 $2,000
 Non Diver$1,835 $1,225 $1,225
4 days/3 nightsDiver$3,580 $2,390 $2,390
 Non Diver$2,230 $1,485 $1,485
5 days/4 nightsDiver$3,310 $2,210 $2,210
 Non Diver$2,610 $1,740 $1,740
Extra nightsDiver$795 $530 $530
 Non Diver$640 $425 $425
Prices per person in Australian Dollars and valid 01 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 (E.O.E.) Refer to General Booking Conditions

Photographs courtesy of Mabul Water Bungalows Resort
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