Our friend Sun Yong introduced readers to Mabul Island in issue 52 some years ago and we felt in favour of spending our next holiday there for a short getaway.
7 ~ 9-1-2012 (Saturday/ Monday)
We took a morning flight from KLIA and reached Tawau, Sabah some two and a half hours later. The taxi we hired took us to a nice and reasonably priced hotel for RM115 per night’s stay as introduced on the internet. The travel agency across the hotel arranged our trip to Mabul without much fuss.
Next morning the coach fetched us from the hotel to Semporna, a trip of one hour covering 115km. Speedboats are easily available to the island which took only 30 minutes a ride.
Mabul, Sipadan, Kapalai and Mataking are islands facing the Celebes Sea and world-famous dive spots. The island of Mabul covers a land space of 200 hectare, it is home to a reef of marine treasures. From the water resorts, it was possible to watch the beauty of marine life. The crystal clear waters beneath made it pretty perfect to gaze at corals, jellyfish and colorful fishes. You can check out another innovative accommodation for the keen diver at SeaVentures Dive Resort which was originally an oil rig recycled into a space living condition for a totally different experience.
Our trip costed RM200/- per person for the to and fro journey from Tawau to Semporna and a lunch at Sipadan Water Village Resort,Mabul Island, but if you have time to discover more of Mabul, then you should try the arrangement of RM698 per pax inclusive of travel arrangements, three meals daily and the lovely accommodation set (4D3N package recommended).
For details, please contact:
Sipadan Water Village Resort Sdn Bhd
Luxurious spa pampering for tired souls.
Self dive till 6 p.m only.
It’s so easy to dive in Mabul and everything is well set-up, many tourists stay on for half a-month.
The waters are warm, thriving and filled with amazing marina life.
Fishing village on the island.
Kerosine container used as a stove, grilled small fishes for lunch, dishes very untidy being laid out everywhere in a lack of water environment.
Gift shop on the island.
Speedboat at the jetty.