A small island located off the east coast of Malaysian Borneo, Mabul is world renowned for its muck diving. Mabul is an absolute must for those scuba diving in Malaysia with an interest in macro.

How to get to Mabul:

Similar to getting to Sipidan, you will have to first make your way to Semporna (closest airport is Tawau). From Semporna you can take a boat out to Mabul island; about 30 minutes by speed boat, or 1.5 hours by slow boat. It is also possible to use a dive shop based in Semporna and do day trips out to the Mabul dive sites.

Dive sites in Mabul:

  • Seaventure: Underneath an old oil rig, this is a great spot for both day and night dives. Expect to see nudibranchs, frogfish, crocodile fish, eels, stonefish, and more.
  • Froggy Lair: The most popular dive site here, it’s known as THE place for muck diving. Expect to see nudibranchs, frogfish, pipe fish, and maybe even some flamboyant cuttlefish.
  • Eel Garden: Another great muck dive. This dive site is home to frogfish, eels, batfish, octopus, and mantis shrimp. It’s also a great spot for night diving.
  • Lobster wall: A deep dive (the main area starts at 40m), lobster wall is home to lobsters who hide in the cracks. You can also see stonefish, ghost pipe fish, triggerfish, clownfish, and seahorses.

Other things to do in Mabul:

As with Sipidan and Kapalai, the only real reason to come to Mabul is for snorkelling and diving.

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