Borneo Divers Mabul
Island / Sabah
Code : PA/050/SPD08
Located at the South Eastern coast of Sabah and
about 20 minutes from Sipadan, 30-40 minutes (weather permitting) from
Semporna, perched on the edge of the Continental Shelf lies the island of
Mabul - rated as the "Mecca of Muck Diving". Mabul is surrounded by
Celebes Seas with white sandy beaches. While the luxury scenic on top is
enhanced by the new Borneo Divers Mabul Resort - pioneer in recreational
diving tourism in Sabah and the Dive Resort management in Sipadan), the
underwater at Mabul houses the most incredible marine habitats that even
divers today continue to discover new stuff.
Borneo Divers Mabul Resort boost of 30 units of
semi-detached room, each with twin-share/ double beds and private verandah
overlooking at the Celebes Sea. Air-conditioned and with private hot/ cold
shower and bathrooms, ceiling fan, dressing table and ample spaces. Deluxe
rooms are available with coffee/ tea making facilities, hair dryer and
local sarong. The resort also offer 5 units of comfortable tents with
air-conditioned for the adventures diver.
Facilities : restaurant, event hall (100 paxs
theatre seeting), three (3) bars, recreational and sport facilities,
professional underwater video and filming center, full service dive
center, library and TV room. Swimming
pool, Gazebo beach side massage, manicure and pedicure.
Seadoo DPV (diver propulsion vehicle).
Free wireless internet broadband access.
PERSON (RM) valid till 31 December 2017
3 Days 2 Nights
4 Days 3 Nights
5 Days 4 Nights
3 Days 2 Nights
4 Days 3 Nights
5 Days 4 Nights
Package price is inclusive of the below :
ground transfer from Tawau airport to Semporna jetty based on
boat transfer from Semporna jetty to BDSS Mabul Resort based on
meals (3 meals daily with lights snacks and free flow of
coffee/tea and cordial juices except carbonated drinks or
* Based on
twin sharing basis semi-detached chalet room accommodation at
BDSS Mabul Resort with air- conditioning, attached bathroom with
hot water shower.
Diver package is inclusive of 3 boat dives a day (Mabul,
Kapalai, Si Amil or Sipadan) with divemaster and unlimited jetty
house reef dives without guide except on arrival and departure
days. Tanks, weights and weight belt are provided. Diving is
subjected to our dive schedules and regulations from our dive
Non Diver can do snorkelling at our jetty or is
allowed to follow diving boat (subject to space availability)
one time only per day for snorkelling without guide.
* All Rates
SUBJECT to change without prior notice.
prices are subjected to an additional charge of 6% GST (Goods
* Based on
twin or triple sharing.
allocation is based on Run of the House (ROH) basis.
* Child who
is below 3 years old will be free of charge / Child who is 12
yrs old and above is will be charged as adult rate.
* Guest can
only take Diver or Non Diver package and no combining package is
allowed except for guests taking diving course.
traveler is subjected to pay single room supplement of 50%
surcharge from the whole package and has to follow our scheduled
boat transfer with other guests. If not, there will be an
additional charge of ranging between RM159 for land transfer per
way (Tawau Aiport- Semporna jetty or Semporna jetty-Tawau
Airport) and RM636 per way (Semporna-Mabul or Mabul-Semporna)
for boat transfer.
* Check out
time of the resort is 0930am and Check in time is 1400pm.
Boat Schedule at Semporna :
Resort: 10am & 12.30pm and Boat Out from Resort: 6am, 11am and
1 Person is
FREE for every 10 paying persons (subjected to the same arrival
and departure time and NOT granted for single occupancy
will only be extended free if group consists of mostly divers.
divers who is on a Non Diver package that wish to dive with us
in the resort are required to pay RM 127.20 per dive regardless
of boat (has to follow existing diving boat schedule) or shore
dives and is not inclusive of the dive equipment rental.
Full set dive
equipment rental is RM 100.70 per day person.
when rented separately as below (per day per item) :
Regulator RM26.50 Mask RM10.60
Fins RM 5.30
5.30 Shortie RM21.20 Booties RM 5.30 Wetsuit RM21.20
rental is RM31.80 per day.
RM26.50 per day
is chargeable at RM31.80 per dive. Advance booking is required.
Parents are to be held responsible for their children at all
times during their stay of duration. Any children who are
certified diver will have to pay FULL diver rates regardless of
SIPADAN TRIP :
wishes to dive at Sipadan will need to apply and pay for a
permit which the allocation and approval is under the management
of Sabah Parks.
Due to the
permit restrictions, where our resort only has an allocation of
14 permits out of the 120 persons, we can only guarantee one day
diving to Sipadan Island if you stay a minimum of a 5 Days and 4
Nights Package. This guaranteed Sipadan permit of RM 40 per
person has to be paid in advance to Sales office and priority
goes to guests who are taking Diver package. The highlight of
our Sipadan trip is we arrange a special of 4 boat dives instead
of 3 only.
entry to Sipadan will be subjected to availability at first come
first serves basis at an additional cost of RM146 per person per
trip (inclusive of one day Sipadan permit) at the resort.
personal details are required in order to apply for the permit :
passport / Passport no. / Nationality / Date of birth / Contact
Address / Gender
SEMPORNA JETTY FEE:
informed that all tourists/passengers have to pay a jetty fee of
RM2.12 per Malaysian / RM10.60 per non Malaysian to the local
Semporna Tourism and Semporna District Office.
HOW TO GET THERE
You will fly from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau (40 minutes) and then take
a coach of about 90 minutes to a coastal fishing town of Semporna,
from here you are ferried to Mabul Island in about 30-40 minutes.
about 15 minutes by speedboat from Sipadan, and 30 minutes from
mainland Semporna, Mabul is recognized as one of the world's best
"muck-diving" sites, has a shallow reef profile with sandy bottom
and patches of sea grass and also one of the richest single
destinations for exotic small marine life in the world.
The coral reefs
at first glance do not look very picturesque and inviting, however
it is the diversity of macro animals inhabiting the coral rubble and
sea grass sites that put Mabul on the diving map. Flamboyant
cuttlefish, blue-ringed octopus, mimic octopus, gobies and
frogfishes are everywhere, as are moray, snake eels and practically
the whole scorpion fish family. There's no doubt about it, Mabul is
a magical macro site! The beauty of Mabul will also appeal greatly
to non - divers as well.
There are about 8
dive sites in Mabul area such as: -
* Eel Garden (18
- 20 m)
* Ray Point (15 - 25 m)
* Panglima Reef (5 - 20 m)
* Lobster Wall (40 - 75 m)
* Nudibranch Centre
* Crocodile Avenue (2 - 15 m)
* Froggy Lair (5 - 20 m)
* Coral Reef Garden (5 - 15 m)
Some of the dive sites' descriptions are...
~ Located towards
the southern end of Pulau Mabul. Eel Garden is one of the deeper
dives around the area. Divers descend to a sandy flat between 20 to
25 metres sloping towards the open sea.
carefully and avoiding stirring up the silty bottom, divers can
observe gobies seeking refuge in the tiny crevices and moray eels
occupying larger holes. Looking towards the sandy patch, you will
see what appear to be blades of long grass swaying with the current.
These are the elusive garden eels (Heteroconger Hassi) living in
colonies that quickly dart back into their burrows on approaching
shadows or excessive movement in the water.
Also located on
the southern tip of Pulau Mabul, this site slopes to about 30 metres
at the sandy bottom. Currents sweeping through this point bring
clear water and good visibility. Sea fans and soft corals that
thrive in current areas are home to gobies, blennies, moray eels,
butterfly fish, damselfish, parrotfish and stonefish (Synanceia
Avenue: Flat sandy area from 5m to 20m. It is a sandy area, so there
are empty stretches of sand with oases of life. Our dive guide found
some seahorses there every time. The absolute record was 8
seahorses. Then there are sand eels, double-ended pipefish,
crocodile fish, special tube anemones, ghost pipefish (Harlequin-
and Sea grass-), cowfish etc. I even saw some turtles, humpback
parrotfish, barracudas, mackerels and a small eagle ray there. Night
dives are also very good here. We found lots of sepias, cuttlefish
and special nudibranchs (for example the Spanish Dancer, Asteronotus
c.) and lots of crabs. One of the highlights was a small boxer crab,
found on some rubble.
Seaventures Platform: Flat sandy area on about 17m. This is an old
oil platform that has been converted into a hotel owned by
Seaventures Dive Resort. It stands on huge pillars. You dive
underneath in 17m of water. An amazing dive site! There are several
piles of metal rods, look close, and there are always several
frogfish (yellow to red, black and gray) sitting on them. Inside the
largest pile there is a huge moray eel. His head must have a
diameter of about 15cm! Then we also found: ghost pipefish
(Harlequin and sea grass), wasp fish, nudibranchs (Halgerda,
Cromodoris etc.), stonefish, flying gurnard and close to the pillars
always lots of batfish and flute fish.
Wall: Wall, some small caverns. There are many nudibranchs,
anemones, shrimps and in a small cave I even found a baby cowfish.
Great night dives.
~ Sipadan Island
has 11 Marked Dive Sites. All dives are Wall Dives. The following
are brief descriptions of some of the sites and marine life you can
expect to see.
Just 20 feet from
the shore, the wall plunges a staggering 2,000 feet down and is
rated as one of the top 5 Beach Dives in the world. The wall is
encrusted with different varieties of coral, turtles abound and a
multitude of lionfish & smaller reef dwelling fish live on this
wall. The entrance to TURTLE CAVERN is also found about 70ft down
along this wall.
STAGHORN CREST /
There is usually
a very strong current present at this site. Dives here can take you
through up to three marked sites. Very large shoals of pelagic feed
here (Barracuda, Jacks, Sharks and Turtles). On the upper reef, a
multitude of smaller reef fish abound. Coral is bursting with color,
many huge Anemone and Clown Fish at this site.
This wall is
covered in a multitude of soft coral. Hawksbill & Green Turtles live
on the ledges at this site and the current is usually quite calm. A
great spot for photography as colorful corals hang from the
interesting cracks and crevices along the wall.
This site is home
to a huge number of Hawksbill & Green Turtles. Many reef sharks also
frequent this site. It is rather barren in comparison to some of the
other sites, but triggerfish and other reef fish dwell on the upper
coral reef, making it a well-rounded site.
As the name
suggests, Barracuda Point is where a large concentration of
Pelagic's converge. Except to see large shoals of Barracuda, Jacks,
Grey and White Tip Reef Sharks. The schools number in the high
hundreds. Current is strong. It is a fast moving, high voltage dive
WHITE TIP AVENUE
As with al the
sites on Sipadan Island, the name says it all. Expect to see huge
Black & White Tip Reef Sharks, Grey Sharks, massive Green &
Hawksbill Turtles as well as large shoals of Jack & Barracuda.
Valley: Slope to about 20 metres, hard corals then sand with small
underwater mound. This dive site has its name from a dragonet that
can be found there and that has a beautiful color like the clothes
of the Chinese mandarins. It lives during the day under the spines
of sea urchins. Go out to the small underwater mound - there were
several leaf fish there last time. Leaf fish can shed their skin and
in such a way adjust to the surrounding reef. I saw one, where some
yellow ascidians were growing on his skin right over the eye. There
is also a mushroom coral (Heliofungia a.) on the sand with some
white anemone pipefish (Siokunichthys n.) living inside.
Channel: This is a sandy channel with the reef on one side. The
special fish, you find here and nowhere else in Mabul is the dragon
fish (Pegasus). This small animal lives in pairs on sand and feeds
on invertebrates. There are some leaf fish; a spiny devilfish lives
close by and there is a small baby-angelfish.
SI AMIL ISLAND
1. Maratua Reef
2. Celebes Reef
3. East Point
4. Snoway Point
5. Danawan Small Wall.
NOTE: Soft Coral,
Hard Coral, Marine life such as frogfish, nudibranch and almost the
same as Mabul Island but more to Micro Dive.
1. Mantabuan Reef
2. Coral Garden
3. Kapitan Reef (Sandy bottom)
NOTE: Most of the
dives are Muck Dive and sloopy reef down to 50 to 60 meter. Marine
life such as barracuda, turtle and the rest similar with Si Amil.
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