Borneo Divers Mabul Dive Resort

Mabul Island / Sabah

 

Ex-Tawau
Tour 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.

 

RATE PER PERSON (RM) valid till 31 December 2017

 

MALAYSIAN

Diver

Non-Diver

3 Days 2 Nights

 1530.00

 1230.00

4 Days 3 Nights

 2175.00

 1740.00

5 Days 4 Nights

 2720.00

 2180.00

Extension day/Night

 680.00

 545.00

 

NON MALAYSIAN

Diver

Non-Diver

3 Days 2 Nights

1800.00

1440.00

4 Days 3 Nights

2550.00

2040.00

5 Days 4 Nights

3200.00

2560.00

Extension day/Night

800.00

640.00

* Package price is inclusive of the below :

* Returned ground transfer from Tawau airport to Semporna jetty based on scheduled transfers.

* Returned boat transfer from Semporna jetty to BDSS Mabul Resort based on schedule transfers.

* Fullboard meals (3 meals daily with lights snacks and free flow of coffee/tea and cordial juices except carbonated drinks or alcoholic drinks).

* 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 centre. 

+ 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. 

 

* Note :

* All Rates SUBJECT to change without prior notice.

* All prices are subjected to an additional charge of 6% GST (Goods service tax).

* Based on twin or triple sharing.

* Room 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.

* Single 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 :

Boat Into Resort: 10am & 12.30pm and Boat Out from Resort: 6am, 11am and 1.30pm

 

Group Booking:

1 Person is FREE for every 10 paying persons (subjected to the same arrival and departure time and NOT granted for single occupancy requirement). 

Diver package will only be extended free if group consists of mostly divers.  

Certified 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.

 

Equipment rental

Full set dive equipment rental is RM 100.70 per day person.

Breakdown when rented separately as below (per day per item) :

BCD RM26.50 Regulator RM26.50 Mask RM10.60

Fins RM 5.30

Snorkel RM 5.30 Shortie RM21.20 Booties RM 5.30 Wetsuit RM21.20

Dive Computer rental is RM31.80 per day.

Torch is RM26.50 per day

Nitrox dive 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 their age. 

 

SIPADAN TRIP : 

Diver who 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. 

Any extra 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. 

The following personal details are required in order to apply for the permit :

Name on passport / Passport no. / Nationality / Date of birth / Contact Address / Gender 

 

SEMPORNA JETTY FEE:

Please be 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.

 

 

Information :

 

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.

 

MABUL ISLAND

Situated only 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...

 

EEL GARDEN

~ 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.

~ Fining 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.

 

RAY POINT

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 Verrucosa).

 

CROCODILE AVENUE

Mabul, Crocodile 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.

 

SEAVENTURE PLATFORM

Mabul, 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.

 

LOBSTER WALL

Mabul, Lobster 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

~ 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.

 

DROP OFF

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 / SOUTH POINT

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.

 

HANGING GARDEN

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.

 

TURTLE PATCH

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.

 

BARRACUDA POINT

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 site.

 

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.


 

KAPALAI ISLAND

 

MANDARIN VALLEY

Kapalai, Mandarin 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.

 

RAY CHANNEL

Kapalai, Ray 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 (Muck Dive)

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.

 

MANTABUAN ISLAND (Muck 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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