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MABUL ISLAND: SIPADAN-MABUL RESORT (SMART)

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Sipadan-Mabul Resort

Sipadan-Mabul Resort

Sipadan-Mabul Resort - Semi-Detached Standard Chalet

Sipadan-Mabul Resort - Semi-Detached Standard Chalet Room

Sipadan-Mabul Resort - Detached StandAlone Chalet Room

Sipadan-Mabul Resort - Detached StandAlone Chalet Room

Sipadan-Mabul Resort - Chalet Suite Room

Sipadan-Mabul Resort

 

 

 

City/Region: Tawau
Tour Code: ABTW-D05
Duration: From 2D1N
Package: MABUL ISLAND: SIPADAN-MABUL RESORT (SMART)
Min Pax: 2
Pricing: Adults: From MYR 1,163; Child: From MYR 582
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SIPADAN-MABUL RESORT (SMART)Sipadan Mabul Resort

About the Resort
Sipadan-Mabul Resort is located at the southern tip of Pulau Mabul overlooking Sipadan. Nestled in a coconut grove and offers beautifully designed wooden air-con chalets builts next to a beautiful strech of white sand beach, they are accorded as a 4-Stars Resort by The Ministry of Tourism Malaysia and they are member of PADI and NAUI PRO GOLD Dive Resort.

Accommodation is made from native materials of Borneo on Twin Share Basis. The resort have total 45 wooden chalets, which comprises of 20 standard chalets (Semi-Detached size 14 x 12ft), 22 stand alone chalets (Detached Chalet size 19 x 16ft mostly twin-bedded) and 1 suite chalet (Size 28 x 23ft), which could accomodate 86 guests at any one time. All the chalets are built with mosquito screens have attached toilet/bathroom with hot shower facilities and the comfort of air-conditioning, which are available for 24 hours. Electrical outlet is 220 Volt AC, 50 cycles using three rectangular prongs similar to British plugs. Electricity supply 24 hours a day.

About Mabul Island
Its proximity to Sipadan Island (about 15 minutes away by boat) was the initial draw card of Mabul, although it soon became apparent that it offered excellent muck diving which some claim is among the world's best. A small flat island with sandy beaches, Mabul sits on the northwest corner of a 200-hectare reef. on its sandy bottoms, on the coral reefs and around the man-made reefs, Mabul offers an astonishing array of small marine life. Flamboyant cuttlefish, blue-ringed octopus, mimic octopus and bobtail squid are just a few of the cephalopods to be found. Harlequin shrimp, boxer crabs, many types of goby, including spike-fin goby, black sail-fin goby and metallic shrimp can be found on Mabul's reef. Frogfish, moray eels and snake eels seen along with scorpion fish family, Mabul is a truly magical macro site.

About the Diving
Boats : The resort have thirteen (13) custom-built fiberglass dive boats and two (2) half-cabin passenger/transport boats. These dive boats can carry 10 divers each and get to any of the island dive sites in 15 minutes or more.  Each boat goes out three times a day with a boatman and divemaster.

Diving : The resort has daily boat going to the dive sites, which is about 15 to 30 minutes boat ride. Dive sites and diving schedule will be arranged at the discretion of the resort management. All diving at Sipadan Island is subject to entry permit approval. Please refer to Sipadan Diving Permit infomation.

The UNLIMITED JETTY DIVING mentioned below are dives from Mabul’s House Reef and includes night diving (without divemaster and boat).  Tanks, weights and weight belt are provided; all other equipment must be brought by the diver or rented.

Most diving is a combination of wall and drift diving. The resort has eight Bauer Compressors, 400 units Aluminum 3000 psi/80 cubic foot tanks with American style 'K' valves and 70 units with DIN valve. 35 sets of diving equipment for rental. It is advisable to bring own adaptor/converter (220/110v) for charging strobes, camera and lights.

How to Get Here
Take a short 45 minutes Malaysia Airlines domestic flight from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau then you will be met and transferred to Semporna Jetty (Harbor) by van (appro. 1-hour drive) and finally, you will be transferred to Mabul Resort by speedboat (appro. 40 minutes boat ride).

Boat Schedule (Fixed Departure Time)
Semporna jetty to Mabul Island : 10:00hrs; 12:30hrs & 16:30hrs
Mabul Island to Semporna Jetty : 06:30hrs; 11:00hrs & 14:00hrs

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2014 Pricing

Year 2014-2015 Package Rates Per Adult:

"NON-SIPADAN" PACKAGE RATES Per Adult:
- (STANDARD CHALET - TWIN SHARE)
Tour Validity:   Now - 31 Mar 2015
DURATION DIVER PACKAGE
NON-DIVER PACKAGE
2 DAYS 1 NIGHT MYR 1,446 MYR 1,163
3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS MYR 1,787 MYR 1,358
4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS MYR 2,123 MYR 1,564
5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS MYR 2,456 MYR 1,770
EXTENSION NIGHT MYR 560 MYR 495
"SIPADAN" PACKAGE RATES Per Adult:
- (STANDALONE CHALET - TWIN SHARE)
Tour Validity:   Now - 31 Mar 2015
DURATION DIVER PACKAGE NON-DIVER PACKAGE
6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS MYR 3,941 MYR 2,891
7 DAYS 6 NIGHTS MYR 4,546 MYR 3,436
8 DAYS 7 NIGHTS MYR 5,151 MYR 3,981
9 DAYS 8 NIGHTS MYR 5,756 MYR 4,526
EXTENSION NIGHT MYR 665 MYR 599

* Note :
Rate Per Person, valid till 31 Mar 2015
This rate applies to all guests.
All rates are quoted in Ringgit Malaysia (MYR).
All rates are subject to 6% GST for accommodation & tours departing from 1st April 2015 onwards.
Excludes Semporna Jetty Fee of MYR 2/- (Malaysian) or MYR 10/- (International) per person payable to The Municipal Council of Semporna. (Newly implemented in 2012)

For all "NON-SIPADAN" Diving/Non-Diving Package reservations:-

  • Room allocation is solely based on Standard Chalet. To Upgrade to Standalone Chalet (Detached) - Add MYR 115 per person per night surcharge on top of the above package price.

For all "SIPADAN" Diving/Non-Diving Package reservations:-

  • Room allocation is solely based on Standalone Chalet. To upgrade to Suite Chalet, - Add MYR 240 per person per night surcharge on top of the above package price.
  • Minimum Stay of 6 Days 5 Nights is required.
  • Includes guaranteed one day permit to dive in Sipadan Island.

* Single Supplement/Occupancy :
Add 50% surcharge on top of the above prices for single occupancy of a 2-bed chalet. This must be booked well in advance.

* Child Policy :
The following discounts and conditions apply to all NON-DIVING children:
1.      Infants up to 3 years old are Free of Charge except for the airline charges. The infant must stay in the same chalet as the parents; a baby cot will be provided free of charge if prior arrangement is made.
2.      Children 4 to 11 years who are NON-DIVERS are entitled to a 50% discount off the NON-DIVERS package rate for any said period.  Whenever possible, they must stay in the same chalets with the parents on beds that go between the 2 bunks in each chalet. 
Any children who are a certified diver, no matter what age, and will be diving must pay full divers rates.

Diver Package
For Certified Diver Only (All Dive Program / Arrangement will be Organised by the Resort's Dive Centre)

Prices quoted are all inclusive except for dive equipment, where guest can bring their own or rent from the resort or just rent some that they need only. Guest may also choose to dive cetain day or time only but no refund.

"NON-SIPADAN" Diving Package Includes

  • Overland transfer by van from Tawau Airport to Semporna Jetty and vice versa
  • Sea transfer by speedboat from Semporna Jetty to Sipadan-Mabul Resort and vice versa
  • Chalet type accommodation on STANDARD 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 combination boat dives per day with divemaster on Mabul, Kapalai or nearby Island EXCEPT on arrival and departure days.
  • Unlimited jetty diving from Mabul's House Reef with buddy
  • Use of Tanks with air, Weights and Weight Belt

"SIPADAN" Diving Package Includes

  • Overland transfer by van from Tawau Airport to Semporna Jetty and vice versa
  • Sea transfer by speedboat from Semporna Jetty to Sipadan-Mabul Resort and vice versa
  • Chalet type accommodation on STANDALONE 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 combination boat dives per day with divemaster on Mabul, Kapalai or nearby Island (EXCEPT on arrival and departure days)
  • 1 day guaranteed diving at Sipadan Island for 3 boat dives with divemaster (EXCLUDING permit fee of MYR 40 per person per day to be paid at the resort)
  • Unlimited jetty diving from Mabul's House Reef with buddy
  • Use of Tanks with air, Weights and Weight Belt

Note: Flying After Diving (LAST DAY AT RESORT)
The latest recommendation from DAN, Training Agencies etc., indicates that you should wait a minimum of 12 hours and sometimes up to 24 hours after diving before you fly. However, SMART recognizes that people, agencies, and even computers and tables differ on this.  If you choose to dive on the day you leave and fly, you will be required to sign a separate Liability/Release Form (Waiver) to do this. You will only be able to do one morning dive at 8.00am at Mabul Island; however, this is at the discretion of the resort Management. The extra charge for the dive on last day is MYR 100 per person/per dive.

Final Discretion
SMART reserves final discretion on who may or may not do any type of diving they offer, based on a diver's shown abilities, experience, etc.  If a diver is or becomes physically incapacitated by injuries, illness, intoxication, 'hangovers', etc., they reserve the right to stop this person from diving.

Flight & Boat Schedule (Fixed Departure Time)
(The information below acts as a guideline & subject to change without prior notice):

Arrival Flight Information
SECTOR
FLIGHT
ETD
ETA
BOAT SCHEDULE DEPART FROM SEMPORNA JETTY
BKI/TWU
MK2121
0720 hrs 0805 hrs
10:00 AM
BKI/TWU AK6268 0900 hrs 0950 hrs 12:30 AM
KUL/TWU AK5744 0715 hrs 1005 hrs 12:30 PM
BKI/SDK/TWU MH3093 0745 hrs 0935 hrs 12:30 PM
KUL/TWU MH2660
0730 hrs 1020 hrs 12:30 PM
BKI/TWU MH3051 1040 hrs 1140 hrs 16:30 PM
KUL/TWU AK5746 1040 hrs 1335 hrs 16:30 PM
KUL/TWU AK5748 1215 hrs 1505 hrs 16:30 PM
BKI/TWU MH2137 1415 hrs 1505 hrs 16:30 PM

REMARKS:

  • For guests arriving Semporna by overland transfer please be there half an hour before boat departure.
  • It is advisable to inform us in advance of your arrival time as our boats are not stationed at the jetty.
  • If you miss the boat then you will have to wait for the next boat.
  • Our waiting point is at Seafest Hotel's lobby.
  • For those arriving by flight not stated above must stay the night at the mainland-Tawau or Semporna. Hotels can be arranged on request.
If you are arriving Tawau by flight MH3093 ETA: 0940 and AK5152 ETA: 1005, you will have to wait at Semporna for our 1pm boat.  If you do not wish to wait, you can take the unscheduled boat transfer with additional charge @ MYR 850 per boat per way.
Departure Flight Information
SECTOR
FLIGHT ETD
ETA BOAT SCHEDULE DEPART FROM RESORT
TWU/SDK/BKI
MH3092 0955 hrs 1145 hrs 06:30 AM
TWU/KUL AK5745 1015 hrs 1300 hrs 06:30 AM
TWU/BKI AK6269 1015 hrs 1105 hrs 06:30 AM
TWU/KUL MH2661 1105 hrs 1345 hrs 06:30 AM
TWU/KUL AK5747 1320 hrs 1600 hrs 06:30 AM
TWU/BKI MH3052 1425 hrs 1525 hrs 06:30 AM
TWU/BKI AK6263 1505 hrs 1555 hrs 11:00 AM
TWU/BKI MH2134 1540 hrs 1630 hrs 11:00 AM
TWU/KUL AK5749 1540 hrs 1830 hrs 11:00 AM
TWU/SDK/BKI MH3094 1800 hrs 1950 hrs 11:00 AM
TWU/KUL MH2665 1815 hrs 2055 hrs 14:00 PM
TWU/KUL AK5741 1855 hrs 2140 hrs 14:00 PM
TWU/BKI MH3056 2050 hrs 2150 hrs 14:00 PM
TWU/BKI AK6265 2145 hrs 2235 hrs 14:00 PM

REMARKS:
FOR GUESTS DEPARTING ON EARLY FLIGHT BEFORE 10:00AM MUST DEPART THE RESORT 1 DAY EARLIER FOR OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE MAINLAND - TAWAU OR SEMPORNA.  HOTELS CAN BE ARRANGED ON REQUEST.

NOTE:
UNSCHEDULED BOAT TRANSFER TO AND FROM THE RESORT CAN BE ARRANGED WITH ADDITIONAL SURCHARGE BUT SUBJECT TO WEATHER CONDITIONS.

The cost for the above flight is excluded from the package rates.  If you do need us to arrange the airfare, please send us the request and the airfare will be advised accordingly.
If you arrive at night by Air Asia or on flight not stated above you will have to stay the night at Tawau or Semporna.  We can arrange your stay at Belmont Marco Polo Hotel, Tawau or at Seafest Hotel, Semporna.  Room rate will be advised upon request.

More Information About the Resort: Sipadan-Mabul Resort
ROOMS
Standard chalet (Semi-Detached Chalet built up size 14 x 12ft)
The standard chalet is semi-detached type with each room featuring two oversized single beds, a couch, shelves, ceiling fan, flyscreened windows, air-conditioning, attached bathroom with hot shower facilities, a private en-suite offering free-flowing hot and cold fresh water and a front verandah.
Both our standard and stand-alone chalets are based on land.

Stand-alone chalet (Detached Chalet built up size 19 x 16ft)
The stand-alone chalet is detached type. with each room featuring two oversized single beds, a couch, shelves, ceiling fan, flyscreened windows, air-conditioning, attached bathroom with hot shower facilities, a private en-suite offering free-flowing hot and cold fresh water and a front verandah. To request for this type of chalet you are required to pay additional MYR 115 per person/ night surcharge on top of the standard package.
Both our standard and stand-alone chalets are based on land.

CHECK-IN / CHECK OUT
The standard check in-time is 1400 hours and check out time is 1200 hours.  Early check-in and late check-out is subject to room availability. The resort 150-member staff awaits to make your dive holiday safe, easy and fun.

FACILITIES

  • A vinyl swimming pool measuring 41-ft X 21 ft with a 6-ft deep end.
  • A 4-6 persons Jacuzzi Whirlpool Spas.
  • A large dining hall/bar area is used for meals, socializing, dancing and staff shows.
  • Coconut drink, juices, carbonated soft drinks, beer and wine can be purchased at the resort bar and jetty bar.
  • A small sundry shop sells a range of T-shirts, films, batteries, toiletries, souvenirs etc.
  • An office takes care of the registration and billing; it is equipped with a Telephone/Fax for communications with the mainland.
  • High speed internet access is also available now at the resort.
  • A Technical Diving Center (SMART-Tec) offers various services such as Nitrox Air and TDI Certification Courses.
  • An underwater video center (Treasure Images) provides u/w videography courses and services as well as rental of Digital Camera.

ACTIVITIES

  • 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
  • Snorkeling
  • Beach Volley Ball
  • Ocean Kayak
  • Diving trip at nearby island

MEALS
The restaurant is located under a large open air pavillion and is used mainly for serving  buffet style meals and sometimes performance shows. A selection of fresh juices, coconut drink, sodas, beer and wine can be purchased at the resort bar and jetty bar.

Buffet breakfast consists of cereal, toast, tea, coffee, fruits, eggs, porridge and asian dishes. Complimentary buffet breakfast - fruit juice, coffee, tea, toast, cakes, croissants, pancakes, fruit, cereals, eggs, sausage, rice, noodles and soup.

EQUIPMENT RENTAL AT THE RESORT*
1. BCD    MYR 25/DAY/PERSON
2. REGULATOR   MYR 30/DAY/PERSON
3. MASK, SNORKEL   MYR 20/DAY/PERSON
4. FINS   MYR 20/DAY/PERSON
5. WET SUIT   MYR 25/DAY/PERSON
6. BOOTIES   MYR 15/DAY/PERSON
7. TORCH W/ BATTERY   MYR 35/DAY/PERSON

*Prices are subject to change

Sipadan Entry Permit NOTICE:
As you may be aware, anyone planning to visit Sipadan Island requires an approved entry permit issued by Sabah Parks, a government agency of Sabah Government. Daily total entry quota is 120 permits per day. All permit application will be handled and process by the resort management. Please note there is NO first  come first serve basis.

We feel that this is a wise move by the Malaysian Government in order to minimize the stress to the reefs and marine life at Sipadan Island. Unfortunately, this also means that we may not be able to send all our guests to Sipadan Island every day. Amazing Borneo Tours and Sipadan-Mabul Resort will not be held responsible for not being able to provide diving at Sipadan due to the conservation measures by the Government.

Currently, the 120 permits are allocated to ten (10) dive operators and they are located in and around Semporna area. Sipadan-Mabul Resort (SMART) has been allocated 14 permits per day. Based on this allocated quota, the resort is able to offer you with certainty, a visit to Sipadan island at least once if your duration of stay is at least 6 days/5 nights.

Sipadan-Mabul Resort (SMART) is now offering a "NON SIPADAN DIVING" (diving in Mabul, Kapalai and Si Amir islands). So, when doing your bookings make sure that you ask for the correct Package. Resort guests who wishes to dive far away in islands like Pom Pom, Mataking or Tun Sakaran Marine Parks islands excursion dive tours, please check with the Resort Manager on arrival to the Resort. An additional fee will be charged for outer islands excursion dive tours.

MARKET QUOTA PURCHASING OPTION
If Sipadan-Mabul Resort (SMART) guests wishes to do more diving in Sipadan Island, he or she can enquire through our Amazing Borneo Tours OR on arrival in the resort, can approach the Resort Manager for assistance to buy "Sipadan diving service and entry permits Package" from other dive resorts/operators (NO GUARANTEE).

Currently, the cost of such Package from another dive resort/operator, the indicative market price is MYR 390 per diver per day including 1 day entry permit fee. The permit will entitle you to 3 boat dives at Sipadan Island.  It is advisable to enquire well in advance and subject to availabilities.

This offer is available effective from 01st July 2013.

Thank you for your understanding.

Conditions for DIVING
LIABILITY/RELEASE FORM (WAIVER)
All guests will be required to sign a Liability/Release Form (Waiver) before or upon arrival and abide by all diving and safety rules of the resort.

WEATHER CONDITIONS
We operate diving all year round but we cannot predict the weather conditions these days for scuba diving even for the best season.

DIVER TRAINING
All divers will be required to show proof of diver training from an internationally recognized Diver Training Agency upon arrival or they will not be allowed to dive without taking a dive course.  SMART also reserves the right to require a Scuba Skills Refresher Course for any diver who cannot provide proof of diving in the last 12 months and/or exhibits uncertainty in their skills.  Logbooks are highly recommended.

DIVING ON FIRST DAY AT RESORT - ORIENTATION
The first dive at the Dive Resort on the day of arrival will be an orientation dive with a Divemaster.  This is required of all divers.  Please take note that there is NO Underwater Camera or Video allowed during the orientation dive.  Other jetty dives can be done on the first day under our UNLIMITED JETTY DIVES program.  First day diving is depends on your arrival time to the resort.

DIVING SCHEDULES AND REGULATIONS
* Boat Dives
There are three (3) boat dives a day, two in the morning and one in the afternoon.  It is a combination dive at nearby dive sites making a total of 3 dives per day.  Each boat goes out with a boatman and Divemaster.  All dive sites and dive schedules will be arranged at the discretion of the resort Management.  

Our dive boats will depart to the dive sites every morning at 8.00 to 9.00 am and return to Sipadan-Mabul Resort after the 3rd dive, around 4.00 p.m.  Divers will return to the resort for their meals after every dive.  If
you are diving at Sipadan Island you will be there the whole day, lunch will be served on site.  

The number of dive is limited to avoid overcrowding; therefore, visits must be arranged well in advance.  Divers on their first visit to Sipadan are briefed before they take the plunge.

* Additional Day Dives
In order to cover the entire dive sites it is recommended at least one week stay at the resort.  If you would like to do additional day diving besides the normal 3 boat dives then the diving rate is MYR 100 per dive/per diver.  This must be arranged in advance with the dive master.  You will be required to sign a separate Liability/Release Form (Waiver).  

* Unlimited Jetty Dives
Besides the three (3) boat dives, unlimited jetty dives may be carried out daily on Mabul’s House Reef.  
These jetty dives can only start after your morning boat dive, unless you choose not to go on the morning boat dive; then you may dive anytime after 7.00am.  Your last jetty dive has to be planned in such a way as to exit the water by 10.00 p.m.
(See also Night Diving section below)
For jetty dive, you are required to dive with a buddy and sign out with our personnel on duty.  NO DIVEMASTERS WILL ACCOMPANY JETTY DIVES, unless prior arrangements are made.

To Pay & Dive on the Spot
For certified divers who purchase non-diver package wishes to pay and dive on the spot the additional charge is MYR 160 per dive per person includes the use of dive boat, tank with air, weights, weight belt and the services of divemaster on sharing basis.  This must be arranged in advance.

Whilst for the unlimited house reef diving with buddy is MYR 80 per dive per person includes the use of tank with air, weights and weight belt. This must be arranged in advance.

* Buddy System and Depth Limitations
As per most Training Agency's teachings, all dives must be with a buddy; no solo diving is allowed.  Depth on any dive shall be limited to a maximum of 130 feet (40 meters), of course taking into account any residual nitrogen time already acquired.

* Surface Intervals
For safety measures, a mandatory minimum 60 minutes surface interval is required before the next consecutive dive, regardless of whether you are diving by a computer or by tables.

* Night Diving
To Night Dive, divers must show proof of night diving in the form of certification cards or logbooks documenting such dives.   If no proof is available, divers who wish to night dive will be required to take an introduction OR certification course in night diving at an additional cost.  Night Divers must exit the water by 10.00 p.m. (2200 hrs).

Night dive is exceptionally good at Mabul walls where one could easily encounter Lobsters, Crocodile Fish and occasionally large Cuttlefish.  The boat leaves for Mabul night dive at around 6.00 - 6.30 p.m. and dinner will be served after the dive.

Night dives can be scheduled whenever a diver wants to do one the following evening at extra charge. A diver doing their first night diving will be required to do an introduction to night diving prior to the dive.

Rates for night diving with boat on Mabul Island is MYR 270 per dive/per boat from 1-2 Divers and if there are 3 divers and above the rate is MYR 100 per diver/per dive.  This will be charged locally.

Terms & Conditions

  • All reservation MUST provide the following information: Name as per passport, Passport Number, Nationality, Gender & Flight detail
  • No refund will be made for any part of the Sipadan or Mabul Island diving trip, shorten stay, transfers, side tours, hotels, meals, diving permit etc. not utilized by the guest once the trip has departed from their place of origin.
  • After commencement of service, no refund, in part or full, will be given for services included in the package which have not been utilized or due to bad weather
  • Weather conditions: We cannot predict the weather conditions these days for scuba diving even for the best season

READ MORE ABOUT THE ISLANDS : SIPADAN, MABUL & KAPALAI
SIPADAN is the small island where you can dive and snorkel.  It is a 15-30 minutes boat ride south of Mabul.  Sipadan is the tip of a mountain with steep underwater walls all around it.  These walls drop to 300m on the Mabul side of the island and 600m on south side.

Diving on Sipadan is all drift diving, divers drop in and cruise with the current along the walls.  This combination of deep walls and ocean currents provides the ideal environment for pelagic such as sharks and large schools of jacks and barracuda.

SPECIAL RULES FOR PROTECTING TURTLES:
* Divers and snorkelers are to refrain from touching, teasing and restraining turtles under water because turtles are air breathers and can be drowned if panicked or cornered.  Anyone riding or restraining turtles will sit out the next dive.

Note: The time restricted by the Government for Diving at Sipadan Island is from 6am to 6pm.

MABUL in contrast to Sipadan is a continuation of the Borneo landmass rather than the top of an underwater mountain.  Because of this, Mabul has more gradually sloping walls around it that bottom out at about 30m.  The attractions on Mabul are of the smaller variety such as lobster, crocodile fish, moray and garden eels.  This makes it an ideal location for macro-photo opportunities.

If you walk around the east of the island at night, be sure to take a flashlight and watch for sea snakes on the beach or amongst the palm trees.

KAPALAI lies to the east of Mabul about 10 minutes away.  It used to be a vegetated island much like Mabul but erosion has turned it into a small sandbar that just breaks the surface of the water.  This is an area that we are exploring for new dive sites.  Like Mabul it is an excellent location for macro-photography and is specially abundant in the rare finds of diving such as mandarin fish, stonefish, leaf fish, pipefish, lionfish, frogfish, cuttlefish, eels, and more.

Disclaimer: Amazing Borneo will use reasonable effort to ensure our website includes accurate, complete and up-to-date information as provided by the hotel. However, in the event that the hotel provides arrangements that differ from the standard provisions due to unique circumstances, Amazing Borneo will not be held accountable.


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