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Mabul Water Bungalows is a floating dive resort built over the water off the Southern tip of Pulau Mabul, wholly owned by Sipadan-Mabul Resort (SMART). The resort is relaxing yet vibrant at the same time, its walkways lined with green pot plants and colourful flowering species, whilst the water bungalows themselves offer the most stunning views of the surrounding blue sea and golden sunsets.
Guests staying at the more private and exclusive Mabul Water Bungalows can also enjoy the facilities at the nearby SMART Divers Resort which is a short 5 - 10 minute bicycle ride or walk away.
Smart Divers has been allocated 14 quotas each day out of the 120 person quota for Sipadan Island. Due to this limited quota, Smart Divers can arrange to have a 1 day trip guaranteed to Sipadan Island for Divers who stay 5 nights in the Water Bungalows or the Standalone Chalets at their sister property Sipadan Mabul Resort.
To reach Mabul Island, you will need to take a flight from Kuala Lumpur or Kota Kinabalu to Tawau. From Tawau Airport it is a 90 minute road transfer to Semporna Jetty. From Semporna, a 45 minute to 1 hour boat transfer will have you reaching your dive resort.
The resort boats operate on a set transfer schedule. Please check the resort transfer times with Dive Adventures.
Facilities includes a large and airy restaurant for dining, a souvenirs shop selling variety of t-shirts, accessories and gifts, a business centre / meeting hall with internet service, a dive centre, reception / office and health spa. Free WIFI internet access is available in the rooms. Connection may be sporadic.
The outdoor Sundeck Bar and covered and spacious lounge area are two inviting spaces to relax and take in the views.
The Divers Deck and jetty is where the dive boats collect divers from and is also used for access to the house reef. It is also another area in which to chat and socialise.
Mabul Water Bungalows has 16 wooden-type bungalows built entirely over the water and offering sheer comfort. 12 bungalows come with a double bed whilst there are 4 twin bedded bungalows.
Each bungalow is exquisitely furnished with contemporary furniture and décor, equipped with remote control air-conditioner, ceiling fan, private bathroom with hot/cold shower and toilet, a spacious private balcony offering panoramic vistas of aqua sea, selected satellite TV channels, mini bar, coffee/tea maker, hair dryer and in-room safety box.
Whilst staying at Mabul Water Bungalows, enjoy the snorkeling and diving on Mabul’s House Reef by simply slipping into the water off the jetty or taking a boat trip out to the snorkeling and dive sites around Mabul, Kapalai, Sipadan and other nearby islands.
Scuba courses from Discover Scuba and Open Water up to Divemaster level are also offered as well as technical diving courses. Table tennis, ocean kayaking and beach volleyball facilities are available.