Located an hours boat ride from the mainland of Semporna, just a few minutes boat ride from Sipadan Island you will find Mabul Island.
Mabul is recognised as one of the world's best "muck-diving" sites, one of the richest single destinations for exotic small marine life in the world. Flamboyant cuttlefish, blue-ringed octopus, mimic octopus, gobies and frogfishes are everywhere, as are moray, snake eels and practically the whole scorpionfish family.
This makes Mabul is a fantastic macro site. The beauty of Mabul and nearby Kapalai will also appeal greatly to non-divers as well. There are two resorts on Mabul Island, with the third resort an off-shore refurbished oil-rig.
|Borneo Divers Mabul Dive Resort
15 minute boat ride from city of Kota Kinabalu
Though physically close to Sipadan Island, the diving at Mabul is completely different. Mabul is a wonderland of strange exotic marine creatures. You can see dozens of species of Nudibranchs, Shrimps, Crabs, Eels and Fishes and a lot of other tiny rare creatures that can be found in the sand, rubble and fringing coral reef near the island. This is sometimes called "Muck Diving".
Don't expect to see all the "Big Stuff" that can be found at Sipadan, but if fantastic colourful creatures and Macro Photography are your style, you'll love Mabul. In addition to the dive sites surrounding Mabul, you also have access to the prolific macro dive sites at Kapalai.
Crocodile avenue: Flat sandy area from 5m to 20m. It is a sandy area where divers can find seahorses, garden eels, pipefish, crocodile fish, turtles, humpback parrotfish, barracudas, mackerels and even a small eagle ray. Cuttlefish, nudibranchs (for example the Spanish Dancer, Asteronotus) and lots of crabs can also be found here.
Lobster wall: This wall contains some small caverns and it�s a home to lot of hydroids. It also offers vast varieties of small critters such as nudibranchs, anemones and shrimps. It�s also a great place for night dives.