Smart Divers Resort is nestled in a coconut grove on the south-east side of Mabul Island overlooking the water and nearby Sipadan Island. Lawn chairs and leaf umbrellas set up on the white sand beachfront provide a great place to relax with a drink and watch the sun go down at the end of the day.
The resort has 40 wooden chalets consisting of 18 Standard Chalets (Semi-Detached) and 22 Standalone Chalets (Detached) made from native materials of Borneo and features the SMART-Tec Dive Centre which offers various services for technical divers with the ability to deliver Nitrox mixes up to 40% as well as advanced decompression and rebreather mixes up to 100%.
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 Standalone Chalet rooms only or in the Water Bungalows at their sister property Mabul Water Bungalows.
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.
The public buildings include a large dining hall/bar area used for meals, socialising, dancing and staff shows; an air-conditioned TV room set aside for watching satellite TV and a huge lock-up airing shed for storing your dive equipment each evening. Just next to the Dining Hall is the underwater video and photo studio
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, toiletries and souvenirs etc. The office is equipped with a Telephone/Fax for communications with the mainland. Free WIFI access is available in the public area and in the rooms.
The resort has a swimming pool with a 6 foot deep end, a shaded 4 - 6 person Jacuzzi Whirlpool Spa and beachfront deck chairs and umbrellas. Buffet meals featuring a mixture of Asian and western dishes are served in the restaurant.
The Technical Diving Centre (SMART-Tec) offers various services such as Nitrox Air and Technical Certification Courses.
The Standard (Semi-Detached) Chalets are configured on a Twin Share Basis featuring two oversized single beds, mosquito screens, ensuite toilet/bathroom with hot shower facilities, the comfort of air-conditioning and a shared front verandah.
The Standalone (Detached) Chalets are larger in size and consist of 16 Twin Bedded units, 6 Double Bed units and 2 Suite chalets with double bed.
Additional room amenities include selected satellite TV channels, mini bar, in-room safety box and private balcony.
SMART has 15 custom-built fiberglass dive boats and 3 half-cabin passenger/transport boats. The dive boats go out 3 times a day and can carry 10 divers each and get to any of the island dive sites in 15 minutes or more.
The resort’s dive package also includes unlimited jetty diving on Mabul’s House Reef and includes night dives on the house reef (without divemaster and boat). Snorkeling and kayaking are other popular activities.
After dinner, watch a video, browse the library or retire early with a good book. Grab a torch and walk around the island on the beach keeping a lookout in the scrub for kraits or black and white sea snakes which come ashore to hunt for small reptiles and rodents.