If crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and the experience of diving in an aquarium is what you are after then look no further then Sipadan Mabul, Borneo. A place where the fish are plentiful, turtles and sharks become the norm and you find yourself completely in awe of mother natures island life.
How to get there & back again:
I would highly recommend flying in from KUL direct to Tawau which takes approximately 1.5 hours and flights are quite cheap through Air Asia and/or Malaysia Airlines.
However, you can also fly direct to Tawau from Kota Kinabalu which is only a 45 minute flight.
We flew with Malaysian Airlines and have had great service. They also include 30kg checked baggage in their fare price whereas Air Asia charge extra.
From the airport you will need to make your way to Semporna.
You can share a mini van or grab your own taxi. A private taxi will cost you roughly 150 RM.
If you travel direct to Mabul your dive resort can collect you from the airport which is recommended.
We were fortunate enough to be collected by Sipadan divers who took us for 30RM each to Semporna.
From Semporna it is about a 45 minute boat ride which is beautiful. If you need to stay the night here then I’d advise a stay at Dragon Floating Inn.
The VIP room is absolutely huge and it’s a fun experience living/sleeping over the water.
For drinks and food hit up Skyline Restaurant for good, cheap food, great service and a lovely view.
To return your dive resort will arrange your return to the airport inclusive of boat and land transfers.
Labels: Borneo, Mabul Island, Semporna, Sipadan Island