Mabul Water Bungalows
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Mabul Water Bungalows is a luxury floating resort situated next to sister resort SMART on the southeastern side of Mabul island and overlooking Sipadan island.

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Mabul Water Bungalows
Miss Scuba @ Mabul Water Bungalows

The resort has 15 luxury wooden chalets and 5 exclusive villa suites built over the water.

In October 2015, the resort won the Best Honeymoon Resort Award at the World Luxury Hotel Awards.

All the chalets are exquisitely designed and furnished offering full relaxation and comfort.

Diving

Mabul Water Bungalows dive center is an awarded PADI and NAUI Dive Resort.

In addition to daily boat dives, Mabul Water Bungalows offers unlimited dives in front of the Resort's jetty (inclusive of night dives).

SMART-TEC dive center offers Nitrox Air and Technical International (TDI) Certification Courses.

The TEC center is perfect for Technical Divers diving the waters of Mabul or Sipadan and offers full Cave Diver courses and guided dives to Sipadan's famous Turtle Tomb.

Sipadan Mabul Diving
Sipadan Turtle Tomb

Mabul Water Bungalows dive centre is well equipped with over 180 aluminium tanks along with 4 Bauer compressors.

Mabul Water Bungalows uses six custom built fiberglass dive boats able to carry 10 divers each and get to any of the island dive sites in about 15 minutes. Each boat goes out 3 times a day.

Mabul Water Bungalows Dive Center
Sipadan Mabul Resort Dive Boat

Luxury Spa

The Ka'andaman Spa is a haven for the body and mind where one can relax and soothe pain away with a gentle massage.

There’s nothing better than an afternoon spa treatment after a long day of soaking up the sun and sea water. There are a wide variety of treatments to choose from including full body indulgences, foot treatments, milk baths to soothe sunburnt skin and a number of spa packages to combine a multiple treatments into one perfect pampering experience.

Services include: aromatherapy, milk baths, herbal and floral baths, ginger compress treatments, reflexology, and traditional massages.

Mabul Water Bungalows Spa
Mabul Water Bungalows Villas

Treasure images

Let the staff at Mabul Water Bungalows make your very own and personal "Sipadan Diving" DVD.

Other facitilies

Facilities at Mabul Water Bungalows include a large open air pavillion restaurant for dining, a souvenirs shop, a business center with broadband internet, the dive center and a health spa.

Mabul Water Bungalows Restaurant
Mabul Water Bungalows Relaxing Lounge

Over-the-water chalets

There are 15 exquisitely designed detached Water Bungalows, 3 Borneo Villa Suites, 1 Bougainvilla Suite and the ultimate Royale Villa Suite.

Mabul Water Bungalows
Mabul Water Bungalows Luxury Room

Each chalet is beautifuly furnished, equipped with a private and spacious balcony, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, private bathroom with hot and cold shower, a Satellite TV, a mini-bar, electric point (220V) and safety box.

Mabul Water Bungalows Standard Chalet
Mabul Water Bungalows Luxury Bathroom

Water Bungalows

  • Over-the-Water
  • Air conditioning and ceiling fan
  • Hot and cold water
  • Private bathroom
  • Large private balcony
  • Mini bar
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Satellite TV with DVD player
  • Safety-deposit box

Borneo Villa Suite

  • Over-the-Water
  • Air conditioning and ceiling fan
  • Hot and cold water
  • Private bathroom
  • Large private balcony complete with Jacuzzi and stunning sea views
  • Satellite TV with DVD player in living room and bedroom
  • Pantry
  • Safety-deposit box
  • Computer desk with Internet
  • Total area of 129.6m² (1,395ft²)

Bougain Villa Suite

  • Over-the-Water
  • Air conditioning and ceiling fan
  • Hot and cold water
  • Private bathroom
  • Extra large balcony with Jacuzzi and views of Sipadan Island and the serene Celebes Sea
  • Private sea access from private balcony
  • Satellite TV and DVD player in living room and bedroom
  • Separate living room and bedroom
  • Pantry
  • Safety-deposit box
  • Computer desk with Internet
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows with great views
  • Ultimate in exclusivity
  • Total area of 166.8m² (1,796 ft²)

Royale Villa Suite

  • Over-the-Water
  • Air conditioning and ceiling fan
  • Hot and cold water
  • Private bathroom
  • Extra large balcony with Jacuzzi and views of Sipadan Island and the serene Celebes Sea
  • Private sea access from private balcony
  • Satellite TV and DVD player in living room and bedroom
  • Separate living room and bedroom
  • 2 bedrooms furnished with a double bed each
  • Pantry
  • Safety-deposit box
  • Computer desk with Internet
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows with great views
  • Total exclusivity
  • Total area of 280m² (3,024ft²)
  • Living space of 156m² (1,680ft²)
  • Balcony of 124m² (1,344ft²)

Diver's package

Price quoted are all inclusives except for scuba diving equipment.

Prices are subject to change and availability.

Mabul Water Bungalows diving package includes:

  • Land / Boat transfer from Tawau to Semporna Jetty - Mabul Water Bungalows (return)
  • Bungalow type accommodation on twin-sharing basis
  • 3 boat dives per day - Mabul - Kapalai - Sipadan
  • Unlimited jetty's Mabul House Reef diving
  • Use of tanks with air, weights and weight belt
  • All food and beverage while at the resort (excluding fruit juice, alcoholic and soft drinks)
  • Taxes

Note: Please take note that the permit to Sipadan Island is not officially guaranteed for short stays. Divers will be put on the Sabah Parks waiting list. Chances for diving Sipadan are higher if the guest stays longer (2+ nights at least).

Non-diver's package

Price quoted are all inclusives except for diving and snorkeling equipment.

Prices are subject to change and availability.

Mabul Water Bungalows non-diving package includes:

  • Land / Boat transfer from Tawau to Semporna Jetty - Mabul Water Bungalows (return)
  • Chalet Accommodation on twin share basis
  • All meals and beverage (excludes fruit juice, alcoholic and carbonated soft drinks)
  • Taxes

Booking is advisable at least 60 days in advance. Late booking is available subject to availability.

Book your reservation online to receive a special discount.

Customer Reviews & Ratings Star rating based on our guest reviews

"Mabul Water Bungalows allows divers to try a relatively new diving concept - muck diving - where you are met with interesting macro-life dwelling within the sea bed. Of course diving and snorkelling at Sipadan is a must-see, and those who are seriously about diving might even try the Turtle Tomb." , Denver, USA

"The resort is fantastic with beautiful water chalets on stilts with a nice balcony. The service is very good from the airport transfers and meals to the diving boats and divemasters. The diving is first class. We would return here next time." , London, England

"The Mabul Water Bungalows is an amazing resort, with superb water villas. The diving was fantastic both at Sipadan for big fishes and at Mabul and Kapalai for macro critters. The staff was really hospitable, friendly and professional." , Auckland, New Zealand

"I was awe-struck when I finally found my way to the Mabul Water Bungalows. The staff of the resort were friendly and helpful at all times. I sure will go back there again. One trip is not enough enjoy this fabulous place. It is really one of the best places in the world for scuba diving. The dive sites are simply fantastic. Scuba diving is my passion and since I live in Florida, the Caribbean was my prefered dive destination. I also went to dive the Maldives and I happened to meet another dive buddy who persuaded me to go to Sipadan island in Malaysia." , Tampa, Florida, United States

"The Mabul Water Bungalows is an excellent resort built over the water. The villa we got was air-conditioned and had an outdoor shower and a spacious terrace with a fantastic view of the sea. The floor of the villa had even glass tiles that allowed us to view the water underneath. During high tide, we could see a lot of fishes from our balcony. Everything was a bliss. We enjoyed the snorkeling at the reef. It turned out to be a great experience, with a lot of marine life and sea turtles. We tried the DSD (Discover Scuba Diving) and the dive instructor was very patient with us as we were beginners. Though the the dive staff were handling a large number of divers every day, they were always friendly and attentive to us personally. " , Singapore

"Everything about Mabul Water Bungalows was wonderful. The first lap of the journey was a road transfer from Tawau airport to Semporna, then by boat from the Semporna jetty to Mabul Island. The staff welcomed us with fresh towels and a welcome drink. They then briefed us about the resort and the diving procedure. The chalet to which we were taken after was absolutely amazing. A floating villa on stilts, surrounded with plants and tropical flowers. The chalet had all the facilities such as air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, TV, and plenty of space for our luggage, plus a mini-bar. The décor of the rooms had a magical touch. We also got bicycles for use. The resort staff were always extremely attentive to our requirements. The Malaysian cuisine was excellent with fresh seafood and many other dishes. Fruits were also aplenty and they had some really good wines in the menu. From the bungalows itself we could see a profusion of marine life. We even saw turtles swimming gracefully below our water bungalow." , Lausanne, Switzerland

"We have just returned from a scuba diving trip in Sipadan. We stayed at the Mabul Water Bungalows and it was really worth it. They also have a beach resort in Mabul called Sipadan-Mabul Resort, which is itself quite good. The reef is fantastic and visibility while diving is excellent. Everything about the resort was perfect. The staff was very nice and completely devoted to ensuring the comfort of the visitors. The place is also safe because ample security is provided at night and day. It is an ideal place for divers and snorkelers alike to stay. One of the best things about Mabul Water Bungalows is that they have access to many Sipadan permits and also we were only guaranteed one-day dive in Sipadan for our stay, the staff did their best to get us an additional diving day at Sipadan." , Tokyo, Japan

"The resort is fantastic with well-maintained water villas and spacious private balconies from where we had superb panoramic views of the South China Sea." , Beijing, China

"I have just been diving at Sipadan, Mabul, and Kapalai, and stayed at magical Mabul Water Bungalows. The rooms are well-designed, luxurious, spacious and well-kept. The land resort (Sipadan-Mabul Resort) is also accessible via a wooden bridge, but I would recommend the water bungalows which may be costlier but you will get your money’s worth." , Johor, Malaysia

"The diving at Mabul and Sipadan is world class. The water chalets of Mabul Water Bungalows are excellent and the staff service and hospitality is magical. Since the bungalows are above the water, we could see much of Mabul’s rich marine life right from our room. An added bonus is a they provided us with a bicycle to explore the island." , Naples, Italy

"We have previously stayed at the Sipadan-Mabul Resort and can say that the Mabul Water Bungalows is much better and deserves its recent ‘World Luxury Hotel Award’ in the luxury honeymoon resort category. What a unique experience – to see from our water villa, shoals of fish moving in the sparkling waters below a glass floor. Total bliss!" , Stockholm, Sweden

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