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Sipadan & Mabul
Sipadan, a massive limestone column rising from the floor of the Celebes Sea, is considered one of the top ten diving spots in the world. The area's turquoise waters are home to an amazing variety of marine life, including dolphins, giant turtles, sharks and a technicolor array of tropical fish. Mabul is one of the area's main islands, where guests can stay in comfortable bungalow on stilts over the water.
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Subject to permit approval, spend the day diving around Sipadan Island, considered by many divers to be the top diving spot in all of Asia and among the best on the planet. Once called “an untouched piece of art” by legendary maritime cinematographer Jacques Cousteau, the amazing turquoise waters here are home to spectacular reefs and a dizzying array of marine life, including dolphins, giant turtles, sharks and just about every tropical fish you can imagine.
Diving at Mabul Island
There are at least a dozen dive sites around Mabul Island, and many more farther afield. Just offshore from Mabul Water Bungalows is Lobster Wall, where divers can find the eponymous crustaceans as well as a number of hawksbill and greenback turtles, octupuses and eels.
Diving at Kapalai Island
Kapalai Island is a great destination for macro underwater photography. This ‘muck diving’ site plays host to unusual creatures including colorful nudibranch, frog fish and mantis shrimp, who prefer this sedimentary habitat with small wrecks.
Discover the best that Borneo has to offer on this exciting 12-day luxury journey. You’ll start in the picturesque Kota Kinabalu, staying at Shangri-La’s luxury beach resort, followed by a cruise along the Kinabatangan River, continuing through the Danum Valley, passing hanging coffins, and swimming in Sipadan.
Explore Borneo’s incredible underwater world on this enchanting 7-day diving adventure in some of the world’s best dive sites, Sipidan and Mabul. You’ll make friends with lively underwater creatures like hawksbill, greenback turtles, manta rays, and whale sharks, while staying at a luxury floating dive resort.
Mabul Water Bungalow
Situated at Mabul Island, the Mabul Water Bungalow is a floating dive resort overlooking Sipadan Island. The property features 15 wooden bungalows built entirely over water, each furnished with contemporary decor. Amenities include a spacious private balcony, a private bathroom, TV with satellite channels and air-conditioning.
Facilities include a large and airy restaurant, a souvenir shop, a business center with internet services, a dive center and a spa. This basic property also features diving excursions to nearby Sipadan Island.