Billabong Scuba

Billabong Scuba

Mabul’s most photogenic homestay

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Billabong Scuba wins for having the most picturesque guesthouse on Mabul: charming blue-grey individual stilted chalets are perched above the turquoise reef, connected via wooden boardwalks and bridges.

Travelfish says:

Rooms are simple, but the bright-coloured interiors, wooden floors and (firm) comfortable beds move the fairly spartan rooms up a notch. Basic rooms with fans and share bathrooms sit toward the land, and as you move out over the sea the price and facilities move up. However, air-con and hot water only work when the power’s on from 18:00-06:00, but you’ll be out diving or snorkelling all day anyway. Bathrooms are basic but clean and fun checkerboard lino gives them a lift. The hot water is brackish, but feels slightly fresher than the sea.

The seafront chalets offer small furnished private balconies, and for everyone else the over-water restaurant at the end of the pier is the perfect spot to watch the sun go down and the sea creatures swim past. Simple Malay-style buffet meals are included, and you’ll have to buy additional drinks elsewhere. Three dives with Billabong Scuba costs 265 ringgit, and they can arrange Sipadan permits (three dives 742 ringgit). Snorkelling from the boat is 53 ringgit, or free off the jetty. Non-divers pay an additional 100 ringgit for the first night on top of prices below, and after that rooms are the same price.

Contact details for Billabong Scuba

Address: Mabul Island
T: (089) 781 866;  
Coordinates (for GPS): 118º37'48.45" E, 4º14'41" N
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Room rates: 60 to 120 ringgit

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Dbl fan share bathroom 140 ringgit 140 ringgit
Dbl fan private bathroom 180 ringgit 180 ringgit
Dbl air-con private bathroom 240 ringgit 240 ringgit
Beachfront bungalow
360 ringgit 360 ringgit

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Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.

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