Billabong Scuba Homestay
Something for all budgets
Mabul Island T: (089) 781 866
They've kept the "homestay" in the name, but Billabong now has a full range of accommodation, from basic fan rooms in their wooden longhouse to swish air-con chalets on stilts above the water.
It's staffed by a friendly Malay family who cook the meals (which are better than average) plus a mix of Malay and Western dive masters. Their diving rates are some of the lowest around, like 400 ringgit for a daytrip to Sipadan or 980 ringgit for PADI Open Water, including two nights' room and board, and they're a good source for last-minute Sipadan permits. WiFi is available when the electricity is on (which is most of the day and all night) and there's a small library. They reply promptly to emails and have a small office in Semporna behind the Sipidan Inn. The following prices are for divers. Non-divers pay an additional 100 ringgit the first night, then the same price as divers.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Dbl fan share bathroom, low season: 70 ringgit, high season 70 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 90 ringgit, high season 90 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 120 ringgit, high season 120 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 150 ringgit, high season 150 ringgit. Notes: