Mabul Beach Resort (by Scuba Junkie)

Mabul Beach Resort (by Scuba Junkie)

First choice for divers

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It’s no wonder Mabul Beach Resort is a divers’ favourite: there’s comfortable rooms for every budget, relaxing hangout spaces, a good bar with a fun atmosphere, a pretty white sand beach and they’re environmentally conscious to boot.

Travelfish says:

Wooden chalets and dorms surround a sandy tropical garden leading off the north facing beach. Eight-bed fan-cooled dorms sport solid dark wooden bunks, quality mattresses and clean white sheets. Dark wooden floors and pale walls continue the dark and light theme and give a tropical Asian feeling to the airy and spacious dorm. Lockable lockers provide storage. Bunks don’t have individual lighting (you’ll be too tired after a day’s diving to read anyway), but plenty of power outlets are available for charging the gadgets.

The setting. : Sally Arnold.
The setting. Photo: Sally Arnold

Ensuite bathrooms are clean, and with three per dorm—no waiting, but showers are cold water only. A few hooks and unusually in a dorm, a bit of bench space is provided. You can hang out on the balcony or hang out your wet swimmers there too.

Private rooms up the comfort levels and are more “log cabin” themed with wood-panelled walls as well as the wooden floors. Rooms are clean and good sized, but could do with a bit of an update, particularly the bathrooms. Choose from fan-cooled with cold-water showers, air-con with hot-water showers, or VIP where you get a fridge and a sea view.

The dorms. : Sally Arnold.
The dorms. Photo: Sally Arnold

Furnished private balconies add hammocks for tropical island ambience (and to have a snooze in). All room rates include all meals, served buffet style (no seafood—“fish are friends, not food”). Drinks from the bar are additional.

You are encouraged to support the local community and buy snacks and get your laundry done in the village. Mabul Beach Resort are proactive in supporting and educating locals about their environment and have established a small turtle hatchery, and guests can join in a weekly beach clean up.

The rooms. : Sally Arnold.
The rooms. Photo: Sally Arnold

A two-dive trip is 250 ringgit and snorkelling is 120 ringgit. They also offer a variety of dive courses. Under water cameras can be hired.

To stay at Mabul Beach Resort you must book a trip with Scuba Junkies; they don’t accept “accommodation only”. Room rates are cheaper if you dive, and snorkellers pay a premium (and may feel a bit second-class” at times.

Enough to make you not want to go diving. : Sally Arnold.
Enough to make you not want to go diving. Photo: Sally Arnold

Staff are welcoming and knowledgeable. Mabul Beach Resort is rightfully busy and you will need to book well in advance. Recommend for scuba junkies, snorkellers may get a better deal elsewhere. For more upmarket accommodation with a reputable dive company, Borneo Divers Resort, just along the beach, offer private chalets and a swimming pool.

Note that rates below are per person and include meals. High season rates are an extra +25 ringgit per person. Boat transfers are 50 ringgit each way.

Contact details for Mabul Beach Resort (by Scuba Junkie)

Address: Mabul Island
T: (089) 785 372;  
Coordinates (for GPS): 118º37'52" E, 4º14'48" N
See position in Apple or Google Maps: Apple Maps | Google Maps
Room rates: 120 to 250 ringgit

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Dorm fan cooled
150 ringgit for non-divers
110 ringgit 110 ringgit
Sgl fan private bathroom
290 ringgit for non-divers.
225 ringgit 225 ringgit
Sgl air-con private bathroom
370 ringgit for non-diver.
295 ringgit 295 ringgit
Dbl fan private bathroom
390 ringgit for non-divers.
300 ringgit 300 ringgit
Dbl air-con private bathroom
490 ringgit for non-divers
390 ringgit 390 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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