Overwater bungalows on the island of Mabul offering multiple dives a day and trips to Sipadan for some of the most memorable diving in the world

For anyone wishing to dive or snorkel Sipadan Island, a stay at Mabul Water Bungalows is our top recommendation. Diving the house reef, around Mabul, and at neighboring Kapalai is a macro lover's dream. Returning between dives and throughout the day to an overwater bungalow with a private balcony overlooking the Celebes Sea is pure luxury.

The sixteen bungalows are divided into four categories. Water bungalows are suitable for two with a queen or two single beds. All have a private balcony, air conditioning, sitting area, and are en-suite with a hot water shower. Decor is contemporary and clean with simple comforts provided. The gorgeous Bougain Villa is a luxurious option with a separate bedroom and living area. A small table and food preparation area adjoin the living room. Glass windows around the living room floor allow for a direct view into the clear water below. A jacuzzi tub for two faces directly onto the water but is enclosed on three sides for full privacy. Beautifully appointed, we highly recommend this villa if it's available.

The two Borneo Villas are a good choice for small families. A separate sitting area with a table for four and wet bar area opens onto a spacious balcony. In addition to a king-sized bed, the bedroom has a daybed, ideal for a young child. Glass insets dot the floors, offering a peek into the water below. The gorgeous Royale Villa has two bedrooms, both en-suite, a sitting area joining the two, and an extremely large balcony. On the balcony are two jacuzzi tubs.

A swimming pool and beach are available for guest use at a sister property, reachable on foot or by buggy. Full board is provided. Meals include a variety of western and Asian dishes. Vegetarians and others with special diets should notify us in advance and remind the staff at check-in. For certified divers, a stay includes three boat dives at Mabul or Kapalai per day (except on arrival and departure days) with tank, weights, air fills, and the services of a divemaster. Equipment may be hired for an additional cost. Daytime jetty diving is unlimited. In order to secure a permit to dive at Sipadan, guests must stay a minimum of five nights. Certification courses, discover dives, and refresher or check-out dives are all available.

Please note this is a fairly remote region. WiFi is provided in guestrooms and the restaurant area but it is often quite slow and can be overloaded. Mobile phone reception is usually possible but it can cut out completely and signal strength fluctuates.

16 Bedrooms, Sleeps 32

Dive centre
Access to Sipadan diving
AC
WiFi
Spa
Full board
Swimming pool & beach at sister property