A true diver's resort with standalone and semi-detached chalets in a coconut grove set right on the beach on the small island of Mabul

40 Bedrooms, Sleeps 80

Swimming pool
Dive centre
Spa at sister property
Full board
Kayaks available for use

Sometimes referred to as the Smart Divers Resort, Sipadan Mabul Resort is a good choice for those wishing to dive at Mabul and Sipadan while staying in simple accommodation on the island of Mabul.

Standard chalets are basic with two single beds, a sitting area, and verandah. Standalone chalets have ocean-facing balconies, two single or one kind bed, and are a bit more spacious and comfortable than the standard chalets. A limited number of suite chalets are available with a bedroom separated from a living area with a wet bar. All chalets are built from dark wood and many feature private outdoor showers. All windows have screens to keep mosquitos out should you prefer to use a ceiling fan and the natural breeze instead of air conditioning.

Meals are served buffet-style in a shared dining area and full board is included. The selection is primarily Asian with plenty of fresh seafood at supper time. A swimming pool and outdoor jacuzzi are available for guest use and a small beach sits beside the jetty.

A full-service dive centre offers all levels of instruction, equipment rental, air and Nitrox fills, a secure and well-ventilated storage area for personal gear, and multiple rinse tanks. Certified divers may book a stay with or without diving including a day at Sipadan if staying for at least five nights. A dive package includes three boat dives per day at Mabul, Kapalai, or other nearby islands (except days of arrival and departure) with weights, tank, air fills, and the service of a divemaster. Unlimited day time diving at the house reef with a buddy is also included.