Sipadan’s Unique Charm

Discover Sipadan’s Unique Charm

Situated in the heart of the Coral Triangle, Sipadan is renowned as one of the top diving destinations globally, offering unparalleled marine biodiversity and stunning underwater landscapes.

Rich Marine Life: Sipadan is home to over 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species, making every dive a mesmerizing encounter with vibrant underwater life.

Thrilling Dive Sites: Explore iconic dive sites like Barracuda Point, known for its swirling tornadoes of barracuda, and Turtle Tomb, where you can witness ancient turtle skeletons.

Unforgettable Encounters: Dive alongside majestic hammerhead sharks, graceful manta rays, and playful turtles, creating memories that last a lifetime.

Tips for an Unforgettable Sipadan Trip

Book in Advance: Due to Sipadan’s limited daily dive permits, secure your spot early to avoid disappointment.

Respect Marine Life: Follow responsible diving practices and marine conservation guidelines to preserve Sipadan’s natural beauty for future generations.

Capture Memories: Bring a waterproof camera to capture the vibrant marine life and stunning underwater landscapes, creating lasting memories of your Sipadan adventure.

Explore Beyond Diving: While diving is the highlight, take time to explore Mabul Island’s cultural attractions, culinary delights, and scenic beauty for a well-rounded vacation experience.

Embark on a journey of discovery and adventure at Sipadan with Borneo Divers Mabul Resort. Whether you’re a passionate diver, nature enthusiast, or simply seeking a tropical escape, Sipadan promises an unforgettable experience like no other. Book your Sipadan dive trip with us today and immerse yourself in the wonders of the underwater world!

Why You Should Start Exploring the Underwater World

Buckle up your fins and get ready to dive deep into the reasons why exploring the underwater world should skyrocket to the top of your must-do list! Here’s why it’s an absolute blast:

  1. Unrivaled Beauty: Prepare to be mesmerized by the unparalleled beauty that lies beneath the surface. Picture yourself surrounded by vibrant coral reefs, adorned with a kaleidoscope of colors, and inhabited by an array of exotic marine life. Each dive offers a glimpse into a world of wonder, where every encounter is a breathtaking experience.

  2. Thrilling Adventures: Diving opens the door to a world of thrilling adventures waiting to be explored. Whether you’re navigating through a labyrinth of coral formations or encountering majestic creatures like sea turtles and reef sharks, every dive promises an exhilarating journey into the unknown. With Borneo Divers Mabul Resort, you can embark on unforgettable dive expeditions to renowned sites like Mabul and Sipadan, where every moment is filled with excitement and wonder.

  3. Connection with Nature: Immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature as you explore the underwater world. Diving offers a unique opportunity to connect with the marine environment, forging a deeper appreciation for the delicate ecosystems that thrive beneath the waves. From tiny nudibranchs to graceful whale shark, each encounter fosters a sense of wonder and reverence for the natural world.

  4. Escape the Ordinary: Break free from the monotony of everyday life and embark on an extraordinary adventure. Leave behind the stresses of the modern world as you explore remote dive sites and secluded islands, where time seems to stand still and every moment is filled with possibility. Whether you’re seeking adrenaline-pumping dives or leisurely beachside relaxation, our resort offers the perfect escape for divers and non-divers alike.

  5. Health and Wellness: Dive into a world of wellness and rejuvenation. Experience the therapeutic benefits of diving as you immerse yourself in the healing properties of the ocean. Feel the tension melt away as you glide through the water with effortless grace, enjoying the weightless freedom that diving provides. With each breath, feel your worries drift away, replaced by a sense of serenity and inner peace.

Join us at Borneo Divers Mabul Resort and unlock the secrets of the underwater world. Whether you’re a seasoned diver or a curious beginner, our expert team is here to guide you on an unforgettable journey beneath the waves.  Experience the magic of the underwater world with Borneo Divers  – where every dive is an adventure waiting to be discovered.

Discover Stunning Islands with Borneo Divers Mabul Resort

Discover Semporna's Hidden Treasures: Island Hopping Tour

Welcome to Borneo Divers Mabul Resort! Whether you’re a diver or just looking for a relaxing getaway, we have something special for everyone. Explore our range of resort services and activities designed to cater to non-divers, including our unique island hopping tour to Bohey Dulang, Mantabuan, and Sibuan.

Bohey Dulang Island: Bohey Dulang Island is in the middle of the Semporna Archipelago. It’s famous for its tall cliffs and green lagoon. You’ll see beautiful views of nature that go on forever.

Mantabuan Island: Mantabuan Island is a quiet place with clear blue water and white sandy beaches. You can swim, snorkel, or just relax in the sun. The underwater world is colorful and full of life.

Sibuan Island: Sibuan Island has soft white sand and clear water. It’s a peaceful place to enjoy the beach and listen to the waves. You can also go snorkeling and see many different kinds of fish and turtles.

At Borneo Divers Mabul Resort, we want everyone to have a great time, whether you love diving or not.  Book your tour today and get ready for an unforgettable adventure! 

For more information about our resort services, activities, or to book your island hopping tour, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to make your stay unforgettable!


4-Star Resort Hotel Rating

Celebrating Excellence: Borneo Divers Mabul Resort Achieves 4-Star Rating!

We’re thrilled to share some exciting news with all our wonderful guests and supporters. Borneo Divers Mabul Resort, nestled on the pristine shores of Mabul Island in Semporna, Sabah, has proudly achieved a 4-star resort hotel rating!

This incredible accomplishment is a testament to our unwavering dedication to providing exceptional hospitality and unforgettable experiences. We extend our heartfelt thanks to our incredible team whose hard work and dedication have made this achievement possible.

To our valued guests, we express our deepest gratitude for your continued support and for choosing to journey with us towards excellence. It is your trust and loyalty that drive us to continually strive for greatness.

Come and experience the luxury and adventure that awaits you at Borneo Divers Mabul Resort. Whether you’re seeking relaxation on our pristine beaches or thrilling dive adventures in the vibrant underwater world, we promise an unforgettable stay.

Join us as we celebrate this milestone and embark on a journey of discovery, adventure, and relaxation. Book your stay with us today and experience the magic of Borneo Divers Mabul Resort!

Thank you for being a part of our story.

Warm regards, The Borneo Divers Mabul Resort Team

What is the difference between a PADI Open Water Diver and PADI Advanced Open Water Diver?


The open water diver course is your gateway to the world of scuba diving. It gives you the knowledge and practical skills you need to become a scuba diver and explore the underwater world safely and comfortably.

The course will open doors of adventure to beautiful underwater world for you to enjoy the excitement of scuba diving. This rating allows you to hire or purchase scuba equipment, get air fills and participate in scuba diving activities to a depth of 18 meters or 60 feet at any dive location worldwide.

• To enroll in the PADI Open Water Diver Course, you must be 10 years or older.
• Tread water comfortably for 10 minutes
• Swim 200 metres/yards with no aids or 300 metres/yards with mask, fins and snorkel.


Unlike Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver course is a course that you can take after obtaining your PADI Open Water Diver certification. The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course aim to take your scuba diving experience, skills and knowledge to the next level.

You will learn how to stay safe underwater, improve your scuba diving skills, expand your knowledge and perfecting your buoyancy skills making you even more comfortable and confident with diving.

The Advanced Open Water Course consists of 5 different adventure dives. You’ll make 2 compulsory core dives, Underwater Navigation and Deep Adventure dive, these orients you to the fundamentals of advanced diving and complete the course with 3 adventure dives of your choice based on your interest.

Upon completion of the Advanced Open water course, you will be able to dive deeper to depths of up to 30 meters or 100 feet diving.

• To enroll in the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course, you must be 15 years or older. (12 years old for Jr Advanced Open Water Diver)
• Be a PADI open water diver or equivalent

More information on

PADI Open Water Course

PADI Advanced Open Water Course

Dive Sites in Mabul, Semporna

Situated only about 20 minutes by speedboat from Sipadan, and 40 minutes from mainland Semporna, Mabul is recognized as one of the world’s best “muck-diving” sites, has a shallow reef profile with sandy bottom and patches of sea grass and also one of the richest single destinations for exotic small marine life in the world.

The coral reefs of Mabul at first glance do not look very picturesque and inviting, however it is the diversity of macro animals inhabiting the coral rubble and sea grass sites that put Mabul on the diving map. Flamboyant cuttlefish, blue-ringed octopus, mimic octopus, gobies and frogfishes are everywhere, as are moray, snake eels and practically the whole scorpion fish family. There’s no doubt about it, Mabul is a magical macro site! The beauty of Mabul will also appeal greatly to non – divers as well.

Dive sites in Mabul area such as: –

Eel Garden

Ray Point

Panglima Reef 

Lobster Wall

Crocodile Avenue

Froggy Lair

Coral Reef Garden

Paradise 1

Paradise 2

Smallest island of TARP

Mamutik Island – Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park

The 15 acres island makes Mamutik the smallest of the park.  Despite being the smallest, the island also offers good beaches and the coral reef behind the island offers excellent diving experience for novice and experienced divers.  Facilities provided by the park includes changing room, toilets, picnic shelters and tables.  Fresh well water and electricity are available throughout the day. Mamutik Island offers best in terms of logistics (8 minutes by speed boat and the closest to the emergency medical facility), Scuba Diving courses, snorkeling, light jungle trek and ideal space for team building activities.  Borneo Divers have been successful in pioneering and developing programs for youth with the collaboration of Raleigh International, Camps International, Kids Scuba Malaysia, Hong Kong International schools, Jabatan Belia dan Sukan Sabah and Jabatan Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Sabah.

Borneo Divers have been operating in Mamutik Island since the 1992 and have developed Mamutik Island as a supreme destination for snorkelers, divers and non divers alike.  Because of its pristine water and gentle slope, it has become the most ideal location for PADI Courses / SCUBA diving certification.

Camps International 2019 | PADI Open Water Diver Course In Mamutik Island.

Congratulations !

Well done to all the Camps Borneo International 7 July – 20 August 2019 participants on successfully completed their PADI Open Water Diver Course with Borneo Divers Dive Academy and Leisure Centre.

The Camp Borneo Scuba Expedition program offers participants to experience the culture and way of life in rural Sabah. Participants spent 4 weeks in Borneo, engaging in community work, environmental project work in rural village and taking up the challenge of learning to scuba dive on PADI Open Water Diver Course with Borneo Divers in Mamutik Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park (TARP), Kota Kinabalu.

We are happy it was another successful Camp International Summer Camp Program.  Wishing all the students the best in life and hope to see them in the future!

 “Most of the student never dived before, it was good to see them certified as divers” PADI Course Director, Mr Chong Hiong Hoak

“Some students were doing great and some needed a little motivations. Generally they had fun with professional guidance.” Dive Instructor, Marilyn.

“My expectation is that the students will learn and discover how important and beautiful is underwater world especially the coral and marine life.” Dive Instructor, Jonathan.

Camps International is a social enterprise which runs educational and impactful expeditions for school groups.

International Coastal Cleanup Day (21.9.2019)

Borneo Divers’ crew kicked start beach and shore clean-up at 8:15 in the morning in Mabul Island. 40 staff from all departments gathered for 1 hour to support International Coastal Clean-up Day.

Beach clean-up in progress.  Every inch we clean!

Happy faces during clean-up session, everyone was working hard to make the beach clean from garbages!

Meanwhile clean-up team also concentrated to collect garbages from the shallow water. It was a cold cloudy day but our team never gave up.

For the first session of 1 hour beach clean-up, the team has collected 488kg of garbages! We has exceeded our target of 150kg!

Second session started at 4pm and underwater clean-up team getting ready to clean underwater near to the jetty.

The clean-up team determined to clean the House Reef – Paradise 2.

Garbages were removed from the ocean for good. A Total of 11kg of garbages collected from the ocean.

Overall it was a fruitful day, we have collected a total of 499kg of garbage today.  Glad for the effort and contribution in making our beach clean.  Until next time!

7th Borneo Divers’ Celebration of Sea Turtles in Mabul 2019 (post-event) Press Release

Borneo Divers and Sea Sports (Sabah) Sdn. Bhd. in collaboration with the Sabah Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment and its various agencies (Sabah Wildlife Department; Sabah Tourism Board and Sabah Parks); the Borneo Marine Research Institute of Universiti Malaysia Sabah; the Dive Unit of the Royal Malaysian Police; The Borneo Connections Sdn. Bhd; and The Flying Dusun Sdn. Bhd. organised the very successful ‘7th Borneo Divers’ Celebration of Sea Turtles in Mabul 2019’. This Ecovolunteerism and Outreach event was held from 11 to 14 November 2019 at the Borneo Divers Mabul Resort.

The objectives of this event were:

C – Conservation

A – Awareness

R – Research

E – Education

During the course of the programme, Dr. Pushpa Palaniappan from UMS and the team of volunteer Research Assistants photographed, measured and tagged 74 sea turtles caught in their natural habitat in Mabul by the expert dive team (including 19 Marine Police divers) in 15 dives. The two schools in Mabul Island – SK Mabul and School of Hope were also invited to participate in the educational activities held during the event.

The Opening Ceremony, held on 12 November 2019, was officiated by Datuk Christina Liew, the Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, who was represented by Mr Augustine Tuuga, the Director of the Sabah Wildlife Department (Figure 1). Highlights during this event include the following:

  1. A NEW record of a third species of sea turtles in Mabul waters – an olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) (Figure 2).
  2. A NEW record of catching a juvenile green turtle (Figure 1) on a biannual basis TWELVE (12) times consecutively for biological research since May 2014.
  3. Dr Ai Yin, the Wildlife Rescue Unit veterinarian from the Sabah Wildlife Department sent two green turtles to the rehabilitation centre in Mabul – the former was slightly emaciated and covered with algae (Figure 3) and the latter had signs of the skin cancer, fibropapillomatosis (Figure 4)

Figure 1: Mr Augustine Tuuga, Director of the Sabah Wildlife Department releases the juvenile green turtle (Chelonia mydas) that was caught 12 times consecutively for biological research since May 2014.

Figure 2: A new record of an olive ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) in the waters of Mabul Island.

Figure 3: An adult male green turtle (Chelonia mydas) that was sent to the rehabilitation centre as it was slightly emaciated and covered with algae.

Figure 4: A juvenile green turtle (Chelonia mydas) with signs of the skin cancer, fibropapillomatosis.