Swim your way around the crystalline water of the Celebes Sea and reward yourself with some privacy at your own quarter to unwind and rejuvenate yourself for yet another day of adventure.
As one of Sabah’s most iconic diving destination for locals and tourists alike, Mabul Island packs more of a punch than you would think it does. Arriving there, you will be welcomed with the fresh ocean breeze blowing past your cheeks and the salty taste of the ocean building up in the air. It gets better – you will also notice that your Mabul Island accommodation lies on the strong construct of a wooden platform extending into the sea. It feels like Venice – only this one is much closer to home. Looking further into the distance, you will notice that Mabul Island is also met with other small islands and diving destinations.
Mabul Island is a beautiful holiday destination for divers and non-divers alike. Though famous for its muck diving, non-divers can opt for snorkelling activities around the island or choose to lounge on the beach. Even without going too far from the beach, one can spot turtles, cuttlefish, octopi, eagle and blue spotted stingrays by the house reef. The underwater scenery further away from the beach is even better, so take a boat to go further out to sea where treasures are hidden. Strap on your snorkelling equipment and swim through the clear waters of Celebes sea.
On this adventure, you will get seven boat snorkelling trips to Mabul Island and Kapalai. Off the shores of Mabul Island, you can see the gently sloping coral reefs of the Eel garden, Ribbon valley, Stingray city, Lobster wall and Panglima. Corals thrive in abundance here and range in shapes, colours, sizes and textures. There is also an array of minute and colourful nudibranchs all along the way, and while snorkelling you may spot other marine life such as giant barracudas, moray eels, turtles and rays, and if you’re lucky enough you may even spot a whale shark!
Bobtail squids, blue-ringed octopi and mimic octopi are among the cephalopods that call the waters of Mabul Island their home, along with fellow crustacean residents like the harlequin and mantis shrimp, hairy squat lobsters and porcelain crabs. These pristine waters are also home to spikefin gobies, frogfish, stonefish, stargazers, devil scorpionfish, flying gurnards and various types of pipefish. If you look closely near sea plants, you may see some pygmy seahorses hanging around. The diversity of the marine life at Mabul Island is a sight to behold, and if you’re an underwater photographer, this location is perfect for you to document some of the rarest ecological species.
Kapalai, meanwhile, is no longer an island, but its beauty is not one to be dismissed either. Kapalai is a world-class diving destination but one can also appreciate what it has to offer by snorkelling. Giant potato groupers, bumphead parrot fish, shimmering fusiliers and schooling jackfish can be seen making their way through the calm underwater world as smaller fish like the mandarin fish and friendly batfish flit through corals. There are also wrecks that you can observe just below a shallow sloping reef on a sandy plateau, and many unique organisms like orangutan crabs, spider crabs and hyper-coloured nudibranchs make their home there.
Refer to the map below to see a list of pick up locations that are available for you to choose from. You can select your desired pick up location when you book the tour.
List of Locations:
Pick up is also available for other locations under the vicinity of Tawau. For more information, please contact Adventoro's concierge service.
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