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Mabul Water Bungalows

Borneo, Malaysia

A stunning collection of wooden over-water bungalows, located just a short boat ride away from some of the best diving in Asia; Mabul Water Bungalows are an idyllic place to stay within easy reach of the popular Sipadan area.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office are currently advising against all but essential travel to all islands of the coast of eastern Sabah from Kudat to Tawau, including (but not limited to) Lankayan, Mabul, Pom Pom, Kapalai, Litigan, Sipadan and Mataking. Please phone our specialists for alternative options.

At a Glance

  • Over-water bungalows in this part of Borneo are a rarity and Mabul Water Bungalows manage to bring a touch of decadence and romance to this beautiful region

  • At Mabul Water Bungalows Resort there are 15 beautifully designed wooden over-water bungalows

  • Mabul Water Bungalows is the perfect base to explore the incredible diving on offer in the Sipadan, Mabul and Kapalai region

  • As well as a delicious main restaurant, the resort offers a lovely gift shop, a business center, their own dive center and also a boutique spa offering a wide range of treatments

  • In addition to daily boat dives, Mabul Water Bungalows offers unlimited dives in front of the Resort's jetty and this is inclusive of night dives

Diving, Honeymoon, Spa & health

Insider's View

Try your hand at ‘muck diving’ for a different underwater experience, encountering the macro marine life of the sea bed. For the serious diver, take a cave dive to ‘turtle tomb’.

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Insider's View

Known as one of the top dive spots in the world, make sure you make a trip to Sipadan for the stunning marine life. Snorkelling here is also a must.

Victoria Hogg

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Mabul Water Bungalows or take a look at our itineraries to Borneo


Mabul Water Bungalows are located on the tropical island of Mabul off the south eastern coast of Sabah in Malaysian Borneo. The comfortable bungalows make an ideal base whilst exploring the world famous dive sites of Sipadan located just 15 minutes away by speedboat.

All of the 15 wooden bungalows are built on stilts over the water and have contemporary décor and private balconies where you can enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding reef and out to sea. Comforts include air-conditioning, hot water and TVs.

As the number of people who dive each day at Sipadan is restricted, divers are out for the whole day, with a relaxing picnic lunch on the boat between dives. Dining at the Mabul Water Bungalows takes place in the large relaxed restaurant and there is also a pampering spa located within the resort, the perfect place to relax after a day of diving.

Please note that a stay here can only be booked through Scott Dunn as part of an itinerary with at least seven nights accommodation in total.


There are 15 wooden Overwater Bungalows on stilts and one Suite at Mabul Water Bungalows. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning and ceiling fans, TVs and mini bars.



Children are welcome at Mabul Water Bungalows but please note that the accommodation is over the water and will not suit younger children. There are no specific facilities available for children but older children will love the diving and the sheer adventure of a stay in this part of Borneo.


The Ka'Andaman Spa is a great retreat for massage and other treatments and for meals there is a large airy restaurant. The dive center organizes fantastic diving at Sipadan (15 minutes by boat) and a dive trip includes two dives and lunch in between.


Diving is the main activity available from Mabul Water Bungalows. For non-divers a relaxing time can be spent at the spa and the snorkeling and swimming is simply fantastic in these crystal clear waters.

Location & Directions

Borneo, Malaysia

Situated at Mabul Island overlooking the world-known Sipadan Island which is 15-minutes away by speedboat is the Celebes Sea. Mabul Island is located on the east coast of Borneo, Sabah, East Malaysia

When to go

Like the rest of Malaysia, Sabah’s climate is hot and humid. Expect temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s throughout the lowlands. The state’s rainfall averages about 300cm annually and though it rains throughout the year, the heaviest rainfall generally occurs between October and January. At higher elevations the temperature is refreshingly cool, dropping to colder temperatures at night. Mount Kinabalu has its own climate and, above 3500m, temperatures can drop to freezing.

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Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Mabul Water Bungalows or take a look at our itineraries to Borneo

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