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Mabul is one of the best places in the world for Muck Diving! You won’t find all the big pelagic fishes and crystal clear water here like in the nearby Sipadan, but you will discover a whole new world of small and weird creatures.

mabul beach

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The most famous ones are the giant frog fish, the Mimic Octopus or the rare Flamboyant Cuttlefish! You can also spot a Blue-ringed Octopus and many rare species of Nudibranch. It is also possible to encounter Turtles.

Dive sites for Muck diving are:

In this page you will find more detailed information about scuba diving in Mabul Island.

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Maybe the most interesting dive site is the Seaventure platform. It is a former oil rig located 500 m offshore from Mabul and has been transformed in a diving resort. It is possible to dive under the platform and you will find there amazing biodiversity and great macro pictures opportunities! This dive site is also really great for Night Diving.

Froggy Lair dive site might be the best for macro underwater photography and is THE place if you want to take snaps of an ornate ghost pipefish or flamboyant cuttlefish!

During your stay you will probably also dive the mythical island of Sipadan one of the best places in the world for Scuba diving and home of the big fishes! From Mabul, the boat ride to go diving to Sipadan is about 25 min (and well worth it!).

You can also explore this underwater world on a Liveaboard trip that generally combines Sipadan Island, Kapalai Island and Mabul. I usually use this website to book in advance my Liveaboards in Malaysia as they usually have the lowest rates I find. I like it because they have an easy booking system.

You can also go diving around Kapalai Island.

Where to stay?

I usually use this website to book in advance my hotels in Mabul Island as they usually have the lowest rates I find. I like it because it's free to cancel and change the dates.

Best time to dive in Mabul Island

Mabul is a year round diving destination. Conditions are very good from April to December and best conditions run in July and August. However from January to March, weather can be unsettled but nothing too bad.

Hot tip

  • During the peak tourist season, book your accommodation and your Sipadan diving permit well in advance!
  • From May to August, the turtles lay their eggs on the beaches.

Scuba Diving conditions

Like usually on Muck diving, visibility is poor and ranges from 5 to 8 meters. The diving conditions are easy with shallow dive sites (around 15 meters) and little current. The water temperature ranges from 27 to 29°C. Scuba diving in Mabul is suitable for all level of divers.

Snorkelling in Mabul Island

Snorkelling around Mabul is good. You can snorkel from the shore near the dive site Lobster wall and near the jetties of the diving resorts. The best way is to charter a small fishing boat to take you to the best snorkelling locations around the Island. It can be easily arranged at your accommodation desk.

Diving Safety

If you are planning an upcoming dive trip or travelling to Mabul Island, it is a really good idea to invest in travel insurance for scuba diving, because you never know what could happen and when you might need it (because accidents do happen!). I recommend this diving insurance as they offer worldwide coverage and focus on providing scuba divers a quality insurance and medical assistance service.

Travel Guide

Now that you know all about the underwater world, you might want to start planning your scuba holiday! Check out our Mabul Island Travel Review for information about how to get there, activities and excursions, where to stay, and more.

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Seaventure Platform is a very unique dive site in Mabul, which consists of an old oil rig platform converted into a hote...
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Crocodile Avenue is a super diving site in Mabul for macro photography. It is a sandy slope slowly going down with some ...
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Lobster Wall is maybe the best dive site around Mabul Island. It is a very nice wall with many cracks where numerous lob...
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Ray Point is a dive site in Mabul Island renowned for its numerous bluespotted rays lying on the sandy bottom. The slope...
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Eel Garden is one of the best diving sites around Mabul Island. There is a sandy bottom going down to 20 m. It is really...
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Froggy Lair is THE dive site for muck diving, underwater macro photography and fans of critters in Mabul! The visibility...

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  1. wanted to thank-you for putting together your very helpful/intelligent/stimulating website.
    i am planning a dive/kite trip thru parts of south/east asia. . your site is perfect.
    thank-you,
    sean from canada.

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  2. I’ve been to Mabul twice (first time was for my AOWD) & 2nd trip was in last Aug (with sipadan), would really recommend to dive here..the sites are beautiful..macro, pelargic, coral..it’s all here.. would come back for more

  3. I work in nearby Tawau and am a regular to Mabul Island, its like my 2nd home. Diving here is excellent especially if you’re a photographer. Best visibility is between April-June in my opinion, it’s like a giant aquarium down there if you’re lucky! Sipadan – you dont need my recommendation to dive there, its THE best dive site in the world. I frequent a small, nice and cosy divelodge called Seahorse Sipadan Scuba. Check out their FB page.

  4. Recently dived Mabul , Sipadan and other local islands , it was ok not the best , We are both working instructor lived and dived in many countries and the sites were not chosen well for our level , even though we asked certain sites .
    No one really knew what MUCK diving was! even though is famous in Mabul – we did dive under oil rig but that’s not really MUCK diving just interesting piles of scrap with not much life .
    Many better places to dive in this price range but I would recommend it if a new diver or haven’t done many dives maybe under 200, But it is a really nice trip reasonable diving ,and worth seeing it once, great people and staff and reasonably professional.(gear so so looked after)i would rank maybe 20 in world but certainly not the best or top 5 for sure ..
    We definately had a good time diving there – and do not regret trip at all ..
    Few turtles ,couple white tip sharks, Pygmy seahorse and other common stuff for that region , nothing exceptionally special in way of marine life we saw in 10 dives .
    But opinions vary always depends on experience what you like and where you been before.

    • would rank maybe 20 in world but certainly not the best or top 5 for sure
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      Hopefully is not like you mentioned sir ..
      I still believe is top 5

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