In the Celebes sea about one hour by boat south of Semporna lies the small island of Mabul. This has a slim oval shape and can be walked around in less than one hour. Following the accomodation ban on Sipadan, the resorts on Sipadan resettled to Mabul island island which is very close to Sipadan. While these resorts are very expensive. there is cheap accomodation (Uncle Chang for instance) on the western side of the island.
In addition to the resorts on Mabul there is a small fisherman village on the western side of the island. Here is where the sea gipsies have settled down. The village has an own school. Except for the beach of the Sipadan mabul resort, the island has no good beaches, because everywhere else the sea water is too shallow and you have to wade through the corals to reach the deep sea. In addition there are very strong currents around Mabul, especially west of Mabul, which make swimming an ardous task. Mabul is therefore only suitable as a basis for divers who want to explore the nearby diving sites. The seawater immediately surrounding Mabul has poor visibility.

01 Sabah coast
02 Island
03 Houses on stilts in fisherman village
04 Houses on stilts in fisherman village
05 House on stilts
06 Colourful boat
07 Houses on stilts in fisherman village
08 Palm trees and sky
09 House on stilts and beach
10 Beach and resort
11 Sipadan water village resort
12 Sipadan water village resort
13 Sipadan water village resort and beach
14 Sipadan water village resort and beach
15 Sipadan water village resort
16 Beach and Sipadan water village resort
17 Sipadan water village resort
18 Beach of Sipadan Mabul resort
19 Beach of Sipadan Mabul resort
20 Shallow seawater along northeast coast with corals
21 Panoramic view of Mabul
22 Shallow seawater along northeast coast with corals
23 Shallow seawater along northeast coast with corals
24 Sea Ventures hotel in former oil rig
25 Young girl running on beach
26 Flying sea eagle with white head
27 Sea eagle with white head
28 Sea eagles with white head
29 Sea eagles with white head
30 Moray eel
31 Mabul island
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