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Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mabul August 7th 2013

Day 15 – Tokyo and China I woke up and was driven to the airport to catch my flight to Dalian. I arrived in Dalian for the night, packed up my stuff for the next stage of my trip. The plan was to hit up 3 different dive resorts in Malaysia and possibly around. Day 16 & 17 – To Mabul I caught my flight to Guangzhou and the connecting flight to Kota Kinabalu and then a morning flight to a small town called Tawau in Borneo’s Sabah province. At the airport was a tourist bus to Semporna – a little port town. Once I arrived in Semporna, I checked in with my resort, Billabong Scuba Divers, and discovered that they had a boat transfer later that afternoon. I wandered a little bit around town. There ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mabul January 31st 2013

The following day was my only day of rest for the whole trip, I had no snorkelling trips planned and would be spending it lazing round the resort. My plans were changed somewhat as I did intend to do some snorkelling on my own around the reef that borders the island of Mabul but it rained virtually all day so spent the time just chilling. Mabul Island is full of contrasts at one end is the local village which consists of shacks on stilts and little electricity or plumbing to speak of. At the opposite end is the Mabul Beach resorts which are luxury chalets on stilts again but this time over the coral reef itself. Then in the middle are the Uncle Chan’s, scuba junkies and the homestays / longhouses. I couldn’t fault scuba junkies ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mabul January 29th 2013

Today I was headed for Semporna – gateway to Mabul and the Islands in the Celebes sea, this meant I had to be up early to catch the 07:00 Dyana bus from Sandakan to Semporna (this passes the turn off to Gomantong caves). The journey took 6½ hours and I finished up the day at scuba junkies dive resort (in the loosest sense of the term) in Semporna ready for my snorkelling trip to Mabul the next day. There is nothing to see in Semporna but you need to stay there is you want to dive the northern Islands in the Celebes Sea, a couple of them are fantastic to visit and have crystal clear water such as Mataking and Sibuan. ScubaJunkies advised me that Sibuan was a great place for snorkelling, however, nobody else wanted ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mabul January 2nd 2013

Thought we would put some of our underwater pictures we took while on our 3 dives off Siamil Island after we had passed our course. It is only now that we are able to look at these pictures again, but we glad to say that the ear (which Paula perforated) is well improved and "thinking" about doing another dive in the future perhaps!!! We would love to say what each little creature is in each picture, but we can't remember the names for most of them! Enjoy!... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mabul July 21st 2012

Eerste 1,5 dag in Semporna gezeten voordat ik naar het eiland Mabul ben gegaan. In Semporna is niet veel te doen dus veel gelezen, gegeten en gesport! Mabul is een klein mooi en relax eilandje om mijn laatste dagen van mijn reis door te brengen. Perfect: zon, strand, zee en mogelijkheid om te duiken! Dit is ongeveer het enige van mijn hele reis wat ik heb gereserveerd. Vijf dagen verblijf in Mabul en drie dagen duiken! Twee dagen rond Mabul eiland en 1 dag vier duiken in Sipadan! Erg gave duiken gehad, veel schildpadden, (giant) reef sharks, veeeeel vis en mooi koraal! Een unieke plek om te duiken. In totaal hier negen duiken gedaan. De andere twee dagen heerlijk relax op het strand gelegen, lekker bruin bakken, lezen, muziek luisteren. Ik zeg het perfecte leven. Toen ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mabul May 24th 2012

After our first 9 day rotation at Sepilok, a group of five of us made plans to use our 3 days off to go on an adventure. And as one of the must-sees of Borneo is the diving at Sipadan, that is where we headed. Our plans we too last minute to find beds at Sipadan, so we went for the next best thing and stayed on nearby Mabul Island. The entire trip was absolutely awesome. The hostel/hotel we were staying at had rooms sitting on the water and everyone there was really cool. We spent our days diving and snorkeling, and the evenings chilling out by the water. It was a perfect little getaway and the girls I was travelling with all agreed. We all felt a little more balanced after the trip. Obviously, the ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mabul August 13th 2011

A few photos of life in Sabah.... read more
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Flying to Tawau

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mabul August 12th 2011

Photos taken by Jack on a day off in Mabul... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mabul August 6th 2011

I first heard about the islands of the Celebes Sea from a scuba instructor at Eco Dive Center a few months ago. He told me it was the best diving in the world. Sipidan and Mabul are the kind of places that are really hard to find on the map, which is exactly why I wanted to go. It is the most remote place I’ve ever been. We flew into Tawau Malaysia Sabah Borneo. Which has one run way upon which the plane makes a U-turn to get back to the single gate airport. Then a Scuba Junkies driver took us to the dive shop in Semporna. Then we had to wait for a boat that could take us out to Mabul which is normally a 45 minute ride but there was a storm and the ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mabul August 5th 2011

So, with the hostel being a little on the noisy side at night, and with us having to be up for the taxi at 4am, we only managed about 2 hours sleep each. The perils of this kind of travelling but nevermind, sleep when you're dead and all that jazz! Still, the night guard at the hostel had put breakfast out for us - which was very nice of him - and the taxi driver was already outside the hostel, asleep. Needless to say he never really fully woke up. The journey to the airport invovled a lot of talking to him at a substantially increased volume, to ensure he stayed awake. Hairy doesn't quite cover the one or two moments of "drift" that occurred on the monotonous motorway section. At the airport, check in was ... read more
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