Blogs from Mabul, Sabah, Malaysia, Asia


Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mabul September 25th 2019

1. My friends and I made an arrangement to meet up in Kota Kinabalu before flying to Tawau (southernmost of Sabah). 2. It was close to mid-night when we arrived at Tawau Airport. We knew it would take another 2hrs of driving from airport to Semporna and we knew the risk of travelling at night especially in this area. Despite all the hesitation, we brave our self to hop on a minibus with local driver which I myself pretty comfortable that he would make our road trip a comfortable and safe ;) 3. Upon reaching Semporna, we quickly checked in at a small lodge located approx 20mins from Jetty. 4. The next day, our driver picked us at noon as our boat trip to Mabul would depart at 2pm. 5. The trip by boat took more ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mabul May 27th 2015

It has been a while since I joined a photography tour, so when my friend Ella and Imam asked me to go to Tawau, Eastern part of Malaysia over the long weekend of Good Friday, I agreed and bought my ticket immediately. From Singapore, I had to fly to KL and took an Air Asia flight the following day to Tawau. This time, I didn't have to worry about itinerary as it was all planned and I simply had to follow the group; there were 9 of us. From Jakarta, there is an alternative route to reach Tawau via Tarakan. Once landed, we were picked up at the airport and were taken to Samporna, an hour drive from Tawau, and spent a few hours for lunch there before we were taken by boat to Maiga island. ... read more
Boat crew
The view from the island
Our accommodation

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mabul July 5th 2014

Well I am almost caught up on my blogging. This is my second down day since diving Mabul and Sipadan. I dove five days in a row, three dives a day and that is very tiring for me. When I got back from diving Sipadan I got a nice hotel, showered and collapsed on my bed. I woke at twelve thirty and thought I probably wouldn't find a restaurant still open. Luckily there is one with good food and good vibes. The men were engrossed in the World Cup soccer tournament re-runs and I took my Kindle with me. I had roti for desert; just plain, but I dipped it in sugar. It wasn't too sweet and so tasty. The trip to Sipadan began when I bought a package, three days accommodation on Mabul, dives and ... read more
Deep and Clear
One of My Favorite Fish
Calling...No Cell Phone

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
My Scandinavian chums
A luxury resort that I wasn't staying at
From the reef at Mabul

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

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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Mabul Reefs (27)
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Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mabul August 13th 2011

A few photos of life in Sabah.... read more
two headed turle in the zoo
Flying to Tawau

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Mabul August 12th 2011

Photos taken by Jack on a day off in Mabul... read more
Crocodile fish eye
Durban dancing shrimp
Clown frogfish

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