When to go
Mabul has a tropical climate with warm and humid weather all year round with temperatures ranging from 21șC to 32șC and high humidity levels. Mabul can be dived all year round, but weather is calmest and driest during the southwest monsoon from May to October. Visibility is unpredictable, but generally you can expect it to be at least 40 metres, in particular around Sipadan. Water temperatures are rather high and do not require more than shorts and T-shirt to go diving at any time of the year.
There are daily flights with Malaysian Airlines to Tawau via Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinablu, which gets you to your destination without a stopover.
The alternative way is to fly to Kota Kinabalu with Royal Brunei Airways or Singapore Airlines, spend the first night in one of Kota Kinabalu's fine hotels and fly to Tawau early the following morning.
From the Tawau Airport, Borneo Divers transports you by road to the seaside town of Semporna, where a ferry boat departs for The Mabul Resort each morning and afternoon.
The flight from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau takes about 40 minutes. The ride from Tawau to Semporna takes a little under an hour, followed by a boat ride to Mabul from Semporna of about 45 minutes, depending on weather conditions.
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Time: GMT +8 hours
Language: Bahasa Malaysia
Currency: Malaysian Ringgit