Paradise Two is one of the best site for snorkelling at Mabul Island. Dense corals concentration provide many living spaces for small fish. Many species of reef fish, including family like Angelfish, Butterflyfish, Anemonefish, and Damsel fish are found here. This is also a popular place to see turtles.
Sibuan island belongs to a grouping of eight islands that formed the Tun Sakaran Marine Park, and some people reckoned that Sibuan Island as the most beauitful island in the Celebes Sea.Semporna region is fast becoming the paradise playground for the divers and snorkellers who come here for the crystal clear sea water and the mutlitude of marine life. With increase frequent flights from Malaysia Airlines and budget airline Air Asia to the Tawau airport, getting to the islands of Semporan are not so difficult these days. Apart from the immensely desired Sipadan island, this region offers plenty of other islands for the adventurous snorkellers to explore and Sibuan island is one of them. Located on the south west corner of a reef, Sibuan island belongs to a grouping of eight islands that formed the Tun Sakaran Marine Park. This marine park was gazetted in July, 2004 to give greater protection for its environment and its eco-system.
A wonderful three-star resort located at the edge of the continental shelf on the Mabul Island.
The place to stay at the paradise island called Mantanani island, located at the north west corner of Sabah.The West Coast of Sabah has seen tremendous transformation since achieving independence from the British Empire in 1963. Just take a look at Kota Kinabalu, for the past few decades, it has grown from a small town to one of the biggest cities on Borneo Island. But Mantanani Island, located on the north-west corner of Sabah and about 80 km away from KK, has remained pretty much untouched, and its forests remain intact. Washed by the waves of South China Sea, Mantanani Island is a grouping of three islands namely, Mantanani Besar, Mantanani Kecil and the very small caving island – Lungisan.
Resorts and Lodges that have allocation of permits by Sabah Park to dive at Sipadan Island.A long time ago go diving at Sipadan Island is a straight forward thing. You can dive at the island as long as you feel happy. And as long as you can afford the fee. Today this is not the case any more. Since 2005 when the conservation of the island started, Sabah Park only allows 120 persons, including divers and snorkellers, to visit Sipadan Island on a single day. Permit costs RM 40 per day.
Sun bathing on a quiet powdery white sandy beach, while enjoying the gentle breeze of the tropical island, and looking out at a big blue sea that stretches to the horizon, which yields almost no sign of human civilisation, one has surely arrived at the beautiful Mantanani Island, one of the best keep secrets on the west coast of Sabah. Only recently promote as a tourists destination, Mantanani Island has miles and miles of unspoiled beaches, and the shallow coast line around the island offers a splendid snorkelling experience, with visibility around10 metre, a wide variety of tropical marines life are easily spotted on the extensive coral reef habitats.
Mabul Island lied 35 km south east to Semporna town, a fish village on the south eastern part of Sabah. With an area of 200-hectare, the island is quiet flat and is almost completely covered with coconuts trees. Beautiful sandy beaches surround the oval shaped island, and guest can easily walk around the island in less than an hour, and during low tide Mabul Island seems to be bigger as the shoreline extends further out to the sea. Wooden houses, on stilts with atap roof top are inhabited by the Bajaus, can be seen at numerous spot on the Island. The Bajaus are traditional fishermen and with their generations of pass down knowledge on the Celebes Sea, today many of them work as boat men, ferrying divers to Sipadan Island and the other surround Islands, including Mataking Island and the Kapalai reef.
Sipadan Island was not even in the world map until in the early 80s when a group of divers from Sabah stumbled upon this magnificent underwater world. After that slowly but surely Sipadan Island is on its way to International fame. Through the few that have been here and with words of mouth, Sipadan has steadily attracted divers from all over the world. Even the great Jacques Cousteau was in awe with its beauty, especially the abundance and diversity of marine life. Because of the Island enormous economical potential, Indonesia also laid claim to this small oceanic island, and in the years 2002 the International World Court handed the dispute to Malaysia.
The best backpackers lodge at Mabul Island.
A very popular island escape from Kota Kinabalu City.