Dive Mabul

“One of the richest single destinations for exotic small marine life anywhere in the world.”

A macro diver’s dream destination, Mabul is recognised as the world’s “muck diving Mecca” for good reason. Situated on the “Continental Shelf”, the waters of Mabul are rich with nutrients and crowded with life.

A sloping, shallow reef with sandy bottoms, coral rubble, patches of sea grass and even discarded jetty pilings is home to a diverse range of macro marine creatures from the flamboyant cuttlefish, blue-ringed octopus, mimic octopus, shrimp, mandarin fish and dozens of species of nudibranchs, to moray, snake eels, seahorses, pipefish, frogfish and practically the whole scorpion fish family. The incredible array of biodiversity coupled with the local knowledge of our professional dive guides will make Mabul one of your most productive macro experiences.

Diving in Mabul offers the additional benefit of extended bottom times as dive sites are mostly shallow, while the mild current allows for easy drift dives. The sandy bottom also allows for a less “mucky” and therefore easier dive compared to other macro sites. No wonder Mabul is listed as one of the Top 50 Best Dive Sites in the World by sportdiver.com.

Good for: Macro marine life, underwater photography and beginner divers
Experience level: Beginner – advanced
Depth: 5 – 40 metres
Visibility: Up to 20 metres
Currents: Gentle
Surface conditions: Calm
Water temperature: 27 – 29°C
Number of dive sites: 12


House Reef

Conveniently located just in front of the Borneo Divers Mabul Resort’s jetty. This muck diving haven is home to an astounding array of marine life including the Bamboo Shark, Frog Fish, Squat Lobster, Harlequin Shrimp, Porcelain Crabs, Moray Eels, sea turtles, Leaf Fish, Nudibranch, Ghost Pipefish, Seahorses, and more.

Depth: 5 – 25 metres
Visibility: 10 metres
Dive Type: Muck
Location: Just off the Jetty.
Requirements: Open Water

Eel Garden

Famed for the many garden eels rising out of the seabed, this is home to multi-hued Frogfish, Giant Mantis Shrimp, Blue Ribbon Eels, Batfish and more. A fantastic location for underwater photography and videography.

Depth: 5 – 25 metres
Visibility: 10 metres (33 feet)
Dive Type: Reef, Night
Location: Southeast end of the reef.
Requirements: Open Water

Ray Point

Renowned for the numerous bluespotted rays lying on the sandy bottom and live corals. Also commonly sighted here are cuttlefish, boxfish, turtles, lionfish and groupers.

Depth: 5-15 metres
Visibility: Up to 5 metres
Dive Type: Reef
Location: Southwest end of the reef.
Requirements: Open Water

Lobster Wall

Arguably the best dive site Mabul has to offer. A nice wall with many cracks is home to numerous lobsters as well as stonefish, triggerfish, ghost pipefish, clownfish, seahorses and more.

Depth: 25 – 40 metres
Visibility: 20 metres
Dive Type: Deep, Wall, Reef
Requirements: Open Water
Location: Mabul’s west reef

Crocodile Avenue

One of the best for macro diving and underwater photography. Look closely along the sandy slope and bottom for Seahorses, Crocodilefish, Ghost Pipefish, Snake Eels and a host of other macro critters.

Depth: 5 – 20 metres
Visibility: 10 metres (33 feet)
Dive Type: Reef, Muck
Location: North side of Mabul Island
Requirements: Open Water

Froggy Lair

The ultimate for muck diving and macro photography in Mabul. Froggy Lair is a wonderland of rare species and strange critters including nudibranchs, Ghost Pipefish, Frogfishes and even the Flamboyant Cuttlefish. Sharp eyes and observation skills a must.

Depth: 5 – 10 metres
Visibility: Up to 5 metres
Dive Type: Reef, Muck
Location: North East of Sipadan Island
Requirements: Open Water

Seaventure Platform

A unique dive site under a converted oil rig. The metal structure is home to nudibranchs, frogfish, crocodilefish, stonefishes, moray eels, Pygmy Seahorses and countless more macro critters.

Depth: 12 – 18 metres
Visibility: 20 metres (66 feet)
Dive Type: Muck, Night
Location: Under Seaventures platform
Requirements: Open Water