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Chill with fishermen, watch the sunset over the plankboards and set out for some diving adventures with associated Billabong Scuba at this home stay.
Borneo Divers Mabul Resort
The oldest dive centre in the region offers lodging in a horseshoe of semidetached mahogany bungalows with bright-yellow window frames. Open-air pavilions with gauzy netting punctuate the perfectly manicured grounds...
Features a large, wood-planked verandah stretching over the sea. Slightly new, but still shanty-esque. Affiliated with Big John Scuba.
Mabul Water Bungalow
Travellers in Asia tend to love crystal-clear water and temples. These two concepts come together with a heaping dash of amazing at Mabul Water Bungalows, a gorgeously executed series of chalets-cum-Balinese shrines built over the Celebes Sea...
Mataking Island Resort
Mataking Island is the only accommodation on little Mataking. This sandy escape has some beautiful diving.
Pom Pom Island Resort
Sipadan Pom Pom Island Resort runs the only operation on the island. Reed-and-thatch bungalows are spacious and offer seaviews from the spacious balconies.
Roach Reefs Resort
This network of artificial reefs was once the private underwater playground for a wealthy businessman, but today Roach Reefs Resort has opened its doors to tourists.
Jeff is a very friendly dude who maintains this large stilt house in the Malay fishing village...
Basic digs for budget backpackers.
Seaventures Dive Resort
This oil rig (no, really) sits just off Mabul's silky shoreline. There are two schools of thought on Seaventures' aesthetic impressions: a) 'A worthy attempt at giving tourists a unique accommodation option; and b) 'That thing? Forget it...
Clean, remodeled rooms and a focus on budget travel make for fun budget diving joint. Staff will help arrange dive trips for you and the owners cook up some mean fish.
Sipadan Mabul Resort
Even though the summer-camp styling suits the tropical landscape, the prices here are out of whack. Long-stays get the hard sell...
Sipadan Water Village Resort
Outmoded design details (although when were wooden tarantula ornaments ever in style?) quickly set the tone here – this resort-on-stilts doesn't pull off 'graceful elegance' quite like Mabul Water Bungalow next door, despite the idyllic location...
A Sipadan backpacking stalwart catering to the like-named dive operator, Chang's is a fun, sociable spot that periodically throws kicking little parties. The air-con rooms, clocking in at RM90, are good value for money.