Are you looking for a tiny palm-lined island with no roads and therefore no traffic of any kind, with many beaches and some of the best muck-diving in the world? Mabul is the answer. Live the simple life and spend your days snorkelling or diving in the local waters where sea life is in remarkable abundance. It is possible to spot Devil Scorpion fish, Pipe fish, Snake Eels and many other types of rare fish on a regular basis, and the best thing is the majority of the diving takes place not far from the shoreline. Some of more favoured dive sites located near the coast are Paradise Reef and Froggy Lair which are quite popular due to occasional sightings of turtles.
There is a wide variety of accommodation available to suit all budgets from upmarket resorts to basic beach huts. There is the additional option of a homestay with one of the local families who are often able to arrange budget diving trips as well. There are no amenities on the island as all food and drink is provided by the resorts and hotels (at a price) so it is best to bring your own supplies if you need anything specific. Many people stay here as a cheaper alternative to the world-famous Sipadan Islandas they are able to travel between them fairly quickly, but that does an injustice to Mabul which has many of its own charms. One of the most interesting sights to see are the stilted houses which are inhabited by a surprisingly large community of ‘Sea Gypsies’ who number at least 1000 in a single village. It is believed that half of the population of the island is under 14 years old and they spend the majority of their time on the sea or on the stilted houses over water, therefore, not on land.
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