Borneo Divers Mabul Resort

  Celebes Sea near Semporna, Malaysia

Getting Here

The nearest town to this resort is Semporna town, East Coast of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Depending on where you are coming from, you will likely have to transit at Kota Kinabalu.

From your location, fly to Kota Kinabalu, then fly for 40 minutes to Tawau. From Tawau, the resort will transfer you to Semporna which will take about 90 minutes. From Semporna, you will take the resort speed boat to Mabul Island. The boat ride will take another 45 minutes. Mabul Island will be your gateway to diving around Sipadan Island, Kapalai Island, Si Amil Island and Mabul Island.

If you prefer a leisurely pace, you can spend a night either in Tawau or Semporna. Tawau is the bigger town compared to Semporna. But both offer unique experiences and excellent fresh seafood.

Transfers to Resort

Plan to arrive at Tawau airport by 2:00 p.m. so your resort transport can pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the island on the same day. Otherwise you might have to spend a night in Semporna or Tawau.

The resort only has 2 scheduled transfers from Tawau airport to Semporna. They are at 8:20 a.m. and 2:20 p.m. If you arrive early, you may have to wait at the airport until the resort staff arrives to meet you for the scheduled transfer.


We recommend taking the first flight from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau so that you can be on the first boat transfer to Mabul Island. If you arrive via the first boat transfer, you may be able to put in 2 boat dives on your day of arrival, one of which will be an orientation dive.

Flight №DepartsDeparture TimeArrival TimeLand Transfer to Semporna
AK 6122
Air Asia
Kota Kinabalu7:20 a.m.8:10 a.m.8:20 a.m.
MH 2121
Malaysia Airlines
Kota Kinabalu7:30 a.m.8:15 a.m.8:20 a.m.
AK 5152
Air Asia
Kuala Lumpur7:15 a.m.10:05 a.m.2:30 p.m.
AK 6126
Air Asia
Kota Kinabalu12:20 p.m.1:10 p.m.2:30 p.m.
MH 2137
Malaysia Airlines
Kota Kinabalu1:15 p.m.2:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
MH 2664
Malaysia Airlines
Kuala Lumpur11:40 a.m.2:30 p.m.2:30 p.m.

The resort also has free transfers out of Mabul Island to Semporna, Tawau or the Tawau Airport. We recommend the following flights for your departure:


Plan to take the 10:30 a.m. flight or later out of Tawau so that you don’t have to leave a day earlier.

Flight №ArrivesDeparture TimeArrival Time
AK 5153
Air Asia
Kuala Lumpur10:30 a.m.1:15 p.m.
MH 2661
Malaysia Airlines
Kuala Lumpur11:55 a.m.2:35 p.m.
MH 2134
Malaysia Airlines
Kota Kinabalu2:40 p.m.3:25 p.m.
AK 6127
Air Asia
Kota Kinabalu1:35 p.m.2:25 p.m.
MH 2665
Malaysia Airlines
Kuala Lumpur5:50 p.m.8:30 p.m.
MH 5155
Malaysia Airlines
Kuala Lumpur6:50 p.m.9:35 p.m.