Celebes Sea near Semporna, Malaysia

Getting to Mabul Water Bungalows

This resort is located on Mabul Island, East Coast of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. The nearest airport to this resort is Tawau Airport.


From your location, find your way to Tawau Airport and the resort coordinator will pick you up at the airport. Plan to arrive by before 2:30 p.m., otherwise you will need to spend a night in Semporna and only transfer to the island the next day.

Airpot ArrivalBoat Transfer Time
Before 10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Before 12:00 p.m.2 p.m.
Before 2:30 p.m.4:30 p.m.

There are three boat transfers between Semporna (Seafest Jetty) and Mabul Island available daily. If you arrive Tawau Airport by 11 a.m., then you will take the 12:30 p.m. boat transfer. If you arrive by 12:30 a.m., you will take the 2 p.m. boat transfer. Finally, if you arrive by 3 p.m., you will take the 4:30 p.m. boat transfer.

Arrive Tawau Airport

Main flight routes to Tawau Airport includes from Kota Kinabalu International Airport (BKI-TWU) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL-TWU).

There are aslo flights from Sandakan to Tawau (SDK-TWU), if you plan on visiting Sandakan before going to Tawau.

From here, a resort coordinator will meet you at the airport arrival hall.

Land Transfer to Seafest Jetty

Transfer from airport to Seafest Jetty, located about 3 minutes away from Semporna town centre. The journey will take about 90 minutes.

Boat Transfer to Mabul Island

Boat transfers from Seafest Jetty leaves the jetty at 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The journey will take 45 minutes to arrive at the island.


Plan to take the 11:15 a.m. flight or later out of Tawau.

Boat Transfer TimeAirport Departure
7 a.m.11:15 a.m. or later
11 a.m.3:15 p.m. or later
2 p.m.6:15 p.m. or later

If your flight is at 11:15 a.m. or later, you will take the 7 a.m. boat transfer. Similarly, if your flight is at 3:15 p.m. or later, you will take the 11 a.m. boat transfer. Finally, if your flight is at 6:15 p.m. or later, you will take the 2 p.m. boat transfer.

Boat Transfer to Seafest Jetty

Boat transfers from Mabul Island leaves the island at 7 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and will take 45 minutes to arrive Seafest Jetty in Semporna.

Land Transfer to Tawau Airport

Transfer from jetty to Tawau Airport. The journey will take about 90 minutes.

Depart Tawau Airport

Depart Tawau Airport to your next destination.

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