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The Celebes Sea on Borneo’s eastern coast is home to one of the top 5 scuba diving locations in the world – Sipadan Island.
Mabul Island is a great place to start or progress in diving as many of the Mabul resorts and dive operators offer a wide range of PADI courses. From total beginners doing a Discover Scuba course to seasoned professionals looking to complete their Divemaster training or take Instructor Development Courses, it’s all possible at Mabul.
For a good mix of both types of diving, Mabul’s neighboring island of Kapalai offers some fantastic dive spots.
By decision of Sabah Parks and since October 2022, a Advanced Open Water (AOW) or above certification diving license is required to be able to dive at Sipadan. If you already have an Open Water license, it takes 2 days to get your AOW license while at the dive resort.