Mabul island + Kapalai Island Snorkeling Trip

Widely known as Malaysia’s version of the Maldives, Kapalai Island is not, in the true sense of the word, an island.

Mabul Island

The island is located only about 15 minutes by speedboat from the famous Sipadan Island. Mabul  has gained its own recognition as one of the best muck-diving (limited visibility dives at shallow sites with usually sandy bottoms) sites in the world.

Mabul is a small oval shaped island fringed by sandy beaches and perched on the northwest corner of a larger 200-hectare reef. The reef is on the edge of the continental shelf and the seabed surrounding the reef slopes out to 25–30m deep.

Mabul is also renowned for its amazing array of macrolife, making it an underwater photographer’s dream location to capture some of the rarest ecological species on film. Flamboyant cuttlefish, blue-ringed octopus, spike-fin gobies, frogfish and moray eels are just some of the spectacular critters you will encounter beneath the waters of Mabul.

Kapalai Island

The island is widely known as Malaysia version of Maldives, is all about snorkelling and diving. The mere name conjures the image of crystal clear waters and a floating paradise like no other. A 45-minute trip from Semporna by speedboat, Kapalai island is one of the many beautiful diving havens in this part of the world. However, Kapalai is truly unique because it is not quite an ‘island’.

There is only one resort here, the Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort. The 40 chalets are built on high wooden stilts in the middle of the ocean. Visitors can enjoy the sights of marine life in action as they stroll along the boardwalk, a sturdy construction that connects the various sections of the floating resort. There are no beaches, though you can walk over the sandbar during low tide and sun bath at the circular man-made beach.

Insider tips:
Recommend to bring insect repellent, sunblock lotion, change of clothes, towel , hat and slippers.
Additional Information:
  • Kindly pay entrance fees MYR20/pax if visit to Mabul Water Village
  • Kindly change swimwear at hotel before depart to island
  • No hotel pickup service is provided, please arrange your own transport to Semporna Jetty
  • Age limit for snorkeling is 5 years old and above
  • No Hotel pick up service is provided, Kindly arrange own transport to Dragon Inn Jetty


2 Working Days
Half Day
No Transport provided
Voucher Type
Present to Tour Operator
No Amendments Allowed
No Refunds Allowed

What You Get


  • Return boat transfer
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Snorkeling guide
  • Lunch
  • Jetty fee


  • Gratuities (Optional)
  • Personal Expenses

How To Buy

1. Purchase online

2. Email the following information to attractions@changirecommends.com.sg for booking of the tour:

  • Your Order Number
  • Full Name and Passport Number of each participant

3. Receive a second email confirmation with the tour details

Terms and Conditions

  • Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damaged caused by individual negligence
  • The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
  • Any alteration(s) on the e-ticket/e-voucher will not be accepted by Changi Recommends and the appointed merchant
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances that affects tour departure or ticket/voucher invalidity, customers will be notified and be advised accordingly

Cancellation Policy:

  • No refunds will be entertained for cancellations
  • There will be no refunds even if included items are not utilised by the visitor
  • In the event of late comers/no show, it would be considered as cancellation and no refund will be given

Upon purchase of the ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subjected to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.


* The itinerary is for reference only, it subjects to any necessary changes in accordance to local requirements.


Meet up at Semporna Jetty


Get register and take a boat ride to Mabul Island


Arrive at Mabul Island. You may take a walk or snorkelling around Mabul Island


Enjoy your lunch


Move to Kapalai Island for second snorkelling session


Transfer to Mainland

How to Get There

Meet up point:

  • Location: Semporna Jetty (Taman Bandar Semporna, 91308 Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia) 
  • Meet up time: 8:30am
  • Please be at meet up point 15-20 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. No refunds will be given for latecomers and no-show
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After purchase, kindly assist to send each traveler's full details to attractions@changirecommends.com.sg