• Snorkeling at it's best!
    Explore the many beautiful islands off Semporna
    or relax with a snorkeling package at Mabul Beach Resort!

Snorkeling

It's not all about scuba diving! Non-divers can also join our boats and enjoy snorkeling on the beautiful reefs here in the heart of the coral triangle.

Each trip is designed to give you plenty of time in the water exploring 3 different spots around the island as well as some time to relax! Depending on numbers, our snorkelers will either join our dive boats or have their own dedicated snorkeling boat, either way our staff will be on hand to help you with safety advice, tips on the best places to snorkel as well as helping you identify cool marine life. A handy list of the best snorkeling spots is further down the page, read on for more information.

Depending on numbers, our snorkelers will either join our dive boats or have their own dedicated snorkeling boat, either way our staff will be on hand to help you with safety advice, tips on the best places to snorkel as well as helping you identify cool marine life.


Here are a few of our favourite snorkelling spots:

Sibuan Island (Tun Sakaran Marine Park)

Sibuan, with its white sand beaches, swaying palm trees, and clear blue waters is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful islands in the Celebes Sea, and is an ideal location for snorkelers and divers alike. Due to the calm conditions, we are able to park our speedboat directly in the sand, so divers and snorkelers can come and go at will. Sea gypsies have small huts on the island, and the children will climb the palm trees and bring you a coconut if you ask nicely. Hawksbill turtles, green sea turtles, blue spotted stingrays as well as the entire cast of Finding Nemo can be found here, leaving all our snorkelers with big smiles!

Mantabuan Island (Tun Sakaran Marine Park)

Mantabuan is a volcanically formed and mostly submerged island that is paradise for snorkelers who want to see magnificent coral and with unsurpassed visibility. Located northeast from the ancient volcano of Bohedulang, Mantabuan has one of the most breathtaking reefs in this area as well as being home to schooling barracudas, graceful eagle rays and of course, plenty of turtles! The shallow and vibrant reef that surrounds Mantabuan means that the beach is not accessible by boat at low tide - don't let this deter you though as Mantabuan should be on every coral reef lover's bucket-list!

Mataking Island

Mataking Island is a honeymooner's paradise located just over an hour by boat from Semporna. Mataking is a picture-perfect island--so much so that the creators of the television show Survivor decided to film the first season here! With white-sand beaches that stretch the full length of the island, palm trees that house coconut crabs, and snorkeling sites that teem with life, Mataking is a truly spectacular day out! If BIG fish are your thing then don't forget to take a look under Mataking's jetty for a glimpse of the resident giant barracuda!

Mabul

Located just twenty minutes by boat from the world-famous Sipadan and home to both our Mabul Beach Resort and Mabul Turtle Hatchery, Mabul offers snorkelers a perfect balance of snorkelling & beach time. Just a few steps from our beautiful Mabul Beach Resort you will find our house reef where you can spot turtles, cuttlefish, octopus, blue spotted stingrays as well as plenty of schooling tropical reef fish without having to venture too far from your sun-lounger!

Those that dare to leave their sun loungers and join our boat for snorkelling will not regret it for Mabul has much more to offer than just our house reef! Our snorkelling trips will take you to the gently sloping coral reefs of Eel garden, Ribbon valley, Stingray city, Lobster wall and Panglima where corals are in abundance and sightings range from minute & colourful nudibranchs to giant barracudas, eels, turtles and rays - the lucky few may even come face to face with a whaleshark!

And the best part? Whether you're staying in Mabul or on a day trip from Semporna, you can explore all of these underwater treasures and still be back at our resort in time for a cup of tea & buffet lunch between snorkels

Kapalai

Kapalai is not a true island but rather a sandbar that resorts have built upon to form a true water resort. While it is not possible to go ashore at Kapalai, this world-class diving destination also offers many great snorkelling opportunities for those keen to explore beyond the reefs of Mabul. Home to giant potato groupers, schooling jackfish, bumphead parrot fish, great barracudas, shimmering fuseliers, shy yet highly colourful mandarin fish, green sea turtles, friendly bat fish and fleeting eagle rays, Kapalai has something to delight every snorkeler. To make sure everyone gets a chance to stretch their legs and soak up some sun, all day trips to Kapalai include a stop off at Mabul for a buffet lunch and a chance to snorkel at one or more Mabul snorkelling sites as well!

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