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Diving in Mabul
When to go to Mabul
Diving conditions are very good most of the year despite the rainy season which normally occurs between December and March. Visibility is the best from March to October. Water temperatures also vary very little, usually hovering between 27C/80F and 29C/84F year round. What to see Many divers come here to take the challenge of finding camouflaged frog fish, mimic octopi, hidden harlequin shrimp as well as spot flamboyant cuttlefish, nudibranchs, numerous types of gobies, moray and snake eels and practically the whole scorpion fish family.
Scuba diving in Mabul
Pulau Mabul is a small sandy island located within 25min boat ride from Sipadan Island. Mabul is recognized as one of the world’s best “muck-diving” sites. It has a shallow reef profile with sandy bottom and patches of sea grass and is also considered as one of the richest single destinations for exotic small marine life in the world. Scuba diving in Mabul is suitable for divers of all levels. Mabul offers amazing opportunities for macro photos and video. Most popular dive sites Dive sites include the Eel Garden, Gurnard Point, Lobster Wall, Nudibranch Center, Panglima Reef and Ray Point. However, the most notable sites are the Coral Reef Garden, Paradise and the Seaventure Platform. Coral Reef Garden is an easy dive with depths of 5 to 15m/16-49ft. The site is covered with corals that are home to crabs, shrimps, nudibranchs and the occasional small seahorse. Seaventure Platform is a muck diver’s dream. Frog fish in hues of yellow, red, and black are often seen among a pile of rods around 15m/49ft depth. A favorite among divers are the giant moray eels that can be up to 3m/10ft long. Paradise 1 is home to several species of rays including Blue-spotted mask rays and Whiptail rays. Paradise 2 is known for its distinctive Staghorn coral, look among the horns for the elusive but richly colored mandarin fish. As usual for muck dives, visibility is poor and ranges from 5 to 8m/16-26ft. The diving conditions are easy with shallow dive sites (around 15m/49ft) and low current.