Hostels in Mabul Island, Malaysia

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Get to know Mabul Island (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Mabul Island. To help you make friends with Mabul Island before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Guess what? Mabul Island is also named and spelled Mabul - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.

Mabul Island (Mabul), Sabah, Malaysia is an island off the coast of Borneo. It can be reached by boat from Semporna and the island is famous for its diving. All dive schools on the island visit Sipadan, one of the best dive spots in the world.

There are not many hostels in Mabul Island (Mabul), Sabah, Malaysia, but the ones that are there offer good quality. Mabul Island (Mabul), Sabah, Malaysia hostels offer dive packages which include everything you will need -- accommodation, full board, dive trips, and gear rental. They usually also offer a pickup service from the airport in Tawau to the jetty in Semporna and transport from Semporna to Mabul. There are not a lot of facilities on the island, so it is good to book a hostel in Mabul Island (Mabul), Sabah, Malaysia, where everything is included. The location is not really important, as it is possible to walk around the island in an hour, so basically everything is within walking distance. Internet is extremely slow, but some hostels in Mabul Island (Mabul), Sabah, Malaysia offer it. Another thing you might find important is whether or not there is air conditioning in the room, as it can get quite hot on Mabul. If you want to go to Sipadan Island for diving, you will need a special permit. There is a limited amount of permits available, so booking your hostel in Mabul Island (Mabul), Sabah, Malaysia early is advised. If a hostel does not have a permit available on your preferred date, it might be worth checking with another hostel or dive company.

As the island is really small, there is not much to do for people who don’t dive, but the beach is nice enough to spend a few days there. It is also a good place to interact with locals and the village is very lively. If you are around at the right time of the year, you might be able to see turtle hatching and some hostels in Mabul Island (Mabul), Sabah, Malaysia have their own turtle hatchery.

Written by local enthusiast for Mabul Island hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Mabul Island hostels Paulien

FAQ about Mabul Island Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Mabul Island. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Mabul Island. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

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Your Packing List for Mabul Island

Your Packing List for Mabul Island

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Mabul Island and Malaysia.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

Mabul Island Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Mabul Island, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
2 Total number of hostels
4 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Semporna (26 Km / 16 mi.)
Lahad Datu (93 Km / 58 mi.)
Sandakan (186 Km / 116 mi.)
Sepilok (192 Km / 120 mi.)

Travel Tips for Mabul Island - from the Community

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