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Islands Map

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DiveSite Map:

Sipadan  |  Mabul  |  Kapalai

Layang-Layang  |  Lankayan


Sipadan Island

Sipadan Island

Mabul Island

Mabul Island

Kapalai Island

Kapalai Island

Layang-Layang Island - Bird Watching Paradise

Layang-Layang Island

Lankayan Island

Lankayan Island

Scuba Diving Vacation at Sabah


Borneo has one of the best dive spots in the region as well as worldwide. Most are concentrated in the Malaysian state of Sabah, such as the world-famous Sipadan, Mabul and Kapalai islands near Semporna in the East Coast of Sabah. The other top spots include Layang Layang, situated some 300km off the West Coast of the state, and Lankayan near Sandakan.


Diving and Island Packages:

Scuba diving and/or island packages are usually conducted by diving companies (or operators), who normally will also run their own resort/lodge at the island(s). Each company offers their own dive/island packages based on accommodation at their resort/lodge. These packages can be quite similar but differ in cost based on the facilities and quality of accommodations provided, as well as how established the operator is. Non-diver rates will be slightly lower.


Diving at Sipadan/Mabul/Kapalai:

Sipadan has the most dive operators operating there but the number of visitors on the island is limited based on a quota set by the Malaysian government. Hence, operators had begun to look for alternatives at nearby islands. Both Mabul and Kapalai were developed recently. Dive packages offered by operators based on Mabul and Kapalai will normally include additional dives at Sipadan since Sipadan is the most popular and world-recognised dive destination. Most dive packages off Sipadan will only include diving at Sipadan alone. (Note: Effective January 2005, the government of Sabah has banned overight stay at Sipadan, but divers can still dive at Sipadan wth overnight at the other nearby islands)


Diving at Layang Layang:

Layang Layang is a small oceanic atoll 14 sq km in diameter jutting some 2000m from the Ocean depths, making it a wall diving mecca. The exact location of Layang Layang is 7.5 degrees north of the equator and 114 degree east of the meridian, right in the middle of ancient South China Sea, 300km North West off the coast of Sabah. Besides its amazing dive features, Layang Layang is also renowned as a bird sanctuary, situated on the other end of the island. Regular flights are operated by a private airline from Kota Kinabalu Terminal 2 Airport to Layang Layang. Flights will land at a 1000m runway on the Island.


Diving at Lankayan:

Lankayan is regarded as the new diving frontier in the Sulu Sea. A jewel-like tiny island in the Sulu Sea and hour and a half boat ride's north of Sandakan, Lankayan is soon to be declared part of an immense Marine Protected Area. Its dive sites are all within minutes away from one another and boast unbelievably colorful macro fauna, fascinating wrecks such as the "Lankayan Wreck", which was an ocean going fish poaching vessel appropriately demised in the area of its illegal activities.


Scuba Diving Vacation at Sarawak


Besides Sabah, another diving hotspot is located off Miri in Sarawak, which is about an hour by plane from Kota Kinabalu city (capital of Sabah). Although not as well known as the dive islands at Sabah, Miri's underwater world is now gaining much attention from scuba divers ever since the untouched coral reefs were discovered in recent years (see article on the Secret Underwater Gardens off Miri for more info).


For more information on Diving At Miri, please click here.

Booking Through

You can book directly through any of the dive operators, but if you require a full package tour (i.e., inclusive of diving plus other tours, transfer, hotels, etc.), you are most welcome to book through us. Our rates are generally as competitive as the rates published by dive operators. Please kindly fill up the online custom travel form (and let us know in addition to other information, the number of days for diving, preferred dive operator, your dive budget, etc., at the 'requests/comments' box), or simply email us at  

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