I went to Mabul Island in 2008, right after Mount Kinabalu expedition. These are some photos to share. We landed at Tawau from Kota Kinabalu Airport and took a taxi from Tawau Airport to Semporna, a 45 minutes drive. From there, we (me and my sister) took a boat from Semporna straight to Mabul. The sea really mesmerized me..crystal clear water..now, you don't get that in Penang alright..hehe.
|Ni masa on the way ke Pulau Mabul dari Semporna|
To tell you the truth, we took a package from Big John that cost us RM200 for a one night ke 2 nights stay..not sure..hmm..and this covers everything. By everything, I mean food, transportation etc. However, the place was not a hotel at all, I don't know whether it could actually be called a motel even..hehe..but we don't really mind. The guides were good people and we don't have to pay anymore throughout the stay. Plus, just tell them where we want to go and they'll take us, by boat or by foot..The first thing we did was going round Mabul Island. By foot, because it's just a small island. kejap ke dah pusing 1 pulau..
|The kids at Mabul Island are still playing with tyres. Seriously, you feel like you've gone back to the late 80's.|
We went to see other hotels too and here are some pics of the executive hotels there in Mabul.
|can you see the bottom of the sea? the water really is clear..|
|look at the little boy in yellow shirt..quite dangerous but I guess the locals are used to this..and the boy must have had a really good grip..|
|just these two kids..no adult supervision or anything..fishing for food..and I bet that boat is made by themselves..|
|i zoomed this pic..|
|sea urchin, among the sea creatures at the bottom of the sea..I could see it clearly from far..|
|Inilah hasil tangkapan budak2 tadi..guna tin air gas je utk mancing..mana ada alat2 canggih...|
|just so u know, this is the view from where we stayed..and the place that we stayed is similar to these..|
|kesian kan? mmg macam setinggan..budak2 kecik, yg baru bleh jalan pun ada, main tepi2 air camni..mak dia basuh baju..budak2 kt sini matang awal, kecik2 dah pandai mengasuh adik2 yg baby..|
|electricity is limited here and also clean water..they don't really have proper sewage and electricity or water supply...|
Another interesting thing would be the Bajau Laut..they are nomads on the sea. Their houses are their boat..It was really interesting to see boats passing by with sinks and plate rack with rooms..and a girl relaxing by the boat with face mask on her face..where else do you get to see that? I was wondering at first (don't u have anywhere else better to wear face masks?), but it came to me when I realized that, that's her home..
|that white boat is the boat that we used to get here and there|
|this is Kapalai Island..we swam here but there were too many small creatures that bit us like mosquitoes..they're really itchy..|
|saying bye bye to Mabul Island..we stayed at the one with blue colour and two swings..a really nice place to relax..|
You might wonder why I did not go to Sipadan..the quota to Sipadan was full. And full for another two weeks when we arrived at Semporna. So for anyone who is planning to visit Sipadan, be sure to book your place early. The quota is only 40 people per day if I'm not mistaken. This is to control the habitat of the corals. I'll go back to Mabul and visit Sipadan one day.. it's on my list!