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The majority of budget accommodation in Mabul consists of homestays, hostels, backpackers and lodges that are built to expand over the ocean (longhouses).
Please bear in mind when booking accommodation that not all operators are allocated direct Sipadan permits from Sabah Parks, and some will make use of the secondary permit market, which is not always guaranteed.
If you find that your diving operator is not able to get a permit, you may be required to pay a mugh higher premium price. Something to consider before booking a budget dive center & accommodation. It is sometimes the about same price range to book a mid-range dive resort on Mabul island.
- Budget Prices
- Accommodation in Semporna or Mabul island
- Dorm or private room
- Shared or ensuite bathroom
- Full board
- Fun dives
- Mataking Island
- Pom Pom Island
- Sipadan Liveaboard
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What are the Budget Options With Sipadan Permits?
Seaventures Dive Resort (With Sipadan Permits)
Seaventures is a very good choice for budget conscious divers who want to dive at Sipadan. This lodge is a converted oil rig now offering budget quad-share A/C dorm rooms options.
Sipadan-Mabul Resort (With Sipadan Permits)
Sipadan-Mabul Resort (SMART) is a mid-range beach resort offering semi-detached chalet at a very competitive price. This lodge is a perfect choice for those who want to dive at Sipadan without spending too much and still enjoy A/C, privacy and a beautiful beach.
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What are the Backpackers Lodges?
Arung Hayat Sipadan Adventures Dive Center
This Mabul accommodation is not to be confused with the Arung Hayat Hotel in Semporna town. Built on stilts like a longhouse, each rooms offers sea views.
Seahorse Sipadan Scuba Lodge
The Seahorse Sipadan Scuba Lodge/homestay offers dorms and standard rooms with bathrooms attached. Sea views are available in all rooms and ceiling fans are present to keep guests cool overnight.
Sipadan Dive Centre (SDC) Mabul Lodge
The Mabul Lodge at Sipadan Dive Centre has 10 en-suite, air-conditioned and sea-facing chalets known as the Rainbow Chalets. There is also the option to triple share in one of the 4 Goby rooms which has views of the water village.
The Spheredivers Lodge is built out over the water on stilts and lies within the Bajau Laut village. All rooms have shared bathrooms.
Scuba Jeff Sipadan
If it’s private beach rooms or sharing rooms you’re looking for, Scuba Jeff Sipadan is the place to visit.
Summer Friends Homestay
The homestay available at Summer Friends is located within a small fishing village and can accommodate a number of guests in each of its 10 rooms. These are available to share as a single, twin, triplet or quadruplet sharing.
Big John Scuba
A newly renovated backpackers lodge and dive center on 2 levels.
Mabul Backpackers & Dive Center
Both twin or double sharing along with dormitory style sleeping arrangements are available.
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More Budget Sipadan Lodges
Uncle Chang (With Sipadan permits)
Uncle Chang is a budget Backpackers accommodation and dive center built on stilts (in Mabul Bajau village).
Billabong Scuba (with Sipadan permits)
Billabong Scuba is a budget Backpackers longhouse and dive center built on stilts (in Mabul Bajau village).
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