Thursday, August 30, 2012

16 Days in Borneo - Mabul Island

On the second day in Semporna, we decided to go for a snorkeling trip to Mabul Island the next morning. We took a snorkeling trip package from Uncle Chang which is the cheapest from other agent. As usual, my bf has to pay extra because he is non-citizen of Malaysia.

Wake up with the Celebes Sea right in front of your door.
Mabul Island is about 40 minutes from Semporna by speed boat. The lodge is not like a five star resort, but they are clean, safe and comes with basic amenities.
Sea Bajau water village near Uncle Chang Backpackers Lodge.
The rate for snorkeling trip is RM 100 + RM 10 (jetty fee) + RM 15 (snorkeling mask), total is RM 125 (USD 38 / GBP 24). The price included breakfeast and lunch.
Was amazed with the clear water even though there were houses above the water surface.
Live like the locals do. The lodge is the best choice to live like in the floating village. It is surrounded by Sea Bajau floating houses.
I'm afraid those pillar need to be fix.
Our snorkeling trip comes with a two sessions, in the morning and after lunch. In between is the chill out time and lunch. To get to the beach we have to walk through the floating village on the walking platform. Mind your step.
Sea Bajau kids in Mabul Island. The kids with the Gerard No. 8 jersey.

The Only mosque in Mabul Island. Majority the villages are Muslim.

Their life affair with the sea begins when they were young. A sister on the 'sampan' with her wee brother.

A turtle conservation work run by researcher and volunteers. The eggs are keep safe to avoid the villages collect them for sale.

Beach near the Mabul Water Resort. A Sea Bajau girl past by the beach in front of the resort back to her home which is located next to the resort area.
The beach near the Mabul Water Resort probably the only nice beach for a lie down.
Sea Bajau villages near the Mabul Island Resort.

Ready for picture!

Some of the kids will come close to Uncle Chang Backpackers to get attention from the tourist.

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Vin said...

i envy your adventures :( those water are so clear!!! great shots! I LOVE IT!!!

man said...

nice the pic..hehehe...blh sy g sn nantii.. lah dtg