The island is covered in palm trees and small beaches. It is a famous diving spot for divers, both international and local alike, and is well known as the macro diving paradise. It has a overpopulated village, you should expect some polution in the water/beach. Make sure to plan accordingly for the restricted electricity hours during the daytime. It is specially good for diving and snorkeling, do not big sand patches.
It is located near Pulau Sipadan.
Make your way to Semporna, then take a boat from there. The journey takes about 30 minutes by speed boat, 1.5 hours by slow boat. Resorts and lodges provide boat transfers for their guests. Visitors can also come in on day tours by joining a dive trip organized by one of the dive operators in Semporna. A boat provided by a lodge is 50RM each way plus 10RM of Jetty fee (charged only once).
Mabul is small enough to be explored entirely on foot. There are no roads or cars. Boats take visitors to various diving and snorkeling sites around the island.
Mabul possesses small sandy beaches lined with coconut palm trees. Most lodges have terraces overlooking the sea, if you are lucky you may see turtles at night.
Scuba diving - While its famous neighbour Sipadan is a home to large pelagic species, Mabul is the place to find the smaller macro species. Scorpionfishes, frogfishes, nudibranchs, crocodilefishes, various crustaceans and many other interesting and rare forms of marine life can be found here. Most dive sites are quite shallow - 12-18 m - with a maximum depth of around 30 m in a few places. Visibility is around 5-8 m at the real muck sites like Froggy Lair, Paradise Reef, and Seaventure Platform, reaching around 15 m at the seaward site Lobster Wall. There is also a wreck dive (18 meters maximum depth). Turtles can also be seen in places, although by far not as many as at Sipadan.
NOTE: Most of the dive shops, if not all of them, are operated by the home stay and resorts. They don't like divers to live but dive with other operators. They may not allow you to dive with them if you're not staying with them.
A fun dive should be between 80-120RM depending on the number of dives you do and the operator you choose.
Snorkeling - A few sites close to shore are suitable for snorkeling, primarily around Paradise Reef as well as Lobster Wall.
Besides small shops in resorts and lodges there are also small shops that sell like that operate by local from theirs home on the island. You can buy the basic necessity things there like shampoo, tooth paste even soda drinks.
There are plently of restaurants and shops, but most resorts and lodges provide their guests all meals.
Resorts and lodges provide drinks to their guests. Other than that there are local shop that run by local that sell drink cans and bottles on Mabul.
There are several resorts in the island and most of them include meals in the price.
Take a boat back to Semporna.