This itinerary allows you to combine Mabul’s excellent ‘muck diving’ with Layang Layang’s famed pelagic encounters, most notably with hammerhead sharks.
Your first week is spent diving the exceptional sites around Sipadan and Mabul. The varied marine topography makes Sipadan an astonishing place to dive, with caves, walls, canyons, plateaux and overhangs. Mabul Island is a small, oval shaped island, only a 15 minute boat ride from Sipadan and is famous for its macro diving and has gained a reputation as one of the best ‘muck diving’ sites in the world.
Continue your adventure to Layang Layang, where you'll discover pristine reefs, breathtaking drop-offs and deep water marine species such as hammerhead sharks, frequently seen at sites such as Dogtooth Lair and The Runway.
Please note the UK foreign office advice currently relating to this region. Please speak to our dive team for further advice and information.
Depart the UK for Tawau
Depending on flight schedules, an overnight may be required in Kuala Lumpur or Kota Kinabalu.
Arrive and transfer to Mabul
Dive Mabul & Sipadan
Mabul Island is only a 15 minute boat ride from Sipadan and, like Kapalai, is famous for its macro diving and has gained a reputation as one of the best ‘muck diving’ sites in the world.
Fly to Kota Kinabalu and overnight
Dive Layang Layang
Early morning flight over to Layang Layang, and check-in for a seven night stay.
Originally constructed for the Malaysian Navy, Layang Layang Island Resort is now a dive resort, offering pristine conditions, excellent visibility and your best chance for a hammerhead shark encounter.
Depart Layang Layang
You should note: Diving at Sipadan is subject to locally obtainable permits and not guaranteed. On days where permits are not obtained, diving around Kapalai and Mabul will be offered as an alternative.