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Danum Valley
- Official site of Danum Valley  
- Info about Danum Valley  
- Birds Photo gallery of Danum Valley field centre  
- Uncle Tan's Wilderness Camp and Danum Valley Field 
- Danum Valley's Info - KLIA Site
- Gallery :: Sabah, Borneo
- Steve's Web Site -- Site Map
Maliau Basin
- Official site of Maliau Basin 
- How was the Maliau Basin formed?
- Murray Kaufman Photography
BIRDS in MALIAU BASIN – 8
Tabin wildlife Reserve
- Official website of Tabin wildlife reserve
- Tabin wildlife 's Info - KLIA Site
- Caving expedition - Tabin
Sukau Wildlife
- Sukau Rainforest Lodge - Malaysian Borneo
Tawau Hill Parks
- Tawau Hill Parks by Cikgu Lee
Sipadan Island
- Sipadan dive resort  
- Sipadan-Mabul resort  
- Article about Sipadan island - by David Lim
- Info about Sipadan Island
- Sipadan-kapalai resort
- Sipadan Water Village Resort
- Terrestial Life Forms of Sipadan Island
Mataking Island
- The Reef Dive Resort
Sipilok Oran Utan Sactuary
- Sepilok Nature Resort, Borneo, Malaysia, near the Orangutan Wildlife ...
Sepilok Jungle Resort Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia
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About Mabul & Kapalai Island

   Located about 30 minutes from mainland Semporna, Pulau Mabul has a shallow reef profile with sandy bottom and patches of sea grass. The coral reefs at first glance do not look very picturesque and inviting, However, it is the diversity of macro animals inhabiting the coral rubble and sea grass sites that put Pulau Mabul and Kapalai on the diving map. Eel Garden Located towards the southern end of Pulau Mabul, Eel Garden is one of the deeper dives around the area. Divers descend to a sandy flat between 20 to 25 metres sloping towards the open sea. Finning carefully and avoiding stirring up the silty bottom, divers can observe gobies seeking refuge in the tiny crevices and moray eels occupying larger holes. Looking towards the sandy patch, you will see what appears to be blades of long grass swaying with the current These are the elusive garden eels (Heteroconger Hassi) living in colonies, that quickly dart back into their burrows on approaching shadows or excessive movement in the water. Ray Point Also located on the southern tip of Pulau Niabul, this site slopes to about 30 metres at the sandy bottom. Currents sweeping through this point bring clear water and good visibility. Sea fans and soft corals that thrive in current areas are home to gobies, blennies, moray eels, butterflyfish, damselfish, parrotfish and stonefish (Synanceia Verrucosa). Mandarin Valley This site is located on the northern tip of Pulau Kapalai. Pulau Kapalai is only a sandbank with a resort built on stilts over the island. The depth of this site ranges from 15 to 20 metres, sloping to a sandy bottom. Divers can observe stonefish, frogfish, gobies, leaf fish, ghost pipe fish, nudibranchs and mandarin fish (Synchiropus Splendidus) . 
 
Getting There  
Pulau Mabul and Pulau Kapalai can be reached by connecting flight from the state capital, Kota Kinabalu, or direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau, followed by a  less than 2  hour drive to Semporna and finally a 30 minutes fast catamaran boat transfer to the island.


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