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Mabul Island diving and Hostel guide

Borneo’s Mabul Island diving is a great home base for your Sipadan SCUBA diving trips. Mabul is a tiny little island in Borneo Semporna Archipelago. I’ll share more on the great dive community and backpacker hostels.

Lodging for Mabul Island Diving

They have SCUBA diving backpacker hostels and bungalows with a great community. There’s also pricey luxury resorts too, like any island in a beautiful region.

The rest is the local village that’s built on stilts.

sunset in Mabul island in Borneo

Hostels and SCUBA dive community

You could spend $300 USD per night at the luxury resort and get a beautiful place with privacy, or you can spend $30 with meals included in a great community. I chose the latter.

I stayed with “SCUBA-Junkie” and really loved the community of divers.

Pictured below are some of my friends from Denmark, Sweden, and Canada. I kept meeting such great people.

group photo of divers in Mabul

Longhouse hostels in Mabul

You can also spend a night in the village amongst the local community in a “longhouse” hostel in Mabul. A basic room on stilts for 45 ringgit (~$15) per night.

boats in Mabul - view from Longhouse hostels

Scuba dive community in Mabul

The diving was impressive and certainly the best I’ve done. Even besides that, the people are what made it a highlight of my trip. I’m still in touch with people I met on that trip. I visited two of them on my Copenhagen trip too! It’s certainly been some of my favorite days so far.

Also, I loved meeting the locals. I met this kids in Mabul Island and did a whole photo shoot.

Additional info on Mabul here.

 

Wadi Rum Desert – Breathtaking views

We went hiking and camping in the desert of Wadi Rum in Jordan. I never thought a desert could be beautiful until visiting Wadi Rum desert.

Beautiful Wadi Rum desert in Jordan

Here’s a small sampling of the breathtaking views and scenery:

Wadi Rum sunrise, desert in Jordan

Wadi Rum is a desert valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock.

The view of the sunset was incredible! Then, the sunrise the next morning was amazing! It was one of the best sunrises I’ve ever seen. The amber colors made for some wonderful photo sessions!

me photographing the beautiful sunrise in the desert in Wadi Rum, Jordan
Views like this make coming back with great photos easy

Wadi Rum sunrise, Jordan playing in the desert in Jordan

Unesco Heritage Site

Here’s why it’s a Unesco Heritage Site:

It features a varied desert landscape consisting of a range of narrow gorges and natural arches. It also has towering cliffs, ramps, massive landslides and caverns.

Petroglyphs, inscriptions and archaeological remains in the site testify to 12,000 years of human occupation and interaction with the natural environment.

The combination of 25,000 rock carvings with 20,000 inscriptions trace the evolution of human thought. It also traces the evolution of the early development of the alphabet.

The site illustrates the evolution of pastoral, agricultural and urban activity in the region.

Wadi Rum silhouette photo in Jordan

in Film

Lawrence of Arabia was about British army officer T.E. Lawrence’s journey through Wadi Rum. David Lean filmed much of this 1962 film on location.

My experience

There are a million stars visible over the desert, lighting up the sky.  I Iive in New York City, so seeing this many stars is a treat.  I sometimes forget about how beautiful it can be!

We camped overnight with a small group with the Bedouin people in their village.

singing by the fire in Wadi Rum desert in JordanThe village of Wadi Rum consists of several hundred Bedouin inhabitants. For example, our guide Mohammad is quite the musician as well.

Where is Wadi Rum?

It’s located in southern Jordan, in the Middle East. When visiting Jordan, it’s closed to Aqaba.

I LOVED Jordan. In addition to this experience, I also highly recommend Petra, and the Dead Sea.

Jordan map

Travel blogs are a great way to learn about travel experiences. In addition to mine, check out the posts from Adventurous Kate, PlanetD, and ALA.