Mabul World Turtle Day

Turtles. As far as we know, we’re only allowed to watch them lay eggs from a few feet away in Rantau Abang, Terengganu. What if I told you, you can get up close and personal with a turtle, and possibly even touch them, while diving in one of the richest destination for marine life in the world?


Image: Mathias Apitz

Before you worry about breaking your wallet, I should probably let you know that you can do that right here in Malaysia, though if you live in the Peninsula, you would still have to catch a flight. So, where is this majestic place, you ask?

Mabul Island, Sabah

Mabul Island is a small island off Sabah under the Tawau district. It became popular back in the 1990s because of its proximity to the world renowned Sipadan Island. Mabul’s reef slopes down to a depth of about 20 to 30 metres, and as mentioned, it is one of the richest destinations for small marine life in the world!


Among the smaller marine life that can be found are cuttlefish, blue-ringed octopus, mimic octopus, bobtail squids, and several types of gobies. With all the diving resorts on Mabul Island, there will always be opportunities for you to explore.

Mabul World Turtle Day


This year (2018), World Turtle Day is celebrated on 23rd May, but in Mabul, they’re having it on 14th to 17th May. This event was organised back in 2000 with the purpose of increasing the public’s knowledge and respect towards turtles to encourage peaceful co-existence.


So, what do you have to do to get up close with a turtle? You can join as a volunteer for the Mabul World Turtle Day, where you can dive, catch, tag, take care of, and release the turtles back into the ocean to help with their research.

All the data collected would go towards their research to help ensure these turtles thrive and survive in the ocean. To volunteer, you can contact them at: +60198600798


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