Scuba Diving at Ray Point begins with a steeper slope descending deeper in a succession of terraces and often slightly better visibility due to the current which also produces much healthier corals and gorgonians.
The fish life is more like that of Pulau Sipadan, great variety including groupers, snappers, Bigeye Trevallies, angelfish, butterflyfish, triggerfish, rabbitfish, moray eels, crocodilefish, lionfish, scorpionfish, stonefish and the reason for the name, Bluespotted Ribbontail Rays.
Mostly treated as a shallow dive. It has a profusion of nudibranchs among a myriad of reef fish: shoals of catfish, moray eels, groupers, clownfish in anemones, parrotfish, mandarinfish, gobies, jawfish, pipefish, seahorses, pufferfish, angelfish, butterflyfish, triggerfish, rabbitfish, crocodilefish, lionfish, scorpionfish and stonefish.
With it's designated dive centre, the resort offers daily dive trips (depending on weather conditions) to Sipadan and Mabul. SWV's dive centre also provides unlimited housereef dives (Paradise I & II).
Dive sites includes: Paradise, Ribbon Valley, Seaventures platform, Eel Garden, Lobster Wall and Mandarin Valley.
Also see my Sipadan page.
Just looking down beneath the stilts of Sipadan Water Village Resort, you will simply be able to find marine lifes just before your eyes (and under your feet).
Fish, starfish, sea urchins, and of course the majestic looking lionfish.
Lionfish sighting (for all the 4 nights I was in Mabul) are usually somewhat around after 6pm.
Pulau Mabul is one of the best places for diving in the world, especially if you're into critter diving. This means looking for very rare, strange-looking creatures you don't find everywhere. There are: frog fish, shrimps, octopus, cuttlefish, stonefish, crabs and much more.
Especially the combination with the steep wall diving of Sipadan with lots of turtles, barracudas and sharks makes it very special.
There are several resorts with their own dive bases on Mabul island. When I was there in 1999, there were only two - I was with SMART resort.