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Sipadan Water Village N   [N/A]   "Sipadan Adventure"
Sipadan AdventureDiving was phenomenal. Downside is that the dive operator is limited on how many divers can go in one day so on the days you are ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
5/2016   Joel Nitzkin
250+ Dives
 
Sipadan Water Village N   Sipadan, Mabul, Kapali   "Sipadan, Mabul, Kapali: spectacular diving"
Sipadan, Mabul, Kapali: spectacular divingSpectacular diving. The SWV is on the island of Mabul. Depending on the number of other divers you may get to the island of Sipada... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
5/2016   Robert and Laura Mosqueda
500+ Dives
 
Sipadan Water Village N   Borneo-Mabul, Kapalai, Sipidan   "Fantastic, other-worldly expedition to a photographic paradise"
Fantastic, other-worldly expedition to a photographic paradiseSipidan Water Village Resort is one of many resorts that cling to Mabul Island off the northeast coast of Borneo. Sipidan is the ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
3/2016   Paul Selden
500+ Dives
 
Sipadan Water Village N   Mabul   "Excellent trip to Sipadan Water Village"
Excellent trip to Sipadan Water VillageI have had a fascination with diving in the Coral Triangle area for a number of years and had not done Borneo. This last August I... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
1/2016   Steven Evers
500+ Dives
 
Oceanic Quest N   Brunei   "Wreck dive in Brunei "
Wreck dive in Brunei Brunei is once a life place to dive. It was a quite funny dive trip for us meaning rigid town without smoking and drinking alcohol... Full report  
4 stars
1 stars  
3/2015   Toshihisa Tsunoda
500+ Dives
 
Seaventures N   Sipadan   "Sipadan"
Sipadan Palau Sipadan, Malaysia Last week of Oct 15 Winter again in the US so it is time to ... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
10/2015   Mike
500+ Dives
 
Sipadan-Mabul Resort N   Sipadan   "Disappointing diving in Sipadan"
Disappointing diving in SipadanWe are experienced and well-traveled divers with many excellent experiences under our (weight) belts. I was looking forward to div... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
9/2015   Carolyn Tyler
250+ Dives
 
Borneo Divers N   Sipadan   " amaging Sea venture in front of the Borneo divers."
amaging Sea venture in front of the Borneo divers.Sipadan is amazing even though visibility is bad in September.turtle white tip, turtle white tip, sometimes schooling jack ... Full report  
5 stars
2 stars  
9/2014   Toshihisa Tsunoda
500+ Dives
 
Sipidan-Kapalai Dive Resort N   [N/A]   [None]Whenever I meet a new experienced scuba diver I ask "where is the best place you've ever been diving?" One friend that spen... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
8/2014   Paul Barrett
250+ Dives
 
Watercolours Dive Center N   Pulau Perhentian Besar   The very bad: Unfortunately the Malaysian Govt, despite charging a Marine park conservation fee, does not do any enforcement. Fi... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
7/2014   hin lee
250+ Dives
 
Borneo Divers N   Sipadan   Short answer - amazing! My dive partner is an IDC PADI Staff Instructor who has been diving 28 years since age 12. Sipadan was h... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
4/2013   Charlie Wright
250+ Dives
 
Universal Divers/ Tunabay N   Perhentian Islands   Honestly, no regrets! I did my "homework" with Tripadvisor. It is the best source to gauge what to expect. In Dec 2013 I am going ... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
6/2013   Andrew Colin Thompson
<100 Dives
 
Seaventures Y   Borneo, Mabul and Sipadan Isl.   I think staying on the rig is a pretty wonderful and unique experience for the right person. Overall, the rig is massive so it isn... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
10/2012   Benjamin Mandell
100+ Dives
 
Kapalai Dive Resort N   [N/A]   Food was average. The place is loaded with Chinese but contrary to other opinions they were not any impolite. 90% of them do not d... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
8/2013   Sy Rabins
250+ Dives
 
Borneo Divers Full report N   [N/A]   The dives in Sipadan were definitely special, I would say it is at least as good as Palau. We saw large schools of barracuda and... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
10/2012   Brian C
250+ Dives
 
Borneo Divers Full report N   Sipadan   I was very pleased overall with Sipadan and Mabul, as well as the Borneo Divers resort. Even though I didn't get to dive Sipadan ... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
6/2012   Elizabeth Crapo
250+ Dives
 
Sipadan-Mabul Resort Full report N   Sabah   Mabul Water Bungalow is a beautiful 5 star luxury resort that sits on top of the water. The service is fantastic, the food pretty ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
7/2012   Jamie Pollack
500+ Dives
 
MV Celebes Full report Y   Sabah   The MV Celebes is an old, creaky, dilapidated, depressing, smelly boat that should be retired. My cousin and I were booked for one... Full report  
4 stars
1 stars  
7/2012   Jamie Pollack
500+ Dives
 
Sipadan Water Village Full report N   Sipadan   4 of us travelled from the UK to Sipadan. This is a long way for most divers and, for us, involved 3 flights, a bus and then a boa... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
11/2011   Graham McGregor
250+ Dives
 
Borneo Divers Full report N   Sipidan, Mabul   Lots of Aussies for Borneo divers (BD); but, Lu was quite NICE. My 2nd week was at Uncle Chang's resort (UC) which was budget but... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
10/2011   Eldon Okazaki
1000+ Dives
 
Sipadan-Mabul Resort Full report N   Sipadan, Mabul   Mabul Water Bungalow was a very well organized and managed resort. Eva the manager was always on patrol to insure the customers we... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
9/2011   Mike Cavanaugh
500+ Dives
 
MV Celebes Explorer Full report Y   Sipadan   I would recommend the MV Celebes Explorer (MVCE) for the diving and access to Sipadan, not for the accommodations or the food. Co... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
7/2011   Paul
250+ Dives
 
Borneo Divers Full report N   Sipadan   Here is a brief report of Borneo Divers/Sipadan. The Journey I came from Canada via India on a teaching trip, rested at Hydera... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
5/2011   Bob Penhearow
100+ Dives
 
Borneo Divers Full report N   Sipadan, Mabul, Kapalai   The house reef at Mabul Resort is the best house reef we have ever encountered. It had nice corals, turtles, huge cuttlefish, a p... Full report  
5 stars
2 stars  
3/2011   Brigitte Lacouture
100+ Dives
 
Borneo Divers/ Mabul Resort Full report N   Sipadan   Sipadan is amazing even though I was there off season. Apparently april is the best time of year to go. In august we had rain at... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
8/2010   jonathan scolnick
100+ Dives
 
Seaventures Dive Rig Full report N   Sipadan, Mabul, Kapalai   (Same review submitted to tripadvisor) Our family of four divers stayed on the Seaventures Dive Rig for six nights in late Dece... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
12/2009   Jennifer Widom
500+ Dives
 
Borneo Divers Full report N   Mabul, Sipadan   Planes, Trains, and Automobiles would best describe the trek from California to Borneo Divers located on the island of Mabul in Ma... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
9/2009   Eric Eckes
500+ Dives
 
Sipadan Water Village Full report N   Sipadan/Mabul/Kapalai/Siamil   The rooms are very nice. We were in a standard unit. There is no air conditioning but when there is a breeze they are quite comfor... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
7/2009   Susan Simpson
500+ Dives
 
Layang Layang Dive Resort Full report N   N/A   After diving in Sipadan in March, I've decided to go to Layang Layang, in order to dive two best dive spots in Malaysia. As much a... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
3/2009   Stanley Zuk
1000+ Dives
 
Borneo Divers Full report N   Mabul/Sipadan   This was the best diving that I did in recent years and one of the best dive sites that Ive been to. Saw many turtles, sharks, ba... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
5/2009   Edward Leibowitz
250+ Dives
 
Sipadan Water Village Full report N   Borneo   I've always wanted to go and dive Sipadan, and finally, after so many years of diving I arrived in Sipadan Water Village on Mabul ... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
3/2009   Stanley Zuk
1000+ Dives
 
Kapalai Water Village Full report N   [N/A]   The Resort was amazing, safe, friendly and all about diving. There is only one problem that is a glaring one and that is the perm... Full report  
5 stars
2 stars  
8/2008   Gregg Witkin
<100 Dives
 
Mabul Water Bungalows Full report N   Mabul/Sipadan   The Good.... The big fish action on Sipadan rivals that of Palau and the coral has to be among the most diverse and healthiest on ... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
11/2008   Jon Hoffmann
250+ Dives
 
Sipadan Water Village Resort Full report N   Mabul Island, Borneo   The Sipidan Water Village Resort is built on stilts in the middle of the Celebes Sea. It is connected to Mabul island by a wooden ... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
9/2008   Jonathan Blake
1000+ Dives
 
SMART/ Mabul Water Bungalows Full report N   Borneo   A very good diving and resort experience. Friendly, eager, polite staff. This is definitely a dive/snorkel destination - very li... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
9/2008   Michael Igoe
250+ Dives
 
sipidan water village Full report N   mabul & sipidan   It was a long 21 hours flying time and another 9 in two hotels before we arrived at Sipidan Water Village, an hour's boat ride off... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
9/2008   anne warburton
250+ Dives
 
Sipadan Water Village Resort Full report N   Borneo   The Village itself is located on the island of Mabul, and diving is done on Mabul, Sipadan, and, Kapalai. There is an extra daily... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
9/2008   Bob & Pat Thompson
100+ Dives
 
Celebes Explorer Full report Y   Sipadan   UNDERCURRENTS Have you ever been on a liveaboard with ... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
7/2008   Judith Kendall
250+ Dives
 
SeaVentures Full report N   Mabul/Sipadan   This trip was a little disappointing from a weather standpoint. The winds kicked up the waves and in combination with clouds, real... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
5/2008   Rick Tuss
500+ Dives
 
Layang Layang Full report N   Layang Layang   Layang Layang Trip report April 14 thru the 28th It took over 3 days to arrive in Layang Layang from Los Angeles. Flew JAL from... Full report  
2 stars
3 stars  
4/2008   scott johnson
500+ Dives
 
Layang Layang Resort Full report N   Layang Layang   Layang Layang is an island the Malaysia government built on an atoll 200km Northwest of Kota Kinabalu in to protect their interest... Full report  
4 stars
2 stars  
3/2008   Ricky Tuss
500+ Dives
 
Sipadan Water Village Full report N   Mabul Island/ Sipadan Island   The best organized dive operation I've ever encountered. As well as having lots of room and thorough briefings, dive masters aske... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
3/2008   Victor A. Bary
250+ Dives
 
Mv Celebes Explorer Full report Y   Borneo, Sipidan Island   The MV Celebes Explorer accommodations were somewhat dated and in need of renovation. We had the "honeymoon" cabin which was acces... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
8/2007   David McDougall
250+ Dives
 
Borneo Divers Mabul Resort Full report N   Borneo   Terrific place to see mandarinfish, turtles, blue-ringed octopus, flamboyant cuttlefish, frogfish, ornate ghost pipefish. Our p... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
3/2007   Yvonne Lanelli
250+ Dives
 
Sipadan-Mabul Resort/ SMART Water Bungalows Full report N   Mabul-Sipadan   This is my sixth visit to the Water Bungalows over the last three years. The quality of the bungalows, food, and operation of the... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
9/2007   Steven Levin
1000+ Dives
 
SMART/ Mabul Water Bungalows Full report N   Borneo   Mabul Water Bungalows an up-scale partner of Sipadan-Mabul Resort (SMART). Great accomodations, good restaurant, great service, n... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
8/2006   John Sommerer
250+ Dives
 
Seaventures Full report Y   Sipadan   This was our first time at Sipadan, but wow factor aside, if serious diving is your business then you can't go past Seaventures. ... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
7/2007   Leigh Clark
100+ Dives
 
Sipadan Water Village - Borneo Full report N     This place never ceases to amaze me. Every trip is like going home again. The staff, from the GM to the maint. workers, go out of... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
6/2007   Bill Hardee
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Rover Full report N   East   Ocean Rover is the best liveaboard that I have been on. Unlike other operations, the crew and service on this boat is consistentl... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
5/2007   Leona Holaday
1000+ Dives
 
SMART Full report N   Borneo   The resort is on the Island of Mabul, about 15 minutes from Sipidan. The diving is exceptionally good. At Sipidan where we went ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
10/2006   Phil Gans
250+ Dives
 
Lankayan Dive/ Lankayan Resort Full report N   Lankayan Island   Lankayan Resort was a delightful surprise. We were met at the airport by a representative of the company and taken to the harbor f... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
9/2006   Bill Ehler
1000+ Dives
 
Mataking Reef Resort Full report N   Mataking/Sipadan   I stayed at Mataking for 7 days and six nights. I paid for 2 long boat trips (3 hours round trip) to Sipadan (six dives total) an... Full report  
1 stars
2 stars  
9/2006   J Sloane
500+ Dives
 
Borneo Divers/ Borneo Divers Resort Full report N   Mabul Island   We had the advantage of seeing the Resort's DVD before going, so knew that divers suited up at the Dive Shop and then went on boar... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
8/2005   Dale Finch
500+ Dives
 
Borneo Divers/ Kapalai Resort Full report N   [N/A]   The resort is casual and very comfortable, a creation of boardwalks and bungalows stemming out from a tiny sandbar in the middle o... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
7/2006   Tracey Bennett
250+ Dives
 
Sipidan Water Village Full report N   Sipidan, Kapalai, Mabul   From LAX it took two days to get to Sipidan Water Village and it was well worth it. It is an amazing accommodation, with potted pl... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
6/2006   Tracey Bennett
250+ Dives
 
Sipadan Water Village Full report N   Sipadan, Borneo   Our stay at the Sipadan Water Village on Mabul Island had a great combination of wall dives with pelagics and turtles on Sipadan I... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
4/2006   Linda & Ron Welf
250+ Dives
 
Reef Resort Full report N   Mataking Island   My husband and I went to Mataking Island in December 2004, at the start of the monsoon season. Not the best time to go, but we wer... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
12/2004   Sharon Hurst
100+ Dives
 
Borneo Divers/ Borneo DIvers Mabul Resort Full report N   Mabul/Sipidan   Borneo Divers does a great job of getting you from Kota Kinabalu to the the resort and back. The resort cottages and clean and com... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
7/2005   Jerry Tuttle
1000+ Dives
 
Kapalai Full report N   Northeast Borneo   Kapalai is an exquisite retreat - the long trip is worth it simply for this setting. Everybody gets an overwater bungalow with lo... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
4/2005   Laura Todd
250+ Dives
 
same Full report N   Layang Layang   Even though there were few hammerheads, (one of the main reasons I went), I would return to Layang Layang any time. Try going as ... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
4/2005   Laura Todd
250+ Dives
 
Pulau-Sipadan resort & touring/ Lankayan Island Resort Full report N   Lankayan Island,Sabah   I do long dives and was not told up front about the 45 min limit. Which did not go over well at all. I had in person chats with t... Full report  
1 stars
3 stars  
3/2005   Sally Schroeder
1000+ Dives
 
Pulau Sipadan Resort Full report N   Kapalai, Sipadan,   Beautiful overwater resort on Kapalai, a sand spit that is submerged under water most of the day. No mosquitoes a definite plus. N... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
6/2004   John Orange
250+ Dives
 
Kapalai Full report N   Sabah   Kapalai is a beautiful water village, built on piers with no island. It offers great macro opportunities. Boat dives around the r... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
9/2002   Michelle Ginsburg
1000+ Dives
 
Sipadan Dive Centre Full report N   Sipadan   Good - 1. marine life was excellent / abundant / extremely varied with unusual critters. Would definitely go back, though not t... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
8/2002   Tony
1000+ Dives
 

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