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Dive Review of Pulau Sipadan Resort in
Malaysia/Kapalai, Sipadan,

Pulau Sipadan Resort, Jun, 2004,

by John Orange, CA, USA . Report 1330.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving California, Fiji, Cozumel, Honduras, Cayman Brac, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 0 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions No decompression dives. Dive with group and surface together.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Beautiful overwater resort on Kapalai, a sand spit that is submerged under water most of the day. No mosquitoes a definite plus. No air conditioning, but the constant breeze and overhead fan made the stay very comfortable although very hot under the sun (90+ degrees ). Accommodations much better on Kapalai where we stayed the entire week, but wish we had stayed on Sipadan at least one night for the night dive (heard others raved about it). Sipadan will be closed after Dec. 2004. Saw lots of giant turtles, some white tips, crocodile fish, frog fish, cuttle fish, too many to name. We would definitely return if we have the chance, but may want to stay longer as the trip there (land, air, sea) is long. Would like to see more of Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak) as well if we ever have the time.
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