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Dive Review of Sipadan Dive Centre in
Malaysia/Sipadan

August, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Tony, Surrey, England (1 report)
Report Number 39
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Cayman, Red Sea, PNG, Barrier Reef, Turks & Caicos, Fiji, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
27   to 0    ° Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
45 mins max dive time. Most divers were forced to dive as a group, though
if your demonstrated experienced, the divemaster was flexible.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
1 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Comments
Obviously absolutely shed-loads to take pictures of, but Sipadan Dive
Centre is not kitted out at all for the underwater photographer. There is
no decent, clean, well lit place to change films and clean kit, although
there is a dedicated fresh water tank. There is also nowhere to safely
store the camera on the boats - you have to carry the camera on your lap.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
1 stars
Food
1 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Good -

1. marine life was excellent / abundant / extremely varied with unusual
critters. Would definitely go back, though not to Sipadan Dive Centre.
2. Turtle central! Turtles everywhere! Love turtles!

Bad - 

1. Plenty of evidence of previous dynamite fishing, though reefs in general
were healthy.
2. Diving staff couldnt really be bothered (in general) - everything was a
hassle. They didnt go out of their way at all to make the experience
special.
3. Staff wouldnt not arrange trips to Mabul & Kapalai (nearby islands),
even with an extra charge - which is an absolute MUST for ANYONE going to
Sipadan (amazing photography)
4. Staff didnt know the dive sites particularly well (compared to Borneo
divers staff) and kept using the same dive site repeatedly.
5. Food at SDC was abysmal. Take plenty of chocolate.
6. Recommend Borneo Divers or Palau Sipadan Resort for far superior diving
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