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Dive Review of Sipadan Dive Centre in

August, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Tony, Surrey, England
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

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
27   to 0    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
1 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
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
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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