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Dive Review of Sipadan Water Village in
Malaysia/Borneo-Mabul, Kapalai, Sipidan

March, 2016, an Instant Reader Report by Paul Selden, MI, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
"Fantastic, other-worldly expedition to a photographic paradise"
Report Number 8906
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, West Palm Beach, Vancouver Island, California, St. Vincent, St.
Lucia, Galapagos, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Utila, Roatan,
Andros, Belize, Palm Island, Playa del Carmen,  Ceynotes-Akumal, Dominica,
Holbox, Curacao, Union Island/Grenadines, Philippines
Closest Airport
Tawau (in Sabah,
Getting There
via Kuala Lumpur

Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
78   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Our group was made up of experienced divers/UW photographers.  After our
guide got comfortable with us, our main "restriction" was not to
get so far from our guide that we wouldn't see what he was finding for us. 
Getting the most dive time out of our tanks was no problem.  Good shore
diving system.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
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There weren't any camera buckets on the boats but the rides were usually
short.  We went back to the dock after m ...
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2 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Shore Diving  
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5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
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5 stars   
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Sipidan Water Village Resort is one of many resorts that cling to Mabul
Island off the northeast coast of Borneo.  Sipidan is the featured Island
in a cluster of three nearby islands.  The other two are Mabul and Kapalai.
 The resort is connected by a long wharf to Mabul.  Our roomy bungalow was
air conditioned and had a mini-frig plus fresh water supplied in bottles
every day.  The tap water is brackish.  Electricity required a 110v US
style converter.  A desk in the room served as my camera table.  A bar
served beer, wine and liquor but we brought own.  We enjoyed sundowners on
the deck off our bungalow each night.  Think twice about getting one of the
"ocean view" type rooms that line up on a wharf that more or less
face the sea versus the bay.  I think these rooms have numbers beginning
with "S" and are numbered something like 110 or greater. 
Everyone we talked with who stayed in t ...
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