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Dive Review of Sipadan Water Village in

March, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Stanley Zuk, NY, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 4755
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Cozumel, Yap, Palau, Fiji, Bora Bora, Fakarava, Rangiroa, Caymans,
Curacao, Cook Islands, Maldives, Seychelles, Tanzania, Mauritius, Malaysia,
many others.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, surge  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
  to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Safety stop  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
2 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
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 Island in order to
dive there. I was very lucky to be there in a slow season in march, cause I
got to dive Sipadan 5 full days. Unfortunately to Sipadan island, the
amount of divers is quite excessive, and during some dives we were mixing
with another group of divers. The place itself looks like a factory,
because it's that busy with divers. The diving is good, but it's not the
best I've seen. They usually make you dive famous Barracuda Point for a few
times, and if it wasn't for this inexhaustable spot, the rest wasn't very
exciting. There was another great reef with an amazing amount of turtles,
but overall it became quite boring. Most dives begin with diving Sipadan
wall for about 20-25 minutes, the walls are steep and nice, but very
boring, and there's not much to see there, except of couple of turtles
hiding in caves. The true strong point of Sipadan was its shore diving, and
walls vere just a waste of time. I've seen many turtles, many white tip
sharks, and a school of humphead parrot fish, however, excessive amount of
divers and snorkelers makes fish disappear, or simply go away. I stayed in
Sipadan Water Village on Mabul island. It was clean, nice, and very well
organized. Food was just acceptable, and boring. There is also one thing
about the resort. It is situated on Mabul island with neighboring dirty and
dreadful small village, not showing on prospects and photographs, and if
you'd like to be away from it, you should definitely stay on Kapalai. Mabul
dives were dead and uninteresting, so if you are not diving Sipadan for at
least 5 days, it doesn't make much sense to be there. Kapalai dives were a
bit better, but not really great. If you really want to spend the time and
money there, and you are an experienced diver, go to PNG, Fiji, Tuamotu
Islands, or Palau instead of going to Sipadan Water Village.  
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