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Dive Review of Sipadan Water Village in
Malaysia/Borneo

Sipadan Water Village, Mar, 2009,

by Stanley Zuk, NY, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 4755.

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

Weather windy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility to Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Safety stop
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 2 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling 2 stars
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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