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Dive Review of Sipadan Water Village in
Malaysia/Mabul Island/ Sipadan Island

March, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Victor A. Bary, NJ, US
Contributor   (12 reports)
Report Number 3952
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Aruba, Bermuda, Bahamas, Bonaire, Cayman Islands (Grand, Brac, Little),
Fiji, Tursk & Caicos
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
General time and depth, with considerable latitude for the experienced
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Clean, camera-only rinse tanks.  Dive masters attempted to find subjects
photograhers were interested in. All carried pointers and nearly all
'Etch-a-Sketch' writing tablets.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
The best organized dive operation I've ever encountered.  As well as having
lots of room and thorough briefings, dive masters asked in advance where we
had dived in their covered area and where we wanted to go and what we
wanted to see.  Friendly and knowledgeable.

We dived with another couple we've been diving with for 5 years (both are
marine scientists with innumerable dives in challenging California waters).
 Dive masters quickly assessed our capabilities and allowed us to dive our
own pace and profiles.

Fabulous marine diversity.  Muck diving provided nudis galore,  ghost pipe
fish, pygmy sea horses, frog fish, leaf fish, cuttle fish.  Wall diving
provided turtles galor, some sharks and bump head parrots, schools of jacks
and barracuda, lots of soft coral, giant clams and other mollusks.
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