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Dive Review of Sipadan Water Village in

January, 2016, an Instant Reader Report by Steven Evers, CA, US (1 report)
"Excellent trip to Sipadan Water Village"
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, PNG, Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, Caribbean stuff, Costa Rica
Closest Airport
Getting There
SFO to Dubai to Kuala Lumpur
to Sandakan 

Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dives were kept to 45 minutes, but a couple of times I said I wanted to
stay down for an hour and the guides didn't have any issue with that -
rarely did I surface with less than 1000 psi.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
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  4 stars
Tropical Fish
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I have had a fascination with diving in the Coral Triangle area for a
number of years and had not done Borneo.  This last August I booked a trip
there through Uncommon Adventures, who I have had very reliable service
from for the last 20 years.  Naturally, I was a bit concerned about safety
after reading an article in the November 2015 issue about security in the
area, but the trip was booked and I really wanted to go.  To a large degree
it sounds like we did a trip similar to what was described in your January
2013 issue - Jungle and rainforest stuff to see land animals, and then a
week at SWV.  I suspect that the recent security concerns contributed to a
big issue with booking cancellations at SWV.  When I booked the trip in
August I was told the resort was pretty much completely booked except for a
deluxe room (S122).  When we arrived on January 1
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