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Dive Review of sipidan water village in
Malaysia/mabul & sipidan

September, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by anne warburton, ca, usa
Contributor   (12 reports, with 4 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4470
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
philippines, costa rica, belize, bonaire, curacao, lembeh strait, thailand,
viet nam, cayman islands, turks, palau, yap
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
82   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
500 psi on the line  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
no rinse tanks on boats for cameras - only small buckets with salt water. 
Rinse tank at dive facility. Not a problem normally as boats returned to
dive facility between most dives. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
It was a long 21 hours flying time and another 9 in two hotels before we
arrived at Sipidan Water Village, an hour's boat ride off the big island of
Borneo.  Mabul is a very small island with 3 resorts built on stilts
jutting out over the turquoise water.  Rooms were large and very nice with
large porch attached to each.  Drying rack on every porch (and/or line in
bathroom) and two lounge chairs.  Two jugs of water for drinking left in
the rooms daily.  Food was good and varied - some Malay and some American
at all three meals. Liquor, beer and soft drinks are extra. Large gift shop
(t-shirts, wooden carvings, sarongs, etc.) but no dive shop. Dive facility
was large with benches and tables; cookies, water or hot chocolate
available for the divers. Towels available. Small numbered lockers for
fins, booties and non valuables. Same numbered pegs in another room for
BCs.  Recommended that you take computers with you to your room.  Equipment
all set up in the am and changed between dives.  All but one of the DMs
were good - pointed out many creatures - fusiliers, sargeant minors,
butterfly fish, angel fish, anthais, barracuda, white tip and gray reef
sharks, humphead wrasses, frogfish, sea snakes, grouper, leaf fish,
crocodile fish, morays, nudis, scorpionfish, pipefish, etc. Most of the
time we swam without current.  Disappointed that the water was not clearer
but with the two storms we had (one a typhoon) the water had to be stirred
up. Many guards on Sipidan, a 45 minute boat ride from Mabul.  We were
checked in for the first two dives and then again for the third when we
returned to the island in the afternoon.  A mine sweeper with machine gun
was docked at SWV one day and a helicopter with machine gun flew over one
night and actually spotlighted one of our groups' room for several seconds.
 Looking for Philippino insurgents I guess.  This was a good dive trip,
water was warm and fish life plentiful.   
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