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Dive Review of Billabong homestay in
Malaysia/East Borneo

Billabong homestay: "Budget diving at Sipadan and Mabul islands", Aug, 2017,

by Andrew Falconer , WA, AU (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 10203.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vanuatu, South Africa, Iceland, Scotland, Norway, Cuba, Maldives, Chuuk, Galapagos, Phillipines, Sri Lanka
Closest Airport Tawau Getting There Fly from KL to Tawau, then bus or taxi to Semporna, then fast boat to Mabul

Dive Conditions

Weather Seas
Water Temp to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility to Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

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Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments Sipidan, Mabul (and Kapalai) are three small islands off the east coast of Borneo, Malaysia. From Australia they can be reached by flying to Kuala Lumpar, and then to Tawau, the nearest airport, then by bus / taxi to Semporna, a coastal town from which fast boats depart for Mabul. I flew Air Asia from Perth, the return trip costing about $500. It required an overnight stop in Semporna in order to catch the early morning boat out to Mabul.
There is both budget and resort accomodation on Mabul and resort accomodation only Kapalai. To get and stay there you need to book with one of the accomodation providers in advance. This usually includes a dive package. To dive Sipidan you need a special permit as there is a limit of 120 divers per day, which can also be arranged as part of a ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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