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Dive Review of Pulau-Sipadan resort & touring/Lankayan Island Resort in
Malaysia/Lankayan Island,Sabah

Pulau-Sipadan resort & touring/Lankayan Island Resort, Mar, 2005,

by Sally Schroeder, Fla, USA . Report 1661.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments I do long dives and was not told up front about the 45 min limit. Which did not go over well at all. I had in person chats with the booking folks prior to this trip. The resort is very nice, clean cabins on the beach, nice private balconies, clean hot water showers/ baths w/ flush toilets, baby blacktip reef sharks all over the shallows under the pier were nice to watch. Good food & friendly resort staff. Nice buffet food service in beach front local with a good breeze.

Dive operations were another deal altogether. The 1st, 2nd & 3rd tanks I put my gear on were filled to over 4,000 pounds. Dive staff did not seem to think this was unusual or a problem. Super silty dive sites (I only saw 2+ the pier) really poor for photos and very few fish. Again I did not stick around to see more. So this is very limited commentary. Got on the 1st boat only 2 other divers. The guide, when asked what interesting things we should look for said "follow me". I put gear on in the water. When the boat driver went to hand my gear down to me, it crashed to the floor of the boat as he had left it standing on a seat for a moment. The dive guide showed me not a single thing while underwater. After 45 min I got tapped on the shoulder and told to surface....I had more than 2,000 pounds in a 63 size tank.

Night dive was alone under the docks where there were maybe a dozen fish. 3 other divers did a 25 min dive and left. I stayed in over an hour just to give things a really look about.

Second boat dive was the next morning. Dive was briefed for 45 min. I asked what the deal was on the 45 min and was told I needed to charter my own boat, driver and private guide for who knows how much additional $$'s if I wished to be in the water over 45 min. During this, my last dive with these folks, there were 9 dynamite blasts during the dive. None of the other 3 divers seemed surprized.

After some serious discussions with the dive operator I have reached an agreeable settlement with them.

Sabah itself is a really beautiful state to visit. I did lots of land things after this aborted diving episode. Big green lush mountains, jungle, waterfalls, hiking, canopy walks, orang Utangs, in all a great adventure place to visit. I know it offers great diving, I just did not find it this time. Yes I'll return to Sabah anytime.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving 8 trips to Indonesia, 15 places in the Caribbean, Red Sea, Thailand, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 76-82°F / 24-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-30 Ft/ 6-9 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Follow the leader only, 45 min max bottom time even with bottom being 18-20 meter depths max.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 1 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Nothing on the boat specifically for camera gear. Wash bin for gear & separate for camera on the pier where you board the boat. Nothing special for camera area on the pier that I saw. Wet bins of gear in 1 room seemed to be the only on the pier gear area. Rooms were a 50 meter walk away so close by.
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