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Dive Review of Sipadan Kalapai Dive Resort in

Sipadan Kalapai Dive Resort: "Great Trip to Sipadan", Dec, 2017,

by Mr Franklin Mah, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 10077 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Belize, Hawaii, Cozumel, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Yap
Closest Airport Tawau Getting There USA to Singapore to Kota Kinabalu to Tawau

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 80 to 90 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dive in small groups of 5-7 people with everyone coming up at the same time. Generally about 45-50 minutes with limits on depth.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments There was really nothing specially made to accommodate photographers. There is a tub to soak the camera equipment back at the dive shop but nothin ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 2 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments The hard part about getting to Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort is the travel time. From the USA, you need to get to Kota Kinabalu [BKI]. I went through Singapore on Singapore Airlines because I wanted a stopover there on the flight back home. It is possible to also fly into Taipei [TPE] and Seoul [ICN] but I did not want to do a stopover in either place in the wintertime.

From Kota Kinabalu, there are flights to Tawau [TWU] on either Malaysian Airlines or Air Asia. If you are bringing your own equipment and it is over 20KG, then you will have excess baggage fees to pay. It was about $25-$30 in my case.

Malaysia's MAS Wings flies propellor planes with seating a little cramp if you are big and/or tall and the overhead storage space is very small. A normal carryon will not fit feet first, it would have to go in sideways. I had a ThinkTank StreetWalker HardDrive at 10KG that fit perfectly sideways. I don't believe that they were that strict on enforcing the number of carryon or weight.

Air Asia flies modern Airbus jet engine planes that holds hundreds of passengers but they strictly enforce the 1 piece of carryon per person less than 7KG. They let me pass as I was only c ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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