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Dive Review of Sipadan-Mabul Resort in
Malaysia/Sipadan, Lankayan Island

Sipadan-Mabul Resort: "Borneo 5/18", May, 2018,

by Lisa Carangelo, MA, US ( 1 report). Report 10356.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Diving at Sipadan was AMAZING-for the shear quantities of fish (Bump Head Parrott Fish and Barracuda,especially). Comfortable boat for our group (of 9) with DM's. Stayed at Mabul Water Bungalows-clean, spacious rooms with two-level, partially covered decks over the lagoon. This was an 'post-trip extension' to a trip with Wild Earth Expeditions and owner, Thomas Baechtold, was our trip leader. He was able to arrange a second day of diving at Sipadan for us and he thought of and took care of everything! The trip to both diving and jungle lodges (Sepilok, Sukau, Kinabatangan, Danum Valley)was extremely well organized and comfortable. We saw fabulous monkeys, birds, snakes, and fish in the wild. Sixteen guests,Americans and 1 Australian on main trip. All guests were into nature and lovely, friendly people. A/C in every guest's room, comfortable vehicles, guides spoke excellent English throughout. Tremendous variety of delicious foods served buffet-style at every resort. In short, an amazig trip!
Websites Sipadan-Mabul Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Truk, Hawaii, Australia, Galapagos, BVI, New England
Closest Airport Getting There Boston-Hong Kong-Kuala Lumpur-Kota Kinabalu then a combination of small intra-country flights and driving. All went smoothly.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas surge
Water Temp 80-85°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Group leader arranged for 1 hour max. dive time for us. Others were limited by divemasters to 45 min. max dive times.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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