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Dive Review of Sipadan Water Village in
Malaysia/Borneo-Mabul, Kapalai, Sipidan

Sipadan Water Village: "Fantastic, other-worldly expedition to a photographic paradise", Mar, 2016,

by Paul Selden, MI, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8906.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, West Palm Beach, Vancouver Island, California, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Galapagos, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Utila, Roatan, Andros, Belize, Palm Island, Playa del Carmen, Ceynotes-Akumal, Dominica, Holbox, Curacao, Union Island/Grenadines, Philippines
Closest Airport Tawau (in Sabah, Borneo) Getting There via Kuala Lumpur

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 78 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Our group was made up of experienced divers/UW photographers. After our guide got comfortable with us, our main "restriction" was not to get so far from our guide that we wouldn't see what he was finding for us. Getting the most dive time out of our tanks was no problem. Good shore diving system.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 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 weren't any camera buckets on the boats but the rides were usually short. We went back to the dock after m ... 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 2 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments Sipidan Water Village Resort is one of many resorts that cling to Mabul Island off the northeast coast of Borneo. Sipidan is the featured Island in a cluster of three nearby islands. The other two are Mabul and Kapalai. The resort is connected by a long wharf to Mabul. Our roomy bungalow was air conditioned and had a mini-frig plus fresh water supplied in bottles every day. The tap water is brackish. Electricity required a 110v US style converter. A desk in the room served as my camera table. A bar served beer, wine and liquor but we brought own. We enjoyed sundowners on the deck off our bungalow each night. Think twice about getting one of the "ocean view" type rooms that line up on a wharf that more or less face the sea versus the bay. I think these rooms have numbers beginning with "S" and are numbered something like 110 or greater. Everyone we talked with who stayed in t ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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