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Dive Review of Sipadan Water Village in
Malaysia/Mabul Island/ Sipadan Island

Sipadan Water Village, Mar, 2008,

by Victor A. Bary, NJ, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports). Report 3952.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Aruba, Bermuda, Bahamas, Bonaire, Cayman Islands (Grand, Brac, Little), Fiji, Tursk & Caicos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 20 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions General time and depth, with considerable latitude for the experienced divers
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Clean, camera-only rinse tanks. Dive masters attempted to find subjects photograhers were interested in. All carried pointers and nearly all 'Etch-a-Sketch' writing tablets.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The best organized dive operation I've ever encountered. As well as having lots of room and thorough briefings, dive masters asked in advance where we had dived in their covered area and where we wanted to go and what we wanted to see. Friendly and knowledgeable.

We dived with another couple we've been diving with for 5 years (both are marine scientists with innumerable dives in challenging California waters). Dive masters quickly assessed our capabilities and allowed us to dive our own pace and profiles.

Fabulous marine diversity. Muck diving provided nudis galore, ghost pipe fish, pygmy sea horses, frog fish, leaf fish, cuttle fish. Wall diving provided turtles galor, some sharks and bump head parrots, schools of jacks and barracuda, lots of soft coral, giant clams and other mollusks.
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