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Dive Review of Sipadan Water Village in
Malaysia/Mabul

Sipadan Water Village: "Excellent trip to Sipadan Water Village", Jan, 2016,

by Steven Evers, CA, US ( 1 report). Report 8816.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, PNG, Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, Caribbean stuff, Costa Rica
Closest Airport Tawau Getting There SFO to Dubai to Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dives were kept to 45 minutes, but a couple of times I said I wanted to stay down for an hour and the guides didn't have any issue with that - rarely did I surface with less than 1000 psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments I have had a fascination with diving in the Coral Triangle area for a number of years and had not done Borneo. This last August I booked a trip there through Uncommon Adventures, who I have had very reliable service from for the last 20 years. Naturally, I was a bit concerned about safety after reading an article in the November 2015 issue about security in the area, but the trip was booked and I really wanted to go. To a large degree it sounds like we did a trip similar to what was described in your January 2013 issue - Jungle and rainforest stuff to see land animals, and then a week at SWV. I suspect that the recent security concerns contributed to a big issue with booking cancellations at SWV. When I booked the trip in August I was told the resort was pretty much completely booked except for a deluxe room (S122). When we arrived on January 1 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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