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

Sipadan Water Village: "Sorely in need of updating.", Oct, 2018,

by Tim McMann, MI, US ( 1 report with 1 Helpful vote). Report 10721 has 1 Helpful vote.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 1 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling 1 stars
Value for $$ 1 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The resort is sorely in need of an update. Two members of our group fell through the boards in the walkway!. Numerous issues in our room - the shower door was stuck open, a chair was broken, the door lock didnít work, the ceiling was falling in, several times we had no water.

However, the staff did their best to fix problems when asked.

All meals are served buffet-style. The food choices tended toward Asian cuisine & was mediocre and serving dishes were often empty. Those that ordered special meals sometimes had to wait 30 - 45 minutes for their meals.

While the diving on Sipadan Island was very good, the diving around Mabul was mediocre. The dive operation took us to the same artificial reef three times (& would have again, if we hadnít complained) where there were always 5 - 6 other dive boats and poor visibility. The dive boats had no beverages on board (they take you back to the shore after every dive where there is water, coffee, tea and a snack), but it would still be nice to have water to drink on the 20 minute boat ride back. We had a diIferent boat crew just about every day, so they never learned the diverís preferences for gearIng up & never brought the gear out in the same order which made it difficult to team up with your buddy in the water , especially when there was a current.

Websites Sipadan Water Village   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Cozumel, Bonaire, Curacao, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman, Playa del Carmen
Closest Airport Tawau Getting There Overseas flights with layovers, hour long bus ride, then 45 minute boat ride to Mabul

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 88-90°F / 31-32°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-50 Ft/ 6-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments They were just putting the final touches on new camera room when we left.
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