Sipadan Water Village
Sipadan Island is located in Borneo and is the only oceanic island in Malaysia, rising 600 metres (2,000 ft) from the seabed. It is located in the Celebes Sea off the east coast of Sabah, Malaysia. It was formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct volcanic cone that took thousands of years to develop. Sipadan is located at the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin, the centre of one of the richest marine habitats in the world.
More than 400 species of fish and hundreds of coral species have been classified in this ecosystem. Sipadan Island was at the top of Rodale's Scuba Diving Magazine Gold List for 'The Top Dive Destination in the World'.
Frequently seen in the waters around Sipadan:
- Green and hawksbill turtles (which mate and nest there)
- Enormous schools of barracuda in tornado-like formations
- Large schools of big-eye trevally
- Shoals of bumphead parrotfish eating and shitting at the same time
Pelagic species such as manta rays, eagle rays, scalloped hammerhead sharks and whale sharks also visit Sipadan.
The Resort: Sipdan Water Village
Sipadan Water Village is a beautiful resort constructed in the Bajau architectural style. The entire resort is built over the water on stilts, which are laid precisely so as to minimise damage to the surrounding reef.
Be wowed by the resort’s splendid water cottage accommodation, flowered sidewalks, sumptuous Asian and Continental cuisine, and impeccable, personal service.
Some of the best reefs in the world are literally at your doorstep. The resort’s experienced divemasters are specially trained in the marine ecology of the region, and will show you the natural beauty as well as impart their knowledge of marine life and a better understanding of the environment. This attitude and passion is what sets diving with Sipadan Water Village apart.
Kapalai and Mabul (where the resort is located), are world-renowned as macro “heaven on earth”, and the best dive sites are all less than 15 minutes away from the resort and are mostly in shallow water. Small creatures are not the only attractions here; one can never get tired of fish watching and the ample opportunities for photography. Be prepared to see countless remarkable creatures on one dive, be it cuttlefish, anemone shrimp, harlequin ghost pipefish, juvenile batfish or dragonets. The possibilities are endless!
Sipadan presents a very different diving environment from the other islands, being mostly a combination of wall and drift diving. Be prepared to be wowed by beautiful coral, gorgonian and sponge-covered walls, and of course, the turtles. Nowhere else on Earth can you see so many turtles on just one dive. There are also huge resident schools of barracuda circling the top of the reef.
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TERMS & CONDITIONS
Pick up from home between 1130hr to 1200hr. Transfer to Senai Airport. Check-in at 1350hr, Flight Air Asia AK 5596 Depart Johor Bahru 1550hr and Arrive Tawau 1830hr. Pick up and transfer to Tawau Hotel (about 30min). Check-in and Seafood dinner at own expense.
Check out at 630am, and quick breakfast at Tawau Hotel & depart at 7am for Semporna Jetty (about 2 hour transfer). Speed boat transfer to Resort (about 45min). Upon arrival at Resort, will be given welcome drink and resort briefing. Dive center briefing at 11am, follow by check out dive at shore. Lunch then 1 boat dive, Dinner.
(Note that official check-in timing is 2pm. In the event should the rooms are ready, they will issue the keys upon arrival at resort. In the event that the rooms are not ready, can leave the bags at reception while doing the check-out dive and lunch.
Day 3 to 5:
3 meals & 3 boat dives a day + unlimited shore dives (6am to 6pm)
Breakfast, check-out before lunch and have lunch at 12nn. 1pm Boat to Semporna and transfer to Tawau Airport. Air Asia AK 5597 Depart Tawau 1855hr and Arrive Johor Baru 2120hr. End of package