Sipadan Island, Mabul and Kapalai. There are 3 dives a day. When park guest permit numbers allow, this will mean 2 dives at Sipadan, lunch at the resort and then a 3rd dive again at Sipadan. Alternatively it will be a 3 dive day around Mabul or Kapalai. Diving on day of arrival depends on your arrival time.
Sipadan Water Village offers a guaranteed visit to Sipadan Island with a minimum 5 days / 4 nights dive package. Permits to Sipadan island are not transferable.
For more guaranteed dives at Sipadan, please check MV Celebes Explorer.
Resort diving includes:
Dives, unlimited self-guided house reef dives, boat rides to dive sites, experienced English-speaking divemaster (maximum 12 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, snacks.
Night dives (minimum 3 divers, approx. US$ 16 per house reef dive) , scuba equipment (approx. US$ 25 per day), dive computer, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (if available, approx. US$ 12 per tank), dive insurance, Sipadan permit fees (approx. US$ 12 per person per day), Semporna jetty fees (approx. US$ 3.50 per person per tour booking, payable in advance). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Resort accommodation includes:
Bed, breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, snacks, return resort transfers from Tawau airport, internet access.
Alcoholic drinks. If you are a single person you must normally pay in advance for a single supplement, but you may be able to share at non-peak times. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there:
The resort is located along the northern beachfront of Mabul Island. It is a 40 minute speedboat ride from the port of Semporna. The resort will provide a return transfer from Tawau Airport to Semporna and Mabul.
Tawau arrival flights:
From Kota Kinabalu: Air Asia: AK 6122 (07:20-08:10), AK 6126 (12:20-13:10); Malaysia Airlines: MH2121 (07:30-08:15), MH2137 (13:15-14:00)
From Kuala Lumpur: Air Asia AK5152 (07:20-10:05); Malaysia Airlines MH 2660 (08:25-11:15)
From Sandakan: Malaysia Airlines MH 3093 (07:45-09:40)
Transfer times from Tawau Airport to Sipadan Water Village are 08:15, 10:50 and 14:15 hrs. If you arrive on any flight which does not time well with these transfer times then you must wait at the airport for the next available transfer (which could be a few hours) or overnight at Tawau or Semporna. Only if you arrive on the morning flights will it be possible to dive that day.
Tawau departure flights:
To Kota Kinabalu: Air Asia: AK6127 (13:35-14:25), AK6129 (21:35-22:25); Malaysia Airlines: MH2134 (14:40-15:25), MH3054 (17:55-18:55), MH3056 (20:55-21:55)
To Kuala Lumpur: Air Asia: AK5153 (10:30-13:15), AK2665 (17:50-20:30), AK5155 (18:50-21:35), AK5157 (21:35-00:20); Malaysia Airlines: MH2661 (11:55-14:35)
To Sandakan: Malaysia Airlines: MH3092 (10:05-10:45), MH3056 (20:55-21:55)
Transfer times from Sipadan Water Village to Tawau Airport are 06:30, 10:00 and 14:00 hrs. Please plan 3 hours between resort departure and flight departure time.
Note that special transfers can be arranged for groups. Individuals/couples can arrange private transfers at additional cost. For more information see our Mabul tourist information section.
Dive clubs and group discounts:
Groups of 10 guests or more will receive an additional 1 extra place free of charge with only US$ 100 payable for land and boat transfer.
If this is your only planned visit to Borneo Malaysia then we strongly recommend that you consider a 2 night add-on stay at the Sepilok Nature Resort, Sandakan in Sabah, to allow you to witness the not-to-be-missed jungle adventures with Orang-utans.