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.
Diving in Sipadan operates on a permit basis and is restricted to 120 permits per day. We recommend staying at least 4 nights to allow for the opportunity to dive Sipadan. The longer you stay the greater your chances of having more dives in Sipadan (normally 4 dives a day). Permits to Sipadan island are not transferable.
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$ 13 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:
Malaysia Airlines, MH2121, 07:30-08:15 hrs from Kota Kinabalu
Air Asia, AK5152, 07:20-10:05 hrs from Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia Airlines, MH 3093, 07:45-09:40 hrs from Sandakan
Malaysia Airlines, MH 2660, 08:25-11:15 hrs from Kuala Lumpur
Air Asia, AK 6122, 07:20-08:10 hrs from Kota Kinabalu
Malaysia Airlines, MH2137, 13:15-14:00 hrs from Kota Kinabalu
Air Asia, AK 6126, 12:20-13:10 hrs from Kota Kinabalu
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:
Air Asia,AK5153, 10:30-13:15 hrs to Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia Airlines, MH3092, 10:05-10:45 hrs to Sandakan
Malaysia Airlines, MH2661, 11:55-14:35 hrs to Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia Airlines, MH2134, 14:40-15:25 hrs to Kota Kinabalu
Air Asia, AK6127, 13:35-14:25 hrs to Kota Kinabalu
Malaysia Airlines, MH3094, 17:10-17:50 hrs to Sandakan
Malaysia Airlines, MH3054, 17:55-18:55 hrs to Kota Kinabalu
Air Asia, AK2665, 17:50-20:30 hrs to Kuala Lumpur
Air Asia, AK5155, 18:50-21:35 hrs to Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia Airlines, MH3056, 20:55-21:55 hrs to Kota Kinabalu
Air Asia, AK5157, 21:35-00:20 hrs to Kuala Lumpur
Air Asia, AK6129, 21:35-22:25 hrs to Kota Kinabalu
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.