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Choose the best resort for you at Sipadan 2012

THE BEST RESORT FOR YOU Choose AT SIPADAN IN 2012 Before 2004, if you wanted to dive at Sipadan Island, your accommodation has to be located on Sipadan Island. But since then, the government has asked all dive resorts to move out of Sipadan Island. Today, dive resorts are located on Mabul Island, Kapalai Island and Mataking Island. About Diving at Sipadan Sipadan is the only oceanic island in the area. Because of this, here comp. • Although Sipadan Island is the main attraction, the other islands have plenty to offer for micro life as well including: I to the other nearby islands where you will see smaller creatures. | likely big you · Flying gurnard · Flamboyant cuttlefish Big creatures include: - Chevron and yellow fin barracudas . Green and hawksbill turtles • Ornate ghostpipe fish · Blue-ringed octopus - Napoleon wrasse • White tip, black tip, grey tip sharks - Potato head groupers Best Times to Dive Sipadan De Nov Oct Sep Jul Aug May Apr Mar High period Feb Jan The best time to visit Sipadan Island is during the dry season which usually is between March to October. Choosing a resort can you to choose the perfect resort for your dive holiday based on a number of criteria: time consuming. But we've compiled the information for you so that it is easier for Single travellers Turnaround time to Sipadan Island How long you have to stay before you get a chance to visit Sipadan Island. Group booking discounts Other locations Which other destinations does the resort bring you besides Sipadan Island. Wi-Fi Wi-Fi | In case you need to be in touch with civilization. FANX Voodoo Gas (EANX Nitrox) For those who want to dive Nitrox. Young children friendly Price Category What kind of budget do you want to put aside for the dive trip. 8 Turnaround Time to Dive Sipadan Island Permit: Sipadan Island diving requires permits issued by Sabah Parks. Quota: 120 permits per day allocated to 12 resorts. • Sipadan Mabul Resort and Mabul Water Bungalows Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort The "big 4" resorts account for • Borneo Divers Mabul Resort 46% of the permit allocation • Sipadan Water Village Sipadan Mabul How long do you have to stay before you get a chance to dive Sipadan Island? Resort Dive Resor lai Villen Water Seaventures Dive Rig The Reef Dive MV Celebes Resort Bungaater Explorer Mabul Divers l Resort E 0000 00 O Nights C000 *This does not apply to the semi-detached chalets. For semi-detached chalets, your chances of visiting Sipadan will depend on available permits not assigned to anyone else. Dive Dive once S Dive at least once What If I Stayed a Shorter Duration? For shorter stay, your visit to Sipadan Island is not guaranteed. Permit availability will depend on available permits that have not been allocated to others that are staying longer. Your chances are higher during the low period and almost null during the high period in July and August. High and low periods vary year to year. Even for low period, there could be a week where the resort is full and if you happen to be there in the week and not staying the minimum turnaround time, you may lose out. Are the Other Islands Worth Diving? Yes Diving in the area isn't just all about Sipadan Island. There is a lot to offer for muck diving and lots of macro life to discover in the other islands such as Mabul, Kapalai and Si Amil. Many divers return and don't mind opting out of Sipadan so they can spend all their time looking for macro life which is just as rewarding. Timbun Mata Pulau a Pom Pom Pulau Pandanano Pulau Mataking Pulau Sabah Timba Timba (MALAYSIA) Pulau Pulau Bohayan Kalapuan Semporna Pulau Si Amil Pulau Kapalai Pulau Mabul Pulau Sipadan Mainland & Islands Reef West Ridge North Point Hanging Gardens - Drop ff Pulau Sipadan Turtle Tomb There are only 3 resorts that have Technical Diving expertise on staff that can bring you into the Turtle Tomb at Sipadan Enter Turtle Tomb at Sipadan Island Barracuda Point Lobster Lairs. Staghom Grest. Island, subject to permit availability. They are: Coral Gardens • Mabul Water Bungalows Whitetip Avenue South Point • Sipadan Mabul Resort Turtle Patch Midreef • Seaventures Dive Rig Other Locations • The Reef Dive Resort • MV Celebes Explorer On Sundays, around Semporna such as Besides Sipadan Island, here is a list of location that these resorts go to. Mataking, Pandanan, Bohayan, Mabul, Kapalai and Si Amil Islands: • Borneo Divers Mabul Resort • Mabul Water Bungalows • Seaventures Dive Rig • Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort • Sipadan Mabul Resort • Sipadan Water Village Kalapuan, Timba Timba and Pom Pom Islands. Timbun Mata, Tun Sakaran Marine Park. Other days, Mabul island if everyone needs a break from Sipadan Island. EANX Voodoo Gas (EANX Nitrox) Seaventures Dive Rig Resort Sipadan-Kapalai Sipadan Mabul VillageWater MV Celebes Explorer 4omeo Divers Resort Mabul Water The Reef Dive Dive Resort Bungalows abul Resort EANX VYes X No *but requires pre booking. Price Category Midrange Midrange Exclusive Borneo Divers Mabul Resort Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort MV Celebes Explorer located over water, sand bank visible during low tides Mabul Water Bungalows only live aboard operating in Sipadan Island only 15 chalets and 2 suites, located over water Seaventures Dive Rig Sipadan Water Village located over water Sipadan-Mabul Resort The Reef Dive Resort Single Travellers For single travellers, some resorts will impose compulsory single supplement charges while others are optional. Single supplement charges varies but are usually 50% of the package price. O Compulsory Supplement O Optional Sipadan Mabul For optional single supplement, you can choose not to have single supplement, VillanWater Resort Sipadan-Kapalai but you may have to share room with another person. Seaventures The Reef Dive Resort e Resort MV Celebes Explorer Bunga ater Borneo Resore Mabul Re ** Additional land and boat transfer fees may apply if you are the only person travelling in the vehicle or boat. *** Additional land and boat transfer fees may apply if you are the only person travelling in the vehicle or boat. However there is one scheduled transfer where you will not have to pay for additional land and boat transfer. * with the exception of the Borneo Villa and Bougainvilla Suites. It is compulsory for these two suites. |Group Booking Discounts If you have a group arriving and departing together, you will be eligible for a group discount. 8+1 The extra person will only have to pay for conservation fee, but stay for free. 10+1 9+1 İIIIIIIIIII tHtIIIIIIIt_tttItIt For a group of 9 persons For a group of 10 persons • Seaventures Dive Rig • Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort For a group of11 persons • Borneo Divers Mabul Resort • Mabul Water Bungalows • The Reef Dive Resort** • Sipadan Mabul Resort • Sipadan Water Village" ** Boat transfer fees may apply. However, if your group plans to stay at least 5 days 4 nights, then your group may be entitled to a free boat transfer for a day trip * The extra person will have to pay for transfer fees. to Sipadan, Mabul, Kapalai or Si Amil Island. Wi-Fi Wi-Fi Seaventures Dive Rig Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort Village Sipadan Mabul Resort Sipadan Water The Reef Dive Resort Mabul Water Borneo Divers Mabul Resort MV Celebes Explorer ngalows 3G $ Wi-Fi $ Available However it is chargeable Available at restaurant area 3G Available through 3G USB. However it is chargeable. Available at reception area No E Our Thoughts Suitable for families with young children. A Will bring snorkellers to Sipadan Island. (Subject to permit availability) Key: Popular with honeymooners. One of only 3 resorts taking divers to explore the Turtle Tomb at Sipadan. Suitable for non-divers. Experienced staff can help with taking care of young children while you go diving. L Spa. • If all you want to do is dive at Sipadan Island and don't mind living in small quarters. MV Celebes Explorer Borneo Divers Mabul Resort it needs to be prearranged and chargeable. Seaventures Dive Rig • Nice muck diving house reef. • Bedroom, lounge, eating area, dive centre and bar is conveniently nearby each other. • Swimming pool. • Best honest food from a talented local chef. • Offers technical diving courses. Mabul Water Bungalows • Impressive house reef. • With only 15 chalets and 2 suites (a lot of privacy). Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort • Great food. Chef Wong has many years experience serving in International 5 star hotel. • Located over water but has easy access to Mabul Island and sister resort Sipadan-Mabul Resort where you can use the swimming pool and Jacuzzi. • Large beautiful and breezy rooms. • Impressive house reef. • You must have at least 15 logged dives before this resort will apply for your permits to Sipadan Island. The Reef Dive Resort it needs to be prearanged and chargeable. Sipadan Mabul Resort • Nicest and large beach front with a lot of shaded areas from coconut tree fronds. • Best food in this price category. • Children's playground. • Resort located furthest away from Sipadan. • Great for families and non-divers. Courtesy of WWW ASIA DIVING VACATION Ewitter eadvonline facebook. kts dvin BLOG You Tube Infographic design by: Cristina Gambaccini Upper Dive Rig

Choose the best resort for you at Sipadan 2012

shared by Joanne03 on Sep 16
Choosing which resort to stay at in Sipadan Island when you plan your dive trip can be time consuming. We thought we’d put together an infographic to help you choose the right resort for you.


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