Sipadan Island

Sipadan map

Where is it: Semporna, Sabah, East Malaysia

Number of Dive Sites: 13

Type of Diving: Guided – boat, deep, drift diving

Skill Level: Beginner to advanced

Main Diving Attraction: One of the world’s premier dive destination synonymous with the ultimate diving experience known for its world renowned wall diving and pelagics. Common sightings include: various sharks, eagle rays, devil rays, manta rays, schooling (read: tornado-like formations) barracudas and big-eye trevallys, bumphead parrot fish, turtles, and the list goes on…

* Not to mention its close proximity to one of the world’s muck diving mecca (Mabul Island) and one of Sabah’s macro ‘paradise’ – Kapalai Island

Average Water Temperature: 27°C (80.6°F) to 30°C (86.0°F)

Seasonality: All year round (ideal months to go between April to December)

Typical Visibility: 10m (32ft) to 30m (98ft)

General Current Conditions: Mild to strong (depending on dive site)

Family / Non-Diver Friendly: Yes

Availability of Other Leisure Activities: Snorkelling

Availability of ATM / Foreign Exchange Bureau: None

Availability of Medical Facility: None

Availability of Other Facilities: None. Military boat patrols provide some additional comfort for safety.

* Kindly note that as of 2005, a quota has been imposed on Sipadan Island with a maximum of 120 (divers and non-divers) to Sipadan daily. It is highly recommended to book your trip well ahead of time.

Nearest Jetty: Semporna Jetty

Address: Pekan Semporna, 91308, Semporna, Sabah

* Approximately 25mins boat ride from Mabul Island or 20mins boat ride from Kapalai Island to Sipadan Island

* Note: Accommodation is typically based out of Mabul or Kapalai Island, with dive operators arranging day trips to Sipadan

Nearest Airport: Tawau Airport (IATA: TWU)

Estimated Travel Time to Jetty:

From Tawau Airport (by car): 1hr 15mins (average taxi fare ~RM100 one way)

From Tawau Airport (by bus/minivan) via Tawau Town: 35 mins by airport taxi (~RM50) to Sabindo Square (Tawau), thereafter a 1.5hrs bus/minivan ride to Semporna (average bus/minivan fare ~RM15 one way)

From Kota Kinabalu (by car): 8hrs or 10hrs by bus (average fare ~RM80 one way)

Borneo Dream Travel & Tours

Where is it: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Type: Dive Centre

Affiliations / Distinction: PADI 5 Star Dive Resort Centre

Languages Spoken: English, Malay, Mandarin and Cantonese

Seaventures Dive Rig

Where is it: Mabul Island, Sabah (dive excursions to Mabul Island, Sipadan Island, Kapalai Island)

Type: Dive Resort

Affiliations / Distinction: PADI 5 Star IDC, PADI 5 Star Dive Centre, PADI 5 Star Dive Resort

Languages Spoken: English, Mandarin and Malay

Borneo Divers Mabul Resort

Where is it: Mabul Island, Sabah (dive excursions to Mabul Island, Sipadan Island, Kapalai Island)

Type: Dive Resort

Affiliations / Distinction: PADI 5 Star Dive Centre

Languages Spoken: English, Mandarin and Malay

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