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Sipadan Water Village Diving

Diving Sipadan - Mabul - Kapalai

Sipadan Water Village offers a unique array of diving. This is one of the few destinations in the world where you can see everything from pygmy seahorses to massive schools of fish – all within the distance of a 20 minute boat ride. Normally, you will either get big stuff or little stuff but Sipadan Water Village has it all. There are three general areas that you will dive. Of course, there are always exceptions, but you can count on diving these three areas – Mabul, Kapalai and the famed Sipadan.

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Getting to Sipadan Water Village is easy! There are many airlines that can get you to Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore. From there, you can fly Malaysia Air to Tawau. But, don’t get bogged down in the details! Let us take care of booking the flights for you. Let us do the work so you can enjoy the trip!

  • Diving Sipadan Island +

    Sipadan may be one of the most famous dive destinations in the world. People have been diving Sipadan since 1983 and it has undergone significant changes over the years. But, the diving remains spectacular. In 2004, the Malaysian Government took drastic measures to protect the reefs and marinelife around Sipadan. They removed all the resorts from the island! The resorts that were on the island had to relocate. This had an immediate positive impact on the ecosystem.

    In 2006, the Malaysian Government went one step further and began to limit the number of divers that are allowed to dive Sipadan on any given day. They began a permit system where each resort is allocated a certain number of permits and the resort distributes them at their own discretion. Sipadan Water Village has always done the best job of managing their permits. Divers at Sipadan Water Village have not been disappointed with the amount of diving they have done at Sipadan. This is due to the way Sipadan Water Village has managed their permits and their continued commitment to their guests.

  • Diving Mabul and Kapalai Islands +

    Mabul and Kapalai are pretty similar. The dive sites at Mabul are anywhere from a 30 second boat ride to 5 minutes. The dive sites at Kapalai are a 7-10 minute boat ride! Although there is a wall on the west side of Mabul, most of the dive sites at Mabul and Kapalai will be patch coral, sand, eel grass or artificial reef. And, most of the critters will be smaller than a grouper. You will find (rather – your divemaster will find) the most incredible critters – eels, octopus, cuttlefish, squid, squat lobsters, an array of dragonettes, shrimps, crabs, stone fish, bat fish, stargazers … the list is endless! This area is absolutely known for it’s macro, but there are spectacular and dramatic wide-angle opportunities, too! The artificial reefs create a terrific setting for wide angle. And, diving right under the dock with the suns rays coming down make for very dramatic images!

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