Pulau Sipadan Travel Guide

  • Pulau Sipadan
    by lotharscheer
  • Pulau Sipadan
    by lotharscheer
  • Pulau Sipadan
    by lotharscheer

Pulau Sipadan Things to Do

  • Sipadan Scuba diving

    I dived with Sipadan Scuba, a PADI 5 star dive shop and National Geographic dive centre. It is located in Semporna and the dive master and instructors are professional. They have 2 cavern instructors (I think out of 3 in Sabah) who can bring divers to go in turtle caves. Without licenced cavern instructor, divers should not go in. Of course diving...

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  • Diving

    Sipadan is well known for its great diving and there are quite a few dive companies to choose from.I went with Dive Junkie. They have very good equipment for rent and knowlegable friendly staff. Seemed like all their dive masters were Westerners which may help raise the standards over some of the other local dive companies.They also had a nice and...

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  • Snorkelling and diving !!!

    Sipadan is one of the best island in the world for underwater environment ! For this reason i reccomend to do everything is possible underwater: snorkelling and diving.Snorkelling is important to visit the underwater world with calm, without time limit. In this way you can decide how long stay in one reef spot....and admire the underwater world...

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  • A picture with a turtle !

    Ifo you go to Pulau Sipadan you shouldn't come back to home without a pitcure with a turtle.In fact Sipadan island is the best place in the world to swim with plenty of turtles!During my snorkelling tour i saw turtles that slept, breathed on surface, scratched on a reef or striped off seawed. Really funny !So you can't forget to get a nice postcard...

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  • Underwater Photography

    Complementing diving, underwater photography is the next best activity to be carried out here in Sipadan. With a generally good visibilty on an avarage diving day, surely with the appropriate equipment, you can be in the run for Photo of the Year, or at least a decent photo album for the peers to admire! =)

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  • Dive the World: Sipadan

    Well, what more should there be recommended?? Diving enthusiasts flock here for just one simple reason: to dive! ;)Sipadan, one of the world's top diving sites, offers a generally good visibility, an astounding quantity and variety of marine life! On an average diving day, it is claimed that you would expect to see at least 50 green turtles (i only...

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Pulau Sipadan Hotels

Pulau Sipadan Restaurants

  • Only a fast Snack is granted !

    Sipadan has not restaurants, bars, fast food or something like that. You can walk in a spot, long almost 100 metres, between army and the guards for the protection of nature. So if you plain to eat there you should bring a snack with you !I suggest you to ask your travel agency or scuba dive center to provide for you everything included the...

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  • resort food

    most resorts will offer food as part of the package.. with sipadan being pretty secluded, it is a good idea to just go with this and not have to worry about food.. most of the time, yummy fresh seafood will be served! ;)

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  • local food..

    delicious local food served up by the chef of the house who sings magnificently as well! the food served here is all part of the value package offered here.. all the simple tasty local food fare..

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Pulau Sipadan Nightlife

  • Turtle walk

    Be quite, no torch, follow the foot print. Oh is there, the turtle is digging the hole and start laying the eggs. It's wonderful. The local people will collect the eggs and centralize in place and lable with the date collect. So you will see the new born turtle everyday. You can help to send them back to the sea. They are so lovely. That's why...

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  • Sundowners at Drop-Off Cafe

    Fantastic place to sit, have a drink, watch the sea turtles play and the sun setting over the Celebres Sea (and if the bar there is closed, you can buy drinks at the nearby Borneo Divers Lodge and bring them out to the pier).

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  • nighttime serenades :)

    there's not much nite life on this quiet little isalnd.. so, it's up to you what you wanna do.. singing and dancing by the moonlight.. serenading with the sunset in the background.. the backdrop is fabulous.. so, the rest is up to your imagination.. ;) anything u want..

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Pulau Sipadan Transportation

  • Journey to Sipadan

    To get to Sipadan from Kuala Lumpur :1. Via Kota Kinabalu with Malaysia Airlines of Air Asia- take an evening flight from Kuala Lumpur (2.5 hours)- stay a night in Kota Kinabalu- take the 1st flight out of Kota Kinabalu to Tawau (1 hour)- take a van (arrange with resort that you are staying in Sipadan) to Semporna (1.5 hours)- take a speedboat to...

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  • Dive in Pulau Sipadan

    Pulau Sipadan is one of the most beautifull island in the world but unfortunately it is not possible sleep there because of terrorism and ecological reasons.So if you want to dive, or snorkel, there i reccomend you 3 options:-Sleep in Semporna (the closer town to Sipadan island) and do day-trip to Sipadan (35-50 minutes by dive boat)-Sleep in Pulau...

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  • boat

    with sipadan being a little island far far away from the mainland.. boat is the only way to get there and to get around.. :)

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Pulau Sipadan Shopping

  • anything from the sea

    you can get anything that you see in the sea.. it's pretty shocking to see all the colourful fishes that divers and snorkellers marvel over lying dead on the market stalls.. so, it all depends on if you dare to eat them.. :P there's a dive master who once said that the easiet way to remember the fishes is by knowing how they taste.. :) oh well, if...

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  • Natural Shell Necklace

    The are the local people and sell the handmade shell necklace at the pier. The necklace was in different kind of marine life that made of natural shell. e.g. Manta ray, turtle, squid, butterfly fish, shark, angel fish. Bargain and get cheaper price. I buy five at USD 4 each. If buy it from resort, cost USD 7 to 8

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  • T-Shirt - Best item to buy

    It sell Souvenir shop. Just near the washroom in ground floor. You can check in first and go shopping The qualirty is excellent. Not only, the drawing is very nice. This is the best underwater T-shirt I have ever seen It's about USD10 for a T-shirt

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Pulau Sipadan Warnings and Dangers

  • Terrotism !

    As you know Sipadan island is actually closed to tourism, in fact all restaurants, pubs, bars are closed. As a result only a limited number of divers can go to the island and if you go to Sipadan you can dive, snorkel but you can't stay on the land of the island excluded 100 metres between antiterrorism army and ecological guard. There are 2 reason...

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  • sipadan - unpredicatable currents

    Sipadan and Mabul and Kapalai are brilliant. So many big and small critters to see - robust ghost pipefish, ornate ghost pipefish, frog fish, leaf fish, bamboo sharks, decorator crabs, sea horses, cowfish, a school of 15 devil rays.Be aware that the currents are not predicatable around sipadan. This is not a problem if you are an experienced diver...

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  • tight security = safe!

    since the abduction on the island some time back, the security have been beefed up.. sea patrol rounds the area frequently.. so, there's peace of mind when visiting this magnificent island.. no worries! :)

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Pulau Sipadan Tourist Traps

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    by largerama Written Apr 14, 2005

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    Dont pay the price on the website or in brochures. Just get to East Malaysia. You can fly cheap to Tawau through AirAsia and there are reps at the airports or get to the jetty in town and there are some more reps. All these will offer locals price. Much cheaper than advertised.

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Pulau Sipadan What to Pack

  • One for the album?

    Camera, underwater camera to be specific.You don't want to be missing out on your prized shot, do you?

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  • Have backpack will travel

    Backpacks are the best as there are a lot of stops/transfers which require a lot of loading and unloading Light clothing, shorts, T-shirts and swimsuits Pack up well as Tawau and Semporna are very small towns with limited shops and selection of products Hand carry with you all the time. It's cheaper to buy film, batteries, memory cards etc. in...

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Pulau Sipadan Off The Beaten Path

  • Sibuan; a "Battleship Island"

    Sibuan is one of the smallest islands in the whole bay but it is very popular for swimmers and snorkelers. Sibuan Island, also called "Battleship Island" for its shiluette that much assembles a WW2 battleship, is located about 30 minutes by speed boat from Semporna. Only Sibuan Island got a gentle falling, white sandy beach that is perfect for...

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  • take a walk in the local village

    take a walk into the vilage and see the life of the local villagers on mabul island.. it's nice to be amongst them, leading a simple and peaceful life.. :)

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Pulau Sipadan Sports & Outdoors

  • Diving in Sipadan; the best spot to...

    Expert divers tell that Sipadan Island has one of the best underwater in the world ! It's true !! Sipadan underwater is amazing...stupefying...unequalled ! During scuba diving you could meet plenty of sharks, Barracudas,Bluespotted Stingray, LionFishes, Bigeye Travelly fishes, Clown Fishes, Parrot fishes and...and...a spactacular coral reef ! As...

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  • Scuba Diving!!!

    The thing why going to Sipadan is diving!!! Diving is program on that island. You have 3 bootdives a day and you can do as many dives off shore as you like. The housereef is the best I've ever seen! 600m drop off!!! You can be lucky and see everything from gostpipe fish to hammerhead shark. Got to bring your equipment! You can rent the one from...

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  • Diving

    Hi all, other than those mentioned above, you also can try NAUI. I'm with NAUI :)The National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI Worldwide) has been teaching the world to dive safely since 1959. As the largest non-profit and most respected dive training and certifying organization in the world, NAUI offers a full range of training programs...

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  • Me and my Nikon Coolpix 5200

    Diving with an underwater digital camera makes such a huge difference. Sipadan was my first trip with my Nikon. It's an absolute must to have a camera to capture all the things you see as you may not see some of these creatures elsewhere in the world. If you don't have one, no worries. You can always rent one at the resort and have them upload the...

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