27th to 31st May, 2018
The first day of diving will on the 27th post check in, and the last, the 30th of May. The group will check out on the 31st to begin the journey back home.
This package includes eleven guided (11) dives over 4 days.
Also included in this itinerary is the option to do an unlimited number of house reef dives before or after the boat diving schedule for the day. House reef dives are unguided, and simply require divers to buddy up and go out on their own.
A sample diving schedule is as follows
DAY 1: Check-in to resort at 1 P.M, late lunch, 1 guided house reef dive.
DAY 2: 3 boat dives around Mabul island ( 8.30 A.M, 10.30 A.M, & 2.30 A.M )
DAY 3: 4 boat dives around Sipadan island
DAY 4: 3 boat dives around Kapalai island ( 8.30 A.M, 10.30 A.M, & 2.30 A.M )
DAY 5: Check out from resort at 9.30 A.M, boat transfer and head to airport.
This plan is subject to change given diving conditions and guides recommendations. Any changes will be communicated to guests one day prior.
Suitable for: All certified divers
Sipadan and the surrounding islands of Sibuan, Kapalai and Mabul.
Constantly rated as one of the best destinations to dive in South East Asia, this destination has plenty to offer divers with profuse reefs and phenomenal quantities of fish life.
Given it’s location within the coral triangle, divers can expect a magnificent array of biodiversity, phenomenal wall and cave dives and spend hours and hours marveling at critters in all shapes and sizes.
The dramatic walls of Sipadan along with the caves scattered around the island were a favourite destination of Jacques Cousteau and the biomass present along the island is simply spectacular. Barracuda Point constantly rates as one of the best dive sites in the world, and the eerie Turtle Caves are also a popular with divers. Set along visually inspiring coral walls that drop to 600 metres or more, and with huge numbers of sharks, turtles, massive schools of barracuda and bumphead parrotfish, Sipadan Island has to be seen to be believed.
Bet Alert!: With the huge numbers of turtles here, we can confidently say that if you fail to see any during your trip, we will happily pick up your diving bill.
While the neighboring islands don’t get as much publicity, they are actually the locations that most divers come away having enjoyed immensely. Mantabuan, Mataking, Si Amil and Mabul island offer amazing critter and muck diving action that keep people coming back for more. The highlights of any dive trip here are the Mimic Octopus, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Clown Frogfish, Pygmy Seahorses as small as 7 mm, Crocodile fish, psychedelic Mandarin Fish and plenty more of all the macro life big hitters. In addition to the small stuff, the vibrant reef life as well as the chance to see some rays and lots of schooling action keeps everyone talking about Mabul long after they are done with their dives.
Our stay on Mabul island is with the sister resort of the centre we dive with. The resort has a total of 30 rooms, all designed as chalets, with a verandah that overlooks the Celebes sea. All rooms are air conditioned, with en-suite facilities, a ceiling fan, and coffee and tea making facilities. Rooms may be configured as twins or doubles depending your needs.
Meals are included in the package, along with light snacks, unlimited drinking water, tea, coffee and cordial juices.
The resort also has a bar where divers can relax with a cold one while enjoying views of the sun setting over the Celebes sea. Picnic lunches will be included on all diving days.
Transfers from Tawau airport to Mabul and back are included as part of the package. The transfers will start at 10.45 A.M from Tawau airport at the start of the trip, and 6 A.M onwards, from Mabul island on the last day.
Please keep in mind, that the dive centre practices a very strict 24 hours No Fly rule, so any flights after the last day of diving need to be scheduled for later than 3.30 P.M.
Please note, that there is only one transfer set for the group each time. If guests wish to book other flights, surcharges will apply for a separate transfer. Please mail email@example.com if you wish to enquire about this.
Connections to Tawau ( Airport code : TWU ) are freely available on AirAsia and Malaysian Airlines.
The flight combinations that work best for the transfers are as follows ;
AirAsia AK5744 Departs KL 7.00 A.M, arrive Tawau 9.50 A.M AirAsia AK5749 Departs Tawau 15.40 A.M, arrive K.L 18.30 P.M
If traveling by different flights, please mail firstname.lastname@example.org
All Indian passport holders will need to apply for a Malaysian visa prior to their planned travel. This is a relatively painless process and can be completed online via the authorised Malaysian government visa application page.