Sipadan Water Village is a scuba diving resort on Mabul Island. So, it's a 45min boat ride from Semporna on the Island of Borneo in Malaysia. 45 cottages in 5 styles await you. They are built in the style of Bajou Laut, which are nomadic sea faring gypsies, and the cottages are set over the water on ironwood stilts. Each cottage has a private bathroom and private balcony that overlooks the island or has an ocean view. Some units have ceiling fans and more than 20 have air conditioning. Our blog article on this destination should be out soon, in the meantime enjoy our blog on Eastern Malaysia, Borneo, Sabah, Sipadan & More.
From the scuba diving center, they do three boat dives a day. You can also shore dive here day or night. If you have a lottery style ticket (finite allotment of 120 per day) to dive Sipadan Island, then your dives for the day may include: South Point, Turtle Cavern, The Drop off, or Lobster Lair. From Sipadan Water Village it's less than 25 minutes to the dive sites around Sipidan Island and its 20 dive sites. If you don't have a permit for Sipadan that day, then you can dive Paradise 1&2, Lobster Wall or Coral Reef or one of 13 other sites off of Mabul Island. Moreover, you can dive one of the 13 dive sites off Kapalai. Mabul has most of the muck dive sites. Most importantly, Sipadan is the only island off Borneo out in the ocean; they have all the large pelagics.
You can swim snorkel, and scuba around Sipadan Water Village. You can also meet at the bar or lounge are. There is a mini mart where you purchase souvenirs and ice cream. Moreover, you can go to the dive center to find out about diving for the next day. If you have lots of camera gear, you or your group, can rent a small camera room. The rooms are by the dive shop and complete with 110v outlets. The food is delicious and served buffet style in the dining hall. After your stay at Sipadan Water Village, save a few days to visit the jungles of Borneo, or at least the man of the forest; Orang utan.