Monday, September 30, 2013

Scuba Diving Adventures: Sipidan in Borneo

What better way to spend your  Christmas holidays than to head for one of the world’s top 10 dive sites – Sipidan.

Located off the north east coast of Borneo, Sipidan is a non-inhabited island, protected by the Malaysian Government and preserved for divers from around the world to enjoy.

A limited number of divers per day are allowed to dive at Sipidan, so there is no guarantee that you will even get to dive there.

Our tip: the longer your stay the better your chances, and in four diving days, we were fortunate to be allotted Sipidan for two of them.

The closest accommodation to Sipidan is on nearby Mabul Island, offering a small range of choices.

We chose Sipidan Water Village,  a dedicated dive resort linked by a walkway to Mabul Island and situated totally over water.

The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable, the food adequate and the showers great – essential after a busy day of diving.

The staff are super friendly and helpful throughout the resort, and best of all the diving was brilliantly organised.

Each day at 4pm the dive board is filled in with your allocation for boat, dive master and dive location for the next day.

It was always exciting to watch the names go up and see if we’d been allocated to Sipidan while having a nice hot drink at the end of another perfect day.

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