Just a quick 15-minute speedboat ride from Sipadan Island, you can't get more ocean front than this!
Built entirely on sturdy iron wood stilts and nestled in the shallow, aquamarine waters off Mabul Island, Sipadan Water Village Resort is a rustic arrangement of 45 beautifully appointed individual guest cottages connected by flowered walkways to the resort's lavish dining and guest facilities and a world class dive centre.
With peaked chalet-style roofs of thatched palm, spacious private balconies and an abundance of rich, local hardwoods, the bungalows feature the traditional architecture of the Bajau Laut tribe, yet offer all the amenities of a modern hotel room, including hot and cold showers, coffee makers and mini bars, electric ceiling fans and even air conditioning in a number of the bungalows.
Your chances of diving at Sipadan Island
This resort is allocated 14 permits daily for Sipadan Island, guaranteeing guests who stay a minimum of 6 days 5 nights at least one visit to the government-protected diving destination during their stay. Opportunities for those staying a shorter length of time will depend on available permits not used by other guests.
Sipadan Water Village Resort House Reef
Before heading out on a dive boat, guests will want to get their flippers wet at the resort's own house reef, accessible directly from the Sipadan Water Village Resort Dive Centre. Featuring a sandy bottom and a forest of rich corals, Paradise 1 and Paradise 2 are home to green turtles, ornate ghostpipe fish and flamboyant cuttlefish, as well as several species of ray including the Blue-spotted mask ray and the Whiptail ray. Paradise 2 is known for its distinctive Staghorn coral, home to the elusive and colourful mandarin fish.
The shallow depth (9 to 15 meters) make these two dive sites ideal for experienced and novice divers alike, and are particularly convenient for guests wishing to make night dives without having to actually leave the resort!
Whether you prefer to lose yourself in the tropical splendour of a remote island paradise or keep in touch with friends and family back home, Sipadan Water Village Resort has something for everyone. Wireless Internet service in the lobby and complimentary access to public computers makes it easy to post digital photos so that all your friends can see how much fun you're having, while a lavish open air restaurant and bar provide an exotic setting to swap dive stories with new friends and acquaintances.
In addition to swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving, avid anglers who bring their own fishing rods can take advantage of the opportunity to fish for their supper at nearby bottom fishing and deep sea fishing sites, and have their catch prepared at the restaurant for no additional charge.
Each cottage has a private balcony with either island or ocean view, tea/coffee maker and mini bar, electric ceiling fans and private restroom with hot and cold shower. Guest services include use of a safe deposit bag, wake up calls, express checkout, telephone/facsimile services, film processing, camera rental and video services. Spa services include foot and body massage. The Souvenir Shop is open daily from 0900 - 2100 hours, and the Lounge is open every night till midnight. A 32 foot by 64 foot helipad is available for guests who prefer to charter a helicopter via Sabah Air in Kota Kinabalu.
The Sipadan Water Village Resort Dive Centre is fully equipped with everything needed for the novice Bubblemaker through to experienced Divemasters, and provides lockers, showers, toilets and a rest area with complimentary snacks, hot coffee and tea. Custom-built 12-passenger boats make three dive trips a day accompanied by a boat man and dive master specially trained in the marine ecology of the area and more than willing to share his knowledge and his passion.
PADI Recreational Certified scuba diving courses are available for the complete novice all the way through advanced open water and dive master certification. Absolute beginners can try a Discover Scuba Diving course to see how much fun it can be, and refresher courses are also available for those who haven't strapped on a tank in a while.
Diving packages include three daily boat dives at Mabul, Kapalai and Sipadan (permit allowing), as well as unlimited house dives at Paradise 1 and Paradise 2, located right by the Dive Centre. There are about 17 dive sites at Mabul and 13 in Kapalai, in addition to the world renowned sites at Sipadan Island.
Sipadan Water Village Resort has a total of 45 chalets built in the unique local architecture of the Bajau Laut, a tribe of nomadic gypsies who spend their lives on the water. Each cottage is uniquely appointed with rustic local décor featuring rich luxurious hard woods, wicker and rattan. In addition to overhead ceiling fans, six standard and two deluxe cottages are equipped with air conditioning, available at a surcharge. Each chalet has its own private bathroom with a hot and cold shower, as well as mini bar and tea or coffee maker. Additionally, each guest cottage features a spacious private balcony offering spectacular views of either Mabul Island or the sparkling blue green waters of the Celebes Sea.
There are four types of accommodation available at Sipadan Water Village Resort: the Junior Cottage (6 cottages), the Standard Cottage (33 cottages), the Deluxe Cottage (2 cottages) and the Grand Deluxe Cottage (2 cottages).