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Sipadan Island, Borneo (East Malaysia)

Sipadan Island Quick Guide

What else need we say? As we know it, this is the world’s number one diving spot. Best suggestion from us to you? The Barracuda Point. Turtles, whitetip sharks, batfish, jacks, barracuda, etc; you name it, this place has it, and you can see them all most likely in just one dive. It’s just that good. You will do your wall dive here along a cliff which is 600 meters down to the sea bed. The impressive thing is, daily visitors to the island is limited to 176 individuals, it's increased in May 2019 from 120 permits. By the way, this is trial move from Sabah Parks to measure the impact towards Sipadan Island.


Getting to Sipadan Island

Located off the coasts of Semporna, Semporna Jetty is the departing point for fellow divers and travelers. For some reasons, the island is highly protected by the Navy and there are no resorts on the island. Prior to Sipadan Island, Sipadan Permit required which only issued to few resorts in Sabah, book with us the Sipadan trip with the resort listed at this page.

Flight to Sipadan Island

Tawau Domestic Airport (TWU)

The most convenient airport to access Sipadan Island, pick up from airport can be arranged. This domestic airport can connect flight from:

Connecting flight to TWU Airport

From Kuala Lumpur International Airport
Flight journey: 3 hours
Airlines: Airasia & Malaysia Airlines.


From Kota Kinabalu International Airport
Flight journey: 1 hour
Airlines: Airasia, Malaysia Airlines & Malindo Air.


Land transfer from airport to jetty

1.5 hours to Semporna Jetty.

Sea transfer from jetty to Sipadan Island

45-60 minutes from Semporna Jetty.

Self drive to Sipadan Island

Driving from main capital city in Sabah, Kota Kinabalu will takes about 9-10 hours driving journey to Semporna and get yourself to Semporna Jetty.

Season

It’s open all year round except month of every December from year 2020 onwards with purpose of marine life recuperation. Avoid July - August as you are going to compete with most traveler during this peak season over the Sipadan Permit.

Sipadan Permit

Most of our resorts offering range from 3-5 nights of stay with guaranteed of 1 day to Sipadan Island, first come first serve basis. There are day trip to Sipadan Island as well, but easily cost additional of RM 500-1000 just to the entitle the Sipadan Permit, on top of normal day trip package to surrounding islands.

Sipadan Island Park & Tun Sakaran Marine Park Conservation Fee

Sipadan Island Park

With hundered of coral species and more than 400 species of fish from an oceanic island stand 600 meters from seabed, this made the special of Sipadan Island Park. Sipadan Island Park gazetted since year 2004, resorts on the island being relocate to protect this wonderland.

Sipadan Permit Fee: RM 140 / permit
Sipadan Permit issued daily : 176


Tun Sakaran Marine Park

Formed by 8 islands and 2 reefs, also known as Semporna Islands Park. The islands are Bohey Dulang Island, Sibuan Island, Mantabuan Island, Bodgaya Island, Bum Bum Island, Sebangkat Island, Selakan Island & Tetagan Island. The 2 reefs are Kapikan Reef & Church Reef, both are "must visit" dive site for diver.

Tun Sakaran Marine Park Conservation Fee

Malaysian

Adult: RM 3
Child (age 18 and below): RM 1

Non-Malaysian

Adult: RM 10
Child (age 18 and below): RM 6

Jetty Fee collect by Sabah State Government

Jetty to be paid either upon arrival or collect before the trip at Semporna Jetty.
Malaysian RM 10
Non-Malaysian RM 2


Sipadan Island recommendation

With strict measures in place, marine ecology here is very well protected for all to indulge. Want the best sight and experience for your dive? We recommend Sipadan Island.

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