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day trips to Sipadan

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day trips to Sipadan

Hello, I am interested in doing a day trip or two to Sipadan to snorkel since this will be a short trip and diving would be out of the question with the close fying times, is this available from Tawau? I do not see in any tour operators for this area on trip advisor.


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1. Re: day trips to Sipadan

Hi erinm51,

Yes, my friends did a snorkeling trip to Sipadan last year, but it is subjected to a minimum of 2 persons, and also a permit if i remember it correctly. So you gota check out with the tour operator on the available dates for this.


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2. Re: day trips to Sipadan

it's not convenient to do snorkeling of sipadan base in tawau, as the drive from tawau to semporna usually take 2 hr ( traffic jam in tawau) and from semporna to sipadan take about 2hr by boat, so by the time you get there you'll be exhausted. There are also quota for this island (130 person/ day), and the distribution among travel company is vague (they never admit how many they have / day), and you'll be fighting with diver to get the quota. So if you want, may I suggest :

1. If Sipadan is destination (much expensive), Stay in semporna, you'll get better chance of getting the permit, and it will save you energy. Though famous, sipadan will only worth it for diver, as the main attraction is wall diving and see shark at depth around 35m, chance are if you are snorkeler you will not see shark.

2. Expand your option of snorkeling in other island (less expensive) (eg. Mabul --lots of fish/marine life, Mantabuan or sibuan --they both have great beach and marine life) and I think this will suit snorkeler

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