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Dubai to Sipadan - worth it for just a weeks stay?

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Dubai to Sipadan - worth it for just a weeks stay?

I am trying to plan a weeks holiday at the end of March and I'd love to spend the week diving in Sipadan. I'll be going from Dubai, and it seems like alot of travelling to get to the island.

I'm wondering is it worth the trip? Would I be better off waiting to go when I have more time? I'm looking at flights from dubai to kota

kinabalu , and then a flight to Tauwau and then a speed boat. Does anyone know whether there's a better route?

Any info would be much appreciated, thanks :-)

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1. Re: Dubai to Sipadan - worth it for just a weeks stay?

Hi Lorna011

To be sure, Sipadan can well be worth it, but it's a lot of traveling for you. Also consider that you probably won't be able to dive on the day you get there (I suspect you will get there late), and they won't let you dive 24 hours before you have to fly again.

but 3 days diving Sipadan is still an awesome 3 days - up to you to decide if the traveling is worth it.

If you're flying via Kuala Lumpur anyway, see how flying from there straight to Tawau on AirAsia will work out for you. It's in a different terminal to where you will arrive from Dubai - leave at least 30 minutes to get between the terminals.

That's about as short as you can make it - unfortunately the road transfer from Tawau to Semporna and the boat from Semporna to Kapalai or Mabul where you will stay, is unavoidable.

Hope that helps. Good luck!

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2. Re: Dubai to Sipadan - worth it for just a weeks stay?

Hi Lorna011,

Being a week staying at the resorts around Sipadan is well worth all the travelling time!

Do not be surprise, most divers to comes to Sipadan for diving came from every corner of the world. Some took a long haul flight from US-Seoul-Kota Kinbalu-Tawau just to get to dive in Sipadan.

If you'll be staying there for a week, most resort could almost guarantee your chances of being able to dive in Sipadan. Usually you'll get a permit if you stay for a min of 4 nights with them.

From Dubai, best route, as suggested by Eastofwest, would be Dubai-KL-Tawau (by AirAsia). But you will find some hassle to travel between KLIA Terminal 1 to LCCT (AirAsia Airport).

Or maybe, you could just take Malaysia Airlines from KLIA-KK, stay a night, fly to Tawau the next morning, or even the very same day. Kota Kinabalu has its beauty of its own, it's worth to stay a night too.

Whatever decision you'll make, have a great trip!


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3. Re: Dubai to Sipadan - worth it for just a weeks stay?

I think it's worth it if you really, really want to dive at Sipadan and don't know if you'll do it another time.

KL is only just under 7 hours from Dubai so that flight is not bad, it's the extra travel after that which will be a pain. I would definitely avoid changing terminals in KL if you possibly can as it's just adding extra time to your journey. Flying all the way on Malaysian would avoid that if you want to go via KL.

Royal Brunei also fly from Dubai to KK (via Bandar Seri Begawan) or you can look at Singapore/Silk Air via Singapore.

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