We were intrigued at chance to dive Sipadan, and so booked a week at Sipadan Water Village - a serious trek to get to - 3 hour flight from Kuala Lumpur, hour drive from Tawau airport and then hour boat ride to the property. Once you are there, that's it. There is literally nowhere else to go. We had paid for 7 days and left after three. The food is really a challenge, and the diving, while good, is not worth the trouble. It is perhaps a Malaysian culture but compared to other dive locations, I'd call this a 'tough love' approach to dives. For most part the guides were not particularly careful about their guests - not enough guides on dives etc. I would never go back - I'm only giving it two stars because despite the basically inhospitable situation at SWV, they have a good location. I am stunned that any reviewers recommend for non-divers - there is literally nothing to do but dive and snorkel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sipadan Water Village is a resort built entirely over the water on stilts. In its design, Sipadan Water Village has achieved near utopia in its layout, splendid water cottage accommodations with flowered sidewalks, wonderfully prepared Asian and Continental cuisine, and impeccable and personable service! The dive program is comparable to none as everyone at Sipadan Water Village has an attitude and passion for what the sea has to offer. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sipadan Water Village Hotel Pulau Sipadan
- Sipadan Water Village Pulau