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Kapalai-Sipidan Resort

Discussion in 'Malaysia and Singapore' started by myshadeofred, Jul 2, 2019.

  1. cjibber

    cjibber Nassau Grouper

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    When we were there in March, Sipadan days involved four dives at Sipadan with a surface interval of one hour between each dive. We were back at Kapalai by about 14:30 and they do not allow you to do any more diving on that day as you have already done four dives (so the unlimited house reef dives were not totally unlimited)
     
  2. cjibber

    cjibber Nassau Grouper

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    We did a sunrise dive and were in the water by 5:50. I think the first boats left at about 8:30 apart from Sipadan trips which left at 5:30.
     
  3. myshadeofred

    myshadeofred Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Virginia
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    I can see that...I'm pretty good with four dives a day though. I'm getting so excited.
     
  4. Ucarkus

    Ucarkus Angel Fish

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    Perhaps you were very lucky. I have been there over 10 years ago and we were offered 3 boat dives a day maximum, of which only first 2 were in Sipadan. Afternoons, another boat dive around Kapalai/Mabul. You could choose between going earlier or normal morning two tank dive.
    In later years, number of divers per day was restricted and shared by all resorts. Afaik, on average, one can expect to do 1 dive per day in Sipadan island. My sister has been twice in recent years (also last year) and she was not able to dive every day in Sipadan. This is the reason I never bothered to go back. If the rules changed I will not hesitate to go again.
     
  5. cjibber

    cjibber Nassau Grouper

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    Location: UK
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    No we were not lucky. You are right, the number of divers at Sipadan is restricted and each resort gets a certain number of permits per day. I think Kapalai get permits for seven divers (I am not 100% sure about this number and it does not really matter). In three days of diving from Kapalai, we had permits for one day at Sipadan. Their boat goes to the island and you get to do four dives there. When you book, you can usually find out how many Sipadan days are included in the package - this is after all what most people are there for. The number of divers per day is restricted but not the number of dives you can do if you are one of the divers with a permit. I think just about all the local operators work in the same way

    As I have said in an earlier post, when we were there, the Sipadan trips were under-subscribed so we would have been able to pay for additional Sipadan trips if we had wanted to.
     
  6. myshadeofred

    myshadeofred Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Virginia
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    So, from what we were told it's now a lottery for the resort on how many permits they get for going to Sipidan. We are thinking we will get at least 1 day out of the 6...but if there was a way I could do more, I would. Apparently, my friend who coordinated the resort got all the info...as our club has the whole resort for the week.
     
  7. Saldiac

    Saldiac PADI Pro

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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    Some dive centers in Mabul give guarantees like 1 day at Sipadan for every 3 or 4 days you book. We stayed at Scuba Junkie back in September 2015 for 8 days and dove Sipadan on 2 days. Then in February 2017 we stayed at Seaventures for 9 days and originally got 3 days at Sipadan. However, since they had extra spots available we were given a 4th day.
    The only way to dive Sipadan every single day is a budget liveaboard which doesn't have very good reviews. You'll probably see this worn down boat around on your Sipadan days.
     

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