reaching the island, you could see the drop-off café, which is built just
right next to the drop-off. This is a wide-angle shot that we took from the
welcoming party by the staff of Borneo Divers. There's even a wooden
staircase provided. hmmmm.....not bad heh?
checking in, we were provided with a room, all with air-conditioned
and attached toilet with hot shower.
for Divers -. All meals are served buffet style and no one will go
hungry. Breakfast included pancakes or french toast, eggs over easy,
sausage, and toast. There's usually also an oriental noodle
breakfast. Lunch and dinner always included salad bar, rice,
noodles, a variety of excellent stir fried vegetables, and often
french fries, plus a choice of two entree's such as chicken, shrimp,
and fish cooked in a number of delicious fashions. In addition there
was often also excellent tuna sashimi in copious supply. Depending
on the groups, the resort may hosts an outdoor barbecue including
SATE (the Malaysian specialty of beef or chicken tidbits cooked on
skewers over an open fire) served with peanut sauce. Rather than
baked goods, dessert is a selection of delicious fresh fruits.
Throughout the day there are biscuits, crackers, toast, peanut
butter & jelly, coffee, tea, and juice, plus afternoon snacks.
On this most recent visit, my group continually pronounced the meals
to be excellent.
after lunch, I decided to relax under the shades of the tree next to
many reasons, I have selected Borneo Divers Lodge as my resort of
choice. Borneo Divers are clearly the most advanced, experienced,
and best-organized operators on Sipadan. They have the best
resources, and the most complete physical plant - i.e.
refrigeration, kitchen facilities, showers, toilets, generators,
compressors, water desalinization system, etc. Borneo Divers also
have the only decompression chamber in the region, and most
importantly, appear to be the most ecologically conscientious.
is compulsory that all divers go through the orientation dive with the
local divemaster before starting to dive in Sipadan.
to Bring? - In point of fact, you'll need very little in the way of clothing
at Sipadan, so pack lots of cameras, film, and dive gear, and just a few
pairs of shorts and T-shirts, plus one light, long sleeved shirt or jacket.
Comfortable footgear is important if you plan on doing some touring after
Sipadan. I suggest a sturdy pair of walking or running shoes (wear these on
the plane), and a good pair of waterproof sandals. But at Sipadan, remove
your shoes on arrival and stow 'em, everyone goes about barefoot. The dive
shop provides ample storage for your gear, and a 110 v. charging station for
your strobes. It's preferable to bring your basic dive gear, but don't feel
obliged to haul a bunch of back-up equipment, as Borneo Divers keeps a good
supply of well-maintained rental gear on hand. Water temperature generally
ranges from 80-84 degrees Fahrenheit (26-28degree), but if you intend to
maximize your bottom time, I suggest that you do bring a lightweight, full
wet suit, or a good dive skin. A dive computer will certainly add to your
dive time and safety.
Bottom Line is Bottom Time - One of my friends description of Sipadan, "I could tell you that after more than 4000 dives logged at
the world's most renowned dive spots, Sipadan is still the best I've ever
seen". Even though I stayed in Sipadan for nearly 2 weeks, I still
get excited about every dive when I wake up in the morning. I could remind
you Sipadan has constantly been awarded "One of the World's Best
Beach Dive" awards, or I could just say it was GREAT!!!, with lots of
exclamation marks, but I'm afraid that you would think its just hyperbole.
So with the help of my dive buddies, I have recorded for you all the
marine life we saw during our diving on a recent trip to Sipadan. On our
first day we sited and swam with:
Ten or twenty white tip and grey reef sharks, at least fifty giant sea
turtles (both green and hawks bill), some very big jack cravalle feeding on
swirling schools of terrified chromis, schooling bar jacks, giant bump head
parrot fish (balbometopon muricatum), exotic unicorn fish, a broad variety
of beautiful anemones and clown fishes, at least three different kinds of
lion fish, harlequin/yellowmargin trigger fish, a big titan trigger fish
building its nest, colourful crinoids, starfish, a swirling school of huge
1000+ barracuda spiraling in the sunlight…and the list goes on and on. I
guess the best way to describe all this would be from the pictures taken by
Hmmm...Well, I guess this is it. Probably after
reading my experience on going there, you would be appealed to what SIPADAN
has to offer. If you're a couple who loves diving, then it might get you in
the mood for a second honeymoon - minus the noisy neighbors.
For more information on Borneo
Divers Sipadan Package, you can e-mail Borneo Divers at