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Dive Sabah

I have seen other places like Sipadan, 45 years ago, but now no more. Now we have found an untouched piece of art.

−Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Dive Details

The name of Sabah conjures up images of pristine reefs and stunning drop-offs, as well as some of the most famous dive sites in the world, such as Sipadan and Mabul. If you want to spend weeks exploring the mysterious and inviting waters of North Borneo, just contact us and we will mobilize our extensive network of divers and dive operators to put together the dive expedition of your dreams. If you are pressed for time and simply want to add some brief yet spectacular diving trips to your holiday in Borneo,  check out the exciting packages below.

Sipadan - Kapalai Dive Package - 3 Days 2 Nights

Between Sipadan and Mabul Island lies a sand bar known many years ago as Kapalai Island. Unfortunately, erosion has taken its toll and now the sand bar sits on top of the reef known as the Ligitan Reefs, a very extensive stretch bordering the deep and vast Celebes Sea. Sipadan-Kapalai Resort is actually a water village style resort built above the water. All structures are built over the water and guests are able to observe the antics of squids and needlefish from their chalet balcony.

Together with nearby Mabul, Kapalai offers some of the best “muck-diving” in the world. Rare subjects such as flamboyant cuttlefish, blue-ringed octopus, sea moths, and mating mandarin fish are seen on a regular basis. Giant frogfish, ribbon eels, harlequin ghost pipefish and crab-eye gobies are seen on many of the dive sites. The jetty dive itself has plenty to offer including leaf scorpion fish, pink-eye gobies, ammonium shrimps and the comical antics of the mantis shrimp. Other frequently seen creatures such as the crocodile fish, lionfish and scorpion fish are almost ignored as being too common!

Day 1 – Tawau – Semporna – Kapalai (B L D): Arrive from Kota Kinabalu at Tawau Airport using early morning flight. Meet at airport and transfer to Semporna (90 mins) for boat transfer to Kapalai. Check in, followed by a late breakfast.  Enjoy an orientation dive and one boat dive. Lunch, dinner and overnight at Sipadan-Kapalai Resort.

Day 2 – Kapalai (B L D): Today’s itinerary includes three boat dives and unlimited jetty dives, as well as a night dive for Advanced PADI Divers or equivalent (certification or log book required). Accompanying non-divers can enjoy snorkelling and sea kayaking in the waters around the resort. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight at Sipadan-Kapalai Resort

Day 3 – Kapalai – Transfer Out (B): After breakfast, free at leisure until 11 am transfer out for Tawau Airport.

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Please quote product code ISB-004-3K

Sipadan Water Village Resort Dive Package - 3 Days 2 Nights

One of the region’s most luxurious dive centres, Sipadan Water Village Resort comprises elegant wooden cottages built in the traditional Bajau water village style, i.e. on stilts over the water. It is located just offshore from the southeastern tip of Mabul Island, one of the world’s highest-rated dive destinations. This package includes accommodation in a water cottage with private sundeck

Together with nearby Kapalai, Mabul offers some of the best “muck-diving” in the world. Rare subjects such as flamboyant cuttlefish, blue-ringed octopus, sea moths, and mating mandarin fish are seen on a regular basis. Giant frogfish, ribbon eels, harlequin ghost pipefish and crab-eye gobies are seen on many of the dive sites. The “Drop Off” at nearby Sipadan is undoubtedly Southeast Asia’s most spectacular dive, with frequent sightings of giant Manta Rays performing their breathtaking underwater ballet.

Day 1 – Tawau – Semporna – Mabul (B L D): Arrive from Kota Kinabalu at Tawau Airport using early morning flight. Meet at airport and transfer to Semporna (90 mins) for boat transfer to Sipadan Water Village. Check in, then free at leisure to enjoy the beautiful surroundings or make some exploratory jetty dives. Lunch,  dinner and overnight at Sipadan Water Village Resort.

Day 2 – Sipadan (B L D): Today’s itinerary includes three boat dives around Sipadan, Kalapai and Mabul. Accompanying non-divers can enjoy snorkelling and sea kayaking in the waters around the resort. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight at Sipadan Water Village Resort

Day 3 – Sipadan – Transfer Out (B): After breakfast, free at leisure until 11 am transfer out for Tawau Airport.

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Please quote product code ISB-004-3W

Lankayan Dive & Orangutan Mini-Break - 3 Days 2 Nights

Lankayan is a tiny jewel of an island in the Sulu Sea, 90 minutes north of Sandakan by boat. Unpopulated and covered by thick tropical rainforest , this peaceful, untouched paradise is ringed by an endless pure white sandy beach, with elegant and exquisite accommodation in a handful of perfectly appointed seafront chalets. Meals are served at a beautiful open-air wooden terrace, where you can view juvenile blacktip sharks swimming leisurely a few feet beneath. Lankayan Island is one of the hottest diving destination on the map today, with unbelievably colorful macro fauna and fascinating wrecks.

Day 1 – Sandakan – Lankayan Island (L D): Arrive at Sandakan Airport on early morning flight from Lota Kinabalu. Meet by our staff at Sandakan Airport upon arrival. Transfer to SYC Jetty for 10 am boat departure (leaving time for breakfast if required). After a 1 hour 45 minute boat ride, check into Lankayan Island Resort. After lunch, proceed for an orientation dive. Dinner & overnight at resort.

Day 2 – Lankayan Island (B L D): Today’s itinerary includes three boat dives and unlimited jetty dives, as well as a night dive for Advanced PADI Divers or equivalent (certification or log book required). Accompanying non-divers can enjoy swimming and snorkelling in the pristine waters around the resort. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight at at resort.

Day 3 – Lankayan  – Sepilok Orangutan Rehabitation Centre – Transfer Out (B L): After breakfast, check out from Lankayan at 7 am (fixed time) for boat transfer to Sandakan. Proceed to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabitation Center for a guided morning feeding tour. (entrance fee not included). After lunch at Sepilok, proceed to Sandakan Airport for flight to Kota Kinabalu.

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Please quote product code ISB-004-3L

What's Included in the Price?

The package price is based on a minimum of 2 persons travelling together on a twin-sharing basis and diving together unless otherwise indicated. Please enquire for extensions, accompanying non-diver rates and large group rates. Check the small print for our terms and conditions.

Package Price Includes

  • Accommodation as indicated
  • Dives as indicated
  • Meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Transfers to/from Sandakan or Tawau airports (depending on destination)
  • English/Malay-speaking dive guide

Package Price Does Not Include

  • Air fares to Sandakan or Tawau. Flights can be booked on request.
  • Tipping for dive guides, boatmen and drivers
  • Dive equipment rental. Some items may be provided FOC. Please contact us for a schedule of charges.
  • Alcoholic beverages

Payment Methods

International Payment Methods:

  • 5% surcharge for payment by PayPal, Visa and Mastercard – we will email you a PayPal invoice that you can use to pay either from your PayPal account or by Visa or Mastercard.
  • Telegraphic Transfer – TT (bank wire) in Malaysian Ringgit to our bank account. You are responsible for all originating bank charges. 

 Domestic Payment Methods (for Malaysian customers and overseas customers already in Malaysia)

  • 5% surcharge for payment by PayPal, Visa and Mastercard – we will email you a PayPal invoice that you can use to pay either from your PayPal account or by Visa or Mastercard.
  • Online transfer to our bank account. 
  • Cash deposit to our bank account at any Maybank Counter/Cash Deposit Machine. 
  • By cheque (Malaysian cheques only, payable to “Suntravel Sdn Bhd”) at any Maybank Counter or Cheque Deposit Machine or by mail to the address shown on the page footer (please allow up to 7 days for clearance). 
  • By cash in person at our Kuching office. 

Bank Details 

  • Bank:  Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank)
  • Branch:  Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, 93100 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Account No:  011 038 810 818
  • Account Name:  Suntravel Sdn Bhd
  • SWIFT Code (for telegraphic transfers):  MBBEMYKL

Notes 

  • When you deposit to our bank account via cash or cheque, please ensure that you retain the deposit slip and email the scanned image to sun@suntravelborneo.com as proof of payment.
  • If using online transfer, please state your name and invoice number in the comments area.
  • If paying by telegraphic transfer, please note that Malaysian banks do not use IBAN codes. Please ensure you include the SWIFT code.

Safety Notes

  • All departures are subject to change due to weather conditions and/or any unforeseen irregularity.
  • All diving activities offered are subject to change due to bad sea and weather conditions and/or poor visibility.
  • Each Dive Master reserves the final decision to proceed with or abort any dive for safety reasons. Divers will be informed accordingly.
  • Divers must be physically fit and have PADI Open Water Diver certification or equivalent (e.g. NAUI Scuba Diver). PADI Advanced Open Water or NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver certification is required for night dives.
  • Qualified divers aged under 18 must be accompanied by a similarly qualified parent or guardian.
  • No diving is allowed less than  24 hours from flight departure time. Please book your flights accordingly.

Hints & Tips

  • Please Bring along: Swimwear, Personal dive equipment (most items are available at the resorts), Insect repellent, Sun block, Items of personal use, Energy bars/Sweets, Water bottle, Torch light, Camera.
  • Please carry small change and low value notes to buy drinks and souvenirs.
  • If you are vegetarian/vegan or have any food allergies, please let us know when you book so we can make the necessary arrangements.

Contact us now to explore some of the world's finest dive sites.

Photo Credits

All photos on this page were taken at the dive sites described above and are a fair representation of what you may expect to see. All images © Sabah Tourism Board except page header image  © William Warby.

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