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Malaysia hit the headlines as a must see scuba diving holiday for the inspirational diving you find at Sipidan and the surrounding areas of Mabul and Kapali. These 3 areas boast diverse diving, all accessible from your Malaysian dive resort, Smart Divers. Or mix and match overland tours with your diving holiday to create a completely unique Malaysian dive adventure you will never forget. From the lap of luxury in your island resort, you can see the great Sipadan and watch the sun set over a blue horizon. Malaysia is renowned for its exotic cuisine and friendly hospitality and no where is this more evident than in the Smart resort. Relax in a diving idyll with more than enough to make the most demanding diver content.

Sipidan is perhaps the most famous of Malaysia's dive destinations and this tiny island has become legendary. Now a protected marine reserve, the diving here is to die for. The sheer volume of schooling fish are impressive. Sit in the middle of a barracuda spiral for a real adrenalin rush or hang over the drop off looking for just some of the many sharks that patrol the waters. The local turtle population is healthy and all around the island you can see them chomping on the soft corals or swimming about in the blue. Yet Malaysian diving is not only about Sipidan. Mabul is the last island on the Borneo shelf before it plunges to 800m and home to the brightest macro life. Sitting on the black sand, these weird and wonderful critters are everywhere you turn. Kapalai and Mataking complete this remarkable destination and will leave you with a host of sightings in your log book that you just cannot see anywhere else.

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£1995 inc. flights*

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Sipadan Mabul Resort

Sipadan Mabul Resort

Sipadan Mabul Resort is tucked away in a coconut grove to the south of Mabul. Overlooking a flat sea, Sipidan can be seen flickering on the blue horizon right from the resort itself. With only 45 chalets on site, the atmosphere inside the resort is i ...Read More

from £2015 Based on Run of the House rooms (FB) 7nights, transfers, 3 boat dives per day and unlimited shore based diving


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Malaysia experiences 2 main seasons. The south west monsoon lasts from May - September and is normally the driest period of the year. The north east monsoon brings rainier weather from mid November to March. During the wet season storms last for about an hour on average. Diving wise, the water temperature rarely drops below 26 and peaks at around 30

Diving Highlights

Depending on which area you are diving, you will find different marine life. The steep walls surrounding Sipidan are ideal for pelagics where as Mabul and Kapali are more focused on shallower reef and muck diving.

  • White tip reef sharks
  • Turtles
  • Barracuda
  • Ghost pipefish
  • Frog fish
  • Paintpot cuttlefish

Top dive sites to visit: South Point, The Drop Off, Turtle Cavern, Froggy Lair, Eel Garden 1, Madarin valley.

Scuba Travel Tips

The government regulate the number of divers who can visit Sipidan each day. The dive centre will endeavour to get you out to dive Sipidan as often as possible but this cannot be prearranged. There is a local fee of approx 40 Malaysian ringit.


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