Malaysia – Sipadan Water Village

  • SWV Aerial View
  • Cottage exterior
  • Arrival dock
  • Lobby Bar
  • Grand Deluxe Sitting Area
  • Dive Boats
  • Anemone with Fish
  • Bobtail squid
  • Blue ring octopus
  • Ornate ghost pipefish

Sipadan Water Village

Malaysia

 

An Introduction to Malaysia

 

Located off the coast of Borneo lies Mabul Island and the Sipadan Water Village. The entire resort has been beautifully constructed over the water and offers spectacular views.

Wooden sidewalks pave the way from one end of the resort to the other and are adorned with hibiscus, palms and bougainvillea for an exotic, tropical and memorable ambiance.

The architectural design of the 45 water chalets reflects the influence of the local Bajau style. Each room is beautifully crafted with hardwood floors, ceiling fans, picture windows, a large tiled bathroom and a private balcony. Choose from four types of bungalows. The Grand Deluxe bungalows even have a hot tub on the balcony. Bliss……. The resort staff are friendly, professional and eager to please. Every staff member takes tremendous pride in their part to make to make your stay enjoyable. The restaurant features open air dining with an international cuisine that offers something for everyone.

Famous for its world class diving and offering spectacular diversity and density of marine life this is a “must see” destination.

Sipadan Water Village international staffs of dive guides and instructors pride themselves on knowing the intricacies of their reefs and are willing to share their macro subject secrets with anyone who is interested. The centre is equipped with custom-built fiberglass dive boats that carry 12 passengers each. Each boat goes out on 3 trips daily accompanied by a boatman and a Dive Master.

All Dive Masters are specially trained in the marine ecology of the area and will not only show divers the attractions but will also impart their knowledge of the marine life so that guests may return from their memorable holiday with a better understanding of the environment.

Photographs Courtesy of Sipadan Water Village

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January 1-February , 2021: $1446 per diver, $961 per vacationer double occupancy

February 4-February 10, 2021: $1616 per diver, $1131 per vacationer double occupancy

February 11- February 26, 202 $1661 per diver, $1176 per vacationer double occupancy

February 27-April 3, 2021: $1544 per diver, $1059 per vacationer double occupancy

April 4-August 14, 2021: $1329 per diver, $844 per vacationer double occupancy

August 15-October 30, 2021: $1293 per diver, $808 per vacationer double occupancy

October 31-December 22, 2021: $1329 per diver, $944 per vacationer double occupancy

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An Introduction to Malaysia

 

Malaysia is situated seven degrees north of the equator in Southeast Asia. The northern part of Peninsular Malaysia borders Thailand. To the east is the South China Sea, to the south is Singapore and to the west are the Straits of Melaka.

Malaysia has a warm and humid climate. The humidity is about 80% all year round and temperatures range from 21 to 32°C. The climate is affected by the northeast and southwest monsoons, tropical winds that alternate during the course of the year.

Much of Malaysia is mountainous and they include two of the highest mountains in south-east Asia. Dramatic limestone outcrops, fascinating caves and spectacular waterfalls can also be found.

About four-fifths of Malaysia is covered by tropical rainforest, one of the most complex and rich ecosystems in the world. It is home to about 15,000 species of flowering plants and trees, 600 species of birds and 210 species of mammals. The Malaysian government has set aside more than 1.49 million hectares to protect them from development and has enacted legislation to save Malaysia’s precious rainforest and its rare wildlife.

Malaysia plays host to an amazingly diverse range of scuba destinations, from cavorting with turtles and swirling tornadoes of barracuda in Sipadan Island to the pristine coral atoll and hammerhead sharks in Layang Layang. You can find migrating whale sharks around Lankayan and macro diving in Mabul and Kapalai islands. Sabah (Malaysian Borneo) is the basis of Malaysia’s claim as home to world class scuba diving. If you’re looking for a memorable break on beautiful equatorial islands with pristine white sand beaches coupled with outstanding underwater marine beauty and diversity, then scuba diving in Malaysia is bound to have something for you. Just budget plenty of spare time – there are so many outstanding opportunities on offer.

Malaysia is a land of fascinating sights and attractions. Rich in color and contrasts, her multi-faceted charm provides intriguing images that leave visitors with memories to cherish.

What to expect in Malaysia:

BANKS:

  • Normal banking hours in most states of Malaysia are Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm and Saturday 09:30am to 11:30am.
  • Authorized money changers in hotels often stay open 24 hours a day.
  • Credit cards are widely accepted in Malaysia and many ATM machines accept Visa and MasterCard if the card has a Pin number. Major credit cards are accepted at up market hotels, shops and restaurants. ATM’s allow travelers to withdraw money from their overseas savings accounts or credit cards.
  • In addition, Foreign Currency Changing Machines are located mainly at airports. These can be convenient when changing foreign currency.

CURRENCY:

  • The unit of currency is the Malaysian Ringgit indicated as RM.
  • USD1 is roughly equivalent 3.17 RM’s using mid April 2008 conversion rates.

CLIMATE:

  • Malaysia’s position in the equatorial zone guarantees a classic tropical climate with relative humidity levels usually around 90%. Weather is fairly hot and humid all year round (with the exception of the cooler climes of the central highlands) averaging 86ºF in the daytime, with short intense showers almost daily. Malaysia’s climate is dominated by the effect of two monsoons or “rainy seasons”, which affect different parts of Malaysia to varying degrees.
  • The north-east monsoon blows between October and March and from May to September Malaysia is affected by the south-west monsoon. Heavier rainfall is experienced in spring and autumn when the monsoon changes direction, however this increased rainfall should not spoil a visit to west coast Malaysia or the hill stations. Mornings are usually hot and sunny with showers in the afternoon.
  • Try to avoid east coast destinations and Island Malaysia between November and January. Otherwise, Malaysia can be enjoyed at any time of year as the weather is generally hot, sunny and fairly uniform; it’s rare to have a day without showers and unusual to have a day without sunshine. Take light summer apparel; carry an umbrella and an extra warm sweater if visiting the hill stations. Slightly thicker clothing may also be worn in air-conditioned spaces like cinemas and meeting rooms.

DEPARTURE TAX:

  • Departure tax applies on both international and domestic flight. The international departure tax is approximately 40 US dollars and often included in the ticket price. Please check with your airline or ticketing agent for details. If not included, it is normally payable upon check-in for your flight home.

DRINKING WATER:

  • Tap water is generally safe to drink in the major towns or cities but many visitors prefer to drink filtered or bottled water. In rural villages it is recommended to drink only boiled, sterilized or bottled mineral water.

DRIVER’S LICENSE:

  • Most national driver’s licenses (including U.S) are accepted in Malaysia providing that they have been held in excess of 12 months.

ELECTRICITY:

  • Power supply is usually Voltage is 220 – 240 volts AC at 50 cycles per second. Normal outlets are 3-pin square plugs and sockets. However, it is advisable to check electricity supplies before using any appliances.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

  • All visitors must be in possession of a passport valid for at least six months from the date of arrival and have proof of onward passage.
  • U.S citizens do not need a visa for tourism or business purposes. Other foreign nationals entering Malaysia for “social” purposes (including tourism) must obtain a Social Visit Pass at the point of entry on arrival.
  • The duration of and ability to extend a Social Visit Pass is dependent upon the nationality of each visitor and details are available from the Consular Section of your nearest Malaysian Embassy.
  • Passports are required for travel between Peninsula Malaysia and East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak).

TOURISM SEASON:

  • The diving season in Malaysia runs all year round in most locations. However, our agents will be able to proffer advice in more detail on specific destinations and requests as seasonal migrations may apply.

VACCINATIONS:

  • Recommended vaccines are largely dependent upon your destination within Malaysia and the length of stay. We therefore suggest that you speak to your family physician or specialized travel clinic for a personal recommendation. As most vaccines don’t produce immunity until at least two weeks after they are given, allow sufficient time for consultation before departure.

WATER TEMPERATURES AND WETSUITS:

  • Water temperatures are normally between 75F and 86F. Most divers find a skin – 3mm comfortable.

 


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