Sipadan Water Village Resort, Pulau Sipadan, Sabah, Malaysia

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Sipadan Water Village Resort - Mabul Island, Borneo.


 Despite what the name suggests, Sipadan Water Village is NOT in Sipadan but on the nearby island of Mabul, on the east coast of Sabah. In fact, bythe end of 2004, resorts are not allowed operate on Sipadan Island and those who wish to dive there have to find alternative accommodation in the neighboring islands. It is called a "water village" simply because of the fact that the entire resort is built in pilings and connects to the shore bya long pier.

Sipadan Water Village (SWV) is located on the north eastern side of Mabul Island, a mere 20 minute boat ride from the famed Sipadan Island. Built on stilts SWV prides itself on its level of service, dive sites and dedication to the environment. At present, SWV has 45 "Bajau" styled water cottages, built 1m above the sea. These cottages are laid out in a manner which minimizes damage to the existing coral reefs i.e. if there is coral there, they don't build on top of it.

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Accommodation Types

Grand Deluxe Cottages x 4 units
  • 2 Queen Beds
  • Open air Spa pool/jacuzzi
  • Balcony offering sea or island view
  • Tea/Coffe maker
  • Attached bathroom w bathtub. Hot/Cold shower
  • Ceiling fans
  • Mini bar (Consumed items charged to guest account)
  • Couch/Settee/Dressing table w chair
  • Closet/Wardrobe
  • Electrical light and power point (220-240V)
Deluxe Cottages x 2units
  • Kingsize bed
  • Balcony with sea or island view
  • Tea/Coffee maker
  • Attached bathroom w bathtub. Hot/Cold shower
  • Ceiling fans
  • Mini bar (Consumbed items charged to guest account)
  • Couch/Settee/Dressing table w chair
  • Wardrobe/Closet
  • Electrical light and power point (220-240V)
Standard Cottages x 29 units
  • Twin beds or Triple beds
  • Balcony with sea or island view
  • Tea/Coffee maker
  • Attached bathroom w hair dryer. Hot/Cold shower
  • Ceiling fans
  • Mini bar (Consumed items charged to guest account)
  • Couch/Settee/Dressing table w chair
  • Wardrobe/Closet
  • Electrical light and power point (220-240V)
Junior Cottages x 6 units
  • Twin beds or King bed (located behind dive platform).
  • Balcony with sea or island view
  • Tea/Coffee maker
  • Attached bathroom w hair dryer. Hot/Cold shower
  • Ceiling fans
  • Mini bar (Consumed items charged to guest account)
  • Couch/Settee/Dressing table w chair
  • Wardrobe/Closet
  • Electrical light and power point (220-240V)

Bajau styled Water Cottages

The resort is located on Mabul Island within a group of Islands surrounding the Celebes sea on the east coast of Sabah, Malaysia.

Mabul Island is about 35 minutes boat ride from the town of Semporna, on the east coast of Sabah.

Deluxe SuiteAll cottages are spacious and have wide sliding doors which open out to a sun deck with a sea or island view and come complete with deck chairs to rest your weary head during your surface interval or when you have eaten too much. Each deck also has a clothes dryer, complete with a "designed for diving equipment" rack for you to dry out your dive gear. When staying at SWV, you will definitely have a place to hang out those wet booties of yours, in the privacy and safety of your own room too!

BedroomAll cottages come with either twin or triple beds, some with double beds. The deluxe cottages have one king size bed and a private bathtub whilst the grand deluxe cottage come complete with a private Wilton Residential Spa pool and two queen size beds. All rooms have the following amenities:

  • Ceiling fan
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Hair dryer Superb restaurant and lounge
  • Private shower with hot or cold water
  • Private bath tub*
  • Mini bar*

* this facilities applies only for the deluxe cottages

Other facilities include:

  • 24-hour staffs on call
  • Airport transfer
  • Babysitting
  • Resort medical services
  • Dive centre
  • Excursions
  • Foreign currency exchange
  • Mail and information
  • Resort mini-mart
  • Travel and tour assistance



Cuti-Cuti Malaysia Promotion Package (available for Malaysian only).

For futher details and enquiries, please email us.
Sipadan Water Village Package (for foreigners only).
Borneo Divers Mabul Dive Resort
More information and places of interest in Sabah

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Getting to Mabul requires a little planning. Visitors to the island have to travel to Semporna, the pick up jetty for the resort. Semporna is a 1 hour drive away from Tawau airport, the closest international airport. Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and Air Asia have daily flights to Tawau and from Tawau to numerous local destinations. From Semporna, it is a mere 35 minute speed boat ride to the resort.


Mabul FishCustomers staying at SWV can enjoy diving in the world renowned Sipadan Island, nearby Kapalai and of course, Mabul. Kapalai and Mabul are famed for their macro dives. The diving around these two islands is relatively shallow with most dive sites not exceeding 25m in depth. There is a wall dive in this area for the more adventurous and depths here can exceed 40m. Diving in Sipadan is a whole different ball game. Diving here ranges from deep wall dives (the wall sinks to a depth of 2000 feet) to drift dives. Sea creatures here include the famous shoal of circling barracudas, an unimaginable variety of macro life, shoals of bumphead parrotfish, jacks, Mandarin Fish, lobsters, hammerheads, huge turtles and everything your heart desires. Reef sharks, crocodile fish, porcelain crabs, nudis and frog fish are all common sightings.

Mabul and Kapalai Island are probably the most exciting diving places for macro marine life in the wild. Great for underwater photographers and divers alike. Sipadan Island is world renounce for its unsurplus beauty and amazing marine life such as turtles, Jacks and barracudas.

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The Dive Centre

SWV prides itself on its diving facilities. The dive centre comes equipped with individual lockers for you to lock up your valuables, specific drying areas for your BCD, regulators and wet suits, showers and lavatory facilities, towels and a common area. Divers can also indulge in complimentary snacks and hot coffee and tea at the dive centre. A comprehensive library on marine life is available for those who wish to learn more on marine life, both in English and in Japanese.

The dive centre is operated byexperienced dive professionals, both Malaysian, Filipino and Japanese professionals. Their enthusiasm and dedication is evident when they conduct your dive briefing, always with the emphasis on safety and protection of the underwater world. They have no hesitation in reprimanding you if you prove yourself to be an irresponsible diver.

Dive courses for open water to dive-master level are available with certification byPADI and CMAS. Apart from dive courses, the centre also conduct guide dives for night diving. Introductory dives for first-time divers and daily safaris ot other islands are also available.

The dive team are unique in a way they conduct their guided dives with emphasis of protection to the environment of the sea, education to the divers and lectures on the diversity of the marine life found in its dive sites.

Non Diver Activities

Not everyone who visits SWV is a diver. To cater for those who don't dive, SWV offers a myriad of activities. These include:

  • Discover Scuba where non divers are introduced to the wonders of diving. This may be followed up bythe non diver getting an Open Water Certification

  • Snorkeling - snorkeling gear may be rented at the resort. SWV has two house reefs which provide easy access for the non diver

  • Massages and food reflexology

  • Visits to the Bajau Village which is within walking distance from the resort.

  • Sun baking

  • Swimming

  • Day trips to the nearby islands for snorkeling (please arrange this with SWV prior to your visit so that the necessary arrangements can be made)

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