My first ever post on Trip advisor, so bear with me!
My girlfriend and I are planning a trip to Malaysia Borneo for two reasons. 1) For jungle trekking and Orangutan observation and 2) for Scuba diving on the Sipaden and Mabul islands.
I have contacted several scuba centres (Uncle Chang, Scuba Junkie) and then have come back to me with quotes regarding transfers, accomodation, and diving. At £460 for 3 nights, and two days of diving (1x Sipaden, 1x Mabul) it seems expensive.
My question is whether it is best to book in advance at these above prices, negotiating them down, or whether we should just turn up and then find the best value dive centre on the day.
I have read several times about the 'diving permits' and am concerned that there may not be availability?
Did anyone just turn up and get a better deal, negotiated backpacker style?