We arrived at the village after the 1+hrs on the bus from Tawau airport and then the 30 min boat trip to be pleasantly surprised with the village. All the staff were very welcoming and the rooms were very comfortable with wonderful outlooks over the water.
We were a family of 5 adults, 3 divers and 2 non divers, however, this is really a holiday for diving people as there is no real area around the village where nondivers can snorkel or just lounge on the beach. As a result of this the two non divers did an assisted dive and followed this then by completing the PADI OPen water certificate, which we really enjoyed. The dive masters and instructors were first class and very patient and informative with the students, and completely professional with their approach to the diving. Well done Bobby, Valentine, Froi and everyone else. This was a great experience, especially at Sipadan where the divers were lucky enough to have two days with amazing underwater life on show.
The rooms were completely comfortable with a nice Malay feel to them. We had a standard bungalow and a delux bungalow, the latter being slightly larger with a larger bathroom, but both were well set out and had all the amenities we needed. Each bungalow has a wrap around verandah which can be incorporated into the room by opening the shutters across two sides of the cottage, making it breezy with fabulous views of the clear water and coral all around the bungalows. It is truly picturesque.
The food was plentiful, delicious and with great variety. Buffet style was well done as there was such an array of dishes that there was plenty for everyones tastes. Again the staff were so pleasant and keen to serve us, thanks Harry and Rosie.
We stayed for 5 night but could have stayed longer and considering the diving and food was incorporated in the price, we think it was very reasonably priced for the level of service we had. We had stayed the previous week at a much more expensive resort in a different area of Borneo and the SWV was as good and the service really much better.
The whole time here was a most pleasant experience and we will be looking to return at some time, especially to bring the other two non diving members of our family so they can also learn to dive and experience the fun we had here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sipadan Water Village is a resort built entirely over the water on stilts. In its design, Sipadan Water Village has achieved near utopia in its layout, splendid water cottage accommodations with flowered sidewalks, wonderfully prepared Asian and Continental cuisine, and impeccable and personable service! The dive program is comparable to none as everyone at Sipadan Water Village has an attitude and passion for what the sea has to offer. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sipadan Water Village Hotel Pulau Sipadan
- Sipadan Water Village Pulau