Turn up with a chilled expectation to what you're going to get and you'll have a great time. I was there at the same time as the reviewer complaining about the preferential treatment of the Australian Group. They didn't dive Sipadan everyday as was suggested.
Yes, it's quite expensive, but it was basically the same as the other resorts. If you want something cheaper, stay in Semporna, but you WILL regret it.
We only got to dive Sip on one day, which was disappointing, but we did do 4 dives on that day. Diving around Mabul itself was surprisingly good. [I say this a diving instructor, myself, with 700+ dives logged]
The best advice is to make sure that Borneo Divers have your dive qualifications and passport details well in advance. They can't allocate anthing without these.
The accommodation was clean, the food OK. I don't recall leftovers being re-served. There was always something to eat and drink. Beer was expensive, but no more or less than anywhere else in the major towns.
There aren't many resorts or places that you will see turtles during a check dive, virtually on the shore.
Go for it, but plan and book as far ahead as you can to improve your chances of Sip diving.
- Also Known As:
- Borneo Divers Mabul Island Hotel Pulau Sipadan