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SIPADAN - MALAYSIA

Dive Unequivocal Beauty – 8Days/7Nights/6 Days Diving

Mabul Water Bungalows guaranteed 1 Day Sipadan Dives

Departing JNB 24 April 2015 – Return from Kota Kinabalu on 04 May 2015

 

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DIVER TOUR PRICE: USD2, 140 per person sharing

NON-DIVER TOUR PRICE:  USD1, 795 per person sharing

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:  Add 50% surcharge on top of the package price.

Rates Excludes International Air Fairs

All pricing is subject to change without prior notice. All prices are subject to exchange rate fluctuations and are only confirmed upon receipt of full payment. Terms and Conditions apply.

 

Price Includes:

·         01 Night accommodation in Tawau on a bed & breakfast basis on arrival

·         01 Night accommodation in Kota Kinabalu on a bed & breakfast basis on the day of departure

·         Transfer between Tawau Jetty – Mabul Water Bungalows – Tawau by van and speedboat

·         08 Days/ 07 Nights Chalet type accommodations on twin-sharing basis with attached bathroom and the facilities of hot shower and the comfort of air-conditioning.

·         All food and hot beverage while at the resort (excluding alcoholic, fruit juice and carbonated soft drinks).

·         Three (03) boat combination dives per day with Divemaster either on Mabul, Kapalai or nearby island (except on arrival and departure day).

·         01 Day guaranteed diving at Sipadan Island on 03 boat dives with Divemaster (to purchase permit at resort RM 40/ USD 14 per person)

·         Unlimited jetty diving from Mabul’s House Reef with buddy.

·         Use of tanks with air, weights and weight belt.

 

Price Excludes:

  • International air fares  (Our rate is currently R14, 670 including airport TAX on Singapore Air)
  • Camera and video fees
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Diving Equipment besides cylinder and weights

Entry permit to Sipadan Island – Fee is RM 40.00 / USD 14 per person per day for divers, non-divers, visitors and children. This entry permit fee has to be paid on the spot, in the resort if the approval is obtained. PLEASE NOTE: THE PERMIT TO SIPADAN ISLAND IS NOT GUARANTEED.

  • Any items not mentioned on the all-inclusive package inclusions list.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Sipadan-Mabul Resort:

Check-in time is 14:00 hours and check-out time is 12:00 hours.

 

The resort is located at the southern tip of Pulau Mabul overlooking Sipadan and been rated as a 4-star resort by Tourism Malaysia.  They are a PADI and NAUI PRO GOLD Dive Resort.

 

Accommodation is made from native materials of Borneo on Twin Share Basis and is categorized into a standalone chalet – detached (size 19 x 16ft).  The suite chalet size is 28 x 23ft.
To upgrade to the suite chalet, will cost US$ 79 per person per night on top of the tour package price.  This must be booked well in advance.

 

Sipadan-Mabul Resort comprises of 22 standalone chalets (16 units twin-bed and 6 units double bed) and 2 units suite chalet (double bed), which could accommodate 48 guests at any one time.  All the chalets are built in detached type with own balcony with mosquito screen, with attached private shower/toilet and hot shower facilities, the comfort of air-conditioning, which are available for 24 hours, selected satellite TV channels, mini bar and in-room safety box.

 

 

The resort boasts a vinyl swimming pool measuring 41ft x 21ft with a 6-ft deep end, as well as a 4-6 persons Jacuzzi.
A large dining hall/bar area is used for meals, socializing, dancing and staff shows.
Coconut drinks, juices, carbonated soft drinks, beer and wine can be purchased at the resort bar and jetty bar.
A small sundry shop sells a range of T-shirts, batteries, toiletries and souvenirs.

 

Free WIFI:

An office takes care of the registration and billing; it is equipped with a Telephone/Fax for communications with the mainland.  Free WIFI access is available in this room.  Please request the password at the front desk.

 

Electricity:

Electrical outlet is 220 Volt AC, 50 cycles using three rectangular prongs similar to British plugs.  Electricity power supply 24 hours a day.

 

Technical Diving Centre:

A technical diving centre offers various services such as NITROX, air and certification courses.  An underwater video centre provides underwater videography courses and services as well as rental of digital cameras.

 

Diving:

The resort has daily boats going to the dive sites, which is about a 15 to 30 minutes boat ride.  Dive sites and diving schedules will be arranged at the discretion of the resort management.  All diving at Sipadan Island is subject to entry permit approval.

 

The UNLIMITED JETTY DIVING mentioned above are dives from Mabul’s House Reef and includes night diving (without Divemaster and boat).  Tanks, weights and weight belt are provided; all other equipment must be brought by the diver or rented.

 

Most diving is a combination of wall and drift diving.  The resort has eight Bauer Compressors, 400 units Aluminum 3000 psi / 80 cubic foot tanks with American style “K” valves and 100 units with DIN valve, 35 sets of diving equipment for rental.  It is advisable to bring your own adapter / converter (220/110v) for charging strobes, cameras and lights.

 

Boats:

The resort has 13 custom-built fiberglass dive boats and 2 half-cabin passenger/transport boats.  These boats can carry 10 divers each and get to any of the island dive sites in 15 minutes or more.  Each boat goes out three times a day with a boatman and Divemaster.

 

Diving on first day at resort – orientation:

The first dive at the resort on the day of arrival will be an orientation dive with a Divemaster.  This is required of all divers.  Please take note that there is NO underwater camera or video allowed during the orientation dive.
Other jetty dives can be done on the first day under the UNLIMITED JETTY DIVES program.  First day diving will depend on your arrival time to the resort.

 

Diving schedules and regulations:

There are 3 (three) boat dives a day, two in the morning and one in the afternoon.  It is a combination dive at nearby dive sites making a total of 3 dives per day.  Each boat goes out with a boatman and Divemaster.  All dive sites and dive schedules will be arranged at the discretion of the resort management.

 

The boats will depart to the dive sites every morning at 08:00 to 09:00am and return to Sipadan-Mabul Resort after the 3rd dive, around 16:00.  Divers will return to te resort for their meals after every dive.  If you are diving at Sipadan Island you will be there the whole day, lunch will be served on-site.
The total number of dives here are limited to avoid overcrowding; divers on their first visit to Sipadan will be briefed before they take the plunge.

 

Additional day dives:

If you would like to do additional day diving besides the normal 3 boat dives then the diving rate is RM 100 per dive/per diver.  This must be arranged in advance with the Divemaster.  You will be required to sign a separate Liability/Release Form.

 

Unlimited Jetty dives:

Besides the 3 boat dives, unlimited jetty dives may be carried out daily on Mabul’s House Reef.  These jetty dives can only start after your morning dive, unless you choose not to go on the morning boat dive (you may then dive any time after 07:00am).  Your last jetty dive has to be planned in such a way as to exit the water by 22:00 hrs.
For the jetty dive, you are required to dive with a buddy and sign out with the personnel on duty.
No Divemaster will accompany jetty dives.

 

Buddy system and depth limitations:

All dives must be with a buddy.  Depth on any dive shall be limited to a maximum of 40 meters, of course taking into account any residual nitrogen time already required.

For safety measures, a mandatory minimum of 60 minutes surface interval is required before the next consecurive dive, regardless of whether you are diving with a computer or on tables.

 

 

 

Night Dive:

To night dive, divers must show proof of night diving in the form of a certification card or logbook, documenting such dives.  If no proof is available, divers who wish to night dive will be required to take an introduction or certification course in night diving at an additional cost.  Night divers must exit the water by 22:00 hrs.

 

Night diving is exceptionally good at Mabul’s walls where one could easily encounter Lobsters, Crocodile Fish and occasionally large Cuttlefish.  The boat leaves for Mabul night dive at around 18:00 – 18:30 hrs. and dinner will be served after the dive.
Night dives can be scheduled whenever a diver wants to do one on the following evening at an extra charge.  A diver doing their first night diving will be required to do an introduction to night diving prior to the dive.

 

Rates for night diving with a boat on Mabul Island is RM 270 per diver / per dive from 1-2 divers and if there are 3 and more divers, the rate will be RM 100 per diver / per dive.  This will be charged locally.

 

The islands; Sipadan, Mabul & Kapalai:

SIPADAN:
Is the small island where you can dive and snorkel.  It is a 15-30 minutes boat ride south of Mabul.  Sipadan is the tip of a mountain with deep underwater walls all around it.  These walls drop to 300m on the Mabul side of the island and 600m on the south side.

 

Diving on Sipadan is all drift diving; divers drop in and cruise with the current along the walls.  This combination of deep walls and ocean currents provides the ideal environment for pelagic such as sharks and large schools of jacks and barracuda.

 

SPECIAL RULES FOR PROTECTING TURTLES:  Divers and snorkelers are to refrain from touching, teasing or restraining turtles under water because turtles are air breathers and can be drowned if panicked or cornered.  Anyone riding or restraining turtles will sit out the next dive.

 

The time restricted by the Government for diving Sipadan Island is from 06:00am to 18:00 hrs.

 

MABUL:

In contrast to Sipadan is a continuation of the Borneo landmass rather than the top of an underwater mountain.  Because of this, Mabul has more gradually sloping walls around it that bottom out at about 30m.  The attractions on Mabul are of the smaller variety such as lobster, crocodile fish, moray and garden eels.  This makes it an ideal location for macro-photo opportunities.

 

If you walk around the east of the island at night, be sure to take a flashlight and watch for sea snakes on the beach or amongst the palm trees.

 

KAPALAI:

Lies to the east of Mabul about 10 minutes away.  It used to be a vegetated island much like Mabul but erosion has turned it into a small sandbar that just breaks the surface of the water.  This is an area that we are exploring for new dive sites.  Like Mabul it is an excellent location for macro-photography and is especially abundant in the rare fish finds of diving such as mandarin fish, stonefish, leaf fish, pipefish, lionfish, frogfish, cuttlefish, eels and more.

 

Flying after diving (last day at the resort):

The latest recommendations from DAN, Training Agencies etc., indicates that you should wait for a minimum of 12k hours and sometimes up to 24 hours after diving before you fly however, we recognise that people/agencies and even computers and tables differ on this.
If you choose to dive on the day you leave and fly, you will be required to sign a separate Liability/Release form to do this.  You will only be able to do one morning dive at 08:00am at Mabul Island; however, this is at the discretion of the resort management.  The extra charge for the dive on the last day is RM 100 per person/dive.

 

TOUR ITINERARY:

Friday, 24 April 2015 - OVERNIGHT FLIGHT TO SINGAPORE

Check-in at OR Tambo International Airport for your Malaysia Airlines flight departing for Singapore as per your flight arrangements.  Lunch, Dinner & light breakfast served onboard the aircraft.  Flying time is approximately 10½ hours. 

 

Saturday, 25 April – SINGAPORE TO KOTA KINABALU TO TAWAU

Arrival in Tawau at approximately 15:00 from Singapore via Kota Kinabalu.  Meet and assist and transferred to check-in at the hotel, in a Superior Room each, on a Bed and Breakfast basis (buffet style breakfast).

Evening at leisure on own arrangements.

 

Sunday, 26 April – MABUL WATER BUNGALOWS

 Meet and assist in the morning and transferred from the hotel in Tawau by air-conditioned van to Semporna Jetty (approximately 1 hour drive) and taken by speedboat to Mabul Resort (approximately 40 minutes boat ride).
Check-in at Mabul resort.  Mabul Water Bungalows is a floating dive-resort wholly owned by SIPADAN-MABUL RESORT (Sabah) Sdn. Bhd. (SMART), is situated at Mabul Island overlooking the world-known Sipadan Island which is 15 minutes away by speedboat.

 

Please note: the Resort would prefer no diving on the day of arrival and departure; we have requested that you do a checkout dive and maybe a night dive on arrival day.

 

Monday, 27 April to Saturday, 02 May 2015 – DIVING FOR 6 DAYS!

There will be 03 Scheduled boat combination dives per day with a divemaster either on Sipadan, Mabul or Kapalai Island (except on arrival and departure days). If you wish to do more than the 03 normal boat dives there is an extra charge of $34 per dive/per diver. This must be arranged in advance with the dive master.

 

There are unlimited jetty dives on Mabul’s House Reef. These dives can only start after your morning boat dive, unless you choose not to go on the morning boat dive: then you may dive any time after 07:00. Your last jetty dive has to be planned in such a way as to exit the water by 22:00. As there will be NO divemaster on the jetty dives, you will be required to dive with a buddy and sign out with their personnel on duty.

 

Sunday, 03 May 2015 – TRANSFER TO KOTA KINABALU VIA TAWAU

Check-out of Mabul Resort to catch the speedboat departure at 07:00. Meet and assisted at Semporna Jetty and taken by air-conditioned van back to Tawau airport for your flight departing for Kota Kinabalu for 01 night’s stay.

 

Monday, 04 May 2015 – FLY HOME VIA SINGAPORE

Some of you will connect direct to South Africa via Singapore as per your flight arrangements, and some will stay over in Singapore for yet another unique experience.

 

Tuesday, 05 May 2015 – ARRIVE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Welcome home.

 

End of Itinerary

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LANDBASED HOTEL INFORMATION

Tawau

Deluxe Room:  Upgrades available on arrival

 

 

 

Standard Features:

Air Conditioning, Work Desk, Ironing Facilities, Seating Area, Shower, Hairdryer, Telephone, Satellite TV, Cable TV, LCD/Plasma/Flat-screen TV, Tea/Coffee Maker, Minibar, Wake Up Service/Alarm Clock, Safe Deposit Box

 

Bathroom Amenities:  Toilet, Bathroom

 

Type: King Size Bed / 2 single bed

 

Dimension: 26 sqm

 

View: Sea

 

Kota Kinabalu

Standard Double Room:  Upgrades available on arrival

 

  

 

Hotel Facilities:

Kitchenette and kitchen appliances (selected rooms only), 24hrs reception with CCTV surveillance and security guard, Hair dryer, in-room safety box, coffee/tea facilities, mini fridge, ironing, FREE WIFI access and modern lift, Roof Top Swimming Pool, Roof Top Cielo Bar, Amuse Café, Business Centre, Shuttle Bus Service from airport to hotel

 

Standard Room Information:

Suite area 230sqft, Bed Size Queen 1 unit, Standing Shower

 

FOR TOUR BOOKING CONDITIONS, PLEASE SEE HERE.

 

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