After looking at all the reviews for the different resorts we still could not decide where to go. They all seemed great. Since I am not a diver I wrote to SWV, Kapalai, and Sipadan-Mabul Resort asking if they would apply for a Sipadan permit for non-diving guests. Only SWV said they do not differentiate between divers or non-divers. The other resorts told me that they apply for divers only. They do not apply for permits for non-divers. Even when I explained to the other resorts that it was a deciding factor for me they still said they do not apply for non-divers. So we decided to stay at SWV and we do not regret it for one moment. While my husband was diving I just snorkeled at the house reef (Paradise 2). I saw many turtles, crocodile fish, lionfish, etc. We met one couple who have been diving for ten years and this is their third time at this resort. The service and housekeeping was great. The dive center was very professional and very attentive. Even though most people were there for diving, Sipadan Water Village dive staff still looked out for the few non-divers. We went with the dive boats and were taken to nearby areas to snorkel. Each time there was a guide who came along. (Whereas when I followed my husband on a dive with Scuba Junkies, they just pointed to a lighter blue area in the middle of the ocean and dropped me off on my own to snorkel). The restaurant staff and other staff are very friendly and you can tell they really want you to enjoy your stay. The food selection was good. No cheese or yogurt but this is an island in Malaysian Borneo, so I survived for a week. Great selection of fruit. A different style of squid every night. It was not a 5 star resort buffet but they really tried to have a variety of food to cater to all the different nationalities. You definitely will not starve. There is a little shop to buy snacks like ice cream, chocolate, chips, and drinks on site if you really need more. The price for store drinks was the same as the mini bar prices. Each room has an electric kettle (they provide drinking water) with tea and instant coffee so if a great cup of coffee is very important to you I would consider bringing your own mini bodum or something. One of our favorite parts of the day was being woken up by the sunrise and having a coffee on the deck. The rooms are very clean. Great BBQ one night. Seems like they do this once a week? We stayed for 8 nights and loved it. During the day most people go on dives or boat trips and the bungalows offer a lot of privacy. We never felt like the place was crowded even when it was full on the weekend. Also, SWV was the only resort that offered a discount for a longer stay.
- 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
- Sipadan Water Village Resort Pulau Sipadan, Malaysia - Sabah