Choosing The Best Sipadan Resort For Your Needs

Published: 17th October 2011
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If you want to have a great vacation in the Celebes Sea, you have to pick the right Sipadan Resort. Read on to get all the info you need to make the right choice for you, keeping in mind that Sipadan Island has closed down all its resorts and you must stay on nearby islands

Best for family If you're coming to Sipadan as a family then you are looking for a resort that caters for children. You want them to offer child care, babysitting services, as well as various activities aimed at kids. You need to keep them busy, amused, maybe enroll them in a diving course. You also want to have a choice of beach sports and family entertainment in the evenings. This being said, the best Sipadan Resorts for the entire family would have to be located on land, rather than on water. You can choose to stay on Mabul, Pom Pom or Mataking Islands.

Romantic If you're planning your honeymoon or just a romantic diving getaway, then you want to choose a place that has spacious rooms with oversized beds, and wide patios offering panoramic views of the sea as well as candlelit dinners overlooking the sunset. Your choices are between Kapalai Diver Resort, Pom Pom Island Resort, Sipadan Water Village, Mabul Water Bungalows and Mataking Dive Resort.

Best Sipadan Dive Resorts If you're a diving aficionado and you want to get as much diving as possible then your most significant factor in choosing a resort is its location. Given that Sipadan only allows 120 dive permits per day, you want to be as close as possible. Your two best choices are Kapalai Dive Resort and Seaventures Dive Resort.

Best Sipadan Resorts on a budget If you're traveling from the US and Europe your flight already eats a big chunk of the trip budget. You can find the cheapest resorts on mainland, in Semporna, a 45 minute boat ride away from Sipadan diving. Still, if it's diving you're after and cares less about posh accommodations, then your best choices are Seaventures Dive Resort and BGS Sipadan Backpackers.

Best for non-divers You don't have to be an avid diver to come to Sipadan. Perhaps you want to snorkel or relax on the beach, sun tan or explore the tropical wildlife. Possibly you want to take up diving, or you dive for fun. Then, if your retreat is more important, the best Sipadan Resorts are the Mataking Dive Resort, Sipadan Mabul Resort, Pom Pom Island Resort or Borneo Divers Mabul Resort.

Other things to consider You can dive all year long in Sipadan. Generally, the best diving conditions are from April to December, particularly July and August. January to March has some bad weather causing a drop in visibility but there are still plenty dives that can be done.

Reflect on all these issues and choose the best Sipadan Resort for your dream vacation. Have fun and reserve your trip in advance!

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