Sipadan-Mabul Resort (SMART)

Mabul Island / Sabah / Malaysia


swimming pool

standard chalet

standard chalet

beach

detached chalet

detached chalet

water bungalow

water bungalow

water bungalow

 

INFORMATION

Ex-Tawau
Tour Code : PA/050/SPD04

SPECIAL RATE PER PERSON (RM) valid till 31 March 2014

5% DISCOUNT

NON-SIPADAN

2D1N

3D2N

4D3N

5D4N

Ext. N

 

Non-Diver

 

 

 

 

 

Run of House

1,159.00

1,358.00

1,559.00

1,769.00

449.00

Detached Chalet

1,255.00

1,548.00

1,845.00

2,149.00

545.00

Water Bungalow

1,755.00

2,205.00

2,679.00

3,139.00

698.00

 

Diver

 

 

 

 

 

Run of House

1,445.00

1,785.00

2,119.00

2,455.00

509.00

Detached Chalet

1,539.00

1,975.00

2,399.00

2,835.00

599.00

Water Bungalow

2,945.00

3,619.00

4,308.00

4,978.00

875.00

 

WITH SIPADAN

 

7D6N

8D7N

9D8N

Ext. N

 

Non-Diver

 

 

 

 

 

Stand Alone Chalet

 

3,435.00

3,979.00

4,525.00

545.00

Suite Chalet

 

4,695.00

5,449.00

6,199.00

755.00

Water Bungalow

 

4,538.00

5,235.00

5,935.00

698.00

 

Diver

 

 

 

 

 

Stand Alone Chalet

 

4,545.00

5,149.00

5,755.00

599.00

Suite Chalet

 

5,799.00

6,619.00

7,435.00

815.00

Water Bungalow

 

6,725.00

7,599.00

8,469.00

869.00

* Inclusive :
* Accommodation on twin sharing basis
(attached bathroom, hot shower, aircond)
* All food and beverage while at the resort
   (excluding alcoholic, juice and carbonated soft drinks)
* Return land transfer Tawau Airport-Semporna jetty vv (1 hour)
* Return speedboat transfer Semporna jetty-resort vv (40 min)

+ Diver Package :

    + NON-SIPADAN - 3 boat combinations dives per day with dive master on
     Mabul, Kapalai Island or nearby island (except on arrival and departure day)
 
  Unlimited beach diving at Mabul Island house reef, use of tanks with air, weight
  
  and weight belt

    + WITH SIPADAN - 3 boat combinations dives per day with dive master on  
   
Mabul, Kapalai Island or nearby island (except on arrival and departure day)
 
  Unlimited beach diving at Mabul Island house reef, use of tanks with air, weight
  
  and weight belt. *** 1 Day Guaranteed - 3 boat dives at Sipadan Island with
    divemaster including the use of dive boat, tanks with air, weights and weight belt.

 

* Note :
* Rates valid till 31 Mar 201
4
* Single supplement add 50% of package rate
, occupancy of a 2-bed chalet.

* Infants up to 3 years old sharing room with parent are free of charge,
   baby cot is free of charge if prior arrangement is made.
* Children 4 to 11 years old sharing
chalet with parent on beds that go between the
   2 bunks in each chalet
are chargeable 50% of non-divers rate.
* Any child no matter what age, and will be diving must pay full diver rates :
   Parents assume full responsibility for their children at all time !

* 1 FOC tour leader for 10 full paying guests (Unvalid for grouping pax to form a group)
* Boat time : SPN-Resort 09:30, 13:00, 16:30 / Resort-SPN 07:00, 11:00, 14:30

 

* Rate excluded Sipadan Island Entry Permit.

* Sipadan Note :

For the Non-Sipadan package - you have option to purchase entry permit for diving in Sipadan from other resort or the above resort's permit but this is subject to availability (not guarantee). The additional cost for this permit is RM 550.00 (USD 184.00) per person per day, includes 3 boat dives with divemaster, use of dive boat, tanks with air, weights and weight belt. This can be paid locally.

Whilst bookings made at standalone chalet, suite chalet, water bungalow for 6 nights stay guests will be guaranteed 1 day diving (3 boat dives) at Sipadan. If you choose to have more days then they can purchase from other resort (subject to availability) at the rat of RM 550.00 / USD 184.00 per person per day, included 3 boat dives with divemaster, use of dive boat, tanks with air, weights and weight belt. This can be paid locally.

The resort has been given 14 quotas each day out of the 120 paxs. Due to this limited quotas, the resort will arrange all divers to dive at Sipadan Island on rotation basis. Please note there is NO first  come first serve basis. The resort will not held responsible for not being able to provide diving at Sipadan due to the conservation measures by the Government.

The fee for Entry Permit to Sipadan Island is RM 40.00 per person per day for divers, non-divers, visitors and children. This entry permit has to be paid on the spot, in the resort if the approval is obtained. Please take note that the permit to Sipadan Island is NOT GUARANTEED. However, if the entry permit to Sipadan Island is not approved, the resort can offer alternative snorkeling / diving at nearby island such as Si Amil, Mataking, Ligitan, Kapalai or Mabul where there is no restriction to dive on this island.

 

SPECIAL RATE PER PERSON (RM) valid till 31 March 2015                                              5% DISCOUNT

 

NON-SIPADAN

2D1N

3D2N

4D3N

5D4N

Ext. N

Standard Chalet

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Diver

1,159.00

1,358.00

1,559.00

1,769.00

495.00

Diver

1,445.00

1,785.00

2,119.00

2,455.00

559.00

* Additional Per Person Per Night from above package  if upgrade to :
- RM 109.00 for Detached or Stand Alone Chalet
- RM 239.00 for Suite Chalet

WITH SIPADAN  6D5N

7D6N

8D7N

9D8N

Ext. N

Stand Alone Chalet

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Diver  2,889.00

3,435.00

3,979.00

4,525.00

599.00

Diver  3,939.00

4,545.00

5,149.00

5,755.00

665.00

* Additional Per Person Per Night from above package  if upgrade to :
- RM 239.00 Suite Chalet

Mabul Water Bungalow

2D1N

3D2N

4D3N

5D4N

Ext. N

Non-Diver

1,755.00

2,199.00

2,679.00

3,139.00

765.00

Diver

2,945.00

3,619.00

4,308.00

4,978.00

959.00

 * Non-Sipadan Diver Package :
* Chalet type accommodation on standard twin-sharing basis with attached bathroom and the
   facilities of hot shower and the comfort of air-conditioning
* Food & hot beverage while at resort (excluding alcoholic, fruit juice, carbonated  soft drinks)
* Return land transfer Tawau Airport-Semporna jetty by van (1 hour)
* Return speedboat transfer Semporna jetty-
Sipadan Mabul Resort by speedboat (40 min)
* 3 combinations boat dives per day with divemaster on Mabul, Kapalai or nearby Island
 (except on arrival and departure day)
* Unlimited jetty diving from Mabulís House Reef with buddy
* Use of tanks with air, weights and weight belt

 

* Sipadan Diver Package :

* Chalet type accommodation on standalone twin-sharing basis with attached bathroom and
   the facilities of hot shower and the comfort of air-conditioning
* Food & hot beverage while at resort (excluding alcoholic, fruit juice, carbonated  soft drinks)
* Return land transfer Tawau Airport-Semporna jetty by van (1 hour)
* Return speedboat transfer Semporna jetty-
Sipadan Mabul Resort by speedboat (40 min)

* (ADDITIONAL INCLUSION FOR CERTIFIED DIVER) :
* 3 combinations boat dives per day with divemaster either on Mabul, Kapalai or nearby Island
  (except on arrival and departure day)
* 1 day guaranteed diving at Sipadan Island for 3 boat dives with divemaster (excluding permit
   fee @ RM 40 / USD 14 per person per day to be paid at the resort)
* Unlimited jetty diving from Mabulís House Reef with buddy
* Use of tanks with air, weights and weight belt

 

Mabul Water Bungalow (Diver) :
* Bungalow type accommodation on twin-sharing basis with attached bathroom and the
   facilities of hot shower and the comfort of air-conditioning
* Food & hot beverage while at resort (excluding alcoholic, fruit juice, carbonated  soft drinks)
* Return land transfer Tawau Airport-Semporna jetty by van (1 hour)
* Return speedboat transfer Semporna jetty-
Sipadan Mabul Resort by speedboat (40 min)
* 3 boat combinations dives per day with divemaster either on Mabul, Kapalai or nearby Island
   (except on arrival and departure day)
* Unlimited jetty diving from Mabulís House Reef
* Use of tanks with air, weights and weight belt

 

* Note :
* Rates valid till 31 Mar 201
5
* Single supplement add 50% of package rate
, occupancy of a 2-bed chalet, book in advance.

* Please be informed that only for booking made at Stand-Alone Chalet and Water Bungalow
   with 5 nights stay will be guaranteed 1 day diving at Sipadan Island.

* Please be informed that all daily entry to dive or visit Sipadan Island will be subject to
   approval by the Sabah Parks Management, which is in control of issuing the entry permit. The
   total number of divers or visitors allowed to visit Sipadan Island is restricted to 120 pax per day

* The resort has been given 14 quotas each day out of the 120 pax. Due to this limited quotas,
   the resort will arrange only for divers who stay 6 nights at stand-alone chalets and water
   bungalows to have 1 day diving at Sipadan Island.  Please note there is no first come first
   serve basis.

* Above Package Rates EXCLUDED : The fee for Entry Permit to Sipadan Island is RM 40.00 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.

* As for guests who are staying at standard chalet based on our NON-SIPADAN PACKAGE, the
   permit for diving at Sipadan is NOT GUARANTEE. Or you have the option to buy permit and
   diving from other resorts based on the market price.  This is subject to availability.  For further
   informations, please refer to our Notice as attached.

* We will not held responsible for not being able to provide diving at Sipadan due to the
   conservation measures by the Government. However, should the entry permit to Sipadan
   Island is not been approved, we can offer alternative diving at nearby islands such as Si Amil,
   Kapalai, Mabul, Mataking & Ligitan where there is no restrictions on these islands.

 

FOC
In addition, we are willing to offer the tour leader of bona fide group, club or dive store trips a FOC trip to Sipadan-Mabul Resort (ex-Tawau) for every 10 paying guests.  Example: 10 full paying guests, 1 tour leader FOC; 20 full paying guests, 2 tour leaders FOC, etc.  Please note this is not to be used by grouping pax together to form a group, as these tour leaders will be responsible for all liaisons between said group's problems outside of where SMART's responsibilities lie.  The name(s) of the tour leader must be advised to us before arrival in Sabah.

 

The following discounts and conditions apply to all NON-DIVING children:
* Infants up to 3 years old are Free of Charge except for the airline charges.  The infant must stay
   in the same chalet as the parents; a baby cot will be provided free of charge if prior
   arrangement is made.
* Children 4 to 11 years who are NON-DIVERS are chargeable 60% from the NON-DIVERS
   package rate for any said period. Whenever possible, they must stay in the same chalets with
   the parents on beds that go between the 2 bunks in each chalet. 

* Any children who are a certified diver, no matter what age, and will be diving must pay full
   divers rates.  PARENTS ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR CHILDREN AT ALL TIMES.  SMART
   does not have any cannot provide any baby sitting services for children nor will SMART bear
   any responsibility for anything that might befall said children.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FOC OFFER INCLUSIVE OF ACCOMMODATION ON TWIN SHARING, MEALS, TRANSFERS AND DIVING TOGETHER WITH THE GROUP MEMBER.  OTHER EXPENSES EG. ENTRY PERMIT TO SIPADAN ISLAND, NIGHT DIVE, EXTRA DIVE, USAGE OF NITROX AIR (IF ANY), JUICE, SOFT DRINK, ALCOHOL, RENTAL OF EQUIPMENT AND ETC ARE TO BE PAID AT THE RESORT.

 

For your information :
The offer 2 type of chalet.  The standard chalet is a semi-detached chalet and the stand-alone chalet is the detached chalet.  All rooms are twin-bedded with air-conditioned and attached bathroom with hot shower facilities.  We also have rooms with double bed but it is limited.  if you would like to have a double bed, it is advisable to book in advance.

Please be informed that all daily entry to dive or visit Sipadan Island will be subject to approval by the Sabah Parks Management, which is in control of issuing the entry permit. The total number of divers or visitors allowed to visit Sipadan Island is restricted to 120 pax per day.

The resort has been given 14 quotas each day out of the 120 paxs. Due to this limited quotas, our resort will arrange all divers to dive at Sipadan Island on rotation basis. Please note there is NO first come first serve basis. We will not held responsible for not being able to provide diving at Sipadan due to the conservation measures by the Government.

The fee for Entry Permit to Sipadan Island is RM 40.00 per person per day for divers, non-divers, visitors and children. This entry permit has to be paid on the spot, in the resort if the approval is obtained. Please take note that the permit to Sipadan Island is NOT GUARANTEED.

However, if the entry permit to Sipadan Island is not approved, we can offer alternative snorkeling / diving at nearby island such as Si Amil, Mataking, Ligitan, Kapalai or Mabul where there is no restriction to dive on this island.

Mabul is totally different environment from Sipadan.  It is mainly on muck diving where it is known for the exotic small marine life like frogfish, fire gobies, ghost pipefish, shrimps, exotic sea urchins, crabs, nudibranch, sea horses and many more.  The best month for diving is from April to July but not guaranteed.  Water temperature range from 26 - 31 degree Celcius.  Thermoclines exist, especially on Sipadan.  Visibility averages 15 - 30+ metres around Sipadan and it is extremely variable; without warning it can drop to 3-6 metres.  Around Mabul it is sometimes no more than 6-7 metres, especially if someone has kicked up the silt.

The tanks and weight belt will be included in the diving package.  If you do not have all the personal equipment, it is available for rent at the resort.  This will be charged locally.  The rental price for each items as below : (PER PERSON PER DAY)

RM 25.00 - BCD
RM 30.00 - Regulator
RM 20.00 - Mask and Snorkel
RM 20.00 - Fins

RM 15.00 - Booties
RM 25.00 - Wetsuit
RM 40.00 - Torch with batteries
 

Rates for night diving with boat on Mabul Island is RM 270.00 / USD 90.00 per dive/ per boat from 1-3 Divers and if there are 4 divers and above the rate is RM 100.00 / USD 34.00 per diver/ per dive.  This will be charged locally.

 

Transportation & Transfer

* Recommended Flight and Boat Transfer Schedule, for guideline only, subject to change :

BOAT SCHEDULE

SECTOR   FLIGHT  ETD     ETA     DEPART FROM SEMPORNA JETTY

BKI/TWU  MH2121  0720    0805    1000AM
BKI/TWU  AK6268  0900    0950    1230PM
KUL/TWU  AK5744  0715    1005    1230PM
KUL/TWU  MH2660  0730    1020    1230PM
BKI/TWU  MH3051  1040    1140    1630PM
KUL/TWU  AK5746  1040    1335    1630PM                   
KUL/TWU  AK5748  1215    1505    1630PM
BKI/TWU  MH2137  1415    1500    1630PM 

Remarks :
For guests arriving Semporna by overland transfer on own arrangement please proceed to Seafest Hotel's lobby. Please be there half-an-hour before boat departure. It is advisable to inform us in advance of your arrival time as our boasts are not all the time stationed at the jetty. If you miss the boat then you will have to wait for the next scheduled boat. For guests overnight at Semporna, please wait at the hotel's lobby half-an-hour before boat departure. As we are not able to meet all the flights arriving in Tawau therefore guests arriving by flight not stated above must stay the night at the mainland - Tawau or Semporna, hotels can be arrange on request.

 

DEPARTURE FLIGHT

BOAT SCHEDULE

SECTOR  FLIGHT  ETD     ETA     DEPART FROM SEMPORNA JETTY
TWU/BKI AK6269  1015    1105    0630AM
TWU/KUL AK5745  1030    1310    0630AM
TWU/KUL MH2661  1105    1345    0630AM
TWU/KUL AK5747  1400    1645    0630AM
TWU/BKI MH3052  1425    1525    1100AM
TWU/BKI MH2134  1540    1630    1100AM
TWU/KUL AK5749  1530    1815    1100AM
TWU/BKI MH3974  1705    1805    1400PM
TWU/BKI AK6263  1725    1815    1400PM
TWU/KUL MH2665  1820    2100    1400PM
TWU/KUL AK5741  1850    2135    1400PM
TWU/BKI MH3056  2050    2150    1400PM
TWU/BKI AK6265  2150    2240    1400PM
TWU/KUL AK5743  2115    2355    1400PM

Remarks :
For guests departing on early flight before 10:00am must depart the resort 1 day earlier for overnight stay at the mainland of Tawau or Semporna, hotels can b arranged on request.

FLIGHTS DEFINITION : MH Ė MALAYSIA AIRLINES / AK Ė AIR ASIA

* Unscheduled boat transfer to and from the resort can be arranged with additonal surcharge. Subject to weather conditions.

* The cost for the above flight is excluded from the package rates.  If you do need us to arrange the airfare, please send us the request and the airfare will be advised accordingly.

* We provide 3 boat dives per day on three different island.  In order to cover the entire dive sites, it is recommended at least 1 week stay at the resort.  If you would like to do additional day diving besides the normal 3 boat dives then the diving rate is RM 100.00 / USD 34.00 per dive/ per diver.  This must be arranged in advance with the dive master.

Diving on last day (on departure day if not flying) is chargeable at RM 100.00 / USD 34.00 per dive/ per person.  You are also request to sign another liability/ waiver form for this extra dive.

NOTICE 

SIPADAN ENTRY PERMIT 

As you may be aware, anyone planning to visit Sipadan Island requires an approved entry permit issued by Sabah Parks, a government agency of Sabah Government. Daily total entry quota is 120 permits per day.

We feel that this is a wise move by the Malaysian Government in order to minimize the stress to the reefs and marine life at Sipadan Island. Unfortunately, this also means that we may not be able to send all our guests to Sipadan Island every day. 

Currently, the 120 permits are allocated to ten (10) dive operators and they are located in and around Semporna area. Our Resort has been allocated 14 permits per day. Based on this allocated quota, the resort able to offer you with certainty, a visit to Sipadan island at least once if your duration of stay is at least 6 days/5 nights.

The Resort is now offering a "NON SIPADAN DIVING PACKAGE" (diving in Mabul, Kapalai and Si Amil islands). So, when doing your bookings make sure that you ask for the correct Package. Resort guests who wishes to dive far away islands like Pom Pom, Mataking or Tun Sakaran Marine Parks islands excursion dive tours will need to direct your enquiry or check with the resort manager on arrival to the Resort. An additional fee will be charged for outer islands excursion dive tours. 

MARKET QUOTA PURCHASING OPTION
If the Resort guests wishes to do more diving in Sipadan Island, he or she can enquire through the resort OR on arrival in the resort, can approach rResort manager for assistance to buy "Sipadan diving service and entry permits Package" from other dive operators (NO GUARANTEE).

The cost of is MYR 390 per diver per day including 1 day entry permit fee. The permit will entitle you to 3 boat dives at Sipadan Island.  It is advisable to enquire well in advance and subject to availabilities.

This offer is available effective from 01st July 2013. 
Thank you for your understanding.   
Please contact us should you need further clarification.

 


FACILITIES


The Resort
Sipadan-Mabul Resort is located at the southern tip of Pulau Mabul overlooking Sipadan.  Accommodation is made from native materials of Borneo on Twin Share Basis, unless the Single Supplement is paid.  The resort have 45 chalets (22 are new detached or stand alone one room chalets), which could accommodate 90 guests at any one time.  All the chalets are built with mosquito screens have attached toilet/bathroom with hot shower facilities and the comfort of air-conditioning, which are available for 24 hours.

Electrical outlet is 220 Volt AC.  A vinyl swimming pool measuring 41-ft X 21 ft with a 6-ft deep end.  A 4-6 persons Jacuzzi Whirlpool Spas.  A large dining hall/bar area is used for meals, socializing, dancing and staff shows.  Coconut drink, 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, films, batteries, toiletries, souvenirs etc.  An office takes care of the registration and billing; it is equipped with a Telephone/Fax for communications with the mainland.  High speed internet access is also available now at the resort.

A Technical Diving Center (SMART-Tec) offers various services such as Nitrox Air and TDI Certification Courses.  An underwater video center (Treasure Images) provides u/w videography courses and services as well as rental of Digital Camera.

Please note : The standard check in-time is 1400 hours and check out time is 1200 hours.  Early check-in and late check-out is subject to room availability. The resort 100-member staff a-waits to make your dive holiday safe, easy and fun.

Boats : The resort have thirteen (13) custom-built fiberglass dive boats and two (2) half-cabin passenger/transport boats. These dive 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.

Standard chalet ~ The standard chalet is semi-detached type.  Facilitated with private bathroom, air-conditioned and ceiling fan with sharing balcony.

Stand-alone chalet ~ The stand-alone chalet is detached type.  Facilitated with private bathroom, air-conditioned, ceiling fan, mini refrigerator, dressing and coffee table with own balcony.  To request for this type of chalet you are required to pay additional RM 90.00 per person/ night on top of the normal package.

Both our standard and stand-alone chalets are based on land.

Mabul Water
This is a new floating dive-resort.  Facilitated with private bathroom with hot and cold shower and toilet, air-conditioner, ceiling fan, colour satellite TV, mini bar, in-room safety box and most of all a private balcony. 

A new floating dive-resort situated at Mabul Island overlooking the world-known Sipadan Island which is 15-minutes away by speedboat. These wooden-type bungalows has fifteen (15) units (10XDouble Bed & 5XTwin Bedded) entirely built over water with stilts offer sheer comfort.  Each bungalow exquisitely furnished with contemporary dťcor, equipped with remote control air-conditioner, ceiling fan, private bathroom-hot/cold shower and toilet, spacious private balcony offer panoramic vistas of blue sea, colour TV with satellite channels, mini bar and in-room safety box.

Facilities includes a large and airy restaurant for dining, a souvenirs shop selling variety of t-shirts, accessories and gifts, a business center with internet service, a dive center and an office taking care all the guests registration, billings and an underwater video and health spa outlets.

Facilities

* Technical Diving Courses
* Nitrox Diving
* PADI/TDI Specialty Courses
* Snorkeling
* Beach Volley Ball
* Ocean Kayak
* PADI Diving Courses
(from Open Water to Divemaster level)
* Scuba Skills Refresher Course
* Discover Scuba Diving
* Diving trip at nearby island
* Fishing trip at nearby island

 

DIVING
The provide 3 boat dives per day on three different island. In order to cover the entire dive sites, it is recommended at least 1 week stay at the resort. If you would like to do additional day diving besides the normal 3 boat dives then the diving rate is RM 80.00 / USD 25.00 per dive/ per diver.  This must be arranged in advance with the dive master. Diving on last day (on departure day if not flying) is chargeable at RM 80.00 / USD 25.00 per dive / per person.  You are also request to sign another liability/ waiver form for this extra dive.

The resort have daily boat going to Sipadan Island for those who would like to dive there, which is about 15 minutes away.  The diving at Sipadan Island is limited due to the restriction.  Therefore each diver is only allowed to do one or two dives per day (subject to entry permit approval).  Dive sites and diving schedule will be arranged at the discretion of the resort management. 

The Unlimited Jetty Divig mentioned above are dives from Mabulís 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 have eight Bauer Compressors, 450 units Aluminum 3000 psi/80 cubic foot tanks with American style 'K' valves and 70 units with DIN valve.  30 sets of rental equipment and a 220/110v charging system for strobes and lights.

CONDITIONS FOR DIVING

LIABILITY/RELEASE FORM (WAIVER)
All guests will be required to sign a Liability/Release Form (Waiver) before or upon arrival and abide by all diving and safety rules of the resort.

WEATHER CONDITIONS
We operate diving all year round but we cannot predict the weather conditions these days for scuba diving even for the best season.

DIVER TRAINING
All divers will be required to show proof of diver training from an internationally recognized Diver Training Agency upon arrival or they will not be allowed to dive without taking a dive course.  SMART also reserves the right to require a Scuba Skills Refresher Course for any diver who cannot provide proof of diving in the last 12 months and/or exhibits uncertainty in their skills.  Logbooks are highly recommended.

DIVING ON FIRST DAY AT RESORT - ORIENTATION
The first dive at the Dive 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 beach dives can be done on the first day under our UNLIMITED BEACH DIVING program.  First day diving is depends on your arrival time to the resort.

DIVING SCHEDULES AND REGULATIONS
* Boat Dives
There are three (3) boat dives a day, two in the morning and one in the afternoon.  It is a combination of Sipadan, Mabul and Kapalai dives 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 number of dive is limited to avoid overcrowding; therefore, visits must be arranged well in advance.  Divers on their first visit to Sipadan are briefed before they take the plunge. The dive boats will depart to the dive sites every morning at 8.00 to 9.00 am and return to Sipadan-Mabul Resort after the 3rd dive, around 4.00 p.m.  Divers will return to the resort for their meals after every dive.

* Additional Day Dives
In order to cover the entire dive sites it is recommended at least one week stay at the resort.  If you would like to do additional day diving besides the normal 3 boat dives then the diving rate is RM 80.00 per dive/per diver.  This must be arranged in advance with the dive master.  You will be required to sign a separate Liability/Release Form (Waiver). 

*Unlimited Jetty Dives
Besides the three (3) boat dives, unlimited jetty dives may be carried out daily on Mabulís House Reef.  These jetty dives can only start after your morning boat dive, unless you choose not to go on the morning boat dive; then you may dive anytime after 7.00am.  Your last jetty dive has to be planned in such a way as to exit the water by 10.00 p.m. (See also Night Diving section below) For jetty dive, you are required to dive with a buddy and sign out with our personnel on duty.  No Dive masters will accompany Jetty Dives, unless prior arrangements are made.

To Pay & Dive on the Spot
For certified divers who purchase non-diver package wishes to pay and dive on the spot the additional charge is RM 120.00 per dive includes the use of dive boat, tank with air, weights, weight belt and the services of divemaster on sharing basis.  This must be arranged in advance.

*Buddy System and Depth Limitations
As per most Training Agency's teachings, all dives must be with a buddy; no solo diving is allowed.  Depth on any dive shall be limited to a maximum of 130 feet (40 meters), of course taking into account any residual nitrogen time already acquired.

*Surface Intervals
For safety measures, a mandatory minimum 60 minutes surface interval is required before the next consecutive dive, regardless of whether you are diving by a computer or by tables.

*Night Diving
To Night Dive, divers must show proof of night diving in the form of certification cards or logbooks 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 10.00 p.m. (2200 hrs). Night dive is exceptionally good at Mabul walls where one could easily encounter Lobsters, Crocodile Fish and occasionally large Cuttlefish.  The boat leaves for Mabul night dive at around 6.00 - 6.30 p.m. and dinner will be served after the dive. Night dives can be scheduled whenever a diver wants to do one the following evening at 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 boat on Mabul Island is RM 150.00 per dive/per boat from 1-3 Divers and if there are 4 divers and above the rate is RM 50.00 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 steep underwater walls all around it.  These walls drop to 300m on the Mabul side of the island and 600m on 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 and 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. Note : The time restricted by the Government for Diving at Sipadan Island is from 6am to 6pm.

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 specially abundant in the rare finds of diving such as mandarin fish, stonefish, leaf fish, pipefish, lionfish, frogfish, cuttlefish, eels, and more.

 

FLYING AFTER DIVING (LAST DAY AT RESORT)
The latest recommendation from DAN, Training Agencies etc., indicates that you should wait a minimum of 12 hours and sometimes up to 24 hours after diving before you fly.  However, SMART recognizes 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 (Waiver) to do this.  You will only be able to do one morning dive at 8.00am at Mabul Island; however, this is at the discretion of the resort Management.  The extra charge for the dive on last day is RM 80.00 per person/per dive.

 

FINAL DISCRETION
SMART reserves final discretion on who may or may not do any type of diving we offer, based on a diver's shown abilities, experience, etc.  If a diver is or becomes physically incapacitated by injuries, illness, intoxication, 'hangovers', etc., we reserve the right to stop this person from diving.


 

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