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Sipadan Water Village Resort
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Reviewed 15 April 2012

My friend and I are just back from a 5D/4N stay here and were most impressed with the impeccable service and excellent dive center. While a bit aged, the resort itself has been well maintained, the rooms kept clean with good amenities. The food, while not quite to-die-for, was decent. But of course, most of what people come here for, the diving, is fantastic...which makes this dive center with its very well organized system and new BCDs a much welcomed service.

Room Tip: Mabul wing is closer to the dive center...a good thing when you've to be there at 5am!
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank PG2SF
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

Nice resort but floating nappies and sewage under our water villa don't encourage getting in the water. Several people in our group get nasty ear infections - from the polluted water perhaps. Many of the resorts and none of the village houses have any sewage treatment.
We cut our stay short and went to Pom Pom Island, beautiful and no pollution.

Room Tip: Dont stay anywhere on Mabul Island,
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled with friends
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5  Thank Hari H
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Reviewed 16 March 2012

We stayed a week at SWV towards the end of February 2012. We travelled with our local dive shop and had paid for a room with a/c. The room we got didn't have a/c and we didn't sleep for the first couple of nights. We found out our room had been given to someone else who didn't pay for a/c and he refused to move. Fortunately our dive shop operators were wonderful and gave us their deluxe room with a/c. We are loyal customers so we really appreciated that. BTW, only 6 rooms have a/c.

Diving:
Some of the best in the world. I've never seen so many varieties of fish, large and incredibly small. We did 18 dives over 6 days and it was fantastic. The house reef is simply amazing and blew my mind with the check out dive. Most of the dive masters are very good, of course some are better than others, that's to be expected. We really enjoyed Fazio, he's great.

Food:
Being from California we're used to a lot of very fresh and healthy light food. The food at the village made us homesick. It seems everything is cooked in oil, lots of it. By the 3rd day I was giving the plumbing a work out. By the end of the trip I was eating mostly salad and fruit. They did make my girlfriend a nice birthday cake and sing happy birthday so kudos to the staff for that. Generally the staff were all very very nice, I just think they prepare food very differently than what we're used to. But for the money I expected better.

Overall:
We had a pretty good time overall but I'm not sure we would return to this resort. First of all it's a very long trip to get there. Second, it's expensive. But I think what bothers me most is the resorts lack of involvement with the dirt poor village that sits just behind it on the shorts. We walked through that village a couple of times and the conditions are terrible, really bad. That resort brings a lot of money to the island, where does it go? We checked out the resort next door and even though it's much smaller they are involved. They have a spay and neuter program for the animals on the island, they have a turtle hatchery with educational materials and they don't serve any fish at the resort. I have a problem with SWV having things on the menu that I just saw while I was diving. I think they could do more to preserve the sea life and improve the quality of life for the locals that live on the island.

Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
8  Thank NorcalGSP
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Reviewed 6 March 2012

The whole resort is built on stilt over shallow water, so the views are fantastic, you're able to see corals and fishes in the water, as you walk around the resort, i always have my eye looking at the water and i've encountered turtle, lion fish, yelow pipefish, eagle ray, wrasse etc etc
Some of the rooms are quite a bit of walk away, takes about 5 minutes of walk from my room to the dive center, so if you're diving, try to ask for a room closer to the dive center. But of course, during your walk, you'll have plenty of chance to encounter fishes and turtles.
The room is clean, bed is comfortable, but furniture's abit dated, my room does not have a/c or television but I dont think we need it, we're here for the great ocean view and the breeze.

- About diving -
good - on time diving, dive center will gear up for you, friendly staff, abundant marine life

not so good - expensive, even though the website say unlimited self house reef dive, its for day time dive only, they charge (cant remember the amount, but i think RM30) per self night dive, why would you charge for self night dive??

During the whole trip we saw - alot of turtle, alot of lion fish, alot of cuttlefish, big school of barracuda, white tip shark, bumphead parrotfish, pikachu nudi, giant frog fish, flamboyant cuttlefish, etc etc...

conclusion
SWV is a great place to stay if you're on honeymoon and both of you love diving, however, if your're here for diving only, it's abit expensive.

Room Tip: Ask for room closer to lobby, some rooms are quite far away.
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Alfonso-Malaysia
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Reviewed 1 March 2012

on-time diving, extremely friendly and helpful Instructors & Dive Masters, workers & helpers all contributed to a very awesome diving experience I have in Sipadan Water Village. Thinking of doing Pilgrimage to SWV every year! :)

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank paganchee
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