There are several ways to get from Singapore to Sipadan.
For those who will be flying, Tawau airport is the nearest airport to Sipadan Island. However, there are no direct flights from Singapore to Tawau.
These are the flight options available for visitors from Singapore to Sipadan:
Option 1: Singapore – Kuala Lumpur – Tawau (Recommended)
Option 2: Singapore – Kota Kinabalu – Tawau
Option 3: Singapore – Johor Bahru – Tawau
Option 1 (Recommended)
Flying from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur gives you much better chances of boarding a connecting flight to Tawau on the same day, as this route has more options for connecting flights.
If you fly from Singapore to Kota Kinabalu and land after 11.20am, you will likely have to stay a night in Kota Kinabalu in order to catch an early morning flight to Tawau the next day.
After landing in Tawau, you will have to travel by land to the jetty in Semporna, where you may then board a boat to Sipadan.
Note: If you’re flying into Tawau, try to ensure that your flight lands at the latest by 2pm so that you can transfer from Tawau to Semporna and from Semporna to Sipadan on the same day.
If your flight lands after 2pm, you will likely have to spend a night in Tawau. Late land and sea transfers (after 2pm) from Tawau to Semporna and finally on to Sipadan are not recommended due to factors including safety, logistics and costs i.e. no more buses from Tawau to Semporna.
It is best to finalize your travel plans from Singapore to Sipadan before your holiday begins, so that you may spend as much time as possible on Sipadan, rather than having to waste unnecessary time during transits.
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