Sipadan resorts with permits

The following is a list of 12 hotels, resorts, dive operators and liveaboards that have been allocated Sipadan Permits by the government.

As there are no hotels/resorts on Sipadan Island itself, all the operators listed below are based in Mabul, Kapalai, Mataking and Semporna town, as well as one liveaboard with 8 cabins.

Jump to map of all hotels at the bottom of the page


Data sourced from Sabah Parks authority.

Minimum stay requirements for diving in Sipadan (if any) are indicated below.


Seaventures Dive Rig1. Seaventures Dive Rig Resort (11 Permits)

Stay on and dive below an oil rig.

Stay 3 nights for 1 day diving in Sipadan.

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving

Check pricing for Seaventures Dive Rig Resort on Dive The World (4D3N packages from RM2586 (US$574) per non-diver)

Read about Seaventures Dive Rig Resort on TripAdvisor

Smart Divers Resort2. Sipadan-Mabul Resort (SMART) (14 Permits)

40 wooden chalets nestled in a coconut grove towards the southeastern side of Mabul. Sister resort of the luxurious Mabul Water Bungalows (link).

Stay 5 nights for 1 day diving in Sipadan.

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving

Check pricing for Sipadan-Mabul Resort (SMART) on Dive The World (4D3N packages from RM2168 (US$506) per non-diver)

Read about SMART Divers Resort on TripAdvisor

SWV Sipadan Water Village3. Sipadan Water Village Resort (14 Permits)

45 water chalets built based on Bajau architectural design, each with private decks overlooking the sea.

Stay 4 nights for 1 day diving in Sipadan.

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving

Check pricing for Sipadan Water Village on Dive The World (4D3N packages from US$1203 per non-diver)

Read about Sipadan Water Village on TripAdvisor

Borneo Divers4. Borneo Divers Mabul Dive Resort (14 Permits)

30 tropical-themed chalets. Popular rooms include the ethnic-inspired Runggus Twin and luxurious Runggus Double featuring traditional platform beds.

Stay 4 nights for 1 day diving in Sipadan.

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving

Check pricing for Borneo Divers Mabul Dive Resort on Dive The World (4D3N packages from RM2162 (US$490) per non-diver)

Read about Borneo Divers Mabul Dive Resort on TripAdvisor

Uncle Chang Dive Lodge5. Uncle Chang Sipadan (7 Permits)

Wooden lodge built on stilts over the sea with dorm, double, family and seaview chalets available. All rooms come with private bathrooms.

1 day diving in Sipadan from RM600 (non-divers), RM720 (2 dives) and RM750 (3 dives).

Read about Uncle Chang Sipadan on TripAdvisor

Scuba Junkie6. Scuba Junkie/Mabul Beach Resort (7 Permits)

This Mabul resort consists of 24 new ensuite rooms situated on the beach front. Scuba Junkie also operates Scuba Junkie Backpackers (link) based in Semporna.

Stay 3 nights for 1 day diving in Sipadan.

Read about Scuba Junkie/Mabul Beach Resort on TripAdvisor

Billabong Scuba Mabul7. Billabong Scuba (6 Permits)

Homestay chalets built on stilts over the sea with different room types available. Options include air-conditioned rooms and attached bathrooms.

1 day diving in Sipadan from RM848 (3 dives).

Read about Billabong Scuba on TripAdvisor

8. MV Celebes Explorer – 13 permits

The only liveaboard serving Mabul, Kapalai and Sipadan. There are 8 standard cabins, with 2 queen-sized double bed cabins featuring windows located on the main deck, and 6 double/twin bed cabins featuring portholes located on the lower deck.

Excellent choice if diving in Sipadan is your priority. Compared to land-based resorts, this liveaboard lets you to dive in Sipadan every day of your stay.

Stay 3 nights for 9 diving sessions in Sipadan.

Check pricing for MV Celebes Explorer on Dive The World (4D3N packages from US$943 for 9 dives)

9. Sipadan Scuba (7 Permits)

Dive operator in Semporna with an attached hotel (Holiday Dive Inn) and daily trips to Sipadan.

Stay 2 nights for 1 day diving in Sipadan. Divers: RM1000, Non-divers: RM950.

Read about Sipadan Scuba on TripAdvisor

Kapalai Resort10. Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort (14 Permits)

15-20 minutes from Sipadan and Mabul, this top-notch resort is built in the middle of the Celebes Sea with no land in sight. Popular among couples and honeymooners.

Stay 3 nights for 1 day diving in Sipadan.

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving

Check pricing for Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort on Dive The World (4D3N packages from RM2641 (US$617) per non-diver)

Read about Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort on TripAdvisor

Mataking11. Reef Dive Resort (7 Permits)

Luxurious resort with daily diving trips to Sipadan (±80 minutes away) and other islands.

Return dive trip to Sipadan – RM1,400 per boat (maximum of 7 pax per boat)

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving

Read about Reef Dive Resort on TripAdvisor

Check pricing for this property on: Agoda.com

12. Roach Reef Resort – 6 permits

This resort is currently closed, as it ceased operations in October 2013. We will update this section in the event it re-opens.


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