Sipadan Resorts With Permits

The following is a list of 12 hotels, resorts and dive operators 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 Semporna, Mabul and Mataking.

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


Borneo Divers1. Borneo Divers Mabul Dive Resort – 14 permits

With 30 tropical-themed chalets, this resorts’ most popular rooms include the ethnic-inspired Runggus Twin and luxurious Runggus Double featuring traditional platform beds.

Location: Mabul

Stay 4 nights for 1 day diving at Sipadan.

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving

Borneo Divers Mabul Dive Resort on TripAdvisor


Seaventures Dive Rig2. Seaventures Dive Rig Resort – 11 permits

Live on and dive below an oil rig.

Location: Mabul

Stay 3 nights for 1 day diving at Sipadan.

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving

Seaventures Dive Resort on TripAdvisor


SWV Sipadan Water Village3. Sipadan Water Village Resort – 14 permits

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

Location: Mabul

Stay 4 nights for 1 day diving at Sipadan.

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving

Sipadan Water Village Resort on TripAdvisor


Scuba Junkie4. Mabul Beach Resort – 7 permits

24 new en suite rooms situated on the beach front. Managed by Scuba Junkie, who also operates Scuba Junkie Backpackers based in Semporna.

Location: Mabul

Stay 3 nights for 1 day diving at Sipadan.


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.

Location: Mabul

1 day diving at Sipadan from RM750 (3 dives).


Billabong Scuba Mabul6. Billabong Scuba – 6 permits

Homestay chalets built on stilts over the sea with different room types available.

Location: Mabul

1 day diving at Sipadan from RM600 (3 dives).


Smart Divers Resort7. Sipadan Mabul Resort (SMART) – 14 permits

40 wooden chalets nestled in a coconut grove on the south-east side of Mabul.

Location: Mabul

Stay 5 nights for 1 day diving at Sipadan.

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving


Mataking8. Reef Dive Resort – 7 permits

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

Location: Mataking

Return dive trip to Sipadan – RM 1,400 per boat (Max 7 pax per boat)

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving

Reef Dive Resort on TripAdvisor


9. Sipadan Scuba – 7 Permits

Location: Semporna

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



Kapalai Resort8. Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort – 14 permits

Top-notch resort built in the middle of the Celebes Sea with no land in sight. Popular among couples and honeymooners.

Location: Kapalai

Stay 3 nights for 1 day diving at Sipadan.

Unlimited jetty/house reef diving


11. MV Celebes Explorer – 13 permits


12. Roach Reef Resort – 6 permits (Currently closed)