Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Travelogue: Sipadan-Mabul (A Must Go)

A diver I am not,
A swimmer I am not too,
But boy do I love water sports and activities..
And it ain't gonna stop me from exploring the (under)water world!
And these include water themeparks, to beaches, rivers, waterfalls and of course, islands!

And you know what, Malaysia are blessed with all. So jump at every opportunity please... believe me when I say, Malaysian islands are some, if not all, of the most beautiful islands in the world. Top in Malaysia's list is of course Pulau Sipadan, Sabah.

From Wikipedia:

Sipadan is located at the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin, the centre of one of the richest marine habitats in the world. More than 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species have been classified in this ecosystem. Sipadan has been rated by many dive journals as one of the top dive destinations in the world


Last year I had the biggest and most privileged opportunity to join my diving-able friends, Su-Lyn & Shino on their plan to visit Pulau Sipadan! I jumped at it though the cost 'shocked' me initially.. .Well, I wasn't a diver (yet), and to spend near to RM 1k++ (special promotion somemore) just for the stay & snorkelling activities... isn't that a bit too much? I ask myself again and again... Anyway, since the flight tickets have already been booked, I move forward. Afterall, I have bout ~0.5 year to save up $$ for the year end trip! The conclusion:  I DIDN'T REGRET ONE BIT.
Details as follow:

Date:
31st December 2010 - 3rd January 2011
 
Destination:
Sipadan & Mabul / Kapalai, Sabah, Malaysia

 Barracuda Point, Sipadan is listed in Top Ten Dive Sites at #3!!
The Gang:
From Left to Right: Winnie Lim Shuh Huey, Shino Lee Shin Lu (diver), Tan Su-Lyn (diver), Tan Su Quin (diver), Yeoh Chor Guan (diver), Nelson Kan (diver) & Madeline Lim May Szin (me! haha)

Return Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight Tickets: 
RM 238.00 per pax (KLIA - Tawau - KLIA) *Get The Deal Promotion*

Accommodation: 
The magnificent, stunningly beautiful Sipadan-Mabul Resort (SMART)

Travel Agent (Contact Them for Pricing):  
Explore Asia Tours Sdn. Bhd. (Co. No. 372345-X)
(Sister Company of Sipadan-Mabul Resort (Sabah) Sdn. Bhd.)
Lot A-1-G, Block A, Signature Office, KK Times Square,
Off Coastal Highway, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
P. O. Box 15571, 88864 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.
Tel: (60-88) 486389    Fax: (60-88) 486628    E-mail: mabul@po.jaring.my
License No: KKKP/PL 2941 

 Package Includes:
  • Transfers between Semporna Jetty - SMART - Semporna Jetty by speedboat
  • Chalet-type accommodation on Standard Twin/Triple-sharing basis with attached bathroom and the facilities of hot shower and the comfort of air-conditioning, balcony
  • All food and hot beverage while at the resort
  • 6 snorkelling trips (4 at Sipadan, 2 at Mabul) or 4 diving trips (at Sipadan / Mabul Kapalai)
  • Unlimited jetty diving on Mabul's House Reef
  • Use of tanks with air, weights and weight belt

 Package Excludes:
  • Entry permit fee to Sipadan (RM 40.00 per pax) *only 120 permits are issued per day, SMART only have 14 permits allocated to their resort daily*
  • Transfers between Tawau Airport - Semporna Jetty - Tawau Airport by van
  • Gears rental (i.e. masks, snorkels, fin, booties, wetsuit...)
  • Additional diving or snorkeling trips are subjected to charges
  
Other Facilities Include:
  • Swimming pool (FOC)
  • Jacuzzi (FOC)
  • Buggy rides to Mabul Water Bungalows (FOC)
  • Underwater camera / video facilities

.:: REVIEW ::.
  • Accommodation: Nothing to complain at all. Clean and proper.
  • Service: Fantastic, top notch. Super helpful and friendly. For divers, you never even have to lift your gas tank at all! Beat Berjaya Tioman many times!! (sorry, I can only compare against Berjaya Tioman 'coz I usually go budget and Berjaya Tioman's service was really quite sucky during my company trip in May 2010)
  • Food's good, fresh and nice. International flavours.
  • Diver masters / Snorkel Guides / Captains: Very professional and friendly. 
  • Loads of turtles, sharks, fish of all kinds... everything seems to be bigger and magnified in the island of Sipadan. While for islands of Mabul and Kapalai are more famous for smaller species.  

.:: PHOTO ALBUMS ::.
pardon my camera's underwater picture-taking ability. wasn't using a intended-for-diving waterproof casing.


.:: SLIDE SHOW ::.


1 comments:

Nava.K said...

One of the best place for holiday, lovely and great.