There are several excellent nearby resorts from which to dive here, the closest being on Mabul and Kapalai. There is only 1 live aboard in the area, which stays overnight in Mabul. See more on all the options in our Malaysia resorts section. Special local rates apply at many of these resorts for Malaysians, Singaporeans and expatriates living in those countries with work permits.
The resort islands also boast some excellent macro dive sites which are a great complement to the breathtaking big fish action of Sipadan.
Visits to Sipadan operate on a permit basis and are restricted to 120 diving permits issued per day. We recommend staying at least 4 nights to allow greater opportunity to dive at the island (normally 4 dives a day). The longer you stay the greater your chances of having more visits.
Permits are not allocated in advance so no-one, including the resorts themselves, can make guarantees about the number of days you will visit Sipadan Island, unless your stay is for longer. When you book with Dive The World, we will apply for entry permits to the restricted area on your behalf. This will give you the same chance (or better) of obtaining dive permits as booking elsewhere.
With some resorts Dive The World can arrange, in advance, for you to pay for extra permits, subject to availability. It is not a guarantee but is the best way possible to increase your chances of multiple days of diving at Sipadan.