How to Get There Kota Kinabalu is the main gateway to all of Sabah's diving destinations, including Sipadan. It has an international airport which has direct flights to and from Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipeh, Kaoshiung, Singapore, Philippines and Brunei. Flights - Boat Transfer The recommended flight from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau leaves at 7:00 am and arrives at 7:45 am, with Malaysia AirlinesOpens in a new window. This is the flight most Sipadan dive resorts favour and guests will be collected here and driven for about 1 hour to Semporna, where a boat will transfer you the 45 minutes to your resort on Mabul Island or Kapalai. Your diving activities will start in the afternoon. Later flights are available but can cause problems with transfers and will almost certainly mean no diving on the first day. [caption id="attachment_219" align="aligncenter" width="597"] Sipadan Island[/caption] There are direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau with Air AsiaOpens in a new window (07:20-10:05 am), and from Johor Bahru (07:50-10:35 am), but these may mean a long wait for a pick up, or an overnight in Semporna and pick up from your hotel next day at 08:00 am. You can stay at the Seafest Hotel or Dragon Inn in Semporna. Air Asia is free-seating and Malaysia Airlines is not. Both have emergency exit seats with acres of leg-room. For Air Asia you need to be at the front of the queue to secure one of these. Guests who will be flying within 24 hours after resort departure may be subject to diving restrictions at the end of their stay. Flights back from Tawau are Malaysia Airlines to Kota Kinabalu (14:40-15:25 am or 21:00-21:45 am). If you do not wish to stay overnight in Kota Kinabalu, you can fly direct to Kuala Lumpur with Air Asia (10:30-13:15 am or 21:00-21:45 am) or back to Johor Bahru (11:10-13:45 am). Note - flight times are subject to change. Please refer to the airline web sites to check for changes and for booking information. We recommend that you consider taking out insurance to cover scuba and travel activities, including trip cancellation. See our insurance programme for a competitive quote.
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