Hotels & Accommodations in Sipadan Island
For preservation and safely reasons, all the resorts in Sipadan Island has been closed. As such, visitors are no longer allowed to stay in Sipadan Island for more than a day. It must be noted that visiting Sipadan Island requires a permit which is limited at 120 per day. As such, you would need to apply for the permit before being allowed here. Coming to Sipadan Island means that you will be here only for diving or just to enjoy the natural wonders here from the likes of Semporna or other islands like Mabul. If you are looking for a place to stay, your best chance is to stay in the resorts and hotels in those towns.
This island is located about half an hour’s boat ride from Sipadan Island. There are quite a lot of dive resorts here while you could even stay in the fishing communities there. The My Scuba Diver is a great homestay option which comes with PADI course or you can choose the Billabong Scuba known for being a backpackers’ favourite. From RM60 per night, you can choose the Noble Inworld Diving or at Uncle Chang’s Sipadan Mabul Dive Lodge which comes with a night’s stay inclusive of meals. Meanwhile, the Mabul Beach Resort is a great place to stay with an amazing view or if you are looking for something more exclusive, head out to the Mabul Water Bungalows and Sipadan Water Village Resort.
Staying in Semporna town is quite common but it has been receiving quite a lot of negative reviews lately on hygiene and cleanliness. Nevertheless, it is still a convenient place to stay if you plan to head out to Sipadan as this is the first hop-off point. The Mutiara Inn provides rooms of different range while those travelling on a budget can opt for Semporna Backpackers which starts at RM30 per night, the Atine Semporna Backpackers Hostel, Dragon Inn and the Borneo Global Sipadan Backpacker, among others. If you are looking for something more luxurious, then, the Holiday Dive Inn, Sipadan Inn and Singamata Reef Lodge Adventures could be good options as well.
At Kapalai Island, the Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort is a luxurious resort where you get some very nice wooden chalets on stilts.
Here, you will be welcomed by The Reef Dive Resort which provides you with a Malay-inspired water chalets which are only limited to 70 people at any time with a great view of the waters spreading out to the horizon.