Dive Report on Sipadan, Malaysia

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Novice divers in Sipadan

Sipadan24 Nov 2013 - 27 Nov 2013

I want to dispel a myth that worried me before going to Sipadan. I had read that only advanced divers should contemplate diving Sipadan because of the unpredictable currents. My wife and I dived Sipadan with Sipadan Mabul Resort (I think they call themselves "SMART Divers") and found the experience to be superb. My wife had only done 9 dives before going to Sipadan while I had done over 100 dives. The SMART divemaster we had was exceptional. Everything was kept relaxed and drama-free, there was no rush and when we encountered currents or other challenging situations he would help the group navigate throught hese with no problems. With a cautious and conservative divemaster like we had, diving Sipadan for beginners is not a problem at all and you just need to relax and enjoy the huge turtles, sharks, schools of barracuda and moral eels.

Elli Byrne

I am hoping to get a bit more experience and maybe dive Barracuda Point. Did you dive this site? If so - is it a difficult dive site - are there a lot of currents there?

Glenn Tong

Elli, yes we did dive this site and the currents were pretty strong (around 1 knot when we were there) but this is not a problem as long as you stick close to a good divemaster who is cautious and conservative (I strongly recommend the SMART dive-masters who were excellent. You do need to be able to get your buoyancy right and be relaxed drifting along but otherwise you should have no problems. There is one issue though - our divemaster steered us away from a down current which would have been scary if we had gone into it. This then brings me full circle - you need to choose a good divemaster and stick close to them.


Suzanne Jackson

It must have been a great experience! Totally agree - when you are a bit out of your comfort zone - having the right dive master makes such a difference!

Ami Leigh

What did you see in November???

Ami Leigh

Hammerheads and Reef Sharks?

Chloe Kingstone

Scuba diving is one of my biggest passions. The main reason I love diving is the adventure, because you never know what you will found below the water surface. In the past years I've collected a series of underwater photos which I proudly store in the https://dive.site logbook, along with all my diving logs. It's cool that I can also search new dive spots or even add my own.

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