The Celebes Sea on Borneo’s eastern coast is home to one of the top 5 scuba diving locations in the world – Sipadan Island.
Mabul Island is a great place to start or progress in diving as many of the Mabul resorts and dive operators offer a wide range of PADI courses. From total beginners doing a Discover Scuba course to seasoned professionals looking to complete their Divemaster training or take Instructor Development Courses, it’s all possible at Mabul.
For a good mix of both types of diving, Mabul’s neighboring island of Kapalai offers some fantastic dive spots.
By decision of Sabah Parks and since October 2022, a Advanced Open Water (AOW) or above certification diving license is required to be able to dive at Sipadan. If you already have an Open Water license, it takes 2 days to get your AOW license while at the dive resort.
From being a beginner diver with basic equipment and safety knowledge to being a skilled diver who is able to navigate underwater, dive at night or dive deeper into the ocean, these courses will satisfy your thirst for knowledge and put you at ease under the water.
To maximize your time, you can save one day of course by completing the PADI e-Learning (the theory part) online at home.
Being an Advanced Open Water certified diver is now required since October 2022 to be able to dive at Sipadan. If you wish to improve even more your scuba diving skills, becoming a rescue diver equips you with the skills to manage your own safety as well as help others out in an emergency, which is useful knowledge to have when spending time in an underwater environment.
There’s also the chance to progress even further to Dive Master and Diving Instructor level, where you are able to lead others on a dive or teach diving.
I did the PADI e-learning in advance and our referral OW Course last 2 days, then we went diving at Sipadan.
5 stars for our very patient and friendly Chinese diving instructor. We had chinese books and it was great.
The TEC diving cavern course at Seaventures and it was the perfect base for exploring Sipadan's Turtle Cavern.
DIVING IN SIPADAN
For conservation purposes, there are no dive courses conducted at Sipadan island itself. Open Water Students should plan to stay one more full day after the completion of their course in order to dive at Sipadan.
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