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Visitors usually fly to Tawau airport or come by bus or minivan from Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Lahad Datu. There are inexpensive flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau airport (2h45) and from Kota Kinabalu (less than 1 hour).

Once you arrive in Tawau airport, most visitors take a taxi or shuttle bus to Semporna (1h30). From Semporna, we organize boat transfers to Mabul (45 minutes) or Sipadan (1 hour).

Sipadan Permits

  • In an effort to preserve the island, there is a new permit system of limiting the maximum numbers of divers to 120 per day
  • It’s advisable to book your Sipadan permits ahead of time as only the lucky few can get to dive at Sipadan, especialy during high season.
  • Since january 1st 2005, and in order to protect the island environment there are no resorts on Sipadan (all moved to Mabul and Kapalai).
  • Sipadan island is open for divers and visitors from 6am to 4pm.


Divers: Please book your Dive Permit in Advance!

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