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Sipadan Scuba

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_Y3404FJ wrote a review Jun. 2019
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The equapments are quite old. One of my friend (not me) can not breath under the water and he did CESA!!!! The coach even ask him or care about how this happened. My experience is also not good. I asked for the DM for recording my dive log, and he is busy hooking up with another student (which is my buddy) !!!! In the end, I have no dive log recorded which I pretty need for starting my DM study. Another DM of the day, he also tried to hook up with a Chineses girl who dive with us that day. It seems the coaches are not only good at teaching, but also good at fishing girls. I think the DM and the equaments need to improve, a lot !
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Johannes R wrote a review May 2019
Växjö, Kronobergs Län, Sweden10 contributions5 helpful votes
+ sipadan was beautiful. Matter of time before totally destroyed unfortunately. + boats and captains are nice. + shop is close to jetty. -read below, long text. First semporna. The whole place stinks. Kids are getting high on glue in the alleys when not rudely begging or making comments on girls walking by. The ocean is so over polluted with plastic so the boat engines gets entangled every 50 meters soon there will be only plastics left. The drive to Semporna from closest airport is palm oil plantation's mile after mile. We made the mistake to book the company's affiliate hotel: holiday dive inn. Avoid at all costs. The room is dirty, falling apart and smells toilet. All personnel except one local dive master and the boat captains think they are the coolest thing on earth. They are rude, lazy, VERY loud and don't care when their Chinese students destroy the coral or poke and disturb all living under water. They play loud music from start to finish. And believe they are gods and we pay them not for diving but to be close to them. Provided lunch is horrible just barely eatable after long wait at jetty and dives. They say be there before eight but you can arrive at 9:30 and still have time over before departure. Bring your own equipment. Provided equipment leaks, has holes in and is falling apart. Have to go now. Almost missing my flight because booked taxi was 30 minutes late and wanted double the agreed rate. Thanks Glad to have experienced Sipadan but never going back
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Jacob T wrote a review Apr. 2019
Dubbo, Australia5 contributions3 helpful votes
We booked with these guys and sometime later became concerned after reading negative reviews we hadn’t seen when we booked. We made attempts to contact Sipidan Scuba to speak about our concerns (mainly regarding safety and integrity of equipment)but there are no contact options. We then tried to phone their Hotel, which they make you stay in, the Holiday Dive Inn. The phone went straight to message bank and even though we left a message we were unable to make contact. The Hotel is dilapidated and the rooms smell of sewage. The towels are thin and grubby and we did not feel safe within this ‘hotel’. We spoke with others about Sipidan Scuba and their reviews weren’t flattering. When we chose to not dive with this organisation they seemed unfazed, made no enquires about why we chose not to and no refund was provided (this was for three days diving booked). When asked why this was the case we were told because we booked online. We weren’t expecting to get a full refund but thought as we were literally in the accomodation for 15 minutes and did no diving we might get some back, or a better explanation at the very least. We ended up staying down the road at Sipidan Inn 1. This accomodation was basic, but fine and the staff were very lovely. We chose to dive with Scuba Junkie Sipidan and were really impressed with their organisation and environmental focus.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Valenklein wrote a review Mar. 2019
Canada53 contributions14 helpful votes
We chose Sipadan Scuba since they had openings and book online since we didn't hear back from some of the other companies. It was definitely easy booking. The Holiday Dive Inn (associated hotel they help book through) left a bit to be desired but was ok. The dive master was a bit flakey. Friendly to your face, but underwater he would wander off and there were a couple times we stopped to look at something cool and he was gone (not too far, but out of visibility). Plus, he would continue to dive after we surfaced, leaving us in the boat, even though some of us still had air and would have been happy to continue diving (we think he may have been fishing but hope not since it is a marine reserve). They were friendly about carrying our gear even though we usually do that and even cleaned it for us when we got back. Some of the gear is pretty warn though and I was happy to have my own shorty and mask. We had several leaks in our gear over the two days, and one of us had a blowout underwater and needed to come up early; it's possible the gear isn't well maintained. Check your gauges to make sure they don't have salt crystals in them (indicates a leak) - we had to send back a couple. When booking online, I ordered a vegetarian meal but they were all the same (chicken). Food was good the first day, not sufficient the second day, and they didn't seem to have water on the boat even though they said they would. I probably wouldn't go with them again but it wasn't horrible.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Bob wrote a review Dec. 2018
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We arranged for a 4 day dive package through Sipadan Scuba with two days at Sipadan. The first day we were at Mantabuan with day 2 and 3 at Sipadan where we had a top notch Dive Master, Ozman, who went above and beyond to take care of us. The turtles and sharks we observed were in huge numbers and wonderful to watch. Our 4th day we went to Mabul and that's when everything went bad. We had a new Dive Master that did not take our safety into account and did not seem to be familiar with the dive sites. On our first dive of the day we got caught in a strong surface and subsurface current that carried us a very long distance from our start point. The Dive Master did not listen to signals about air levels which put me at a very low air volume when I surfaced. My wife and I opted out of the last two dives of the day as we did not feel comfortable with the DM or the sites as it was all sand bottom with very strong currents. If you are going to book through this company use extreme caution, especially if you are a fairly new or inexperienced diver. The equipment is not well maintained, to include the boats, and unless you ask they do not have spare equipment on board. The hotel was a two star at best and not kept very clean, even by Malaysian standards. Enjoy the dives but be careful, ask questions and don't take chances.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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