Posted 30 August 2011 - 06:51 AM
Best regards Bent
Posted 01 September 2011 - 02:30 AM
FOR WHAT IS MINE WILL KNOW MY FACE
Canon7D, Nauticam housing, mini and large dome, canon 100mm, canon 60mm, 10-17 tokina, macro ports, extensions, two inon Z240
Posted 01 September 2011 - 10:39 PM
Otherwise, you will spend a lot of time shuttling between the resorts and Sipaden, and, depending how crowded the resorts are will determine how frequently you will be permitted to dive Sipaden Island itself.
Posted 02 September 2011 - 12:30 AM
Boneo diver 4 dive a day, SWV 3dive a day, Sea Venture 4dive a day and SMART unknow...
day request 4day 3night is confirm 1 day permit, if u can stay longer time will be better, the best time is unpeak session so that you got higher chance to go in but better check with the operator.
SWV and SMART is Water Village, Boneo on main island(mabul island)
Edited by ckchong, 02 September 2011 - 12:36 AM.
Posted 02 September 2011 - 06:07 PM
First day we where told all these rules by the guide 40min, 30m max yadda yadda, after the first check out dive and saw we new what we where doing all the rules pretty much went out the window and he let us do our own thing for the trip.
8 days diving and got 3 days diving at Sipadan, 4 dives everyday.
A handful of Photos from our trip http://www.uwphotog.com/p691687760
Posted 10 September 2011 - 09:05 AM
Posted 12 September 2011 - 01:38 AM
Still to little and to uncertain given the price of staying there. With the 40-45 minute limit, even with rather slack enforcement, I will find somewhere else to visit.
Maybe Lankayan instead...
I am surprized you say you've been quoted for a MAXIMUM of 1 day out of 3 in Sipadan, You probably meant a MINIMUM of 1 out of 3 days. In low season the pattern is much like 2 days out of 3 (Went 3 times last year in feb, aug and dec at Borneo Divers : I had to BEG to stay diving on Mabul in feb and dec and went 3 times out of 7 days in aug...).
Speaking about the 45 minutes limit, I don't see any problem in Sipadan when you're on 4 dives in a 8 hours period! I sometimes wished I skipped the fourth dive... (and in fact never dived less than 50mins).
Lankayan? Uh well, you can compare the prices with Mabul/Sipadan, I am not sure you can compare the diving though...
Galleries in Pbase : Ambon & Maluku, Bangka & Bali, Komodo & Maumere, Moalboal, Mabul & Sipadan.
Vanuatu incl.SS Pres.Coolidge wreck.
Posted 12 September 2011 - 07:45 AM
I really like my one hour dives. Even with the 4 dives a day schedule, I prefer that, and maybe then skip a night dive if needed. But then the last half to third of the dive would be spent very shallow. I remember the times when one could stay on Sipadan with unlimited shore dives. 5-6 dives/day was the rule, with one day going for 7. On the other hand, those days my air consumption seriously limited dive times!
I read a lot of good about Lankayan, and also on the somewhat high prices. Do you find the diving seriously limited to that of Sipadan?
Posted 12 September 2011 - 11:47 AM
We did 5 days of diving and got 3 at Sipadan, and were offered a fourth but declined because our luggage (which had been lost for 5 days) was due to arrive and we wanted to be around when it did. We were there at the end of Nov/beginning of December, which I think is a bit less crowded. However, in airport conversations with others who stayed at Kapalai and Mabul Resort at the same time, it seemed we got more chances at Sipadan than they did.
Also, they didn't impose any kind of time limit on us.
Edited by mcliffy2, 12 September 2011 - 11:50 AM.
Posted 12 September 2011 - 11:52 AM
Posted 15 September 2011 - 01:30 AM
One other hint -- a simple email to SWV asking if they had any discounts resulted in an offer for 20% off the standard rates. This may have been due to it being low season, but it can't hurt to ask.
Thanks for the suggestion. I tried it and got a "once in six days" guarantee! You had significantly better prepromise. Maybe it is the time that is wrong for me, late March seems to be pretty busy.