From 14 August 2018, the Sipadan permit conservation fee of MYR 40.00 will be rise to MYR 140.00 per person per day, writes Seaventures Dive. The cost with tax will be MYR 148.40. This is equivalent to 40 USD, 32 Euro or £27.
Everyone wishing to dive Sipadan must obtain a permit, and only 120 permits are issued each day. The permits are shared by 12 dive operators, who have to tell the Sabah Parks authority the details of their divers. Priority is generally given to divers who stay the longest at the diving resort and who book the earliest.
Sipadan is a very small island not far from the town of Semporna on the East coast of Sabah in Borneo Malaysia. It is a limestone pinnacle rising from 600 metres. The boat ride from Semporna takes around an hour. Sipadan is Malaysia’s only oceanic island.
A total of 16,846 hectares of coral reefs and sea area around Sipadan are now officially a park area for which a permit is required.
Sipadan boasts what has been voted the best dive in the world: Barracuda Point.
The twelve dive operators who have access to permits are:
- Bharman Sipadan Dive Safari & Seasport Sdn Bhd
- Borneo Divers and Seasport (Sabah) Sdn Bhd
- Dive Semporna Sdn Bhd
- Borneo Jungle River Island Tours Sdn Bhd
- North Borneo Dive and Seasports Sdn Bhd
- Pulau Sipadan Resort Sdn Bhd (Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort)
- Seaventures Tours and Travel Sdn Bhd
- Sipadan-Mabul Resort (Sabah) Sdn Bhd (also at Mabul Water Bungalows)
- Sipadan Water Village Resort Sdn Bhd
- The Reef Dive Resort & Tours Sdn Bhd
- Celebes Explorer liveaboard
- Roach Reef Resort and Tours