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      Best Sandy Beaches

      Pulau Labuan Dec 28, 2016 at 12:11 PM

      Hi everyone, can anyone advise where the best sandy beaches are in Labuan. Are there any areas particularly good for snorkelling...?
      many thanks

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      Accommodation nearest Royal thai embassy

      Penang Jan 5, 2017 at 7:11 PM

      Please any good suggestion for accommodation (hostels) nearest the Royal Thai Embassy?

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      transportation from Chinatown to FRIM

      Kuala Lumpur Jan 15, 2017 at 9:37 AM


      I will be traveling from our guest house in Chinatown KL to the Forest Research Institute Malaysia, then to the Batu Caves, and finally back to Chinatown. Can anyone advise on the best way to do this?

      Thank you!

    • Sarawak In January, weather and accesibility of National Parks

      Borneo Dec 25, 2016 at 2:30 PM

      I was planning to fly to Sarawak, Malaysia on the January 5. and spend about 5 weeks in Sarawak and Brunei. The Lonely Planet Guide says there is no particularly good or bad time to travel in Borneo because there is no real dry season and weather can vary very much from year to year, so I didn't think there is going to be a problem with travelling in Sarawak in January. But now I see that many travel-websites don't recommend to go to Sarawak in January at all due to very bad weather.
      Is there somebody who has been there in January or even better lives in Sarawak who can tell me what I can expect?
      Let me tell you first what I would expect from this trip. In Germany I work in nature conservation, so I spend most summer working outside. So with the right equipment some rain doesn't scare me. Also I want to spend most of the time in National Parks and am most interested in Botany (Orchids, Ferns) and also Insects, Spiders, Scorpions, Snakes. I could live without seeing Orangutans which are apparently hard to find when it's raining a lot. I would like to spend a lot of time in Nationalparks with dayhiking trails where I don't need a guide so I can take my time for taking pictures. But I'm also looking forward to expolring the caves in Gunung Mulu and Niah National Parks.
      So my main concern is: Will all the National Parks and also accomadations in or around National Parks be open and accessible during January? How likely is it that National Parks will not be accessible due to floodings or storms etc. What do I have to expect exactly from the weather. Does it rain all day long, or is it more very strong but short raining episodes and then long periodes without rain during the day. Is it raining more during the day or at night? (I've been in Java during rainy season three years ago and it rained mostly during the night.) I wouldn't mind it too much If there is some rain every day but I also need dry periods for taking pictures. What I woldn't like is to be stuck in my hotels for days because it is raining non stop.
      Also will there be any other tourists in the Parks? I don't want the places to be crowded of course, but honestly I don't like it when I'm always alone or the only guest in a hotel because I'm travelling alone.
      The thing is that i will spend three month in Southeastasia, and right now I'm planning to start in Sarawak, but I could also reschedule and visit Sarawak in March. The weather is supposed to be much better in March but are the most attractive National Parks allready crowded in March? What would you recommend under the circumstances I described, go in January or reschedule and go in March? Also, does anybody happen to know when most of the Orchids are in bloom? I suspect it is in the wettest months.

      A lot of questions here, I know. I would be very grateful for any advice.
      And Merry Christmas to everybody!

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      by vinyi.c Online Now Feb 24, 2014 at 5:53 AM

      Hi, I'm planning to visit Sipadan and several other islands around it this December for three or four days, but the accommodation in these islands are out of my budget. Is it alright to stay in Semporna, take a boat ride to and back from those islands throughout my stay? Or do you have any other suggestions? My budget is around RM150-RM300 per night.

      Thank you.

      1 Answer Feb 24, 2014 at 2:38 PM
    • December 2013 travel to Sipadan.

      by pancinhome Online Now Dec 16, 2013 at 7:30 AM

      I am planning to go to Semporna from 27Dec2013 to 31Dec2013.
      I plan to go to Sipadan.
      Is there a trip to Sipadan during 27 to 31Decmber2013.
      And is it safe to travel during this season.
      thank you.
      ...ahmad ali

      1 Answer Dec 16, 2013 at 8:29 AM
    • Location and Surrounding Activities

      by Darannn Online Now Nov 24, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      So, I will be staying in Seafest hotel for 4 days and 3 nights. What is there to do around there? How do I commute from Kota Kinabalu airport to the hotel? How long will it take? What kind of transportation arrangements should I make?

      4 Answers Nov 24, 2013 at 11:43 PM
    • Strong Current at Sipadan Dive Site

      by sueloh88 Online Now Jul 22, 2013 at 11:43 PM

      What you should do when you are inexperience to handle strong current while diving at Sipadan?

      1 Answer Jul 23, 2013 at 2:40 AM
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      Best Islands to stay

      by poepat Online Now Aug 4, 2011 at 4:34 AM

      Hi all, still putting the finishing touches to our 2012 holidays in March. We are considering visiting the islands around Sipidan and staying on one of them for a couple of nights. We want to experience pristine white sand beaches, good snorkelling (no diving lthough we understand this area to be the finest in the worl, and good dining at the chosen resort. The Islands we are looking at are Mabul,,,Mataking,,,,,Kapalai,,,,and Pom Pom,
      Any comments on these islands or other suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
      We will be staying at Tawau for a couple of nights before going to the Islands
      Many thanks for your help

      2 Answers Mar 23, 2012 at 7:01 AM
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      Sipadan Trip 21st -23rd Oct

      by ham1d1 Online Now Aug 2, 2011 at 10:21 PM

      The four of us from KL are planning to go for a trip to Sipadan for diving and snorkeling activities. We will stay at Semporna on the 21st Oct 2011 and dive on the next day. Would like to know if there is any one else with similar plan and would love to get in contact to share information.

      Thank you


    • Sipadan Water Village

      by jiakchin1986 Online Now May 23, 2011 at 7:33 PM

      I planning to visit Pulau Sipadan soon. Can i know how is the accomodation in Sipadan Water Village? Any comment about this if i booking my 3 days 2 nights in this cottage resort?

      1 Answer May 23, 2011 at 11:26 PM
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      Snorkelling in Sipadan/ islands nearby

      by seatosky2101 Online Now Jan 26, 2011 at 10:57 PM

      I am going to Sabah early next month. I heard about beautiful underwater near around Pulau Sipadan but it seems just for experienced scuba divers. To a fresh beginner who wants to learn snorkelling, is there anywhere near Sipadan where I can join courses to learn snorkelling? Particularly, I would want to see if there are any courses that the trainer can take care of you for the first time. If it is the first time to learn snorkelling, do you suggest Sipadan, or any small islands near KK that I can take the training easier and safer, and not necessarily commute to a place far from KK?

      1 Answer Jan 27, 2011 at 3:54 AM
    • Stay in Mabul, snorkel Sipadan

      by PaulineChee Online Now Aug 19, 2009 at 8:12 AM

      We would like to make a trip to Pulau Sipadan in June 2010. There are about 8-10 of us in the group. I would like to find out:

      1) what is the latest cost to stay at Uncle Chang's in Mabul Island?
      2) How much does he charge to take us out snorkelling?
      3) What about renting of snorkelling equipment?
      4) Will we have a chance to snorkel in Pulau Sipadan?

      Tx for any replies!


      3 Answers Jan 2, 2011 at 12:53 AM
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      Sipadan in the end of December?

      by meltyan Online Now Oct 25, 2008 at 10:46 PM

      Hi guys, is it possible to go to Sipadan/mabul/kapalai during 28/dec till 1/jan? i heard it's a raining season in the end of the year but will the islands be closed for the raining season??


      2 Answers Dec 16, 2013 at 6:53 AM
    • Planning to Pulau Sipadan

      by francisyeo Online Now Oct 14, 2008 at 10:39 PM

      We have a group going to Pulau Sipadan, 17 people.
      we will be there for 3 days, 20 Jun - 22 Jun 2008.
      but we have a limited budget.

      can anyone give me same sugeestion. thanks for your help.

      3 Answers Oct 23, 2008 at 1:04 AM
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      Sipadan Getaway

      by pienkcat Online Now May 10, 2007 at 2:21 AM

      Hello Vters!

      Need help to plan my vacation to Sipadan.

      1) Heard that Sipadan is closed, Which one is better to stay; Mabul or Kapalai?
      2) Any good resort to recommend? Say 3-4 star rated resort.
      3) Best time to go, Planning on Aug 2007.
      4) Does it suit child age below 7yrs?

      Thank U :-)

      2 Answers May 10, 2007 at 7:09 PM
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      pls. help-Sipadan permit for 2 Mar 4 or 5th?

      by Boleslav Online Now Mar 30, 2007 at 9:32 PM

      I was told by Uncle Chang 2 days ago- no problem, call me 2 weeks before you want to come to Sipadan.
      Yesterday they said - big problem, fully booked.
      After all the miracles that have been happening with arranging the Mulu, Mnt. Kinabalu, I need one more.

      What should I do? We'll be in Sepmporna from May 3rd till May 5th only and then have to catch the flight back home on the 6th.
      Please help, advise.....

      9 Answers Apr 13, 2008 at 12:05 PM
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      Taxi from Tawau to Semporna

      by Jannoo Online Now Feb 26, 2007 at 11:10 PM

      Hi, anyone know about the taxi fare from Tawau to Semporna. any taxi recommendation is appreciated. Thanks

    • budget diving ???

      by AndreasOnTour Online Now Aug 14, 2006 at 1:15 AM


      I really like to dive at Pulau Sipadan or the surrounding divesites at least once. The thing is that i am travelling on a pretty low budget. Anybody has some tipps to make that experience not to expensive?

      thanx andreas

      1 Answer Aug 19, 2006 at 7:36 AM
    • budget diving ???

      by AndreasOnTour Online Now Aug 14, 2006 at 12:38 AM


      I really like to dive at Pulau Sipadan or the surrounding divesites at least once. The thing is that i am travelling on a pretty low budget. Anybody has some tipps to make that experience not to expensive?

      thanx andreas

    • Snorkelling

      by Chok Online Now Jul 9, 2006 at 2:13 AM

      I am from Bangkok,Thailand. I plan to go to the Sipidan in a few days. Presently,I am not a scuba diver for I have stopped diving for more than 10 years, but I still enjoy snorkelling or skin diving. Is it possible to snorkel only at Sipidan and Mabul and Kapalai ? Can one be left on Sipidan island during daytime to swim and snorkel and be picked up by a dive boat in the afternoon?

      1 Answer Jul 9, 2006 at 4:55 AM
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      Pls Avoid Sipadan

      by mizzzthanggg Online Now Jun 12, 2006 at 12:32 AM

      Hi, sure you've heard about the tragic incident that occurred in Sipadan recently.

      While the dive operators are doing their best to salvage the situation, i feel that the best and strongest way to show to the Sabahan Government that these sort of cover-ups and foreseeable travesties to the precious marine life is to boycott Sipadan. It will take thousands of years to heal anyway after the accident, and if divers like us keep going there right now, it would simply show to the Govt that they can keep the media quiet and the furore will just die down and they can continue exploiting the islands as normal. Feigning ignorance about the barge and the developments being approved for the island is completely unacceptable.

      There are many other lovely areas to dive around Malaysia. Pls avoid Sipadan and its surrounds for now, if not the whole of Sabah.


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      Whats the smart way to dive Sipadan

      by Michele75 Online Now May 25, 2006 at 3:42 AM

      Hi Sipadaners!

      I have been in Singapore for about a year now. Long enough to realise that the packages that the internet sites of the Sipadan-related resorts offer are really targeted to some overseas customers. Normal prices in South-East Asia are not really overwhelming, usually.

      I understand Sipadan is different but I am sure I don't have to pay 100$ a night to see it. So what would be the smart way. I don't mind a bit of an adventure, as a matter of fact I just booked tickets to Tawau and back so hopefully I am able to find something!

      The idea is to stay a week, get a basic accomodation from Semporna, Mabul or whereever, dive around, day trips or whatever.. any ideas whats the best way for this kind of approach?

      Usually the dive-sites in South-East Asia charge around 25 US$ for a dive. Whats it going to be like in Sipadan? I'll keep the overpriced online reservations as my very last option only.

      Thanks for reading so far and thanks even more for the replies! Mike

      7 Answers Jun 22, 2006 at 12:02 AM
    • Diving open water

      by AndreasOnTour Online Now May 14, 2006 at 2:41 PM


      I am planning to go diving at sipadan. I am just an certified padi open water diver and I heard its a spot for advanced divers only. What you think about this, is I true? Should I get advanced before diving there?

      Thanx Andreas

      10 Answers Jun 28, 2006 at 8:39 PM
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      snorkelling in sipidan

      by TonyBagnall Online Now Jan 18, 2006 at 12:22 AM

      hi, we want to visit the sipidan area for 2/3 nights, but we do not dive. We really enjoy snorkelling though. Is it worth the visit just to snorkel? Are there trips specifically for just snorkelling, or do you just go along with dive trips? How much do tours cost? thanks for any help

      3 Answers Jan 18, 2006 at 1:35 PM
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      Resort in Si Padan

      by Seanlow Online Now Dec 23, 2005 at 2:30 AM

      Is there any resorts inside Pulau Si Padan?
      What is the price range like?

      Thank you!!


      3 Answers Dec 24, 2005 at 2:57 AM
    • dive package and hotel in tawau

      by tanglc Online Now Dec 11, 2005 at 8:21 AM

      hi, can anyone recommend to me a budget dive operator for sipadan dive package. wld also appreciate it if you can recommend some hotels that we can put up in tawau and the indicative rates. thanks!

      5 Answers Mar 21, 2006 at 5:46 PM
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      best time for si padan??

      by Seanlow Online Now Sep 23, 2005 at 12:45 PM

      Will it be a good time to travel to sipadan on this coming end of october 2005?
      Besides, diving, what else can be done?


      1 Answer Sep 24, 2005 at 3:58 AM
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      best time for si padan??

      by Seanlow Online Now Sep 23, 2005 at 11:47 AM

      Will it be a good time to travel to sipadan on this coming end of october 2005?
      Besides, diving, what else can be done?


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      The best way to go from Indonesia

      by Perucha Online Now May 7, 2005 at 11:25 AM

      Hi all, I'm an Indonesian living in Jakarta. I'm interested to go to Sipadan, but I find it it's a long way to go if I have to fly from Jakarta to KL then Kota Kinabalu then Tawau, while it's closer to East Kalimantan province of Indonesia. Is it possible to go from Tarakan (the northest city of East Kalimantan)? Maybe by boat?
      Second, is there cheaper way to stay? I heard we are no longer can stay in Sipadan but in other islands like Mabul. But from the website, there's only (expensive) resort in Mabul and Kapalau. Any other cheaper hotel or hostel?
      Thanks a lot!


      3 Answers Jun 6, 2005 at 2:53 AM
    • Sipadan Travel Advice

      by scubagoat Online Now Nov 20, 2004 at 3:33 AM

      I am planning a trip to Sabah at the end of November 04. There have been doubts over safety for western tourists around Sipadan and surrounding islands posted on various international governmental website. Does anyone have recent first hand experience 'on the groud' as it were from this area. Also there is talk of the island closing at the end of the year - does anyone know when? How is the diving at this time of year? All info greatfully received, cheers.

      7 Answers Dec 17, 2004 at 8:53 AM
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      Poor Visibility

      by yinghaw Online Now Jul 21, 2004 at 12:15 AM

      Hello! I'm planning to go to Sipadan soon, but some of my friends who just came back from Sipadan said the water wasn't as good as expected. The visibility was only limited to 10m. As I heard all the resorts on Sipadan Island will be close down end of this year for preserving the Island; I'm not sure if I should try to make it to the Island by this year, so that I can stay on Sipadan Island or should I go next year? the water could be better by then. Does it really make a different staying on Sipadan Island?

      9 Answers Dec 20, 2004 at 6:53 PM
    • Where to stay?

      by silverz Online Now Mar 20, 2004 at 12:07 AM

      Hi, Is there much difference where I stayed if I wanted to dive in Sipadan? Would it make much difference if I stayed in Mabul or Kapalai, or would it be much better if I just stayed on SIpadan island instead?

      2 Answers Mar 21, 2004 at 11:55 PM
    • Sipadan Diving

      by sabretoothtiger Online Now Feb 27, 2004 at 5:12 PM

      hi! i am an open water diver...pretty new in diving and am planning to dive in sipadan. do they have easy diving for me or do i need at least advance to go diving in sipadan? and another thing is, can someone estimate for me how much does it costs to get from KL to sipadan island and stay probably about 5nights there? the rates that i get costs me about RM5000 which is totally crazy!!!

      3 Answers Mar 4, 2004 at 1:28 AM