The Best of Borneo
Malaysia offers some of the best diving in the world with Mataking, Layang Layang and Sipadan Island offering rich currents bringing food and lots of fish attracting bigger fish such as sharks and turtles.
But a trip this far is not completed without a visit to Sandakan where you can visit the amazing Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre and the Borneo jungles containing some of the oldest undisturbed areas of rainforest in the world, hence why we have put this amazing 21 day tour together for you.
Day 1 & 2:
Fly from London Heathrow with Malaysian Airlines via Kuala Lumpur. Flight departs at 12:00 arriving Kuala Lumpur at 07:25 next morning. After a quick plane change you will board the connecting flight departing at 08:25 and arriving in Tawau at 11:15 on day 2.
At the airport you are met by the Sipadan Mabul Resort team who will transfer you to the resort. The transfer time takes about 1 hour by car from the airport to Semporna followed by 20 to 30 minutes by boat.
Once you arrive at the resort, you will be directed to the reception area for your check in. In the afternoon, once you have settled in you can start your diving experience on Mabul’s House Reef.
From day 3 to day 9:
Your real diving adventure commences! Sipadan Mabul Resort offers a boat combination of 3 dives per day to Sipadan, Mabul and Kapalai Island and unlimited beach diving at Mabul’s House Reef. The diving here is fantastic and if you use Nitrox it is available too. Trips to Sipadan Island are limited to visitor numbers and cost an extra 40 Malaysian Riggits for the park permit but well worth it. The resort also offers great food and a friendly atmosphere where you will have the chance to share diving experiences with other divers.
From day 10 to day 13:
After an exciting time diving one of the best diving destinations in the world you will be transferred back to Tawau Airport for your adventurous trip to Sandakan. The flight departs at 10am and arrives in Sandakan at 10:40am. After a short transfer to the Sandakan Hotel and check in you will visit Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary where you can see several Orang Utans followed by a jungle and river trip.
The next morning you will have the opportunity to visit the Ox Bow Lake where you will have tea followed by a transfer back to Sandakan by boat to see the Puh Jih Syh Temple. After this adventure you will return to Hotel Sandakan where you will stay the night.
On day 13, you will be transferred to Sandakan airport for your flight to Tawau for the rest of your diving experience in Mataking Island. Please note the number of nights in Sandakan is entirely up to you, we work around your requirements and the sort of experience you portrait to us.
From day 13 to day 21:
When you arrive in Tawau airport you will be met by The Reef Dive Resort team and transferred to the resort. After checking in and settling in your new home for the week you can go for an afternoon dive.
The Reef Dive Resort is the perfect place for a relaxing retreat after your adventurous journey so far or an exciting end to your undersea exploration. The resort stands alone on the beautiful Mataking Island and is surrounded by tropical gardens. The food here is great and the staff is really friendly and will go the extra mile to make sure you have an excellent experience.
What Mr & Mrs Newman say: Thank you so very much for organizing such an amazing holiday for us. You gave us just what we wanted unlike other travel agents. We had a fantastic time at Sipadan Mabul Smart read more…