Orpheus Dive Singapore

Sipadan Island

How To Get to Sipadan (Tawau) Island

Most visitors fly to Tawau airport or come by bus, minivan or taxi from Sabah’s northern towns of Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Sukau and Lahad Datu. There are frequent flights (relatively inexpensive) from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau (2.45 hrs) and from Kota Kinabalu Airport to Tawau (50 minutes). The most convenient airline for traveling to Sipadan via Kuala Lumpur or Kota Bahru would be Airasia.

Tawau arrival flights:

  • Malaysia Airlines, 07.30-08.15 from KKIA (MH2121)
  • Air Asia, 07.00-09.50 from KL (AK5744)
  • Air Asia, 07.20-08.10 from KK (AK6122)
  • Malaysia Airlines, 07.45-09.35 from KK (MH3093)

Once you arrive in Tawau, you will continue by land transfer to the port town of Semporna (1.30 hours).

From Semporna, you will continue on the same day by boat (check the boat schedules) to your accommodation on Kapalai Island (45-60 minutes).


Published Price

SGD$ 600.00

SGD$ 450.00 (Non Diver)
* Daily Departure


  • Have a big group? We can help.
  • We can customize the trip as per your need.
  • We can help you make it fit your budget.



SGD$ 399.00

Diver Package | Departure any day


  • 3 nights or 2 nights accommodation in Puri Madha Tulamben (Twin Sharing)
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • 6 dives, tanks and weights
  • Porter Fees and Government Taxes
  • 2 way airport transfers


  • Minimum 2 to go
  • Promotional Rate available only for travel period between 01 November to 31 December 2017
  • Black Out Period 23 December to 31 December.

The 4D/3N and 3D/2N diving packages to Bali was originally designed by Orpheus Dive for divers who did not want the long travel time to Pulau Tioman and Pulau Dayang. The average traveling time is approximately 20 hours 2 way for the two islands. Hence, we decided to venture into Bali and looked for better accommodation, diving and food for Singapore divers.

Since 2015, Orpheus Dive has been running weekly trips to Bali and we have established ourselves as one of the best organizer for Bali diving.

For Underwater photographers looking for private 1 to 1 guide, that can be arranged at a nominal fee as well, to ensure you have the best experience during your dives.



  • 3 nights or 2 nights accommodation in Puri Madha Tulamben (Twin Sharing)
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • 6 dives, tanks and weights
  • Porter Fees and Government Taxes
  • 2 way airport transfers

For travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of Manado, Cocotinos Manado a Boutique Dive Resort is the perfect choice. Set 17. Km from the excitement of the city, this 4-star hotel commands an excellent location and provides access to the city's biggest attractions. With the city's main attractions such as Siladen Island, Sam Ratulangi International Airport within close reach, visitors to the hotel will just love its location.

Cocotinos Manado a Boutique Dive Resort also offers many facilities to enrich your stay in Manado. A selection of top-class facilities such as free Wi-Fi in all rooms, express check-in/check-out, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park can be enjoyed at the hotel.

Step into one of 22 inviting rooms and escape the stresses of the day with a wide range of amenities such as television LCD/plasma screen, separate living room, internet access – wireless (complimentary), non smoking rooms, air conditioning which can be found in some rooms. Whether you're a fitness enthusiast or are just looking for a way to unwind after a hard day, you will be entertained by top-class recreational facilities such as outdoor pool, diving, fishing, spa, massage. Cocotinos Manado a Boutique Dive Resort is an ideal place of stay for travelers seeking charm, comfort and convenience in Manado.



All rooms
Outdoor Area

Non Motorized Water Sports
Outdoor Pool


Garden Room
Water Edge
Suite Family
Twin Sharing
Triple Sharing

Air Condition
Free Bottled Water
Seating Area
Mini bar
Hot Shower
Coffee/tea maker

Airport Transportation
Laundry Service
Multilingual Staff
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Daily House Keeping (Upon Request)
Bagguage Storage & Concierge Services

Tulamben, Bali is a little village in the northeast coast of Bali, the beach is black sand covered by smooth, fist-size rocks. The remains of Gunung Agung exploding in 1963 has sent the lava flows along this coastal area. There is a bay here that invites divers to visit this village to explore under water scene. The bay was later known as Tulamben Bay amongst the divers. The excellent diving sites in Tulamben, Bali are Ship Wreck (USAT Liberty Cargo), Paradise Reef and Drop Off (actually rugged wall). These sites are the best beach entry scuba diving in all of Bali, further east about 15 minutes cruising in a small out rigger fishing boat, will bring you to other diving sites known as Alamanda Reef and Batu Kelebit. A car ride 10 minutes further west of Tulamben and you will be in Kubu village with its beach similar in condition to Tulamben Bay offers a diving on the pristine Kubu Reef.

Large fish species that frequent the wreck include sunfish, great barracuda, Napoleon fish and scribbled filefish. Reef fish here common to Bali are peacock grouper and coral trout, regal angelfish and surgeonfish. Heading back towards shore on your dive you’ll see a colony of spotted garden eels, heads swaying as if in a breeze, and goatfish nuzzling through the sandy rubble.

Night diving on the Liberty Wreck is particularly memorable and popular, being so close to shore. There are spectacular colourful beams of marigold cup corals, and hundreds of shrimp greet you at every corner. Common lionfish stalk their prey as well as the rare and nocturnal oscellate dwarf lionfish. Cocooned and sleeping parrotfish are quite common, and you may even see the rather strange sight of free-swimming crinoids, in search of a new hold.

Just 30 metres from shore lies the broken 120 metre long wreckage of the the USS Liberty Wreck, a World War II cargo ship. The Liberty was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine out in the Lombok Strait, 11 January 1942, but was able to limp back to shore. Unable to quite make port, its captain steered the ship onto the beach at Tulamben.

Here the boat remained until 1963, when laval flow from Bali’s last great volcanic eruption from nearby Mount Gunung Agung pushed the vessel back into the water. The wreck now lies parallel to shore on its side, with its deck facing furthest from shore.

All passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of entry into Indonesia and have at least 2 blank pages available for stamps.There are three ways of entering Indonesia:

  • Visa waiver. Show your passport, get stamped, that's it. Most visitors fall in this category.
  • Visa on arrival. Pay on arrival, get a visa in your passport, get it stamped.
  • Visa in advance. Obtain a visa at an Indonesian embassy before arrival.

Visitors arriving in Bali by air from a point of origin outside Indonesia will be clearing customs and immigration at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport may require the purchase of a visa on arrival (VOA). As of January 2014, the only type of visa on arrival available is US$35.00 for 30 days. This may be extended later at the local Immigration office for a further once only period of up to 30 days. (The previous 7 day visa on arrival is no longer available). Exact change in dollars is recommended, although a selection of other major currencies including rupiah are accepted (usually displayed at the VOA counter), and any change will usually be given in rupiah. Credit cards are accepted in Bali (but don't count on the service working).

Arriving passengers are passed through VOA (visa on arrival) issuance if applicable, then subsequently processed through immigration clearance channels for VOA, Non VOA (if the visa has been obtained prior to the time of departure), Visa waiver (for eligible nationalities) and a separate channel for Indonesian passport holders. Baggage retrieval is followed by customs and quarantine examinations including baggage X-ray checkpoints. The VOA and immigration clearance lines are integrated into several continuous lines; unlike the previous route where a passenger needed to line up at a VOA line and then to an immigration line.

Tourism visit visas can be issued in advance at some Indonesian embassies prior to departure. Check well in advance of your proposed departure date at the Indonesian embassy or consulate in your home country.

Citizens holding passports from Brunei, Chile, Ecuador, Hong Kong SAR (Special Administrative Region), Macau SAR (Special Administrative Region), Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam are eligible for the Visa waiver program and do not require visas to enter and remain for 30 days within Indonesia. These visas cannot be extended or converted to another type of visa.

If you plan to stay in a private Balinese residence rather than a hotel, you must register with the local Rukun Tetangga (RT) Office and police, upon arrival. If you will be in Bali or Indonesia for greater than 90 days, registration with the local immigration office is required. The correct visa must also be held for a stay of this length.

Single Supplement SGD$ 30.00 a night
Nitrox SGD$ 15.00 for up to 36%
Additional Day (Diver) SGD$ 180.00
Additional Day (Non Diver) SGD$ 80.00



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There are numerous direct flights from Singapore’s Changi International Airport (SIN) to Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) daily and both international airlines and budget airlines operate this route. This makes Bali, Indonesia very accessible from Singapore. The average flight time is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes which is ideal for divers looking for short trips and do not like the long bus rides to traditional nearby locations like Tioman. The airline that we suggest is Royal Dutch Airline – KLM.

Recommended Flight:
Singapore (SIN) – Denpasar (DPS) : 1735hrs – 2015hrs (Daily)
Denpasar (DPS) – Singapore (SIN) : 2130hrs – 2359hrs (Daily)


The dive season is year round in Bali although conditions do vary from time to time and location to location. December to March is rainy season (although most days it doesn't rain) and there are fewer scuba divers around. However, visibility is sometimes a little reduced around the north and west of the island.

The best conditions to dive in Tulamben can be found between early April to July, October and November. It is dry season during these months and visibility can reach a spectacular 40 metres at this time of year.

The diving around Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida is good all year round and visibility is generally 20-30 metres. Water temperatures are usually 25-26°C except during mola mola season when it can drop to the low 20's. Sunfish, sharks and other large pelagics are best spotted between June and September which is also the time when seas might be both disturbed and enriched by the monsoon winds. The best time to see mantas is from April until June, although they are present all year round.

FAQ - Package

Can I opt for a single supplement?
Yes, you can, at an additional fees of SGD$ 30.00 a day

If I am alone, can I sign up for the package for any given date?
Yes, you can. Single supplement charges are applicable.

I am a non diver. Can I snorkel at Tulamben?
Of course you can. And you can also spend time reading a book by the pool side as well. Massages are available too.

My kids are non-diver. Can they come along?
Yes. And if you need a babysitter in between the dives, that can be arranged but you have to let us know in advance.

Are the dive guides local?
Our resort only train the locals to be guides.

Other Activities in Bali

Water Sports

  • White Water Rafting
  • Anakan (Spring Water)
  • Sudamala (Combination of spring water and river)

Land Activities

  • ATV Adventure rides
  • Sunrise at Mt Batur
  • Alam Cooking Classes
  • Secret Garden of Sambangan Trekking
  • Ubud Rice Paddies Trekking

Wellness Program

  • Bali Orchid SPA



We believe in providing you the best value for your money. You will find our prices compare favorably even to what you would find once you arrive at your destination. Price is nothing without service and that's something we guarantee from the moment you book with us.


If you have a big group or are looking for a customized trek or opportunity to tackle a trekking peak just ask. If you're an individual trekker we can arrange for independent travel or pair you with one of our trekking groups.


There are only a few licensed dive operation in Singapore that are able to provide you a full range of services and travel arrangements from Singapore. Our trained diving instructors have been diving around the world to bring you the best advice of diving around the world.

About Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort

A few minutes by boat from the islands of Sipadan and Mabul but a full world away from them lies the exhilarating Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort, sitting on its sturdy stilts on the shallow sandbanks of the Ligitan Reefs. Planned and built in full style as an airy, comfortable, sunny water village with no land in sight, it boasts a mile-long sandbank of powdery white sand where one can suntan at complete leisure while gazing out to the miles of brilliant turquoise stretching into the horizon offering the purest image of natural serenity.

Dive spots are extremely close and can be reached in just a few minutes by speedboat and some of them, actually, just by swimming from the dive center pier. For those who are ready to explore more than the tiny marvels of Kapalai’s macro life, can, in just a few minutes, dive in Sipadan (where big fish and turtles abound) or in Mabul (where silky and muddy bottoms offer different and equally pleasant experiences and opportunities to the lovers of “muck diving”).

Built on stilts over a sandbank, the Sipadan Kapalai Resort is a unique water village which gives you the thrilling experience of watching reef fish swimming underneath your water chalets during your leisure time. Winner of our ‘Dive Resort of the Year’ award in 2010, this is the place to go to for an idyllic ocean holiday.

This environmentally friendly resort stands alone on the mile long sand bank of the Ligitan Reefs located in the Sulu Sea. Your days will be filled with sun tanning on the beach or your private balcony, and marvelling at the world class dive sites around Kapalai and Mabul, as well as day trips to Sipadan Island with its outstanding wall dives. Each trip ends with great food and freshly cooked snacks after diving.

If you’ve never tried macro diving before, then you’re in for a treat – what a place to start! Shore diving at Kapalai is free of charge, as is the wonderful snorkelling, where you can watch the spectacularly colourful mating mandarinfish, right under the resort jetty. It’s easy to fall in love with macro diving when it’s this simple!

Room Type Non-Smoking Rooms Suites Family Rooms Smoking rooms available Accessible rooms
Bed Type Double | Twin | Triple
 About the property  Beachfront | Wheelchair Access
 Things to do  Restaurant | Bar/Lounge
 In Your Room
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
  • Accessible rooms
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Minibar
  • Airport Transportation
  • Laundry Service
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Babysitting

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