Seahorse Sipadan strikes the right balance between cheap and comfortable.
Set in a stilt longhouse above the water, the rooms are brightly painted and have a mix of single and bunk beds with proper mattresses and crisp white sheets. The bathrooms get a thumbs-up for cleanliness with freshwater shower and flushing toilet. The staff are very welcoming and the included meals are better than average. Three boat dives around Mabul cost 250 ringgit or 150 ringgit to join as a snorkeller. As Seahorse is a relatively new dive lodge they usually have some Sipadan permits available on short notice, but you'll need to book a three-night package for 1,668 ringgit to secure one.
By Tanya Procyshyn
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.