How many permits are allocated per day for visitors including divers to visit Sipadan Island?
Sipadan Island is world renowned as one of the best dive destinations in the world. It has been officially declared a part of an immense Marine Protected Area. From 1 January 2005, no overnight accommodation is available on the island and it is only accessible during the day between 8am and 3pm to divers and day trippers. The closest dive resorts are on Kapalai and Mabul islands.
Sipadan Entry Permit Approval
Anyone planning to visit Sipadan Island now requires an approved entry permit issued by Sabah Parks, a government agency of Sabah Government. The total daily entry quota is 120 permits per day. This initiative has been made by the Malaysian Government in an attempt to minimise the stress to the reefs and marine life at Sipadan Island. Unfortunately, this also means that diving at Sipadan is no longer guaranteed. You should plan for at least a 4-5 night stay in the area to ensure a minimum of 1 day diving at Sipadan Island. The announcement of the Sipadan Entry Permit Approval list is only available 1-3 days before the actual diving date and payment for the permit/s is made locally.