Sipadan may be one of the most famous dive destinations in the world. People have been diving Sipadan since 1983 and it has undergone significant changes over the years. But, the diving remains spectacular. In 2004, the Malaysian Government took drastic measures to protect the reefs and marinelife around Sipadan. They removed all the resorts from the island! The resorts that were on the island had to relocate. This had an immediate positive impact on the ecosystem.
In 2006, the Malaysian Government went one step further and began to limit the number of divers that are allowed to dive Sipadan on any given day. They began a permit system where each resort is allocated a certain number of permits and the resort distributes them at their own discretion. Sipadan Water Village has always done the best job of managing their permits. Divers at Sipadan Water Village have not been disappointed with the amount of diving they have done at Sipadan. This is due to the way Sipadan Water Village has managed their permits and their continued commitment to their guests.