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Amazing Encounters at Sipadan Water Village

(DiverWire) Guests visiting Sipadan Water Village in 2012 were treated a variety of incredible encounters. While the resort is primarily known for its amazing house reef, Paradise One, last year scuba diving guests reported seeing whale sharks, hammerheads and other large pelagics not normally seen in the local waters.

According to Vickie Coker, Marketing Director for Sipadan Water Village, “It was an amazing year for seeing new and different creatures. Guests have come to expect spectacular sights including thorny seahorses, clown frogfish and even a few giant frogfish in our house reef. But whale sharks and hammerheads? That’s something new and unique. We’re looking forward to those ‘large’ visitors returning in 2013 and beyond.”

Coker, who also operates Travel Masters in Texas, added that when unique critters and animals are spotted, the photography staff at Sipadan Water Village are quick to share the images via social media and the resort’s website.

Common sightings in the area include a wide variety of nudibranches and shrimp, ghost pipefish, giant mantis shrimp and huge turtles are seen virtually everyday.

Sipadan Water Village is a highly unique and built over water on stilts made of Belian Wood commonly called ironwood. Sipadan Water Village has achieved near utopia in its over-the-water layout, splendid water cottage accommodations with flowered sidewalks, wonderfully prepared Asian and Continental cuisine, and impeccable and personable service.

The resort features an impressive dive center staffed with knowledgeable dive guides trained in marine ecology, underwater photography and videography. Divers will appreciate the personal attention available from the Sipadan Water Village staff.

For more details, visit the website at Sipadan Water Village. For booking and group travel information, contact Travel Masters at (512)323-6961