SIPADAN MANGROVE RESORT
(and Sipadan Mangrove Resort Expansion Project RM2.5 billion 2014)
(and Sabah East Coast Tourism Belt Initiative 2018)


Packages Tun Sakaran Marine Park Mabul & Kapalai Mataking Island One Day Tour 360 degree Coral Fun Trip
Islands visiting Bohey Tulang,
Mantabuan,
Sibuan,
Bodgaya
Mabul,
Kapalai
Mataking,
Pom Pom,
Timba Timba
Coral Reef and Sand Bank with :
Glass bottom Kayak and Banana Boat
Snorkeling 2 times 2 times 2 times Unlimited
Inclusive Lunch included
Animal inflatable floats included
Price- Adult Rm 250 Rm 200 Rm 280 Rm 178
Price- Child
(4-12)
Rm 180 Rm 120 Rm 160 Rm 100

SIPADAN MANGROVE RESORT has two types of accommodations:
Type 1 accommodation Lodge Room
Type 2 accommodation Villa Room

Room Rate for the two types of accommodations as following:
 

Type 1 accommodation Lodge Room
1- Lodge Room with Breakfast : Rm100 per person
2- Lodge Room with full meals : Rm 280 per person
3- Lodge Room with full meals and Island trip : Rm 480 per person


Type 2 accommodation Villa Room
1- Villa Room with Breakfast : Rm175 per person
2- Villa Room with full meals : Rm 350 per person
3- Villa Room with full meals and Island trip : Rm 580 per person

 


Activities in  SIPADAN MANGROVE RESORT
1- Qi Gong Practice (BIGU)
2- Organic Farm Tour
3- Sunrise/Sunset/River Cruise/Cooking
4- Fireflies
5- Banana Boat/Flying Fish/Fishing Trip
6- Jet Ski
7- Open Water Diving
8- 360 degree Coral Reef Island
9- Mabul/Kapalai Island
10- Tun Sakaran Marine Park
11- Kayaking/Leisure Boat


Old Official website of SIPADAN MANGROVE RESORT

http://www.sipadanmangroveresort.webs.com
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www.sipadanmangroveresort.com.my
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Kalumpang River, Balung, Tawau

詩巴丹紅樹林度假村
西巴丹紅樹林度假村
仙本那西巴丹岛红树林度假村


SIPADAN MANGROVE RESORT SDN BHD
Address: Sg Burong, Kalumpang, 91019 Tawau, Sabah
Phone: 089-736 202 Resort
Phone: 089-755 688 Head Quarter in Tawau

Sipadan Mangrove Resort
Sg. Burong, Kalumpang, Tawau, Malaysia 91019

Resort Packages available :

3D2N Non Diver Package (Mangrove/Lake Villa)

3D2N Diver Package (Mangrove/ Lake Villa)

3D2N Non Diver Package (River Villa)

3D2N Diver Package (River Villa)

3D2N Non Diver Package (Grand Villa)

THE NEW GATEWAY TO SIPADAN ISLAND

Balung is now the new gateway to the islands via Sipadan Mangrove Resort.
Sipadan mangrove resort is a new gateway to Sipadan, mabul, kapalai & other island surrounding celebes sea and combination of mangrove area.

(But the name Sipadan Mangrove Resort is a misleading name confusing every one including the officers in the tourist authority. The resort is never on Sipadan Island. The resort is 30 Km from Balung Town.  70 Km from Tawau Town)

 

THE OLD GATEWAY

Semporna is the old gateway. Semporna is now tourists saturated.

 

Sipadan Mangrove Resort (Sabah)

Sipadan Mangrove Resort has 31 rooms, all of which are equipped with a range of facilities to ensure a comfortable stay. Those staying at the hotel can sit down to a unique dining experience at the on-site restaurant, suitably located for those who want to stay nearby when looking for a bite to eat.


Price (bed & fullboard meal) : from RM360/room/night (triple room)

 


SIMPLIFIED CHINESE VERSION  中文简体版


TRADITIONAL CHINESE VERSION 中文繁体版


Sipadan Mangrove Resort
SIPADAN MANGROVE RESORT
(including Sipadan Mangrove Resort Expansion Project RM2.5 billion)
Kalumpang River, Balung, Tawau
西巴丹紅樹林度假村
仙本那西巴丹島紅樹林度假村


Nelson Lim
Sales & Maeketing Executive
H/P 019-873 6886 Email : nelsonlim6886@gmail.com


John Nip Wing Hon 聶永漢
John Nip Wing Hon 聶永漢

- Managing Director of Romspect Sdn.Bhd - Tiger Prawn Farm at Sungai Kalumpang, Balung
- CEO of Sipadan Mangrove Resort Sdn Bhd - Chinese Tourist Resort at Balung
- CEO of SMR Aquaculture Sdn Bhd - Firstt integrated farm in Tawau District
- CEO Sabah Green Development Sdn Bhd - Partnership with China in tourism development
- Director of Asiatic Eco Wood Sdn Bhd PPlywood - Plywood manufacturing

 

Romspect Sdn.Bhd operates a 80 hectares tiger prawn farm at Sungai Kalumpang near Tawau, Sabah.


Sipadan Mangrove Resort

Located on the banks of Sungai Kalumpang, just 30 minutes by boat to Sipadan Island.

The resort is developed as a new gateway to Sipadan Island by providing facilities to cater for high-end divers.


The resort  provide

- facilities for divers
- recreational activities for non divers.


The SMR includes a 200-acre Aquaculture Park and 700-acre Mangrove Reserve island, rich in both natural mangroves and wildlife, providing an unbeatable eco-tourism experience to guests and nature lovers. SMR has also allocated a specific area for the development of marina and yacht facilities.

 

R&D ON MANGROVE AND CORAL

SMR plans to support Research & Development activities on Mangrove and Coral as part of its sustainability and conservation efforts. Support infrastructure such as basic laboratory facilities, a research centre and intepretation rooms have been planned.

 

SEA ACTIVITIES

The calm sea in the area is suitable to promote sea activities and seaplane transport. SMR also has a helicopter (R44) which could be deployed to provide joy-rides around Sipadan Island.


200 villas at Sipadan resort
https://www.pressreader.com/malaysia/the-borneo-post-sabah/20180420/281479277011039

http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=124229


The Borneo Post (Sabah)20 April 2018


TAWAU:

Sabah Green Development Sdn Bhd 沙巴绿色发展私人有限公司 aims to increase tourist influx to Sabah's east coast, especially Tawau and Sandakan, by building 200 units of villas at Sipadan Mangrove Resort, Sungai Burong, Kalumpang.

Since the signing of a MoU between Sabah Green Development and Great Living Fortune 中国立购电子商务有限公司 on March 26, 2018 in Sandakan to build the 200 villas at Sipadan Mangrove Resort, a milestone has been reached where the groundbreaking ceremony was held on 19 April 2018 to build 50 wellness villas that can host up to 220 guests.

Sabah East Coast Tourism Belt initiative"
沙巴東海岸旅遊樞紐計劃(SECTB)"
-
building 200 units of villas att Sipadan Mangrove Resort, Sungai Burong, Kalumpang

1st Phase of the Initiative is 50 villas groundbreaking on 19-4-2018.
2nd Phase of the Initiative is balance 150 villas (not started yet)

 

Sipadan Mangrove Resort is self sufficient resort:
- using renewable energy from solar poweer, biomass and wind turbines

- a low impact on the environment with villas built along the canal and along the land.

 

THE 200 VILLAS

The 200 units villas is the first phase as part of Sabah East Coast Tourism Belt initiative.

The villas are high standard accommodation for tourists and for for buyers.

The company also plans to build other villas of different designs in Sandakan and Silam, Lahad Datu.

Sabah Green Development CEO John Nip said most of the villa units are expected to be sold to China tourists and the sale will start around the beginning of May 2018 as the 50 villas are scheduled for completion by July 2018.

The resort already signed a MoU with Great Living Fortune, a villa builder and marketing agent from China as the company targets to sell most of its unit to China.

With the China builder's expertise, a villa structure could be assembled within 7-10 days and the company hopes to build a showroom and announce sales by mid May 2018.

Though the main target is China buyers, the units are also for interested local buyers as investment, where buyers are entitled to one month stay per year while the rest of the months will be for lease with unit owners getting 70 percent of the profits.

With the villas in place as accommodation, the company aims to make Sipadan Mangrove Resort as an alternative gateway to Semporna's Mabul Island, Mataking Island and Tun Sakaran Marine Park.



 


Luring more Chinese tourists to east coast
Published on: Saturday, April 21, 2018


 

Sabah Green Development Sdn Bhd Chief Executive Officer John Nip Wing Hon said

 

the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Sabah Green Development Sdn Bhd and Great Living Fortune firm in Sandakan in 2017 for the construction of 200 such units would be an effort to increase the accommodation available for tourists on the East Coast of the state through an ingenious method of purchasing accommodation system.

Sabah East Coast Tourism Belt Initiative 2018


Sabah East Coast Tourism Belt Initiative is an ambitious project between Malaysia and China in 2018.

Thus, all the units are expected to be completed within two years by 2020.

He also explained that they themed the project 'Wellness' by
1-using only available spaces to build such unit without harming mangrove trees thus protecting the eco-system,
2-using solar power technology,
3-having self-sufficient organic farms and poultry to be served to guests.
 


"The arrangement is to build these villas, sell them to local and foreign guests especially tourists from China and managed by the resort when buyer went home and rent it out to tourists and buyer earn percentage from the income from the rent," he explained over the method.

Nip explained that the method has several advantages in the long run as tourists from there are attracted to Sabah's nature and fresh seafood making their purchase of such unit will ensure that they will promote the beautiful scenery of the state to their countrymen while returning again to their unit to stay during holidays.

 

When the Chinese house owners  return to China, their villas will be rented out to tourists.

In return the owners earn from rental. An owner of a villa could gain back their capital cost in around five years.


Sabah Green Development Sdn Bhd joint venture with a China based firm is to ensure that requirement by tourists from China could be met as the Chinese firm knows what are the requirement of Chinese tourists.

 

Intensive promotion effort which is required to promote Sabah especially on tourists spots along the East Coast of the state which was marred by bad reputation by foreign intrusion in the last few years.


Nip cited such effort will ensure that the industry could take a foothold and generate downstream industries where Sabahan could capitalise on it and directly lead to a better economy generation where Tongkat Ali and birds nest among others are in high demand.



He said their effort is just one method to increase the availability of accommodation to tourists.


Nip's plan apart from the creation of the villas which 1,200 units have been planned to be constructed at the vicinity of the resort would also incorporate the construction of 5-star hotels on an island at the Kulumpang river mouth nearby to further boost accommodation capacity for tourists.

The construction method of the units will use environment friendly method which utilise bracketing system used in the past by China builders such as the construction of the Forbidden City which require no nail marred to latest iron technology which is anti-corrosive where a few meters of giant screws screwed to the ground will act as the pillars of each unit and doing away with piling.

"This method which has been practiced in other countries where the whole unit will be made of wooden interlocking block system much like a Lego set and avoiding pilling means we are not harming the mangrove environment," he added.


 

The mangrove location where the resort is currently situated is ideal for tourist who enjoys proper accommodation, nature with clean air and healthy food as well as natural scenic sights.

The whole project upon completion occupy 3,000 acres of land not counting sea spaces where planned water recreation activities are to be situated.


BORNEO’S MARINE PARADISE :

1) SEMPORNA RESORT BY SUDC

2) SIPADAN MANGROVE RESORT (SMR)

3) MT. CONER TOURISM HUB, SEMPORNA

4) ALORIE LEPA LEPA RESORT


Direction map from Tawau Town to Sipadan Mangrove Resort to Sipadan Island.
Direction map from Tawau Town to Sipadan Mangrove Resort to Sipadan Island.


How far is SIPADAN MANGROVE RESORT from Tawau Town?

Sipadan Mangrove Resort is 60 Kilometers from Tawau Town.
SMR is not on Sipadan Island as it name imply. The name has caused confusion among visitors who thought they have arrived Sipadan Island and stay at the mangrove on the island. Sipadan Island never have any mangrove trees.

Sipadan Mangrove Resort is not on a seaside. It will not have the white sandy beach visitors imagined of like those beaches in other resorts. The resort is on a river bank. The muddy river bank is not for strolling on like the way we stroll on a sandy beach.

The main function of Sipadan Mangrove Resort is to provide stop over accommodation for visitors to Sipadan Island which is 30 minutes boat ride. And the purposed of visitors staying in SMR is for Sipadan Island and not for the resort.

Tawau Town
Sipadan Mangrove Resort
Semporna Town
Sipadan Island



Asiatic’s Sipadan Mangrove Resort
Sipadan Mangrove Resort Expansion Project 2014
Kalumpang River, Balung Town, Tawau Division

This is a RM2.5 billion project by a China-based company Diving Best.
Sipadan Mangrove Resort is an integrated tourism development project of Sabah Government in Tawau (Not in Semporna) under Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (Sedia)

Sipadan Mangrove Resort Expansion Project would be developed under five zones --
 

1- A residential area
2- Commercial development
3- High-end resort
4- Diving school
5- An administrative centre


Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (Sedia) said the project with Diving Best (China) is an expansion of the existing Sipadan Mangrove Resort (SMR).
Diving Best is best known for its Sanya Diving Training Centre in Sanya City, Hainan Province, in China.

Sipadan Mangrove Resort (SMR) is an entry point project listed under Sabah's regional cities and corridors programme, with an estimated investment value of RM491 million and set to generate RM114.9 million in gross national income by 2020.

The collaboration between Diving Best (China) and SMR (Malaysia) to expand the resort is the result of a match between investors from China and a local business partner.

The project will be carried out on a 112ha private land belonging to SMR.

The location in Sungai Kalumpang was chosen because of its proximity to Sipadan Island, which is a 35-minute boat ride from the mainland.

Under the project, Diving Best expects to attract one million tourists annually, create 4,000 jobs and house a population of 12,000 within the project location.

The Island of Sipadan was a highly protected area and no structure was allowed to be constructed either on the island or around it.



January 8, 2014, Wednesday
RM2.5 billion investment plan from China

A group from China had shown a “strong interest in developing a large area in Sipadan Island into a tourism-based resort and commercial and high-end residential areas, with a focus on marine activities.” According to SEDIA

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2014/01/08/china-comes-to-sabah-bearing-gifts/

 


January 14, 2014, Tuesday
RM2.5 billion tourism project in Semporna, not Sipadan – SEDIA

http://www.theborneopost.com/2014/01/14/rm2-5-billion-tourism-project-in-semporna-not-sipadan-sedia/#ixzz2wevQotNe

15 January 2014  Tourism project to take shape in Semporna  http://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/tourism-project-to-take-shape-in-semporna-1.462496


January 15, 2014, Wednesday
RM2.5 billion tourism project in Tawau, not Semporna – Assemblyman, Chan Foong Hin

http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=87958

 

Clarification on RM2.5 billion tourism development
http://www.sedia.com.my/Media_events/Clarification_on_SMR_tourism_development.html


Go eco-friendly with Asiatic’s Sipadan Mangrove Resort
A completely eco-friendly resort in development that promises the absolute usage of natural resources and encourages biodiversity is on its way to welcome tourists to Sabah.

Posted on 18 September 2012 by Francesca Tay

http://travelxclusives.com/article/go-eco-friendly-with-asiatic-s-sipadan-mangrove-resort/264


Repair muddy Tawau road, urges DAP YB

Daily Express Online : Monday, July 22, 2013
http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=86166

Sri Tanjong Assemblyman Chan Foong Hin urged the authorities to repair Jalan Sungai Burong as the road is vital for the oil palm industry as well as tourism industry in the district. The muddy road, which is used by an oil palm factory, estates and several oil palm collection centres, is gravelled up to two kilometres only.

"This situation is very difficult for loaded oil palm trucks especially during the rainy seasonÉ the same applies to a resort which is the Sipadan Mangrove Resort (SMR) that shares the same path...If the road is left as it is, SMR may never be developed and at the same time, road users' welfare is ignored,"
Sri Tanjong Assemblyman Chan Foong Hin

Chan said the Federal Government through the Secretariat of Public Private Partnership (UKAS) in 2012 had approved an allocation of RM48,980,000 for the construction of a paved road along the 28 kilometres from the junction of Jalan Balung-Lahad Datu to Sipadan Mangrove Resort (SMR) for the success of the resort.

Announcement of the provision, he said, took place in September 2012 during the opening of the SMR but nine months later, there is still no positive progress on the construction of the Sungai Burong road. This project should be completed in April 2014 as announced.

The Sipadan Mangrove Resort (SMR) with RM441 million investment value, built at the end of the Sg Burong road is an Entry Point Project (EPP) under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP). The aim is to provide for a travellers' stopover before going to Sipadan Island which is only 30-minutes boat ride. The project is expected to create 334 jobs and help develop tourism in Tawau.

 


SIPADAN MANGROVE RESORT (SMR)
Sg. Burong, Kalumpang., 91020 Tawau
+6089-755688 ; +6019-8846388
Located on the banks of Sungai Kalumpang, just 30 minutes boat ride from Sipadan Island, Sipadan Mangrove Resort (SMR) has been developed as a new gateway to Sipadan Island by providing facilities to cater for high-end divers.
Besides catering to divers, SMR plans to also provide facilities for recreational activities for family members of the divers.

The SMR includes a 200-acre Aquaculture Park and 700-acre Mangrove Reserve island, rich in both natural mangroves and wildlife, providing an unbeatable eco-tourism experience to guests and nature lovers. SMR has also allocated a specific area for the development of marina and yacht facilities.

SMR plans to support Research & Development activities on Mangrove and Coral as part of its sustainability and conservation efforts. Support infrastructure such as basic laboratory facilities, a research centre and intepretation rooms have been planned.

The calm sea in the area is suitable to promote sea activities and seaplane transport. SMR also has a helicopter (R44) which could be deployed to provide joy-rides around Sipadan Island.
 

The first phase of the development has been completed and is now entering phase 2 with construction of new resorts and chalets:

"The Sipadan Mangrove Resort (SMR) project is creating a new Gateway to Sipadan by offering a wide range of eco-tourism features, appealing not only to diving enthusiasts, but also the other market segments. It supports the tourist market for the Sipadan Islands, and provides tourism products for higher-end consumers, drawing higher yield as aspired by the ETP for the tourism industry. SMR SdnBhd has realized around RM190 million for the project as to date. The first phase of the development has been completed and is now entering phase 2 with construction of new resorts and chalets."
SPEECH BY CHIEF MINISTER OF SABAH
, Y.A.B. DATUK SERI PANGLIMA MUSA HAJI AMAN,
ON 13TH APRIL 2012

http://www.sabah.gov.my/press/docs/2012001903.htm

 


Sabah is among the most active states in bidding for Faciliation Funds under the PPP programme. By 2012, RM459.2 million in facilitation funds for six projects have been approved:


1) Sipadan Mangrove Resort,
2) Tawau Green Energy,
3) International Technology and Commercial Centre,
4) Sabah International Convention Centre,
5) Integrated Development of Gleneagles Medical Centre,
6) Dalit Bay Integrated Tourism Resort.
 

http://www.sedia.com.my/Media_events/Project_under_SDC_receives_FacilitationFund_offer_letter.html


SIPADAN MANGROVE RESORT (SMR)
A New Gate Way to Sipadan with appropriate facilities catering high end divers. Beside catering for the divers, SMR plans to also provide facilities for recreational activities for the family members of the divers.

The 200 acres Aquaculture Park and 700 acres Mangrove Reserve island would potentially provide new eco-tourism experience to the guests.

Not forgetting, there are many animals rooming freely around the up river which could also be turned into an attraction for nature lovers SMR plans to support R&D activities on Mangrove and Coral as part of the conservation efforts.

To this end, facilities such as basic laboratories facilities, research centre and interpretation rooms would be provided.

The calm water at the sea provide another opportunity to promote sea activities and also the transportation of using sea plane. SMR has a helicopter (R44) which could be deployed to provide “joy-ride” trip round Sipadan island. Included in the master plan, SMR has allocated areas for marina facilities for yacht.


Key OUTCOMES OF THE EPP/ KPIS

• Achieve tourist spending to RM2,100/day by 2020.
• Achieve at least 50% average daily occupancy rate at the resort by 2020.
• Provide 100% F&B services to all guests.
• Have at least 50% of guests spending for leisure activities provided i.e. water activities, scuba diving, and helicopter daily by 2020.
• Achieve at least 50% average daily usage rate at the marina by 2020.
• Job opportunities = 2,825.
• Quality jobs for locals for marine-based tourism e.g. marina and spillover effects e.g. yacht and boat repairs.
• Social benefits: R&D opportunities for nature conservation purpose; nature awareness through river cruising and mangrove trails.
 

KEY CHALLENGES

• Safety risk due to wildlife in the river.
• Road conditions and access from public main road.
• Mangrove and marine conservation.
• Possibly disruptive power supply.
• Compliance and licensing for marina and possible aviation operations.
 

WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE?

• Aggressive promotions and marketing e.g. target for Hong Kong and China for divers’ market, then for other long haul markets.
• Produce high-value seafood and crops at the aquaculture and organic farm.
• Gain support from authorities in river control, marina development, and aviation service provision (seaplane?).
• Liaise with universities and research bodies to set up research initiatives.
• Public Funding.
• Set up mangrove conservation centres, nature trails, etc. with the advice from Forestry Department.
• Complete construction of the resort.
 

MITIGATION PLAN

• Consideration to construct water gate/net to block crocodiles coming downstream. This may disrupt villagers’ life – still in consideration.
• Public funding to upgrade access road.
• Promote involvement from universities and research bodies to set up research centres here to spearhead conservation initiatives.
• Renewable energy generation – wind, biomass gastification.
• Work closely with authorities to ensure compliance.