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
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."
CHIEF MINISTER OF SABAH
, Y.A.B. DATUK SERI PANGLIMA MUSA HAJI AMAN,
ON 13TH APRIL 2012
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.
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
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.
• 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
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
• Public Funding.
• Set up mangrove conservation centres, nature trails, etc.
with the advice from Forestry Department.
• Complete construction of the resort.
• 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
• Renewable energy generation – wind, biomass gastification.
• Work closely with authorities to ensure compliance.