With over 16 years of experience of providing schools trips for Key International Schools from Singapore and Malaysia you can be assured we know what we are talking about. We can custom devise a timetable for you based upon the focus of your trip and help you in every stage of planning. Standard Operating Procedures and risk assessments for your proposed trip are forwarded once a timetable has been agreed upon so we have you covered on that too.
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We have a total of 28 rooms that can easily accommodate school groups up to 100 i.e students, teachers and helpers. We'll do the hard work and workout the best room configuration for youLearn More
We cater for vegetarians, special diets or allergies. All groups are asked about diet when booking. All meals are cooked from scratch in our halal kitchen so it is very easy to accomodate a gluten free diet as required by those with celiac diseaseLearn More
Lush jungle and tropical seas provide the environment, island development, eco tourism, traditional methods and future proofing the environment provide the modulesLearn More
Because a school trip should be fun as well as educational, we organise anything from survival lessons to whole day survivor games, snorkelling trips, swimming, ball games, arts and craft activities! Tell us the focus of your proposed trip and we will custom devise a timetable for youLearn More
Sea Gypsy's buildings are all traditional Malay style of wood & atap (roofing made of palm fond). Most are on stilts with large over head fans for maximum air circulation. Some chalets have 2 rooms accommodating up to 6 people. Most of the other chalets can take 1 or 2 extra beds. Each chalet is sea facing with a private verandah, none is more than 30 seconds from the beach. All extra beds & bunks have mosquito nets. The decor is simple but adequate and in harmony and keeping with the natural style and colours of the environment. Sea Gypsy Village can comfortably accommodate school groups of up to 100 in total, i.e. students, teachers and helpers.
Food is always an important part of any trip. We serve a set menu but make sure we are aware of any guest's special dietary requirements, e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, allergies, etc. We create menus depending on the nationality and age of the children, taking into consideration the wishes of the school, whilst ensuring a healthy balanced diet. Menus are agreed upon between the resort and the organising teachers prior to the trip. Food is served from a buffet from covered chaffing dishes. All components of the meal are served separately so that it is easy for children that don’t like any part of it may leave that out. Having said that the food is dished out by servers and children are strenuously encouraged to take sensible portions and eat healthily, including their veggies! Our kitchen is Halal and there is a vegetarian option at each meal time which any children may choose. All our food is cooked from scratch, we do not use pre-prepared sauces, therefore there are no hidden chemicals or ingredients. Those on a gluten free diet may like to bring wheat free pasta or biscuits, however we always have plenty of rice or potato and fresh fruit and coconut for snacks.
Tuck Shop Ice cream, ice lollies, crisps, mini chocolate bars, cookies and a variety of soft drinks are available from our shop. However it is up to the school to decide whether or not the students are allowed to bring any money to spend and if so what time of day and how much they are allowed to spend.
Drinks are available all day. Large drink coolers containing water, Ribena or orange squash are kept constantly topped up and available. The students are encouraged to drink large quantities of water to prevent dehydration. The water comes from the Resort’s own well and is delicious to drink straight from the tap.
The jungle surrounding Sea Gypsy Village is teeming with wild life including birds, insects, reptiles, plants, flowers and trees perfect for science projects. At either side of the sandy beach there are rocky outcrops providing rock pools inhabited by a variety of crustaceans and marine life. The coral reefs in the South China Sea boast some of the most beautiful hard and soft corals found anywhere in the world. The variety of sea life that lives within the reef is amazing. Marine science classes would love studying on Sibu. Sea Gypsy Village Resort tries to operate in as eco friendly a manner as possible. Honestly, it is not always possible but we strive to do our best and are always looking of ways to improve. Some of the other resorts on the island follow the same policy, some do not give ecology a thought. A commercial project has destroyed some beautiful marine park land for no purpose whatsoever and is highly unlikely it will ever come to fruition. Sibu is a wonderful place for students to observe eco projects, think about eco tourism, alternative fuel sources and a myriad of other ecology based topics. This is especially easy to do if you choose the walk to the Kampung as one of your activities.
Kampung Duku: The word Kampung means village in English. Kampung Duku is the only village on Pulau Sibu and is situated on the south west tip of the island. It covers approximately 150 acres and houses about 200 to 250 inhabitants in approximately 40 buildings over which presides a village chief. The homes are all traditional Malay style in wood on stilts and there are also some government buildings such as a police station, clinic, community hall, mosque with a resident Imam and a school.
The walk: It is a 3km walk from Sea Gypsy Village to Kampung Duku. The walk will take you past 3 resorts in various states of repair, all functioning, if just barely. You will also stop at the new development that has changed the face of the island dramatically. Some time is spent here as it’s presence is cause for many thought provoking topics of discussion. Passing beach front, rock pools, cultivated fields and jungle, plus a fisherman’s home that is now making a living from recycling, the students have the opportunity to observe nature and island life at first hand.
The Sea Gypsy Artificial House Reef is a testament to how simple and cheap it can be to help our marine ecology. We started in '96 when we renewed our water towers. We used old fishing nets and natural fibre to tie coconuts onto the old towers. We sank them just off shore and marked them with a buoy. Subsequently whenever we have anything of interest from an old boat hull to old toilet bowls we tie them down in the same way. For the next year our diving instructor took the food waste from the kitchen and fed the growing fish life. The reef is now self sustaining, although it takes quite a bashing every December & January during north east monsoon, and a source of great pride.
The dugong (also known as a Sea Cow) is a large marine mammal whose range spans the waters of at least 37 countries throughout the Indo-Pacific. It has no dorsal fin or hind limbs, instead possessing paddle-like forelimbs used to manoeuvre itself and a fluked, dolphin-like tail. The dugong is heavily dependent on sea grasses for subsistence and is thus restricted to the coastal habitats where they grow, with the largest dugong concentrations typically occurring in wide, shallow, protected areas such as bays, mangrove channels and the lee sides of large inshore islands. In the waters around Sibu Island resides what is thought to be one of the largest groups of Dugong in Peninsular Malaysia. There are on-going studies and monitoring by the University of Malayisa to determine the best conservation methods to protect not only the Dugong population, but also their habitat to ensure their future.
The Survivor Game is loosely based on the popular TV show and therefore not just about surviving but also about “Tribes” (but hopefully without all the back stabbing!). From the minute the school arrives the games and tasks promote teamwork, leadership skills, problem solving and survival skills. From making bandanas to creating team chants, from gutting fish to making shelters, from orienteering to camp fire shows the tribes bond and compete. The students are constantly surprised by what they are capable of and go home exhausted and elated.
The snorkelling activity can either be incorporated in to the survivor day or as a standalone activity, either way, in the surrounding waters of Sibu there are many small uninhabited islands that we use for snorkelling all perfectly suited for children. Each site has shallow, easy access to the reef from the beach, wide, white sandy beaches and plenty of shade for those really hot sunny days. Whether the students are experienced or have never been in the sea before Dan's Nasty Frogmen Dive Base has the knowledge and experience to make this a safe and thoroughly enjoyable experience for all. DNF is a PADI and SSI affiliated Dive Centre employing scuda diving instructors and divemasters to conduct the activity.
Team games, sandcastle competitions, boogie boarding, volleyball, swingball... At Sea Gypsy there are lots and lots of fun games to be played either as a scheduled activity or during the students free time in the large shady garden (water and beach activities are not available during free time)