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Dive Review of Borneo Divers/Borneo Divers Resort in
Malaysia/Mabul Island

Borneo Divers/Borneo Divers Resort, Aug, 2005,

by Dale Finch, NC, USA . Report 2770.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving New Guinea, Australia, Solomon Islands, Bali, St. Lucia, Bonaire, Cayman Brac, St. Martin, Bahamas, Jamaica, Belize, Honduras
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Some time restrictions of 45 to 50 minutes for the am dives (but not strictly enforced)due to the travel time to Sipidan Island.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments The boat captain will house your cameras on life jackets for the extended boat ride to Sipidan, but there is no dunk tank on board. Consistant help was available entering and exiting the water. The dive shop does have a dedicated dunk tank for cameras. Although they have computers available for email, there is no free image download.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We had the advantage of seeing the Resort's DVD before going, so knew that divers suited up at the Dive Shop and then went on board the boats. At low tide there can be a substantial walk out to the end of the dock because there is no channel into the Resort. However, it does preserve some muck life worth snorkeling.

Borneo Divers arranged all of our land excursions and accomodations as well as the diving. They always met us promptly at the airports, took us to our hotels, and coordinated tours by additional touring companies. When unexpected weather altered our access to some sites, they seamlessly rearranged our itenerary and we were very happy with their alternatives.

Be sure to visit the Orang Utan Sanctuary and stay at the beautifully landscaped Sepilok Nature Resort, they have an extensive orchid garden.
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