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

August, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Dale Finch, NC, USA (1 report)
Report Number 2770

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Reporter
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

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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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