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Dive Review of Borneo Divers/Borneo DIvers Mabul Resort in

July, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Jerry Tuttle, az, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 1935
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, PNG, Mexico 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
No e-6 facilities, no separate charging facilities for UWP, boats used to
transport to SIpidan and other dive sites have no special accomodations for

Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
Borneo Divers does a great job of getting you from Kota Kinabalu to the the
resort and back. The resort cottages and clean and comfortable, the resort
staff is competent, friendly and helpful. The food however is repititious
and bland and the menu seems to be built around some odd idea of what the
western and european palates want. Except for fried noodles every morning
there was very little malaysian cuisine. The dive staff was friendly and
helpful, but certainly some divemasters are more familiar with the dive
sites and for small critters that is essential.  I had been to Sipidan in
1993 and stayed on the Island at the Borneo Divers Lodge there. That was a
great experience. Although my memory may be slipping the fish life around
the Island does not seemed to have suffered. Turtles are abundant. Whites
Tips are abundant. We spotted a Hammerhead and several blacktips. The
schooling barracuda are still there. Maybe the school is a little smaller.
The school of bumphead parrotfish is not nearly as large, but we did find
it. You would not be disappointed by the fish life. Unfortunately the
Island is crowded with divers all diving the few dive sites simutaneously .
Without no island accomodations all the day boats converge on the Island
daily with maybe 150 divers in the water at the same time often on the same
dive sites. Mabul is no Lembeh for critters but a good divemaster can find
ghost pipefish, frogfish, blue ribbon eels and some interesting
nudibranchs. We spent 8 days here. Thats too long. Four dive days is plenty
of time. 
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