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Dive Review of Borneo Divers/Borneo DIvers Mabul Resort in
Malaysia/Mabul/Sipidan

Borneo Divers/Borneo DIvers Mabul Resort, Jul, 2005,

by Jerry Tuttle, az, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 1935.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, PNG, Mexico
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments 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 UWP

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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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