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Dive Review of Borneo Divers in
Malaysia/Sipadan, Mabul, Kapalai

March, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Brigitte Lacouture, AK, US
Contributor   (13 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5984
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
St. Vincent & Grenadines, Turks & Caicos, Saba, St. Kitts, Fiji,
Tahiti, Cozumel, Australia, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
calm, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
28   to 28    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 30    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
50 minute time limit  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
The house reef at Mabul Resort is the best house reef we have ever
encountered.  It had nice corals, turtles, huge cuttlefish, a plethora of
pipefish, blue spotted rays, and lots more; well worth doing for your
fourth, unguided, dive of the day (the first three are guided using one of
their boats).  The house reefs at the other resorts on Mabul were not
nearly as nice, but the one at Kapalai was good.  Diving at Sipadan had
lots of reef sharks and turtles and also a huge variety of fish: batfish,
butterfly fish, wrasses, scorpion fish, stonefish, schools of barracuda,
parrotfish, and many other things: nudibranch, tiny shrimp, tiny crabs... 
Sipadan allows only 120 visitors a day by permit and Borneo Divers has 14
permits allocated daily, as a result of the resort being only 1/4 full, we
were able to dive Sipadan three of our five days (nine dives in all).  They
maintain several dive boats and they worked fine during our visit. Entry
into the water was via backroll and exit was via a ladder lowered over the
side of the boat.  Dive gear is maintained in a large, secure facility on
their large dock/bar/lounge. Each diver was provided a basket to stow their
gear and the gear was transported between storage and the boats by the crew
who set the gear up for you each morning. There were dedicated tanks for
rinsing camera gear, wetsuits, and regulators.  Nitrox was available, but
not required for the diving profiles.  The dive operations staff were top
notch and responsible. 

The Borneo Divers resort was comfortable.  The rooms are adequate, nothing
fancy, with two separate rooms to a bungalow.  Getting your room cleaned
and towels changed when you are out diving requires you to hang a card on
the door; if you hang the card, it is done.  Free Wi-Fi was available in
the restaurant and adjacent meeting room, they also have a couple of
computers that can be used to access the internet. The restaurant
offered a limited variety of food buffet style at each meal which typically
included a beef,
chicken, or seafood dish, a vegetable dish, and rice; it was adequate.

All in all an excellent base from which to go dive Sipadan.
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