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Dive Review of Borneo Divers/Mabul Resort in

August, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by jonathan scolnick, Outside USA..., singapore (2 reports)
Report Number 5715
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Around SE asia, caribbean, polynesia 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limits, max time, air left  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
No rinse tank on the boats because sites are so close to the resort.  Was
difficult to find a safe place to put camera during boat trips.  Back at
the resort there was a very large dedicated camera rinse tank.  The number
of fantastic things to take pics of made me forget about the camera abuse. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
Sipadan is amazing even though I was there off season.  Apparently april is
the best time of year to go.  In august we had rain at night which kept the
viz pretty poor.  The house reef at Mabul Resort is the best house reef I
have ever encountered.  It had nice corals, HUGE turtles, cuttlefish,
mandarin fish and everything in between.  I could have dived all four dives
every day at that reef and been a very happy diver.  The house reefs at the
other resorts, which represent the other dive sites on non sipadan days,
were not nearly as nice.  
  As readers likely know, getting to Sipadan itself is based on a lottery
system.  Contact the resort directly about this.  I was told that if I
stayed five nights I would be guaranteed one day in Sipadan, but the deals
they are running depend on the number of people at the resort.  When I got
there I was not listed for any days to Sipadan, but when I politely (this
is key) mentioned it to the office, I ended up going to Sipadan twice.  
  Diving at Sipadan can be summed up with two words; turtle shark turtle
shark shark shark turtle turtle....   Of course you can also find the
chevron barracuda schools and many other things.  Overall, I hope to go
back to Mabul and Sipadan.  I will definitely go with Mabul Resort and
Borneo divers, A+ resort and dive team.
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