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Dive Review of Borneo Divers in
Malaysia

Borneo Divers, Oct, 2012,

by Brian C, CA, US ( 1 report). Report 6728.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Northern California,
Cozumel, Kona, Bali,
Raja Ampat, Palau
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 82 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Usually limited to 45mins + 3min safety stop,
even if you have half a tank left.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The dives in Sipadan were definitely special, I would say it is
at least as good as Palau. We saw large schools of barracuda
and jacks, tons of turtles and sharks.

The problem is when we don't get the permits for Sipadan and have do
Mabul/Kapalai. It's macro diving there, and not
close to being in the same league as Raja Ampat. The reefs were
not healthy; dynamite fishing is active in the area as we heard 2
blasts at close range.

We had booked 8 dive days with Borneo Divers and ended
up diving Sipadan 2 days. We decided to leave 2 days early after finding out we were slated to do Mabul/Kapalai for the 3rd day in a row; there's only so much artificial reefs our group could endure.
We learnt that some single divers got to dive Sipadan 3 days out
of 4, and most of the larger groups 2 days out of a 5 day package.
Had we known in advance we would not have bothered with a
8 day package ... or claim we were all diving as singles :)
I would fault the permit system rather than Borneo Divers though.

The dive operation at Borneo Divers is top notch. No complaints
there. Unfortunately our group will probably not return with the
current permit system.

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