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Dive Review of Borneo Divers in

October, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Brian C, CA, US (1 report)
Report Number 6728
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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

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
82   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
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.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
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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