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Dive Review of Mv Celebes Explorer in
Malaysia/Borneo, Sipidan Island

August, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by David McDougall, CA, USA
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Report Number 3909
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Seychelles, Hawaii, Kenya, Tahiti, Costa Rica, many Caribbean destinations.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
79   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No real restrictions other than the standard minimum air remaining of
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The boat had a small area set aside for setup and storing UWP equipment.
Had there been a large group on board this area would have been inadequate.
There were some outlets for charging points but overall the facilities were
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
The MV Celebes Explorer accommodations were somewhat dated and in need of
renovation. We had the "honeymoon" cabin which was accessed from
the side of the ship so that when it rained, which it did quite often, the
trip to and from the cabin was wet and treacherous on the slick metal deck.
The cabin itself always had a damp smell to it and the mattress and bedding
left a lot to be desired. The crew were helpful and friendly but few spoke
any English. Food was reasonable and they made a great effort to
accommodate my wife and I as we are both vegetarian. Since we took our own
equipment I can't comment on the dive gear on board. 
The diving in and around Sipidan Island was spectacular with large schools
of fish, dozens of turtles, sharks (leopard, white tip, hammerhead), many
types of anemone fish, and lots of small critters in the Mabul Island
sites. Sipidan island is a fantastic area to dive but I'm not sure we would
do the liveaboard again unless the MV Celebes Explorer (currently the only
liveaboard diving that area) gets a refit or another company starts diving
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