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Dive Review of SeaVentures in

May, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Rick Tuss, Delaware, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 4082
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
All over East Coast USA, SE Asia, and Caribbean.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, cloudy  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time limits when diving with a group.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
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
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
The boats aren't set up well for UWPs, but the resort has good rinse tanks
and tables. As for the subject matter, it's very easy to shoot through a
roll of film under the resort. Yes, I still shoot film!!
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
This trip was a little disappointing from a weather standpoint. The winds
kicked up the waves and in combination with clouds, really reduced the vis.
I didn't get the great wide angle shots that are normal. That said, the
macro critters weren't missing. I spent as much time as possible directly
under the SeaVentures resort just off Mabul searching out dinner plate size
frog fish, nudibranch, crocodile fish, lion fish, scorpion fish, moray eel,
bumphead parrot fish, schools of barracuda and jacks. Oh, did I say lion
fish? More damn lion fish are under SeaVentures now than I have encountered
anywhere else. Add to that the gray reef and whitetip sharks, turtle, huge
barracuda schools, napolean wrasse, etc. of Sipadan Island itself and you
can't go wrong with the trip.

As for the resort and dive operations, both have improved substantially.
The place was getting pretty run down, but the current management has it
looking great with very nice boats. The food was very edible. SeaVentures
does suffer from two things though: 1) the bathrooms are nasty, and 2)there
are more cockroaches per square inch than anyplace I have ever been!

All in all, I will go back again. Maybe it's the cockroaches falling of the
converted jack-up accommodations platform that keep the marine life so
vibrant beneath it!!!
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