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Dive Review of Seaventures in
Malaysia/Sipadan

Seaventures, Jul, 2007,

by Leigh Clark, VIC, Australia ( 1 report). Report 3456.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving KK, Great Barrier Reef, Western Australia, Mataking, Pulau Redang, Port Phillip Bay
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, currents, noCurrents
Water Temp 27 to 29 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 5 to 15 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions On Sipadan dives - Depth limits were loosely enforced, Time limit of 45 minutes + 3 minute safety stop.

On house reef - no limit, only no decompression.

On Mabul/Kapali - no real limits, but around 50-60 minutes
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 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 N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No rinse tank on boat, but then again we were never more than 20-30 minutes from the rig. Separate rinse tank on the rig. There was no specific photo table or room, but your palatial accommodation had a small desk (which was transformed into a workbench for me).

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our first time at Sipadan, but wow factor aside, if serious diving is your business then you can't go past Seaventures.

It's a converted accommodation rig which after a number of incarnations ended up moored off Mabul and being used as a dive platform.

The rooms vary, some are dry and nice, others are a bit damp and in need of repair - but after 5+ dives per day, the only time you are in your room is to download a card or sleep.

The food, compared to other places we have just stayed in Malaysia, is very nice - if you're a sweet tooth you might feel a bit under catered for.

All the staff are great. Some of the diving from other divers was not, and my only complaint would be that the divemasters could definitely be pointing out some of the bad techniques and behavior.

The house reef is just fantastic for photographers, as you can spend as long as you want (or as your long suffering buddy wants).

We stayed for 9 days initially, and then extended for another 4. We would definitely go back, and highly recommend it.
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