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    Borneo Divers: Sabah, Malaysia


    Surrounded by clear azure blue waters with some of the best dive sites in the world. This is the ideal tropical paradise for adventurous honeymooners, sea-loving vacationers and muck diving enthusiasts, or simply for a blissful beach getaway.

    THE ULTIMATE DIVE EXPERIENCE

    Whether you are a newbie to diving or someone with hundreds of dive hours under your diving belt, we offer the ultimate diving experience with many world-class dive sites with unrivalled marine life that will leave you breathlessly in awe.


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    ACCOMMODATION






    After a glorious day of sun, sea and diving, our cool, heavenly beds welcome your tired body for a restful night. Cocooned safely in one of our 30 tropical themed chalets, the symphony of waves from the Celebes Sea serenades you to a blissful slumber.

    For those who love the solitude of the night and the company of stars, our private verandahs are the perfect spot to mull over the highlights of your day as you sip on a tall drink. Who knows, on one of those nights you might be lucky enough to catch a shooting star.

    Choose from our different room types catering to all needs and budgets, from the popular ethnic-inspired Runggus Twin to the luxurious Runggus Double featuring traditional platform beds.


    Room Types

    30 Chalet Rooms






    To ensure that your stay with us is comfortable, each room is furnished with:

    • air conditioning

    • ceiling fan

    • private verandah

    • ensuite bathroom with hot/cold shower

    • hair dryer

    • dressing table

    • writing desk

    • coffee/tea making facilities

    Go ahead….book right now. Your dream vacation awaits.


    DIVING

    DIVE CENTRE

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    The heart of Borneo Divers Mabul Resort is the modern, fully equipped dive center, the very first PADI 5 Star Dive Center in Mabul offering the best training and diving facilities on the island. Designed by divers for divers, all amenities are on hand for you to enjoy your dives in utmost comfort, even to relax and chill out between dives.

    The adventure begins with just a few steps from the dive center to the shore, where our fleet of speedboats awaits. We offer regularly scheduled dives to Sipadan and Mabul less than 20 minutes away (depending on weather and surface conditions). With access to over 150 dive and snorkel sites in the pristine waters surrounding these islands and unlimited House Reef shore dives, our guests are free to create their dream dive vacation.

    We pride ourselves on having one of the best dive crews on the island, allowing you to experience the thrill and beauty of the undersea world with complete peace of mind. Whether you are a seasoned diver with many logged dives or someone who wants to give diving a try, our experienced team of dive professionals will ensure you are in good hands.

    Our specialists in fish identification will ensure you never miss a rare critter while our support crew is trained to handle all your dive gear with expertise and care. And for those wanting to learn to dive or to improve your dive certification level, Borneo Divers offers PADI certified courses for every level, from beginner to open water, dive master and advanced technical diving. Every year, Borneo Divers Mabul Resort plays host to PADI Instructor Development Course, conducted by PADI staff from PADI Asia Pacific, PADI AP Japan, PADI Americas and PADI Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA). Six translators, speaking Japanese, Russian, Korean, Italian, Turkish and French are present to assist during the course and hundreds of PADI Instructors have graduated from here.

    No wonder Borneo Divers has been rated ‘Top Five Favourite Pacific Resort or Operator’ by Rodale Scuba Diving readers and received the PADI Outstanding Achievement Award. If you’re a serious diver, there is no better place to be.

    Our Fully Equipped Dive Center offers:

    • Over 150 dive sites regularly scheduled across Mabul and Sipadan

    • A fleet of fast modern speedboats

    • 8 multi-lingual international instructors and 7 dive masters

    • State of the art on-site gas-filling facility offering regular and Nitrox oxygen mixes. Certified air quality.

    • Various tank sizes with International and DIN fittings

    • Classroom environment for on-land classes

    • Wash station with ample room to rinse and dry your equipment after each dive.

    • Spacious common area for dive gear preparation

    • Changing Rooms

    • Top-quality equipment rental

    • One stop dive shop

    • Beach-side location

    • Friendly dive staff to assist with all your needs


    FACILITIES








    We take pride in our warm hospitality in true Malaysian style. With some of the world’s best dive sites within minutes of the resort, we like to keep our guests pampered and well taken care of, on land and in the water.

    Dining

    Our restaurant serves a fusion menu featuring over 300 local and international favourites. Guests can help themselves at the abundant buffet, or request a special dish from the kitchen. In particular, our signature BBQ lamb, satay and freshly caught seafood come highly recommended.

    We also host frequent barbecue and steamboat dinners. Be it at the restaurant, poolside or beach front, they are not to be missed.

    Spa

    After a long day in the water, indulge in a relaxing massage, manicure or therapeutic reflexology session at the beach side gazebo or in the privacy of your room. With the gentle tropical breeze and the hypnotic sound of the waves lapping at the shores, your pampering session will leave you relaxed and rejuvenated for the following day.






    Entertainment

    Catch up with your dive buddies or make some new friends at our beach bar or swimming pool. Sip on one of our signature cocktails as you share memorable diving stories with each other.  Alternatively, catch a cultural dance performance or sing your heart out in one of our regular karaoke contests. Every night is a night to remember.

    Business

    Stay connected to the world with free WiFi available at our business centre. Due to the isolated location of the island, internet strength may be intermittent at times.

    Other Facilities:

    • Full Service Dive Centre

    • Recreational Water Sports Centre

    • Professional Underwater Video and Filming Center

    • TV Lounge (attached to our restaurant)

    • Gift Shop


    PACKAGE

    All prices listed below are subjected to a 6% GST (Good sales tax) from 1st April 2015 onwards.


    Valid from 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016

    Published Rates

    3 Days 2 Night Package@ RM 1,800.00 per diver / RM 1,440.00 per non diver

    4 Days 3 Night Package @ RM 2,550.00 per diver / RM 2,040.00 per non diver

    5 Days 4 Night Package @ RM 3,200.00 per diver / RM 2,560.00 per non diver

    Extra Night @ RM 800.00 per diver / RM 640.00 per non diver

    Note: Please be informed that all tourists/passengers have to pay a jetty fee of RM2.00 per Malaysian / RM10.00 per Non Malaysian to the local Semporna Tourism and Semporna District Office. This fee will be collected to KK Sales Office in advance upon confirmation of booking.

    • Single supplement/room is subjected to a 50% surcharge from the whole package.

    • Children below 12 years old are to pay 50% of the non diver package rate (Must share or occupy same room with parents).

    • Guest can only take Diver or Non Diver package and no combining package is allowed.

    • Single traveler is subjected to pay single room supplement of 50% surcharge from the whole package and has to follow our scheduled boat transfer with other guests. If not, there will be an additional charge of ranging between RM150 for land transfer per way (Tawau Aiport-Semporna jetty or Semporna jetty-Tawau Airport) and RM600 per way (Semporna-Mabul or Mabul-Semporna) for boat transfer.

    • Certified divers who is on a Non Diver package that wish to dive with us in the resort are required to pay RM 120 per dive regardless of boat (has to follow existing diving boat schedule) or shore dives and is not inclusive of the dive equipment rental.

    • Prices are subjected to change without further notice.

    < Standard ROOM CHECK OUT time of the resort is 0930am and ROOM CHECK IN time is 1400pm >

    Package price is inclusive of the below:

    • Returned ground transfer from Tawau airport to Semporna jetty based on scheduled transfers.

    • Returned boat transfer from Semporna jetty to BDSS Mabul Resort based on schedule transfers.

    • Fullboard meals (3 meals daily with lights snacks and free flow of coffee/tea and cordial juices except carbonated drinks, liquor and beer).

    • Based on twin sharing basis semi-detached chalet room accommodation at BDSS Mabul Resort with air-conditioning, attached bathroom with hot water shower.

    • Diver package is inclusive of 3 boat dives a day with divemaster and unlimited shore dives without guide at our Mabul house reef except on arrival and departure days. Tanks, weights and weight belt are provided. Diving is subjected to our dive schedules and regulations from our dive centre.

    • Non Divers can do snorkelling at our jetty.

    Other Information

    • Full set dive equipment rental is RM 95 per day person.

    • Breakdown when rented separately as below (per day per item):-

      • BCD: RM25.00

      • REGULATOR: RM25.00

      • MASK: RM10.00

      • FINS: RM 5.00

      • SNORKEL: RM 5.00

      • SHORTIE: RM20.00

      • BOOTIES: RM 5.00

      • WETSUIT: RM20.00

    • Dive Computer rental is RM30 per day.

    • Torch is RM25 per day

    • Nitrox dive is chargeable at RM30 per dive. Advance booking is required.

    Sipadan Diving

    • Anyone who wishes to dive at Sipadan will need to apply and pay for a permit. The permit fee is RM40 per pax per day.

    • Due to the permit restrictions we can only arrange one day diving to Sipadan Island if you stay a minimum of a 5 Days and 4 nights Diver Package.

    • The following personal details are required in order to apply for the permit:-

      1. Name on passport

      2. Passport no.

      3. Nationality

      4. Date of birth

      5. Address

    NOTE:-

    • We reserve the rights and final decision to proceed or abort any dives or activities for safety reasons or subjected to bad weather or sea conditions, poor visibility and divers’ own physical abilities is compromise, example injuries, intoxication, hangovers and others.

    • We practice a NOflying within 24 hours after diving with us.

    How to get to Mabul?

    You will need to fly to Tawau from Kota Kinabalu or Kuala Lumpur. You can check out our domestic flights at these websites: Malaysia Airlines = www.malaysiaairlines.com / Airasia = www.airasia.com

    Please note that it takes about:-

    1. 90 minutes of ground transfer from Tawau Airport to Semporna jetty / Semporna jetty to Tawau Airport depending on the traffic flow.

    2. 45 minutes to 1 hour of boat transfer from Semporna jetty to BDSS Mabul / BDSS Mabul to Semporna jetty depending on the weather conditions.

    3. Guests are advised to follow our recommended flights to take in order to be connected to our daily normal scheduled land and boat transfer in and out of the island for their comfort of minimizing the waiting time.

    4. If guests are unable to follow our scheduled transfer, additional charges of RM150 for land transfer per way and RM600for one way boat transfer will be charged.

    Please see our recommended flights to take to connect with our standard ESTIMATED boat or land transfer time.

    1) Transfer from Tawau Airport into BD Mabul Resort

    NOFLIGHTETDETAFLIGHT NO.FROM ARRIVEBOAT ARRIVE
    SECTORAIRPORTJETTYIN ISLAND
    1BKI – TWU07250815MH 21210830100010001100
    2Pick up from Tawau Hotel 0700am / Semporna Hotel 0930am
    3BKI – TWU09000950AK 62601045121512301330
    4KUL – TWU07000950AK 5744
    5KUL – TWU07251015MH 2660
    6SDK – TWU   08550935MH 3093



    2) Transfer out from BD Mabul Resort to Tawau Airport 

    NOFLIGHTETDETAFLIGHT NO.BOAT ARRIVEFROM ARRIVE 
    SECTOROUTJETTYJETTYAIRPORT
    1TWU – BKI15401630MH 21341100120012151345
    2TWU – KUL15401830AK 5749
    3TWU – BKI17251815AK 6267
    4TWU – BKI17251815AK 62671330143014451615
    5TWU – SDK18001840MH 3094
    6TWU – KUL18552140AK 5741

    Remarks: BKI (Kota Kinabalu), TWU (Tawau), KUL (Kuala Lumpur), SDK (Sandakan), ETD (Estimated time departure), ETA (Estimated time arrival), MH (Malaysia Airline’s flight), AK (Airasia’s flight).

    Note: All time stated above is an estimation of the time transfer and any delay is subjected to unforeseen circumstances like weather, traffic flow, flight delays and etc.

    Flights are subjected to change without notice according to different airline requirements. Please check the updates and accuracy from their website accordingly.

    Last but not least, our company reserve the rights to charge the customer for any additional costs rendered by any last minute cancellations, delays and changes of any arrangement made by the customer when less than 48 hours before arrival time as per schedule and will NOT be held responsible for these changes by any ways. There will be NO further claims, refunds or discount for unused portion or any incidental circumstances.

    HISTORY


    ”Now we have found an untouched piece of art” – Jacques Cousteau on Sipadan Island

    The year was 1983 when Borneo Divers began their dive trips to Sipadan, the secret oceanic paradise discovered by Ron Holland. Subsequently, Mr. Holland welcomed underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau and his film crew to Sipadan Island which resulted in Mr. Cousteau’s movie “Borneo: Ghost of the Sea Turtle”. This documented Sipadan’s beauty and lush marine life, bringing the island international fame. The diving scene in Borneo exploded as a result and prompted Clement Lee and his dive buddies, Randy Davis, Ron Holland and Samson Shak to incorporate Borneo Divers, the first recreational diving operations in Sabah.

    In 1984, Clement Lee became a certified PADI dive instructor and pioneered the very first dive school in Tanjung Aru with the approval of PADI’s American headquarters. Inspired to share his passion for diving with more people, Lee also founded the first Child Academy in Sabah, produced Malaysia’s first female dive instructor, and pioneered a multi-racial multi-cultural dive instructor team, amongst many other innovative projects.

    Today, 23 years on, Borneo Divers is proud to still be the leading professional dive operation in Sabah, Malaysia.

    With operations on both the East and West Coasts of Sabah, Borneo Divers really does have the best of both worlds.

    On the East Coast, off the gorgeous coastline of Mabul, our unique resort operation quite simply offers the best underwater experience possible, in what can only be described as crystal clear waters with some of the richest marine biodiversity known to mankind!

    On the West Coast, just off the coastline of Kota Kinabalu, Borneo Divers offers PADI training unlike any other as the ONLY PADI facility with recognized “institute” status in the country, on the incredibly quant Mamutik Island

    Our team of PADI professionals at the institute range from Divemasters to Course Directors (the highest accolade available within PADI). Many of our staff have been with us for over a decade so you can therefore be assured of the highest level of training possible and of course leave with fond memories of your time with us.

    Diving is our passion and we feel sure that very soon it will be yours too.

    Jump on in… the water’s warm. We can’t wait to share our world with you!

    DIVE DESTINATIONS

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    Dive Sipadan

    “I have seen other places like Sipadan, 45 years ago, but now no more. Now we have found an untouched piece of art.” ~ Jacques Cousteau, French marine biologist.

    Sipadan, voted as one of the Top 10 Dives by Scuba Travel, UK and Top 50 Best Dive Sites in the World by sportdiver.com, is home to over 3000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species. This oceanic island located in Celebes Sea boasts over 100 dive sites, with 12 internationally famous ones including the renowned Barracuda Point.

    Sipadan is understandably famous for its wall diving. Just 20 feet from the shore, the wall plunges a staggering 2,000 feet down, encrusted with a multitude of living corals. An incredible diversity of marine life from pelagics to reef dwellers and turtles abound, even the occasional dolphin!

    Now a fully protected conservation zone, work is in progress to list Sipadan as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Borneo Divers is proud to support this conservation effort and is working with the Malaysian government to secure Sipadan’s future.

    Good for: Large marine life, small marine life, dive value-for-money
    Experience level: Beginner – advanced
    Depth: 5 – 40m
    Visibility: Good
    Currents: Gentle to strong
    Surface conditions: Calm
    Water temperature: 25 – 30°C
    Number of dive sites:  13

    Drop Off/Sipadan Jetty

    A popular dive spot a mere 9.1 metres from the beach. With a 600-metre drop, it is excellent for marine biology, free diving, snorkelling, and underwater photography. A recommended site for children’s dives and first dives.

    Depth: 5 – 40 metres
    Visibility:
    Dive Type: Wall, Reef
    Location: North of Sipadan Island Jetty
    Requirements: Advanced Open Water / Open Water





    Turtle Cavern/Turtle Tomb

    One of the highlights of Sipadan. An opening on the wall leads into a massive underwater cave extending over 65 metres into the island, with stalactites and stalagmites in the far reaches. Also called Turtle Tomb as skeletons of turtles (and a dolphin) can be found here. Fusiliers and Trevally are common sights at the entrance. This dive requires special equipment and an experienced local guide who is familiar with this underwater cave. Only experience cave divers are permitted to go beyond the light zone of the cave.

    Depth: 17 – 23 metres
    Visibility: 30 metres
    Dive Type: Cave
    Location: East of The Jetty
    Requirements: Advanced Open Water / Dive Master








    Barracuda Point

    The best in Sipadan. This place gets its name from the huge schools of Chevron Barracudas that are often seen in a tornado formation. Schools of Jacks, Batfish and Bumphead Parrotfish, together with dozens of turtles and whitetip sharks (and the occasional hammerhead) are a common sight.

    Depth: 5 – 40 metres
    Visibility: 30 metres
    Dive Type: Wall, Reef
    Location: North East of Sipadan Island
    Requirements: Advanced Open Water






    Coral Gardens

    Great for living corals and marine life such as Manta Rays, turtles and Reef Sharks.

    Depth: 10 – 23 metres
    Visibility: 30 metres
    Dive Type: Wall, Reef
    Location: Northeast of Sipadan reef
    Requirements: Open Water







    White Tip Avenue

    Famous for sharks (White Tip and Grey), mantas and turtles. Below 30m, Black Corals and Sea Fans abound.

    Depth: 17-40 metres
    Visibility: 30 metres
    Dive Type: Wall, Reef, Sharks
    Location: East side of Sipadan, south of Barracuda Point and Coral Gardens
    Requirements: Open Water






    Mid-Reef

    Home to some of the best coral formations with black coral, knotted fan corals and gorgonian sea fans below, together with cabbage corals, table corals, green tree corals and stony corals above. Green and Hawksbill Turtles and White Tip Reef Sharks are often abundant too.

    Depth: 5 – 40 metres
    Visibility: 30 metres
    Dive Type: Wall, Reef
    Location: South of Whitetip Avenue
    Requirements: Advanced Open Water







    Turtle Patch

    Home to turtles, White Tip Sharks, Parrot Fish and Table Corals.

    Depth: 5 – 12 metres
    Visibility: 30 metres
    Dive Type: Wall, Reef, Sharks
    Location: Southeast of Sipadan
    Requirements: Open Water






    South Point

    Offers an incredible wall of corals and occasional sightings of the Blue Ringed Octopus. Early morning dives give rise to the potential for encounters with pelagics such as Manta Rays and Hammerhead Sharks.

    Depth: 20 – 40 metres
    Visibility: 30 metres
    Dive Type: Wall, Reef
    Location: The Southernmost point of Sipadan
    Requirements: Advanced Open Water







    Staghorn Crest

    A coral garden dominated by Staghorn Corals. Underwater photography enthusiasts will delight amongst Triggerfish, Groupers, shrimp, Nudibranchs, Gobies, Angel Fish and Grunts.

    Depth: 20 – 40 metres
    Visibility: 30 metres
    Dive Type: Wall, Reef, Sharks
    Location: Northwest of South Point
    Requirements: Advanced Open Water






    Lobster Lair

    Has an abundance of lobsters, with more potential with encounters with Mantas and Reef Sharks. Another great site for macro photography with Seahorses, Leaf Fish, Frog Fish and Pipe Fish.

    Depth: 25 – 40 metres
    Visibility: 30 metres
    Dive Type: Wall, Reef, Big fishes
    Location: Southwest of Sipadan Reef
    Requirements: Advanced Open Water







    Hanging Gardens

    Another of Sipadan’s best. Great for free diving, underwater photography and snorkelling. This multicoloured wall of soft coral is home to Damselfish, Chromis, Sweetlips and Clown Fish. Common sightings include turtles, reef sharks, whitetips and a big school of Bumphead parrotfishes.

    Depth: 5 – 40 metres
    Visibility: 30 metres
    Dive Type: Wall, Reef, Sharks
    Location: South of Sipadan island
    Requirements: Open Water






    West Ridge

    Great for snorkelling, free diving, underwater photography or wall dives. Black Corals, Groupers, turtles and sharks are commonly seen.

    Depth: 18 – 40 metres
    Visibility: 30 metres
    Dive Type: Wall, Reef, Sharks
    Location: West of Sipadan
    Requirements: Open Water







    North Point

    A wall dive with incredible marine bio-diversity. Sponges, sea squirts, anemones and turtles are commonly spotted.

    Depth: 25-40 metres
    Visibility: 30 metres
    Dive Type: Drift, Wall, Reef, Sharks
    Location: Northwest of Sipadan reef
    Requirements: Advanced Open Water


    DIVE DESTINATIONS


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    Dive Mabul

    “One of the richest single destinations for exotic small marine life anywhere in the world.”

    A macro diver’s dream destination, Mabul is recognised as the world’s “muck diving Mecca” for good reason. Situated on the “Continental Shelf”, the waters of Mabul are rich with nutrients and crowded with life.

    A sloping, shallow reef with sandy bottoms, coral rubble, patches of sea grass and even discarded jetty pilings is home to a diverse range of macro marine creatures from the flamboyant cuttlefish, blue-ringed octopus, mimic octopus, shrimp, mandarin fish and dozens of species of nudibranchs, to moray, snake eels, seahorses, pipefish, frogfish and practically the whole scorpion fish family. The incredible array of biodiversity coupled with the local knowledge of our professional dive guides will make Mabul one of your most productive macro experiences.

    Diving in Mabul offers the additional benefit of extended bottom times as dive sites are mostly shallow, while the mild current allows for easy drift dives. The sandy bottom also allows for a less “mucky” and therefore easier dive compared to other macro sites. No wonder Mabul is listed as one of the Top 50 Best Dive Sites in the World by sportdiver.com.

    Good for: Macro marine life, underwater photography and beginner divers
    Experience level: Beginner – advanced
    Depth: 5 – 40 metres
    Visibility: Up to 20 metres
    Currents: Gentle
    Surface conditions: Calm
    Water temperature: 27 – 29°C
    Number of dive sites: 12


    House Reef

    Conveniently located just in front of the Borneo Divers Mabul Resort’s jetty. This muck diving haven is home to an astounding array of marine life including the Bamboo Shark, Frog Fish, Squat Lobster, Harlequin Shrimp, Porcelain Crabs, Moray Eels, sea turtles, Leaf Fish, Nudibranch, Ghost Pipefish, Seahorses, and more.

    Depth: 5 – 25 metres
    Visibility: 10 metres
    Dive Type: Muck
    Location: Just off the Jetty.
    Requirements: Open Water





    Eel Garden

    Famed for the many garden eels rising out of the seabed, this is home to multi-hued Frogfish, Giant Mantis Shrimp, Blue Ribbon Eels, Batfish and more. A fantastic location for underwater photography and videography.

    Depth: 5 – 25 metres
    Visibility: 10 metres (33 feet)
    Dive Type: Reef, Night
    Location: Southeast end of the reef.
    Requirements: Open Water








    Ray Point

    Renowned for the numerous bluespotted rays lying on the sandy bottom and live corals. Also commonly sighted here are cuttlefish, boxfish, turtles, lionfish and groupers.

    Depth: 5-15 metres
    Visibility: Up to 5 metres
    Dive Type: Reef
    Location: Southwest end of the reef.
    Requirements: Open Water






    Lobster Wall

    Arguably the best dive site Mabul has to offer. A nice wall with many cracks is home to numerous lobsters as well as stonefish, triggerfish, ghost pipefish, clownfish, seahorses and more.

    Depth: 25 – 40 metres
    Visibility: 20 metres
    Dive Type: Deep, Wall, Reef
    Requirements: Open Water
    Location: Mabul’s west reef







    Crocodile Avenue

    One of the best for macro diving and underwater photography. Look closely along the sandy slope and bottom for Seahorses, Crocodilefish, Ghost Pipefish, Snake Eels and a host of other macro critters.

    Depth: 5 – 20 metres
    Visibility: 10 metres (33 feet)
    Dive Type: Reef, Muck
    Location: North side of Mabul Island
    Requirements: Open Water






    Froggy Lair

    The ultimate for muck diving and macro photography in Mabul. Froggy Lair is a wonderland of rare species and strange critters including nudibranchs, Ghost Pipefish, Frogfishes and even the Flamboyant Cuttlefish. Sharp eyes and observation skills a must.

    Depth: 5 – 10 metres
    Visibility: Up to 5 metres
    Dive Type: Reef, Muck
    Location: North East of Sipadan Island
    Requirements: Open Water







    Seaventure Platform

    A unique dive site under a converted oil rig. The metal structure is home to nudibranchs, frogfish, crocodilefish, stonefishes, moray eels, Pygmy Seahorses and countless more macro critters.

    Depth: 12 – 18 metres
    Visibility: 20 metres (66 feet)
    Dive Type: Muck, Night
    Location: Under Seaventures platform
    Requirements: Open Water






    DIVE DESTINATIONS

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    Dive TAR Park

    “A stunning tropical marine paradise right on the doorstep of Kota Kinabalu.”

    A cluster of five pristine islands, Gaya, Manukan, Sapi, Sulug and Mamutik make up the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park, home to some of the best diving and snorkeling around Kota Kinabalu. A mere 20 minute boat ride from the capital city of Sabah, stunning white sandy beaches, clear shallow waters rich in marine life, and sumptuous coral gardens await day-trippers and diving enthusiasts.

    Pulau Gaya, the largest island, offers possibly the best beaches and corals, while the littlest island, Pulau Mamutik, is an internationally-renowned macro dive site, ideal for novice divers with its shallow waters and gentle current.

    Visitors to TAR Park will enjoy encounters with barracuda, snappers, blue-spotted rays, cuttlefish, puffer fish, lionfish, reef sharks, moray eels, the occasional green or hawksbill turtle, and even the colossal Whale Shark, the world’s largest fish which visits from February to April to feast on krill.

    Macro diving enthusiasts will also have a fine time with nudibranchs, mantis shrimps, harlequin ghost pipefish, scorpion fish, and mandarin fish all calling this place home.

    Good for: Large marine life, small marine life, macro diving, accessibility
    Experience level: Beginner – advanced
    Depth: 5 – 30 metres
    Visibility: 10 – 15 metres
    Currents: Gentle
    Surface conditions: Calm
    Water temperature: 25 – 30°C
    Number of dive sites: > 20


    Pulau Mamutik

    Pulau Mamutik, the smallest island, offers the best snorkeling and macro diving in TAR Park. The living corals are home to an astounding diversity of large and small marine life including the rare Frog fish, Lion Fish, Leaf Fish, banded sea krait and Olive Ridley while easy trails crisscross the forested island interior, good for a 20-minute nature stroll.

    Mamutik’s shallow waters are highly recommended for novice or first-time divers. Borneo Divers operates a full service dive center on Pulau Mamutik, offering PADI courses from Discover Scuba Diving to Instructor courses. Popular dive sites include The Rock, Pyramid Reef and Mamutik House Reef.

    Depth: 10 – 15 metres
    Visibility:
    Dive Type: Wall, Reef, Macro
    Location: Southeastern TAR Park
    Requirements: Advanced Open Water / Open Water





    Pulau Gaya

    Largest of the five islands, Pulau Gaya offers year-round diving and snorkeling in warm tropical waters, with sheltered reefs home to an abundance of diverse marine life. With a mixture of shallow macro dive sites and sloping reef walls, a dive in Pulau Gaya promises exciting encounters with large and macro marine creatures including Frog Fish, Scorpion Fish, Lion Fish, Seahorses, Nudibranchs, Turtles, Barracuda, Tuna and even Reef Sharks. Popular dive sites include Padang Point, HQ, Rubber Reef, Hanging Garden, Agil’s Reef, Bulijong and Hornbill beach.

    Most of the island is covered in dense virgin rainforest, with over 20km of excellent walking trails meandering across the island including a boardwalk across a mangrove swamp. A local stilt village sits along the eastern shore nearest to the city, with a view of Mount Kinabalu in the distance.








    Agil’s Reef

    A gentle slope and strong currents attract large marine life including barracudas, rays and reef sharks as well as fusiliers, snappers and other reef fish. Lots of excellent hard and soft corals, barrel sponges and massive sea fans. Suitable only for experienced divers. A good captain or GPS is necessary to locate this site.

    Depth: 7 – 26 metres
    Visibility: 10 – 15 metres
    Dive Type:  Wall, Reef, Drift
    Location: Northeastern TAR Park
    Requirements: Advanced Open Water






    Pulau Sulug

    Unspoiled Sulug Island offers some of the best diving in TAR Park. A long sand spit facing east drops sharply to an extensive coral reef, with common sightings of sea snakes, turtles, rays, frog fish, morays, lots of nudibranchs, and pristine live corals. This divers haven is nature at its best.

    Depth: 7 – 25 metres
    Visibility: 10 – 15 metres
    Dive Type:  Reef
    Location: Southeastern TAR Park
    Requirements: Open Water







    The Gallery

    The depth and diversity of The Gallery makes it an excellent site for underwater photography and videography. Sightings of lobsters, stingrays and giant clams are virtually guaranteed while over 30 species of soft and hard coral are easily found. Suitable for experienced divers due to strong currents.

    Depth: 2 – 10 metres
    Visibility: 10 – 15 metres
    Dive Type:  Wall, Reef, Drift
    Location: Northwest of Sulug Island
    Requirements: Advanced Open Water

    Keramat Reef

    One of the most popular dive sites in TAR Park. Frequent sightings of turtles and barracudas and an abundance of coral make this an easy and beautiful dive. Observant divers may spot lionfish and the secretive octopus. Also excellent for night dives. Occasional strong currents.

    Depth: 6 – 25 metres
    Visibility: 10 – 20 metres
    Dive Type:  Wall, Reef, Night
    Location: Southeast of Sulug Island
    Requirements: Open Water

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