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SEAVENTURES DIVE RESORT (RIG)


Seaventures Dive Resort
Seaventures Dive Resort - stay and dive here with Borneo Tour Specialists




Special Offer

Bonus nights - stay 3 nights /pay 2 nights, or stay 4 nights /pay 3 nights

Under the terms of the offer, a Sipadan Dive Permit is guaranteed (if you choose to stay in the dormitory, you will need to stay a minimum 4 nights).

Offer limited to minimum of 3 nights stay at SeaVentures Dive Resort until 31 December, 2014, in Standard Twin-Share room.

Bookings accepted until 30 September, and subject to availability - get in quick!


Located just 1km from the white sand beaches of Mabul Island, and 20 minutes from Sipadan’s world famous dive sites, Seaventures Dive Resort is an ideal base for your adventure holiday. It is the only converted dive rig in the world.

Being situated close to Mabul island you can take the boat over and wander through the village, an ideal spot for photographs of real paradise island life. With Sipadan only 20 minutes away by boat and Mabul and Kapalai dive sites only 5 minutes away you really are in the centre of some of the best dive sites in the region.

The customised 4-tier accommodation offers comfortable rooms, delicious food and non-stop diving, day or night. Forget the mosquitoes and long treks to the dive centre – Seaventures provides you with the ease and comfort of a liveaboard, without the large price tag.

Surrounded by the calm waters of the Celebes Sea, the resort is at the heart of some of the world’s best diving. Steep walls, huge schools of fish, remarkable critters and bustling reefs are just a boat ride away. Start your day with a dive alongside thousands of swirling barracuda, swim with turtles and sharks, explore the rich reefs of Mabul and Kapalai, and finish with a remarkable sunset that only the Celebes Sea can deliver.

Seaventures Dive Resort with Mabul Island in the backgraound
Seaventures Dive Resort with Mabul Island in the background


The Resort has 28 comfortable rooms and 2 superb suites, accommodating up to a maximum of 45 guests with plenty of space and privacy. Each well-furbished and fully air-conditioned room has ample modern facilities, including fresh, clean water for your comfort throughout your stay, televisions so you can check the days underwater filming, and plenty of power points so you can recharge your batteries.

Double room at Seaventures Dive Resort
Double room at Seaventures Dive Resort


The resort has 25 staff, including divemasters and instructors who will endeavour to make your holiday as comfortable as possible. Hot and cold drinks are available 24 hours a day, whilst delicious and satisfying meals are served buffet-style. Finish your day with a drink and dinner on the sundeck, with its incredible 360 degree view to Mabul and the coastline of Borneo.

Combined dining area, chill-out area and "dive shop" at Seaventures Dive Resort

dining area and
Combined dining area and



Seaventures is itself a fantastic dive site, and with unlimited diving beneath the resort, you are sure to get to know the residents very well. Diving in one of the best dive sites in Malaysia could not be easier with a lift that literally lowers you from the platform into the water for unlimited diving in the macro-heaven of Seaventures House Reef. As you float off from the lift and descend into the warm blue waters surrounding the Seaventures House Reef, you are met with a totally unique diving experience. Scores of batfish feed near the surface, and schools of silvery barracuda gather around the 5metre safety stop line. As you descend still further you are privy to the alluring combination of metal pillars, hand built recycled artificial reefs that the dive team have constructed, with swim-throughs that are ideal to test your buoyancy skills, all mixed together with bright corals, sandy bottoms and stretches of rubble where you will find all manner of crazy looking macro delights if you are prepared to rummage!

Lift from the platform to the water
Lift from the platform to the water


Trips to Sipadan are scheduled every morning, leaving each afternoon free to explore the macro-rich reefs of Mabul and Kapalai. For those interested in learning to dive, Seaventure is a perfect place to start your underwater life. In-house instructors can teach the full range of PADI courses, from Open Water to Assistant Instructor, as well as specialties such as Cavern Diver and Nitrox.

Sundeck with view to Mabul in the background - Seaventures Dive Resort
Sundeck with view to Mabul in the background - Seaventures Dive Resort


Other facilities include plenty of options for the non-diver: a karaoke lounge and bar, movie room, games room with pool tables and table tennis, children’s playroom, souvenir shop, and even a conference room. Wireless internet access on the dive deck means you can stay in touch with the rest of the world and share your latest diving adventure, whilst a camera room means there is plenty of space for sorting out your underwater housing before each dive.

In the evening you can relax in comfort on the sun deck, avoiding the problems of mosquitos and the stifling heat, and, being one of the highest points around Mabul, it is the ideal place to relax after a dive watching the sunset, with a cool beer or wine, warm breezes and the sounds of the famous in house Sea Gypsy Band drifting up from the main deck, mixed with the tantalising aromas from the BBQ. Food at Seaventures is known all around the island as being the best in the area, so whether it is western cuisine, Chinese food or a more local style you are after, you will find it here.


Packages starting at 3 Days / 2 Nights are available, and include:

  • Return land and sea transfers from Tawau,
  • Air conditioned accommodation with attached bathroom at the Seaventures Resort on a twin sharing basis
  • 3 meals per day plus free flow of drinking water, coffee/tea served all day.
  • 3 boat dives daily and unlimited dives around the Seaventures rig. (except on arrival/departure day - no diving permitted within 24 hrs of departure flight)
  • Equipment provided : tank, weights/belt. Limited gear available for rental at reasonable price at the Resort.
  • Diving around the islands of Sipadan, Mabul and Kapalai. Note that the Sipadan Permit (RM 40 per day) is NOT INCLUDED in the dive package. Permits are subject to availability. Each daily entry to Sipadan - whether to dive, snorkel or visit, is subject to approval by Sabah Parks Management which controls the issue of the permits. Every effort will be made to obtain permits during your stay.
  • Free use of broadband internet services.

DurationDiver/Non Diver1 Person2 People3 People
4 days/ 3 nightsDiver$1,560$1,040N/A
 Non Diver$1,250$830N/A
5 days/ 4 nightsDiver$1,925$1,285N/A
 Non Diver$1,545$1,030N/A
6 days/ 5 nightsDiver$2,295$1,530N/A
 Non Diver$1,835$1,220N/A
Extra nightsDiver$403$269N/A
 Non Diver$320$213N/A
Prices per person in Australian Dollars and valid 01 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 (E.O.E.) Refer to General Booking Conditions

Quad Dormitory Accommodation - NB minimum 2 nights stay required
DurationDiver/Non Diver1 Person2 People3 People
3 days/ 2 nightsDiver$600$600$600
 Non Diver$490$490$490
Extra nightsDiver$300$300$300
 Non Diver$245$245$245
Prices per person in Australian Dollars and valid 01 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 (E.O.E.) Refer to General Booking Conditions

The Sabah Government has introduced a fee on all people using the jetty in Semporna. The jetty fee is currently set at $A4 per person for each use of the jetty ie $A8 for the return trip. All dive operators must use the Government run jetty.
Photographs courtesy of Phil Youdale and Seaventures Dive Resort

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