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“Fabulous and unique experience for Scuba Divers” 5 of 5 stars
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Seaventures Dive Resort
Off Mabul Island, Pulau Sipadan, Malaysia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Pulau Sipadan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
hong kong
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
“Fabulous and unique experience for Scuba Divers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

The best place ever for dive addicts !

Based near Mabul, this Oil Rig is a comfortable place with all neccessary accommodations.
The team is extremely welcoming and passionate. Food is awesome. Transfers from airport where easy and very smooth.

The dives are absolutely breathtaking. Dive Masters are professional and always ready to help with requests to make sure that customers get the best experience ever.

Very warmly recommended!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Jurong, Singapore
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Seaventures really do live up to their expectations as a 5 star rated accomodation here in Tripadvisor.

Stayed 6D5N w 2 Sipadan permit @ 3160MYR (pp)

We were taken care of the minute we cleared immigration. Land transfer was prompt and took us to Seaventures office in Semporna town to pay the balance. Shortly after we took the 1600 ferry and turns out we (w my cousin) were the only one on the ferry transfer. However they did not charge us for that.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by very friendly staff, and a small glass of lemon juice. We were briefed by a staff about how the place works and went back to our rooms shortly.

Rooms were very basic. However the I guess living on the 4th floor puts a little pressure on the water pump. I couldnt get enough water to bathe on the first two days. Room service was available daily.

The amenities were not too bad either. There was a sundeck, with beach chairs and hammocks. It overlooked the sea. The games room had a pool table, table tennis, mahjong and various card & board games. However, although I used it countless times I found out that no one really uses the room.

Food was good, buffet style. There were specific timings for meals and damn you're gna love it. Good variety, there were fish, prawns, beef, pork, chicken, squid, etc etc. Free flow of fruits every meal.

The dives were well organized. They have different groups heading to different locations each day. This was written on a timetable located on the deck. Also, they have a whole area dedicated to dive equipment. Do note that Sipadan days sets off earlier in the morning, around 6.

The diving at Sipadan really is world class. You get to see huge loads of green turtles, blacktips whitetips. I managed to spot the school of bumpheads @ Coral Gardens, Barracuda spiralling @ South Point, and the school of jackfish @ Barracuda Point (ironic as it may seem).

My favourite dive was at the hanging gardens. It was really a true wall dive, almost 90 degrees downwards. It was swarmed with green turtles everywhere and sharks swimming around.

All in all, I would totally recommend this place to others. I would mention that it is not exactly economical for non divers but definitely a memorable experience here in Seaventures. Kudos to the staff.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Grenoble, Rhone-Alpes, France
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8 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

I spent 5 days/4 nights on the rig and overall I am very satisfied with it.
I've been staying in the dorm, which was actually a twin cabin. I had way enough space there, air con is working but smelly, the room was smelly as well. Toilets and showers are shared but clean.
I think the whole rig could use a bit of renovation, although everything is clean, I always felt like if it was not just because it's so old. I wasn't expecting anything fancy and I'm used to backpacker/budget accommodation but I've been a little bit disappointed BUT, given the time I spent in my room, this appears to be a minor point.

Apart from that, everything was perfect: the rig has a lovely sundeck with sun chairs and Hammocks and you have a great view of the surrounding area (unlike those great looking bungalows that have a view on an oil rig!!).
The food was plenty and really good, and the diving very well organized.
I had my own gear but from what I saw, the rental equipment was ok, Emergency oxygen is available on the boat although any dive site is at Max 15 min from the rig; we were reminded of safety procedures before each jump and diver's certification level were checked.

I am not going to mention anything specific about the dive sites, you will see once there but just take the time to dive under the rig because it's worth it.

The staff was great, all of them, always smiling and you can see that everything is well organized to run this RIG;
The Divemasters were great as well, I've been diving with five different ones and all have been making sure to spot for us great stuff, you can see that they still love these dives after so many years working there.
A special thank you to Suki who has been taking good care of me! Always happy, always chit chatting, joking and so excited about diving.

Overall a very good experience that leads me to recommend this dive operator.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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St Paul, Minnesota
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

We stayed on the rig for 6 days and 5 nights. It is the perfect place to stay while diving Sipadan and the surrounding area. Sipadan is all that I had hoped...bumphead parrotfish, barracuda, schools of thousands of jacks, huge turtles, reef shark, and even a manta ray. The diving in Kapalai, around Mabul, and under the rig was great for exploration...each dive provided new little critters. Mark was a wonderful divemaster - we had so much luck finding many elusive underwater creatures!

The rig works like clockwork - meals are ready on time, boats depart on time, the staff was always open and willing to assist.

Rooms are basic and clean. The staff is helpful, friendly, and wonderful. Thank you so much for the cake and songs to celebrate the birthday while onboard. Between dives and in the evening it is fun to get to know the other guests and the staff - many new lifelong friends were made. We loved listening to the rig's band and whenever the guitar was pulled out for acoustic sets :) Great atmostphere!

No question - we would return in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Excuse this long review again :)

The transfer to the rig was well-handled from the moment we arrived at Tawau airport. Van from airport to Semporna where the jetty is takes 1 hour 20 minutes. Payment is made at the Seaventures office in Semporna before a 30 minute boat ride gets you to the rig.

The rig is 30 minutes boat ride from both Kapalai and Sipadan and just 3 minute from Mabul. They offer a ride to Mabul every evening for a hour and a half walkabout on the island before taking you back to the rig.

We were surprised when we were offered the VIP room. It is definitely a step-up from the more basic rooms. Air-conditioning was good and the room is large enough to have 8 friends inside playing cards.

The rig is run like clockwork and everyone knows and does their bit. Meals are good and food is plentiful. The staff made sure we always had enough to eat and that they only cleared up when we were done. We were told that there were 44 divers on the rig when we were there but we never felt crowded out or a lack of any offerings. A dedicated table was set aside for each group for meals and whatever else we wanted to use the area for.

The diving is superbly organized with each group having dedicated guides and staggered departure timings. We had a lot of space on the dive deck and the shower areas even though it was full house most days we were there. Great organization and communication amongst the staff. Thanks to Miji for guiding us in spite of his toothache. He was genuinely excited to locate critters for us and went wild when we came across the Blue-ring. 'Depends on your lucky!"

We were pleasantly surprised when a dinner was prepared for us at the helipad one of the evenings. Seaventures had been in touch with our friends who asked for a special dinner for my wife and I. The dinner was fantastic, Mando sang so sweetly and whistled Winds of Change amazingly and the staff were very warm and attentive. There was so much food we stuffed our faces silly.

The games room has a pool table, dartboard and table-tennis table. It is air-conditioned and has a nice seating area to relax between dives or after hours. We fully utilized the room for some killer ping pong.

Craig is very informative and warm in his interaction with the guests. We spent some time exchanging stories with him. He is also genuine in making the rig a better establishment and making customer stays better. We shared some points with him.

The room service was missing for 2 days, even though we dropped our keys into the correct 'Room Service' box early in the morning before heading out for our dives. The toilet was clogged and unattended to as a result.

Water went out one of the days we were there and it was a while before water came back on in our room. There are occasional power outages on the rig but nothing to be upset about. The power comes back on almost immediately.

Overall, the rig is a fantastic place to stay, with a great dive set-up and amazing staff. For the price one pays, it is very good value. We could not have asked for a better time.

Room Tip: Ask for the VIP rooms if you want more legroom.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

I recently completed 6 days / 5 nights as well as my PADI Advanced Open Water course at the Seaventures dive rig. It included 4 full days of diving with 2 days guaranteed at Sipadan. The instructors, divemasters and entire staff were very professional, organized and helpful. The rooms were, as expected, very basic, clean and functional. The food was excellent and atmosphere was great. There are only divers at the rig. The mood is warm and it is good way to meet new people from all over the world. The rental equipment is very good. A special thanks to Craig, Jacky and Helmi for making every dive enjoyable at Sipadan, Mabul and Kapalei.

Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Special Thanks to Sandy who help to organized our trip, Miji our divemaster who was obsolutely helpful to all our needs and showed us all the incredible critters around the area and brought us to Sipadan to meet all the big residents!

I need to mention that Miji have helped so much to organize an underwater proposal for me proposing to my girlfriend, and made it so effortless and perfect. It was a night dive somemore! He is my whale shark buddy as we had a whale shark sighting in Sipadan which was our first!

The rig is simple, it is build for divers only. The food is fantastic, the service is amazing! No doubt I will definitely step foot on it again.

It is all about, eat sleep and dive.

I would like to mention the bed is a little hard for us to handle. Other than that I think it is perfect.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Off Mabul Island, Pulau Sipadan, Malaysia
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Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Semporna District > Pulau Sipadan
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Number of rooms: 25
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