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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Seaventures Dive Rig is a scuba diving platform located within Mabul Island, some 30 minutes boat ride to Sipadan Malaysia. Sipadan Island is known as the world's scuba diving mecca. This rustic dive resort package includes diving around Mabul island, Kapalai and Sipadan Island. All rooms are fully air conditioned, Wi-FI is available at free of charge and food are served buffet-style. The unlimited diving on the Rig's house-reef is popular as it is home to some diverse underwater life. Seaventures Dive Rig is a PADI 5-Star Dive Centre offering Scuba Diving courses for beginners to professional. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Seaventures Dive Hotel Pulau Sipadan