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Seaventures Dive Rig
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Pulau Sipadan
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 September 2013

We had several options on how we were going to visit Sipadan for a few days of diving, and the Seaventures Rig Resort definitely offered the most interesting way to experience diving.

We thought the idea of the converted Rig Platform to a dive platform was a great idea for sure.We were there when the conditions weren't great. It was pretty crappy under the rig, although you do see alot of cool things like Leaf Fish, frog fish, crocodile fish and scorpian fish. Sipadan was disappointing with the viz, but we saw heaps of sharks and turtles on Baraccuda Point and Whitetip Alley.

The food, next to the diving was amazing. I really can't put a stronger emphasis, on just how amazing it was. The chef did a really good job of giving different options with impeccable flavor. They always say if you don't like the diving, the food better compensate for it. And it was so good! fresh deep fried bananas at 4pm and or fresh donuts!

Where else can you kit up in a spacious dive station and then take an external elevator down to the waiting dive boat or the macro-paradise beneath the platform?

Overall the trip ended well. We enjoyed the diving, the staff and the experience.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

It was my 3rd trip to Sipadan and chose Seaventure for extra permits to Sipadan

Compliments
1) No extra charges for single room occupancy for the odd diver
2) Easier to get extra permits
3) Desert was great
4) I eventually saw Barracuda at Baracuda point.

Room to Improve
1) Did not arrange BBQ as promised during our 5 nights stays

Room Tip: There is bigger luxury rooms and worthy to pay
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Ris C
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

I took my Open Water Diver Course with Sea-ventures. I started the trip with no pre-conceived expectations and was pleasantly surprised that it turned out to be one of the more memorable holidays I have had.

a) Diving Lessons:

The dive instructor assigned to me for the Open Water Diver Course was this British chap called Craig Dryden – he’s a jovial, light-hearted fellow with a distinctive Rudolph sun-burned nose. Learning to dive with him as the instructor made it a very enjoyable experience. He was patient in teaching the necessary skills and exerted a calming influence every time I had a panic attack. Of course, while he was good for me, I wasn’t necessarily good for him – In our open water dives, he pointed out to me the several water creatures that were poisonous. In one of our dives, I almost bumped into a scorpion fish (aka poisonous fish) which scared the bejesus out of him. He thought I got bitten. Once we were out of the water, in a very controlled voice he gave me a stern debrief on how I should be aware of my surroundings, but he looked as if he wouldn’t mind feeding me to the fish...But by dinner time, he recovered and was back to his funny self. If you’re looking to learn to dive, he’s a good choice for an instructor.

b) Diving Sessions:

Once I was done with my course, I had the opportunity to dive in Sipadan and Mabul. During the dives, as a rookie diver, I was mostly pre-occupied with keeping in sight my divemaster, my buddy and checking my pressure gauge every 5 minutes. Everything else was secondary, which meant I didn’t see as many things as the rest did. But in the bits of time that I observed my surroundings, I saw giant turtles that were three-quarters my size (I’m five-seven), trigger fish, bumpy head parrot fish ( these guys looked so scary ugly I thought they were poisonous...almost had a heart attack when I saw them swimming in my direction), jack fish, lion fish, reef sharks (white tip/ gray reef), some variation of anemone fish, man-eating clam...It is a colourful world at 18 metres under water. And for the 45-50 mins that I was down per dive, I was accompanied by seriously cool divemasters (Helmi, Christine Su, Mion Tan) who were ALWAYS looking out for me, making sure I was keeping pace with them, and reviving me with smelling salts every time I go into a fainting spell. They made me feel super safe.

c) Rig Resort Operations:

It is also worth mentioning how efficient the operations were at the rig. Your dive gear is always well set for you for your dives, there are always fresh linens once you’re done with your dives, yummy meals were served on time, your accommodations were always clean. The entire set up reminded me of a well-oiled machine. And if you were needed help, the staff was always happy to lend a hand. I must emphasize, the staff are not just friendly and helpful, they envelope you in this atmosphere of warmth through their chats and banter with you, through their smiles, through their first-rate service...they make you feel very welcome at the rig.

All in all, this trip to Seaventures was simply unforgettable. If you are thinking of doing a dive trip with Seaventures, I hope you do so. And at the end of the dive trip, perhaps, like me, you would also feel a little twinge of sadness when you say have to say your good byes.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank AqilahHakim
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

If you are not diving, do not come here. If you are in the market for a luxury hotel with expansive rooms and all the amenities, do not come here. If you want unlimited, top-of-the-line diving just an industrial lift ride away, you will not want to leave this place!

The rig is arguably the most unique "hotel" I've stayed in; rooms are small, tiny even, with a small locker and a bedside table - but the bed was wonderfully comfortable, A/C sufficient and the showers hot, so the important dive trip requirements have been covered. The main deck is split between "dry" (bar, dining and recreation/music area) and "wet" (rinse tanks, benches and storage for storing equipment and gearing up). There are BBQ/music nights with the staff band.

The food was plentiful and delicious, even for a vegetarian, there was always good variety, snacks, great desserts. The "snack" they send along with the Sipadan boat is filling and tasty. Coffee, tea and water are always available.

And the diving!! Sipadan is exhilarating as is the macro life at Mabul and Kapalai. We got permits for Sipadan on easily more than half the days we stayed on the rig. Expect to see so many turtles that it almost gets old! The ecosystem underneath the reef is probably the most underrated - I wish I had done more diving there. Yes, it's basically a pile of repurposed rubble, but the more reports and photos I see of the stuff people have seen under the rig, I'm convinced you can find just about everything down there.

My one suggestion as far as the accommodation is concerned is to have some kind of shelf installed in the rooms. The storage- and floor space is limited and many dive guests have major camera equipment that requires disassembly, drying, battery recharging etc. and it is a shame to have to do all of this on the floor when the room is already a bit cramped.

I will definitely be back to Seaventures sooner than later!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

If diving is your #1 priority on your vacation, then this is the place for you. Mornings and afternoons are spent diving and diving and diving some more and the evenings you can social with your fellow divers. I spent 6 days on the rig and did my Open Water Certification. I went from having no idea what the hell I was doing to being perfectly comfortable in the water within just 3 days. The dive masters and staff are all really friendly and helpful--and patient with those of us who couldn't figure out how to sink/float properly in the beginning. Diving on the rig is a unique experience that any diver is sure to love! Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

I get to know Seaventures from friend and the review from her was great. Diving is relatively new to me, not to mention that I just got my diving license few months back. I was a "little" worry especially I didn't have any dive buddies traveled with me and reading some review about how strong the current can get in Sipadan worry me more. Thanks so much that Seaventures has amazing and super helpful dive masters to "rescue" me from all my worries. My 5 days/4 nights stay at Seaventures was super and I have learned so much from my dive master, "Cat" and Titta. All the staffs were friendly and food was nice. While for the accommodation, I wouldn't say is perfect but it was fine, after all we were there for diving and enjoy the nature. For a resort in the middle of ocean, I think they are doing great. It's definitely a dive resort highly recommended to all divers.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

My brother and I went to Seaventures for a 6 day/5 night stay in July. We had excellent service from the get go from the office staff when making our booking inquiries, and the staff on board were a pleasure to engage with. We had a small hiccough with our room (condensation was dripping from the window onto an outlet - sizzle and all), which staff promptly did their best to fix late at night on discovery, then Sham had us moved to an upgraded room. As per the other reviews, this is not a 5 star place - but the beds are comfortable, the food tasty, and the diving spectacular. We managed to get in 3 days on Sipadan and were thrilled to have seen turtles galore, sharks, schools of barracuda, moray eels, and even a devil ray and an octopus. Titta was our instructor for our Advanced OW and she was an absolute joy to work with - she has a great sense of humour and made our coursework really enjoyable, and exudes warmth and laughter even at 5 am! She also patiently calmed my jitters for my first night dive, and she is incredibly multilingual and has a really fascinating background in addition to her excellent diving instruction skills. Helmi was a lovely dive master who could spot the tiniest creatures, and Miji is a kind and funny dive master. We were so pleased with our experience - 17/19 dives in 5 days - and I would certainly rank the trip as one of the best I've taken. The circumstances of the rig also meant we got to know many of the other divers - including those from Greece, Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia, UK, etc. and it was lovely to be able to make friends with people from all over the world. Definitely worth a visit to Seaventures!

Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Address: | off Mabul Island, Pulau Sipadan, Malaysia
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Region: Malaysia > Sabah > Semporna District > Pulau Sipadan
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Pulau Sipadan
Number of rooms: 25
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 
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