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Dive Review of Seaventures Dive Rig in
Malaysia/Borneo

Seaventures Dive Rig: "Better than I my wife told me", Aug, 2022,

by Richard Blackburn, GA, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 12020 has 1 Helpful vote.

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They call them
Looking towards entrance to Turtle Tomb

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Rig
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This is an old decommissioned oil platform. WHen you arrive they take you for an orientation tour of the facilities.

The rooms are nice, they provide unlimited fresh water for drinking at stations, tap water not for drinking. We stayed on the 4th floor so a lot of steps, but not bad at all.

The food was really good and plentiful. They try to cater to the cuisine of the divers on the rig. There was always rice, a soup, salad, and fruit. Generally there was a land a sea dish to choose from. There was always a cooked vegetable and tofu dish too.

They have a camera room with stations for about 10 people with plugs and counter top. Everything we needed.

The Diving
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Day of arrival you are met by a dive master that will be with you the entire stay. They take you to a sandy bottom area and do a check out dive to assess your skills. When you get back to the rig, there is a surface interval, then they take you on an orientation dive on the house reef.

House Reef -- We really enjoyed the house reef and dove it every day (including 2 night dives), except the day of departure :) The house reef is a bunch of artificial reef structures that is completely covered in corals. Some of the highlights we saw on the house reef were Flamboyant Cuttlefish, a hermit crab riding on the back of a turtle, batfish, nudis, ribbon eel, needless to say, a lot of incredible things down there to see.

Sipidan -- We got lucky and were able to dive Sipidan 4 days in a row. Sipidan is a protected island and they only allow 200 divers per day to dive there. The park has divers in the water monitoring divers and if they catch you breaking the rules, you can be banned for life from diving there. Amongst the sites we dove there were Barracuda Point (strong current), South Point (strong current), and several easier sites with light current (Drop off, Coral Gardens, & West Ridge). We saw tons of large things on these dives, including barracuda, bumphead parretfish, travali, and sharks. Corals were amazing, but current kept you from seeing a lot of little things. We did see tons of anemonefish, I love watching them dart in and out. Our final dive in Sipidan we were greeted on the surface by mating turtles... As a cave diver (Tech Cave Instructor), I was looking forward to diving Turtle Tomb. Kelly, our DM, was a Full Cave Diver and was able to guide us into the cave. You must provide proof of cave training to be allowed to dive the cave. Of all the dives on this trip to SE Asia (40 total), this will be my highlight to remember. Turtle Tomb gets its name from the turtle skeletons where turtles saw in and could not find their way out and drown :(

Mabul -- The house reef counts as Mabul, and our checkout dive was at Paradise II where we saw what Kelly called a "peacock wrasse" -- an amazing looking little fish with a top knot like a fishing lure. Our final dive of the trip was Lobster Wall. There was a strong current at the start of the dive so mainly looking at big things.

Kapalai -- We only dove one site here, and wish we had more time to do more. We dove Mandarin Valley. It is a combination of natural and artificial reef. We saw tons on nudis, a "peacock wrasse", and a frogfish :) I could have easily done 4 or 5 dives on this one site and not gotten bored.

The Jump
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On the rig you live, dive, and can JUMP. It is an 8m fall to the water when you jump. They advise you not jump until all of your diving is done. They give you stickers for the rig when you are checking out that say Live Dive Jump. I told my wife we could only earn the stickers if we actually jumped. So after our final dive, we jumped. 8m doesn't sound far, but when you are failing that distance, it is a LONG way :)

Summary
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I love everything about this trip. I will likely return and really look forward to it. I would do fewer trips to Sipidan, and more around Kapalai & Mabul.
Websites Seaventures Dive Rig   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving USVI, FL, GA, TN, AL, MO, Japan, CA, Mexico (Yucatan), Bahamas, Bonaire, Roatan, Baja California, Bali, Komodo, Sipidan
Closest Airport Tawau Getting There We flew Malaysian Airlines from Singapore

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 84-85°F / 29-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30-100 Ft/ 9-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions You dove with a guide unless you were on the house reef. Night dives on the house reef needed to end by 19:30
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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Subscriber's Comments

By Richard P Tucker in CA, US at Mar 06, 2023 12:05 EST  
Thanks for the review! We've booked a trip for the fall.
By report author: Richard Blackburn in GA, US at Mar 06, 2023 15:48 EST  
Looking forward to your report
By Richard P Tucker in CA, US at Dec 16, 2023 18:32 EST  
We had a great time at SeaVentures! Thanks again.
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