Dive experience: It is advisable that guests have open water certification and can dive with good self-control of buoyancy.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, marine park fees and permits, Semporna jetty fees, scuba diving equipment, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (3-4 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts. Goods & Services Tax (GST 6%) is included in our prices (unlike some other agency websites that you might visit).
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Tawau airport or hotel to Semporna transfers (guests' responsibility, included in whole boat charters), dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).
Dive computers: These are not available for rent. Guests should bring their own. If you dive without a computer your depth will be limited to that of the dive guide.
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 13 per tank) to be paid in advance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: You will board the MV Celebes Explorer 9 in the afternoon every Tuesday (3 nights and 7 nights cruises) and Friday (4 nights cruises). You need to be in Semporna at the operator's office (opposite Starbucks) by around 15:00 in readiness to depart around 15:30. If the boat is in port (most Tuesdays) you will board directly and overnight on board in Semporna, before the boat cruises to Sipadan in the early morning. If the liveaboard is in Mabul (eg most Fridays) you will be transferred by speedboat to the liveaboard to overnight onboard in Mabul, so you must make the 15:00 check-in. In either case there will be no diving on day 1. Diving begins in Sipadan on day 2
Note: land transfers are not provided. Guests are responsible for their own arrival at Semporna jetty. The road journey from Tawau Airport takes around 75 minutes. There are taxis and buses available at the airport.
Tawau arrival flights:
From Kota Kinabalu:
Malaysia Airlines: MH2121 (07:40-08:30), MH2137 (12:30-13:20)
Air Asia: AK 6272 (07:30-08:25), AK 6260 (09:10-10:05)
Malindo Air: OD1700 (10:55-11:45)
From Kuala Lumpur:
Air Asia: AK5746 (07:25-10:15)
Malaysia Airlines: MH 2660 (07:30 - 10:20).
Malaysia Airlines MH 3093 (09:20-10:00)
Tawau departure flights:
To Kota Kinabalu:
Malindo Air: OD 1701 (12:25-13:25), OD 1703 (18:30-19:30)
Air Asia: AK6261 (10:30-11:25), AK 6263 (15:05-16:00)
Malaysia Airlines: MH2122 (09:15-10:05), MH2134 (18:15-19:05)
To Kuala Lumpur:
Malaysia Airlines: MH 2661 (10:45-13:25), MH2665 14:15-17:00)
Air Asia: AK5747 (10:40-13:35), AK5749 (15:40-18:30)
If your cruise ends on a Tuesday you will awaken on board in Semporna and disembark after breakfast. Alternatively, if the liveaboard is staying in Mabul, you will be transferred by speedboat back to Semporna. You can expect to be in Semporna at around 08:30 hrs.
The last dive of the trip will be before 14:00 hrs on the penultimate day. This operator has a stricter than usual policy on flying after diving and they recommend flights after 14:00 hrs to ensure a full 24 hrs from the end of the last dive. The operator may refuse diving that is within 24 hrs of your scheduled flight time.
Non-diver rate: There is no non-diver discount.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of approximately 45% of the published price depending on length of cruise. With capacity for 16 guests (and a maximum of 10 guests) there is an increased chance you may have a twin share cabin to yourself anyway.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 9 guests and 1 extra person may join the cruise free of charge.
Whole boat charter rate (per night):
Full charter of 10 people: 3 night cruise - US$ 2,637, 4 night cruise - US$ 2,779, 7 night cruise - US$ 2,961.
Full charter of 15 people (Sipadan and Mabul diving days): 4 night cruise - US$ 3,726, 7 night cruise - US$ 3,957.
Full charters also include 1 extra dive at Mabul on each diving day (except the last diving day) and pick up at Tawau airport and return transfers to the port in Semporna on scheduled embarkation and disembarkation days.
Add-on package: If this is your only planned visit to Borneo Malaysia then we strongly recommend that you consider a 2 night add-on stay at the Sepilok Nature Resort, Sandakan in Sabah, to allow you to witness the not-to-be-missed jungle adventures with Orangutans.