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Diving Borneo

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.

FROM $4,700 PER PERSON
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DURATION

7 days | 6 nights

DESTINATIONS

Malaysia

INTERESTS

Diving

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the world-famous dive sites of Sipadan
  • Venture to the depths surrounding Mabul Island, one of the world’s richest macro dive sites
  • Spot a rare blue-ringed octopus or ghost pipefish while diving in Kepalai

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Start your six-day diving adventure with a huge splash. Explore the waters around the renowned Sipadan Island. The dive sites around this remote island are considered some of the world’s best. From bright, colorful reefs, to the sand bottomed sites of Mabul, get a taste for “muck-diving” in the place where the term originated. Mabul offers a different world of diving opportunities, a macro diver’s paradise. Spot rare macro world inhabitants and flirt with the bizarre and unusual side of marine life. Moving on to Kepalai, dive five small wrecks bursting with marine life, just off the island’s jetty. Come face-to-face with frog and leaf fish, or even the incredibly rare and colorful mandarin fish. With three diverse dive sites in just six days, this action-packed adventure will satiate every diver’s desire for underwater adventure.

DAY-TO-DAY

DAY 1: Kota Kinabalu

A driver will be waiting for you when you arrive in Kota Kinabalu. Enjoy this first day relaxing at the Shangri-La’s, Tanjung Aru Beach Resort. If you are curious, you could explore the picturesque town of Kota Belud and its open market. Grab a bite at Coco-Joe’s Bar and Grill and take in a sunset. Rest up for the days ahead.

DAY 2: Sipadan & Mabul

Rise and shine with sun this morning. Grab an early flight and boat ride to Mabul. Check into the Mabul Water Bungalows, a new floating dive resort. Then, head over to the world famous Sipadan, considered by many to be the best diving in Malaysia, and amongst the best in the world. The only oceanic island in Malaysia, rising 2,000 feet from the seabed, it was formed over thousands of years, when living corals grew on top of an extinct volcano. Enjoy amazing underwater sights such as hawksbill and greenback turtles, manta rays, eagle rays, reef, hammerhead and whale sharks and schools of barracudas in tornado-like formation.

DAY 3: Sipadan & Mabul

It’s back to Sipadan today. Allow your Divemaster to guide you towards new and exciting finds. With over 15 dive sites, there’s plenty to see. Check out the Coral Gardens site for a fabulous window into the vibrant commotion that is reef life. This dive begins with a deep wall dive and continues on the shallow coral reef.

DAY 4: Sipadan & Mabul

Today you will dive Mabul, the yin to Sipadan’s yang. While Sipadan is all about large pelagics and schools of thousands of fish, Mabul is the spot for the peculiar and minute. A macro diver’s paradise, Mabul is where the term “muck-diving” is believed to have originated. Mabul is mostly sand bottomed, where the curious diver will find a variety of fascinating life forms. This site is considered one of the world’s richest destinations for exotic small marine life.

DAY 5: Sipadan & Mabul

Discover Kepalai on day five, another of the world’s premier macro dive sites. Kepalai is home to the blue-ringed octopus, stonefish and ghost pipefish among plenty of other rare aquatic creatures. With over 20 dive sites surrounding the island, divers have plenty to choose from. From colorful coral reefs and swirling schools of fish to wrecked boats filled with strange hidden creatures, this dive site has something for everyone.

DAY 6: Sipadan & Mabul

Enjoy a peaceful, relaxing morning at the floating resort, and take in your surroundings before bidding the islands farewell. Spend today at leisure and decompressing in preparation for your flight tomorrow.

DAY 7: Departure

Catch an afternoon flight out of Tawau.

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