Length: 29 metres / 96 foot
Beam: 7 metres / 23 foot
Cruise: 8 knots
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|These dive cruise itineraries are available for departure every Sunday for 3 and 7 night trips. 4 night trips departing on Wednesdays are also available.|
|Dep:||Ret:||Sipadan 3 Night||US$ 900||More info||Book|
|Dep:||Ret:||Sipadan 4 Night||US$ 1,146||More info||Book|
|Dep:||Ret:||Sipadan 7 Night||US$ 1,617||More info||Book|
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, Tawau Airport - boat return transfers, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s), tanks, weights and weightbelts.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Equipment rental (booties, snorkel, dive computer and torches not available for rent), dive insurance, marine park fees of MYR 43 (approx. US$ 14 per person per day) to be paid in advance, Semporna jetty fees of MYR 11 (approx US$ 3) per tour booking to be paid in advance. There is a transfer charge of US$ 150 per car (max. 5 people) for transfers outside the recommended flights, to be paid in advance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).
Optional extras: Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (MYR 53, approx. US$ 17 per fill) to be paid in advance, 2 extra dives on day 1 (7 night trip only, MYR 492 (approx. US$ 138), payable in advance). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: MV Celebes Explorer is moored in Semporna every Sunday morning when guests can join for trips of 3 or 7 night duration. Guests may also join a 4 night trip (transfer Wednesday morning) when the boat is moored at Mabul Island. Guests are advised to arrive on the morning of departure or to overnight in Semporna the previous night.
Tawau arrival flights:
From Kota Kinabalu: Malaysia Airlines: MH2121 (07:30-08:15), MH2137 (14:15-15:00) From Kuala Lumpur: Air Asia: AK5744 (07:15-10:05); Malaysia Airlines: MH 2660 (07:30 - 10:20)
Guests arriving on flights other than recommended may have to wait for guests arriving on recommended flights. Sunday Transfers: 1. Hotel in Tawau 07:15 / Arrival time at Tawau Airport before 08:15 / Hotel in Semporna 09:45 - 10:00 / 2. Arrival time at Tawau Airport before 10:15 / Hotel in Semporna around 12:00 / 3. Arrival time at Tawau Airport before 15:30 / Hotel in Semporna around 17:00 Car transfer for guests who arrive at Tawau Airport later than 15:30 can be arranged, at a late surcharge of RM53 per person per way ( minimum 2 pax ). Wednesday Transfers: 1. Hotel in Tawau 07:15 / Arrival time at Tawau Airport before 08:15 / Hotel in Semporna 09:45 - 10:00. Please be ready at Seafest hotel lobby at least 30 minutes before the scheduled boat departure if you transfer to Semporna overland from Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan or Lahad Datu.
Tawau departure flights:
To Kota Kinabalu: Malaysia Airlines: MH2134 (15:40-16:30)
To Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia Airlines: MH2665 (15:15-17:55)
Disembark from Celebes Explorer and boat transfer to Semporna are at 05:30.Transfer to Tawau Airport is at 12:00 hrs.
Guests departing on flights other than proposed may have to wait for guests departing on proposed flights. Private transfers can also be arranged at an extra cost. The last dive of the trip will be at around 3 pm. Please wait at least 24 hours before flying (for recommended flights please see above) after diving.
Non-diver rate: 9% off the published rate.
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. Please check with us.
Dive clubs and group discounts: None.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): 7 nights - US$ 3,890. For alternative trip prices, please check with us.
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.
"Equipment was fine - not a huge selection though. Food was very good. Service was good and friendly. Dive Masters were knowledgeable but one did not have a dive computer during the length of the trip as his battery died. I think they also need to be more harsh with some of the customers who could not dive properly or were touching sea life/kicking coral. Overall very nice service and staff was very accommodating. I would book another trip with them." - Anita Xie, USA ...
"The gear was reasonable and any issues were sorted out promptly. The staff were a bit abrupt at the beginning but warmed up once they got to know you and realised that you could dive. The facilities were basic but clean (like any dive boat we've ever been on), and the aircon was a definite bonus. The diving at Sipadan itself was incredible. Probably the best diving we've ever done!" - Michelle Reeves, New Zealand ...
"Staff were very friendly and very helpful. Tom and Gerry were very good DM's and communicated well with everyone. The boat was always very clean." - Steve Howarth, Hong Kong ...
"Facilities were good. Food was only fair (we had made a request for non-fried, low fat type dishes, grilled, etc.). Even though there was only 1 other couple on board besides us, it did not appear that our food requests were granted any consideration.
... Staff was fair (only moderately friendly. Could have put more effort into it). Dive guide: Good ... although not all that warm, fuzzy and engaging. Our dive guide Jerry really knew his stuff and pointed out many things of interest during the dives.
... Dives, however, were limited to only 45 minutes. We would have liked to have had up to an hour. We surfaced many time at 45 minutes with plenty of air to spare and could have easily stayed down another 15 minutes without any deco or air issues. Mabul day dives were not that great. The visibility was poor due to the sandy bottom. The night dives at Mabul are much more interesting then the day dives ... lots to see at night! Sipadan diving was awesome!! ... Some of the best 2 days of diving I have ever experienced!
... Based on the permit issues with diving Sipadan, I would highly recommend the Explorer as long as the reservation covers at least 2 of the scheduled Sipadan dive days. Having guaranteed diving at Sipadan is important if one is making the trip all the way to Borneo. Also, being able to re-board the liveaboard after every dive at Sipadan sure beats the multiple interval and lunch stays on all the smaller day boats." - Jeff Berry, USA ...
"The Celebes Explorer live aboard trip was great, nice boat with excellent staff. There was a wide variety of delicious food. The dive sites were amazing with loads of sea life to sea." - Derek Lanthier, Canada ...
"Staff were all very friendly but there didn't seem to be a 'go to' person to ask questions, and there was minimal direction. The diving was fantastic. I wasn't allocated a buddy, and there were no safety checks done with a partner to ensure all gear was working. As a relatively new diver I found this challenging. It was a shame dive computers are not available for hire. The cabins are quite damp. It would have been great if towels were changed - I had the one towel for the entire trip and it was saturated." - Elizabeth Treasure, Australia ...
"Rental equipment was a decent standard, though I consider it to be quite expensive per day. The Celebes Explorer was great, comfortable rooms. The dive boat however was pretty dilapidated. Would have been nice to get more choice in the juice and snacks. The food was generally very nice, but was a bit samey after a week! Staff were generally very friendly and professional." - Ben Wadsworth, UK ...
"Excellent customer service- all staff were very helpful and accommodating not only with food and diving but extra things like taking us to Semporna on the last night." - Hillary Twigg, Australia ...
"The only advantage of being aboard was permits for Sipadan every day - in every other way it was worse than being based on Mabul...Most guests said they would never dive with Celebes Explorer again, even after they replace the boat, although on the other hand one Japanese guy there was going for his 17th trip aboard in December so I suppose some people quite like it." - James Knoedler, UK ...
"The cabin was not in a good condition: very often the toilet failed to flush; the room sometimes smelled; there was not enough towels for divers. Also divers had to stay on Sipadan Island between dives, not able to rest back on the big boat, as the speedboat was always used to transfer divers to Sipadan. The staff were not helping enough: in the morning I could see dirty cups and trash of last night still remaining there; one of the dive master was very condescending." - Yuyao Wang, China ...