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Seaventures Dive Rig
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Pulau Sipadan
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 September 2016

We booked 5 nights on the rig in order to get 2 days guaranteed at Sipidan. We were lucky to get 3 days and loved each and every one. Bumphead parrotfish too numerous to count, lots of reef sharks, turtles, the HUGE jack school, and large schools of smaller reef fish off the walls. What's not to love about that? We are divemasters and appreciated the quality of the divestaff on the rig who gave good briefings and looked for the special critters that we requested. Unfortunately we missed the barracuda tornado but that all the rest made up for that miss. We enjoyed the food on the rig and spent extra for the VIP room which we enjoyed with the very large rooms and big king size bed. Our last day we did the big jump off the rig and I'd say that took all the courage I could muster! Don't miss out on the house reef diving below the reef. Loads of macro, a couple big morays, lots of reef fish and other interesting things to keep you busy and you can dive your tank. The only downside is the 45 minute limitation on dive time. Not sure if that's a Seventures limitation or limitation set by Sipidan Marine park. Lastly, I believe it's the only place that will guarantee 1 day in Sipidan if you book 3 nights and 2 days if you book 5 nights. To me that is the best thing about the area. SIPIDAN!!! LOVE IT! <3

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  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 September 2016

I did extensive research before visiting Seaventures. My only reason for visiting Semporna and Seaventures, was to visit Sipidan. While I enjoyed my stay, I wouldn't return, here's why:

Pre service: 5 star - although I recommend that the driver communicates a little more. There were times I doubted if I was with a staff member and where we were going.

Rig service: 5 star - all requests met, lovely staff

Dive instructor: Jona or Jonathan without a doubt made my trip. I did my AOWD and Nitrox with him, and am a better diver thanks to his expertise, dedication and the knowledge he happily imparted upon me. In many ways I would say this is enough, being safety conscious, I find sometimes the standard in SE Asia is lower, however Jona and Seaventures were fantastic in this regard.

Facilities: the rig is old in every sense and very rusty. However, the large communal eating facilities is great, as is the gaming/education room upstairs.

Accommodation: excellent beds and air con, nice size. Very mediocre bedroom, with the biggest let down being the very salty shower water due to not enough rain.
Room service: this was an option, based on which category you store your key in. I didn't have mine serviced but still asked for water bottles, and was provided with these. I was a single supplement sharing, so could have been teamed with another guest, however was given my own room. Thank you.

Food: mediocre for the price (more on this later), but by Malaysian standards and buffet standards, it was okay. Behind improving the rig, this would be my suggestion for the greatest improvement to really increase the overall satisfaction and stay. Saying that, drink, desserts and toast always available.

Diving equipment: I hired all, and felt it was sufficient, and clean.

Dive reefs: Sipidan was good, but not great. Although, that's nature, could have been the day, the perception, etc. Other than Sipidan, the diving is average. While suitable for all levels, if you have a large number of dives in awesome places, you'll find the dive sites a let down. While there were a few dozen turtles and sharks one day, the rest of the fish life was average and nothing overly exciting.

Diving: maybe the only thing I didn't like about the trip, beside the price, was the dive time limit. Most locations I dive at is a 60 mins, or 50 bar surface time. At Seaventures it is 45 mins, which is 25% less diving. If you are efficient on air like me, you will rarely come up with less than 100 bar. Plenty more dive time potential, but limited.

Price: someone is making profit here, that's for sure. The per day price of the rig accom package, not including the course, was more than my 4star liveaboard in the Maldives a few weeks earlier. Also, the diving sites weren't as great, making it even more expensive in many ways. The rig and the resorts, manage to capitalize of the fact that Sipidan only offer so many passes per day. This means that competition is steep, and this flows through, and effects accommodation.

Pros - air conditioning, single supplement room at regular prices, accessibility to Sipadan, Jona (a dive master and a master diver - this is the dude you want teaching you anything and everything about diving).
Cons - food, dive time limit, and PRICE

Mid-range prices for budget accommodation. My trip was paid for by work, and I'm still not happy about the price paid. Overall, I enjoyed my stay. Would I return to Sipidan or Seaventures again, no!

  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 30 August 2016

ahh! Sipadan!
Made even more memorable by this one of a kind dive hotel. Excellent courteous staff, one of the most Experienced Instructors/Guides (thank you Jonatan!), comfortable fully functional rooms (the aircon is better than most 5*resorts) and a Captain and chef who would come and discuss your needs in person. We are vegetarians, and were looked after well. Throw in an unlimited supply of Deserts!!!

A house reef that is better than most dive sites, unlimited diving here. Scorpions and bumpheads and morays and nudies. We even spotted a turtle early morning!
Surprise courtesy extended by getting us on the boat to Sipadan a lot more often than what was promised!!! A great sundeck and fascinating sunsets.

We were a little underwhelmed and unsure on arrival, but by the 2nd day, we were having a blast already! Good people, great conversations, new friends and good times.

Its an Oil Rig. Unbelievable!

  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Nitin_Sidhu
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Reviewed 26 August 2016

I stayed at Seaventures for 4 weeks in August while filming for a wildlife documentary. Our team's needs were quite different from most recreational divers but Seaventures' team rose to the challenge magnificently. Staff were helpful and courteous and all of our outlandish requests were accommodated when possible. We were allocated a separate area in the dive centre for our rebreathers and also a large aircon room for our filming equipment.

I've stayed on the rig before and since my last visit a few years ago there have been a lot of improvements made to the furnishings in the rooms and common areas. The rig as a whole is run very efficiently and the food is simple but some of the best in the Mabul area from my experience.

Big Thanks to Suzette, Ramesh, Mitchell and all the SV team.

  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled on business
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Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

We stayed in VIP#1, which is on the 4th floor overlooking the observation deck. Creature comforts provided: blasting AC, hot shower and comfy beds! Food was plentiful and delicious and the chef catered to my dietary restrictions (gluten/dairy). Social atmosphere and staff is very helpful and friendly. Visibility of first few dives around Mabul and the rig was not great but still lots of things to see. Staff told best vis usually in Mar-May. Sipadan was major highlight - not to be missed. Definitely a unique experience - highly recommend!

Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
Thank Edie S
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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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