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Sipadan Island - 8 days Safari

MV Celebes Explorer

M/V Celebes Explorer visits the famous Sipadan Island as well as Mabul and Kapalai Islands, enjoy your diving holiday on Malaysia's only Liveaboard vessel.

Sipadan Island - Malaysia Borneo - Scuba diving
Mabul Island - Scuba diving - Malaysia Borneo
Scuba diving - Sipadan & Mabul Island - Malaysia Borneo
Malaysia - Scuba diving - Sipadan Island - Borneo
Scuba diving - Sipadan Island - Malaysia Borneo
Malaysia Borneo - Scuba diving - Sipadan Island

Day 1  Departure day:  ( Sun ) Arrival to Tawau-Semporna-Celebes Explorer (Lunch/Dinner)

Via flight: arrival in Tawau in the morning from Kota Kinabalu, (Proposed flight BKI/TWU MH2121 or flight AK5744 OR MH2660).
Meet upon arrival at Tawau Airport and by land transfer to Semporna pier (about 1 hour drive).

Hotel: Pick up at 07.15 am – 07.30 am at your Hotel in Tawau or 09.45 – 10.00 pm from your hotel in Semporna transfer to the pier.
Embark on to Celebes Explorer.

If you take a later flight then guests will be transfer to Mabul Island by boat transfer (extra charge) to embark on to Celebes Explorer.

After checking on board, receive your welcome message incl. a briefing on the boat. Get your room assignment and get ready for your first dive around Semporna, Mabul Island.
Overnight onboard of MV Celebes Explorer around Mabul Island

Day 2 – Day 6 (Mon-Fri) :   Celebes Explorer (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Liveaboard Diving (2-3 dives on Monday and 3-4 dives from Tues to Fri)
Probable dive site : Sipadan Island, Mabul Island
Overnight onboard of MV Celebes Explorer around Mabul Island

Day 7 (Sat)    Celebes Explorer (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Liveaboard Diving. (2-3 dives) Probable dive site: Sipadan Island, Mabul Island
Celebes Explore will cruise back to Semporna for replenishment around 1400hrs on Saturday with max 3 dives
(Numbers of dives depends on flight time at the next day. Celebes Explorers requires a 24hrs. Surface interval before flying. )  to be conducted before cruising back.
Overnight onboard of MV Celebes Explorer in Semporna

Day 8 (Sun) Disembark MV Celebes Explorer

After breakfast, disembark from MV Celebes Explorer for your boat transfer for Semporna followed by car transfer to Tawau Airport for you’re onwards journey.

Option 1:   0630hrs, Disembark from CE, Boat to Semporna  Car to Tawau Airport ( MH 3092, MH 2661 & MH 3052 )

Option 2:  0830hrs, Disembark from CE, Boat to Semporna Free at Leisure, 1215 - 1230hrs Car to Taway Airport MH 2134 / AK 5749 / MH 2665

Note: Schedule and Itinerary depending on the weather conditions and the discretion of the Cruise Director and Captain and depends on currents, dive sites activities, light, objective, sailing times etc. The spots are possible, but not guaranteed.


Since season 2015/2016 For your information, we have been informed by the local government in Semporna that, all dive resort are strictly prohibited to do diving activity after 1800 hrs for safety reason.

Prices include:

  • One time round Trip Tawau airport or Hotel in Tawau town or Hotel in Semporna / Celebes Explorer transfer ( NOT private basis ) based on our proposed arrival & departure flights on embarkation & disembarkation day ****;  additional or other transfer can be organized on extra charge
  • Twin/Double Share with other same gender accommodation in a private ensuite and air-conditioning cabin
  • 03 to 04 Daily Dives For Sunday to Sunday cruise, Celebes Explore will cruise back to Semporna for replenishment around 1400hrs on Saturday with 2 or 3 dives to be conducted before cruising back. No evening and night dives shall be conducted
  • Use of 12l normal air filled tanks, weight & weight belt, professional Tour leader, Divemaster and Instructor,
  • Daily 3 meals (asian / local) and beverages (excluding alcoholic and canned/bottled drinks, which could be purchased on board)
  • 6 days Sipadan Permit Fee and Semporna jetty fee

Prices not include:

  • Any International and domestic air fare,
  • rental diving equipment,
  • Nitrox,
  • PADI / SSI Diving courses,
  • alcoholic beverages, soft drinks,
  • Tip,
  • diving insurance** or travel insurance***

Please book in advance if you need to rent any diving equipment, a diving computer or underwater camera.

* Sipadan National Marine Park permit
Entry Permit Fee for diving in Sipadan Island is INCLUDED in the package rates.

****Proposed Flights on Embarkation & disembarkation day
 ( All transfers are on NON private basis ) Guests arriving on flights other than proposed as below may have to wait for guests arriving by below proposed flights. Latest flight arrival time for same day embarkation is normally before 1530hrs

Transfer Information
ETD Tawau Airport / ETA Semporna Jetty ( about 1 hour Car Transfer )

For Sunday embarkation (7D7N package)
Kota Kinabalu – Tawau    Flight MH 2121  ETD/ETA: 07.30 am / 08.15 am  ETD airport 08.45 - ETA  Semporna Jetty  10.00 am
Kuala Lumpur – Tawau    Flight AK 5744    ETD/ETA: 07.00 am / 09.50 am  ETD airport 10.40 - ETA  Semporna Jetty  12.00 am
Kuala Lumpur – Tawau    Flight MH 2660   ETD/ETA: 07.25 am / 10.15 am  ETD airport 10.40 - ETA  Semporna Jetty  12.00 am

For Sunday disembarkation only
Tawau - Sandakan       Flight MH 3092 ETD/ETA: 09.55 am / 10.35 am  ETD Semporna Jetty  06.45 - ETA Tawau  Airport  08.00 am
Tawau – Kuala Lumpur  Flight MH 2661 ETD/ETA: 11.15 am / 13.55 am  ETD Semporna Jetty  06.45 - ETA Tawau  Airport  08.00 am
Tawau - Kota Kinabalu  Flight MH 3052 ETD/ETA: 14.20 am / 15.20 am  ETD Semporna Jetty  06.45 - ETA Tawau  Airport  08.00 am

Additional charges for transfers with flight arrival & departure NOT as per above proposed flights ( NON private basis )
* Additional transfer charge shall be imposed on special request for transfer arrangement (subject to availability) other than above proposed flights.
Tawau Airport / Hotel in Tawau Transfer per way : USD 191 per vehicle ( maximum : 5divers )
TWU Airport/City Hotel in TAWAU transfer per way : USD 191 per vehicle ( maximum : 5divers )
For transfer between 1701hrs and 0659hrs, a 50% surcharge shall be imposed.

Additional notes:
Currently, all dive operators are strictly prohibited to do diving activity between 1800 hrs to 0600hrs for safety reason ( NO Evening and Night Dive shall be conducted )

Charter: MV Celebes Explorer is also available for liveaboard charter; please contact us for more details to make your scuba vacation special for you and your friends.

Travel & Diving Insurance

Including medical repatriation insurance is mandatory on all our trips. It is not included with our packages and it is your responsibility to purchase suitable insurance package. Make sure that it covers all the activities that you are likely to undertake, such as rafting, scuba diving, cycling, cruises, trekking etc.  Many ‘free’ insurances that come with banking packages, credit cards etc., are quite inadequate to cover you our tours, so make sure you check the policy before your travel. You are required to give a copy of your insurance policy to your tour leader upon arrival. Without proper insurance like this, we will not be allowed to join the tour as we will not able to respond adequately in case an emergency if you do not have the right insurance. Please also contact your doctor for further preparations regarding to your chosen travel destination including immunizations.

Diving Insurance
There are two very good option diving insurance companies on the market. If you are a European Citizen, you can get your diving insurance directly online with us. Just follow HERE and enter all your details, you will get a confirmation within 24hrs. For outside Europe Citizen you are able to visit the Webpage of DAN to apply for your diving insurance:

Travel Insurance
For those who are still looking for a good Travel Insurance with a worldwide coverage. No matter from which country you are, just follow the link HERE and get your insurance package. Buy, extend and claim online, from anywhere in the world, even while you away from home and already on the way.


Price is quoted per person and subject to change without prior notice