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Seaventures is a unique and inspired dive resort boasting high quality facilities and a team of fantastic staff. Located on a refurbished oil rig off Sabah’s north east coast, this resort provides the perfect base for exploring the region’s exceptional diving.
Uniquely for a dive resort, Seaventures Dive Rig began life as a jack-up accommodation platform, built for use in the oil and gas industry. The decommissioned platform was spotted by the resort owners in the 1990’s who saw an opportunity to repurpose the rig for an entirely different purpose. So after an extensive refit, the platform was towed to Sabah’s north east coast in 1997 and Seaventures Dive Rig was born!
Located just north of Mabul, Seaventures Dive Rig is a perfect base to explore some of Borneo’s most exciting dive sites - including those of the legendary island of Sipadan. Mabul is just a 5 minute boat ride away, Kapalai 20 minutes and Sipadan itself 45 minutes to an hour. Semporna - the nearest port - is also just 45 minutes to an hour away.
Twin room cabin onboard the dive rig. Seaventures rooms are perfect for a relaxing nights sleep after a long day spent diving on Sipadan and Mabul. All have AC, fresh bedding and towels, cleaning service and ensuite bathrooms with hot water.
Double cabin onboard the dive rig. Seaventures rooms are perfect for a relaxing nights sleep after a long day spent diving on Sipadan and Mabul. All have AC, fresh bedding and towels, cleaning service and ensuite bathrooms with hot water.
Family Cabin onboard the dive rig. For those looking for a little extra room, the family cabins have a lounge area and bigger ensuite bathroom, as well as AC, fresh bedding and towels and cleaning services.
Starting out life as an accommodation platform meant that the conversion to a dive resort was relatively simple - all that was needed was some home comforts and a compressor! However, the owners of Seaventures went to great lengths to ensure that the platform was more than just comfortable. All the standard rooms - or ‘cabins’ - have AC and ensuite bathrooms with hot water showers, and there is a games room, karaoke, and a conference room for showing movies. The rig also has tasty buffet-style meals and regular BBQ nights.
Standout facilities include the sundeck - the rig’s old helipad - with stunning bird’s eye views over nearby Mabul and out, across the Celebes Sea. The deck makes a perfect place for a sunset drink and guests have even spotted passing whale sharks whilst enjoying a beer. The hydraulic lift that brings divers up from the transport boat, and lowers them again for a dive, also deserves a mention. When are staying right above the one of the area’s best ‘muck’ sites, and the resort offers unlimited diving - that hydraulic lift really starts to come into its own!
Seaventures is a PADI 5-Star Dive resort and well established dive centre. The team delivers 3 boat dives every day, visiting nearby areas such as Sipadan, Mabul, and Kapalai. The resort also offers unlimited diving on its house reef – famous for its sunken wrecks, cage swim throughs and artificial bungalows with bridges covered in coral. Both beginners and more advanced divers are well catered to at Seaventures with a wide range of courses including specialities, tec diving and professional certifications. Guests can access full equipment rental – including dive computers.
Seaventures Dive Rig stands out as an extraordinary recycling project in itself. However the resort also makes its mark by running regular Dive Against Debris dives and a variety of PADI courses such as the Shark Awareness speciality. The resort has also constructed a number of artificial reefs around the area - using material repurposed from the rig itself or from the mainland. These structures are now covered in sponges, corals and other invertebrates, and shelter schooling fish and other life, turning the platform into an extraordinary haven for marine life.
In August 2017 Seaventures held its first ‘Ocean Conservation Week’ with education opportunities, speciality dives reef cleanups, educational classes with local school children and the construction of a new artificial reef. The resort is now planning a number of events for the future. Also, during the same event, the resort announced that it has stopped using plastic water bottles and switched to reusable, glass bottles - a great step forward.
“We believe by reaching out, educating and sharing ways to minimise our impact on the environment we will be able to be part of the movement to make the change.”
The 6 day, 5 night package offers 2 full days diving at Sipadan, and 3 days exploring the incredible muck diving on offer around Mabul and Kapalai. Guests can choose from twin or double cabins, all of which are perfect for a relaxing nights sleep after a long day spent diving. All of Seaventures' cabins have AC, fresh bedding and towels, cleaning service and ensuite bathrooms with hot water.