Celebes Explorer is the only liveaboard that is allowed to conduct dive trips to Sipadan Island and on a week-long trip it offers 6 days of diving on the island. Choice of 3 and 4 day trips also available.

Manu

01/05/2016

Sipadan est un site merveilleux : profusion de vie que ce soit au niveau de la faune ou de la flore. On y était mi avril 2016. Les requins venaient nous faire un clin d œil à chaque plongée, tout...

Description

Boat

Celebes Explorer is a 29 metres long, 7.2 meters wide strong steel dive liveaboard, it was launched in November 2001, can cruise at 8 to 10 knots, and yet it's the only liveaboard can provide dive trips inside of the Sipadan Marine Park.

Celebes Explorer features an indoor air conditioned lounge with TV, DVD/CD/VCD player, sitting area, as well as a self service mini bar that provides 24 hours free water, coffee, tea, milo, biscuit & bread, snacks. The dining area and galley is adjacent to the salon.

The spacious uppper sundeck is partially covered with canvas. There are tables, wooden chairs & beach mattress for relaxation. Smoking is allowed at the sundeck.

Celebes Explorer has a large dive deck with equipment storage, air/Nitrox fill station, rinse tanks, freshwater shower.

Celebes Explorer offers guaranteed dives in Sipadan from Monday to Saturday, normally 3 to 4 dives a day, except the first & last diving day which offers 2 to 3 dives only.


Cabin

Celebes Explorer has 8 cabins, can sleeps up to 18 guests.

All cabins have air conditioner, wardrobe, desk, lifejacket, soap, bath towel, ensuite bathroom, BF type 240v electric plug.

2 Double Cabins:
Located on the main deck, with 1 double bed.

6 Twin/Double Cabins:
Located on the lower deck, with one single bed and one queen bed (bunk style).


Diving

  • 3 to 4 dives per day (2 or 3 dives on the last day) depends on sea condition.

  • No dive provided on the day of arrival and departure.

  • All diving will provide expericed guide to lead the dive.

  • NO Sunset & Night Dive at Sipadan


Other Informations

  • Nitrox:Available with additional cost
  • REBREATHER Dive:Not available at the moment
  • Dive Equipment Rental:Available, rate on request, must book in advance
  • Dive insurance:Divers travelling aboard must have valid dive insurance
  • Wi-Fi Internet :Available with additional cost at limited location
  • Laundry Service:Not available at the moment
  • Massage Service:Not available at the moment
  • Payment on board:By cash only (USD/MYR)
  • Crew Number:12, including 2 dive guides

Itineraries

Entry Permit Fee for Diving in Sipadan ( Subject to changes without prior notice )
Entry Permit Fee for diving in Sipadan Island is NOT INCLUDED in the package rates. Currently, Permit Fee is at RM42.40 per person per day. However, the permit fee is subject to Government approval, and may be subject to changes without prior notice. MV Celebes Explorer normally conducts diving in Sipadan / Mabul from Monday to Saturday for 6 days ( for Sunday to Sunday cruise). Dive schedules may be subject to changes without prior notice.

Semporna Jetty Fee ( subject to changes without prior notice )
Package rates do NOT include the charge for Semporna Jetty Fee as follows : Non Malaysian @ RM10.60 per person per tour booking / Malaysian @ RM 2.10 per person per tour booking.


6D/7N - Sun(pm) to Sun (am)

Sunday: Meet upon arrival at Tawau Airport (Proposed flight: MH2660 KUL/TWU 0730/1020hrs OR MH2664 KUL/TWU 1435/1725hrs) and then by car transfer to Semporna (about 1 hour drive).
Embark on to Celebes Explorer. No Diving on arrival day. Celebes Explorer stays at Semporna on Sunday and departs for Sipadan / Mabul on Monday early morning.

Note: In the event that we have guest arriving Tawau by different flights on the same day, guests arriving on earlier flight would have to wait for guests arriving on later flight before they would be transferred together by car to Semporna.

Monday: 2 or 3 dives at Sipadan Island, Mabul Island

Tuesday: 3 or 4 dives at Sipadan Island, Mabul Island

Wednesday: 3 or 4 dives at Sipadan Island, Mabul Island

Thursday: 3 or 4 dives at Sipadan Island, Mabul Island

Friday: 3 or 4 dives at Sipadan Island, Mabul Island

Saturday: 2 or 3 dives at Sipadan Island, Mabul Island, (Number of dive depends on flight time on next day). Celebes Explorer Liveaboard will cruise back to Semporna jetty around ETD: 1400-1430hrs, ETA: 1700-1730hrs on Saturday for replenishment.

Note: Please bear in mind requirement for 24 hours surface interval before flight on next day.

Sunday: After breakfast, disembark from CE (ETD: 0830 hrs) and by few minutes boat transfer to Semporna. Free at leisure. Later, by car transfer (ETD: 1100 hrs) to Tawau Airport for flight departure (Proposed Flight MH2665 TWU/KUL 1410/1650 hrs)


4D/4N - Wed(am) to Sun (am)

Wednesday: 0715 - 0730hrs : pick up at Tawau Hotel or Tawau Airport (Proposed flight: MH2121), transfer to Semporna. 0945 - 1000hrs : pick up at Semporna Hotel. Embark on to CE by boat.
Afternoon 1 or 2 dives at Sipadan Island, Mabul Island.

Thursday: 3 or 4 dives at Sipadan Island, Mabul Island

Friday: 3 or 4 dives at Sipadan Island, Mabul Island

Saturday: 2 or 3 dives at Sipadan Island, Mabul Island, (Number of dive depends on flight time on next day). Celebes Explorer Liveaboard will cruise back to Semporna jetty around ETD: 1400-1430hrs, ETA: 1700-1730hrs on Saturday for replenishment.

Sunday: After breakfast, disembark from CE (ETD: 0830 hrs) and by few minutes boat transfer to Semporna. Free at leisure. Later, by car transfer (ETD: 1100 hrs) to Tawau Airport for flight departure (Proposed Flight MH2665 TWU/KUL 1410/1650 hrs)

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Prices & conditions

Destination Duration Cabin Price
Malaysia 7 nights From $1,830.00

Included

  • Air tanks & weights & weight belts
  • Land transfer on arrival/depature date
  • All meals & complimentary beverages (water & tea & coffee)
  • Dive guide service
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Dinner on final evening
  • Land tour & Island visit
  • Boat accident insurance

Not included

  • Domestic flights
  • Alcoholic beverages (beer or/and wine)
  • Soft drinks in bottles and/or cans
  • Crew gratuity
  • Dive equipment rentals
  • Dive insurance
  • Travel insurance ( cancellation insurance)
  • Nitrox fills
  • Marine park fees/Port fees

Useful information

Malaysia

Period : Liveaboards run trips year round.

Visa's : Most nationalities can enter Malaysia without a visa, and they would be issued a 7, 14, 30 or 90 day entry permit stamp on their passport. Please check with your closest Malaysian Consulate for current entry requirements.

Climat : Malaysia has a warm tropical climate which is influenced by the Northeast and Southwest Monsoon. The period of May to September is usually the drier period. The east coast of Peninsula Malaysia and the states in Borneo normally have their rainy season between November and February.
Daily temperatures ranging between 22 °C to 30 °C.

Water : Water temps usually above 27°C , with some cooler waters of 24°C in the rainy season.

Clothing : light clothing is ideal. For dinners and nightspots, smart casual wear is the norm.

Plugs : Type G British 3-pin plug, 220 - 240V @ 50Hz

Flights :Many place in the world offers directly flights to Kuala Lumpur(KLIA). Other airports which have significant numbers of flights to regional destinations are Kota Kinabalu (Sabah), Kuching (Sarawak), Penang, Langkawi and Johor Bahru.

Currency : Local currency is Malaysian Ringgit (MYR), USD can be changed most of the touristic places and international ATM's are available. Credit Cards are usually accepted.

Diver's reviews (3)

Manu, 01/05/2016

Sipadan est un site merveilleux : profusion de vie que ce soit au niveau de la faune ou de la flore. On y était mi avril 2016. Les requins venaient nous faire un clin d œil à chaque plongée, tout comme les tortues qui sont en nombre impressionnant. Les bancs de barracudas, de carangues ou perroquets a bosse nous ont fait le plaisir de se déplacer devant nous. Ce site vos vraiment le détour ! Concernant le bateau, c est rustique ! Il mériterait une bonne rénovation. Les cabines sont simples mais ok tout comme le salon. Question nourriture, c est bon et en bonne quantité. Le personnel à bord est très serviable. Les guides de plongées sont toujours prêt à vous faire plaisir. Donc je recommande car c est la seule possibilité de plonger tous les jours sur sipadan ! Bravo à dive and Cruise pour son professionnalisme et réactivité. Je repartirai avec eux, c est garanti !

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Shueri, 28/04/2016

我刚刚于2016年4月24日从这艘船参加完船宿之旅下来,这艘游轮是唯一一艘可在诗巴丹海洋公园内提供每日4潜船宿服务的游轮。这艘船本身比较旧,船上的很多地方都需要一些小小的刷漆和重新装修,不过这艘船功能性不错,设施都能良好的使用,所以旧一点也不是很影响,而且船比较大,活动空间很宽敞,客舱空间大小足够(唯一缺点是底层甲板的淋浴水压不太足),船上的餐食也很符合亚洲人的口味,也很丰盛,潜导们都很友善且专业。如果是为了去诗巴丹潜水,我高度推荐此游轮,如果是为了去享受,那么可能度假村更适合你(但需要等许可哦,诗巴丹每天只发放120个许可)。对了,船上的船员中文很棒,诗巴丹潜水真的是很不错,大家可以前往我们的博文页面查询我写的诗巴丹船宿回顾。

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Bastien & Cathy, 18/05/2014

really good trip last week onboard Celebes Explorer, Sipadan is just magic and we had a lot of encounters with school of jack fish, humphead parrotfish, turtle, grey and white tip reef shark, was really amazing. Boat is OK for the cabin and bathroom, diner area is ok too. They would need to make it better for the sun deck and dive deck as it gets a bit crowdy for 16 pax still with 2 different departure by 8 divers. the only chance to dive Sipadan 6 days in a week , so no choice of boat.

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