Mabul Island: Seaventures Dive Resort (Dive Rig)


DURATION: From 3 Days 2 Nights
AVAILABILITY: Pre-Book Required
PICK UP POINT: Your Hotel in Tawau City / Tawau Airport
PICK UP TIME: Depends on Which Boat Schedule Selected
DROP OFF POINT: Your Hotel in Tawau City / Tawau Airport
DROP OFF TIME: Depends on Which Boat Schedule Selected
* All timings are estimated and for reference purposes only. Actual timing will be provided prior to your departure.

Tour highlights

Sample itinerary


  • Pick up from Tawau hotel or airport.  Transfer to Semporna town for dive check-in/registration at Seaventures’ Sales Office Semporna


  • Meet up at Semporna office. From Semporna Jetty, you will proceed to the Rig. Boat journey takes approximately 45 minutes, depending on the weather and sea conditions.

-  Check in to your room then a dive briefing by the Seaventures Dive Team.

-  Check out dive underneath the Rig.

  •   If you are qualified for night diving, you can do house reef night diving with your buddy. There is no additional charges for night diving, except for the torch should you have none of your own


Meals : Lunch / Dinner


  • 3 boat dives between Mabul or Kapalai or Sipadan ** + unlimited house reef diving with buddy underneath the Rig 

**Diving in Sipadan is subject to permit availability and approval from Sabah Parks Management. However, if permit to Sipadan Island is not available and/or approved, please take note that the package remains in force for 3 boat dives and to be conducted between MabulorKapalai or nearby island.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Day 5 - Day 5: Departure

  •  Maximum of 2 boat dives for guests without flight on departure day 
  • Check out at 1330hrs to Semporna otherwise advise 

Kindly take note that NO DIVEMASTERS WILL ACCOMPANY HOUSE REEF DIVES, unless prior arrangements are made.

Note: Flying After Diving
When diving on vacation a scuba diver needs to be aware that residual nitrogen poses a health risk upon decompression. This applies just as much to ascending in a jet as ascending to the surface of the water. The difference in air pressure, as a plane ascends to cruising altitude, is roughly equivalent to the last 14-16 feet of ascension in water and the same risks are evident including the bends (decompression sickness) and/or an embolism. If you fly after diving you risk extremely painful gas bubbles forming in your joints and flesh, or tragically in your blood, leading to an embolism and possibly even death. A good conservative rule is to ensure that you have no residual nitrogen in your body before flying. Following the NAUI dive tables, you should be in letter group A or less (which can take over 9 hours). A safe suggestion is to pass a full 24 hours after your last scuba dive before flying. Dive computers, which track nitrogen levels, have a "time-to-fly" indicator, which tells a scuba diver how long they need to wait before boarding a plane. Plan your last dive sensibly, so that you aren't bringing nitrogen along for a painful and possibly fatal return trip.

* Note: No diving for guests flying on their check out day. Boat dives are non transferable and only permitted as scheduled by Seaventures management for each diver. Please organize flights accordingly.

Meals : Breakfast / Lunch

  • Most arriving guests fly to Tawau Airport from Kuala Lumpur or from Kota Kinabalu. There are frequent flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau (2.45 hrs) and from Kota Kinabalu (50 minutes).
  • Once arriving in Tawau Airport, guests are picked-up by minibus to the town of Semporna (around 1.30-2 hours).
  • From Semporna, guests are then taken by speedboat to Seaventures Resort next to Mabul island (approximately 30 minutes).
  • Please make sure your flight arrives before 2pm to allow same day transfer to the resort.
  • Guests must provide relevant and recognised forms of diving certifications to Seaventures to be eligible to dive.No Exceptions.
  • All diving guests are eligible, with the exception of check in and check out days, for 3 boat dives per day at various dive sites, at the discretion of the dive team between Sipadan, Mabul and Kapalai islands. All diving guests are also eligible for unlimited house reef diving, pending appropriate sea conditions.
  • For safety reason, ALL divers have to dive with a dive computer. Sharing is not allowed.
  • All divers are required to undergo a general dive and house rules briefing and orientation dive on their check-in day or whenever the Dive Manager deems appropriate.
  • Any diver failing to adhere to the rules and regulations set forth by Seaventures and the Dive Guides, will have their dive (s) forfeited without any provision for refunds.
  • Seaventures will strive to honour all scheduled dives. However, due to any reason (s) whatsoever beyond our control, all dives are subject to take place at the discretion of the Dive Manager.
  • Extra boat dives from those already scheduled within the reservation package will be at a cost and will be subject to Dive Manager's approval.
  • Dive schedules will change from normal scheduling on the following religious holidays: EidUlFitr and EidUlAdha. These dates vary every year, so please check with local information services.
  • For safety reasons, ALL divers MUST use a dive computer. Sharing is not allowed. Dive computer can be rented at RM 31.80 however please note that dive computer rental is limited.
  • No diving activities provided on arrival day if guest (s) arrive at the Rig after 16:00hrs.
  • Due to the provision of unlimited house reef diving and 3 boat dives as per schedule, for safety reasons and according to naval research, the duration of all dives are limited between 45 - 50 minutes inclusive of safety stop and no deeper than 30 metres (40 metres for deep specialty qualified divers only).
  • All unguided diving are at divers' own risk and responsibility.
  • Guests undergoing courses are required to complete the necessary skills up to the requirements deemed sufficient by PADI standards in order for certification. Course fees in any part will not be refunded for incomplete courses.
  • Snorkeling is available at the guests’ own leisure and risk and must coincide with the boating schedules and boat  capacity. Divers always have right of way and priority on boats. Snorkeling guides are only provided upon request and subject to availability and at a cost.
  • Daily entry permit to dive or visit Sipadan Island will be subject to approval by the Sabah Parks Department, which controls the issuing of the entry permits. The total number of divers or visitors allowed to visit Sipadan Island is restricted to 250 pax per day for all resorts in total.
  • A minimum stay of 3 consecutive nights with a diving package is required to be eligible for a 1-day guarantee of a Sipadan permit. 
  • A minimum certification of Advanced Open Water is required to dive at Sipadan.
  • Priority of Sipadan Permits is given to Divers. Non Divers are subject to permit availability.
  • Sipadan Day Trip is at MYR 800 per day/diver and is subject to availability (Applicable to domitory stay; Exclude equipment)
  • A fee is levied by the Sabah Parks Department of MYR 140 per person (payable at resort) for all guests entering Sipadan and is valid for ONE (1) day only. This levy charge is to be paid separately as it is NOT included in any of our packages unless clearly stated. 
  • In any event the trip has to be cancelled, the permit paid is NOT refundable or transferable to a later date.
    The management will not be responsible for such losses rendered to the guests.
  • Seaventures will strive to keep all guests on the same reservation together on all dives to Sipadan, however
    in the event of large groups or situations beyond our control, guests on the same reservation may be split.
  • Please note that we will forward your names for Sipadan permits as many times as we can. Please inform us if you do not want to be put forward for more than your guaranteed allocation of permits at least 24 hours in advance or otherwise you would be charged for the permit acquired.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the restricted Sipadan entry permit quota set by Sabah Parks, guests are required to submit full name with nationality, gender, passport numbers and contact address for us to proceed with the permits application at least 14 days in advance prior to arrival. This is to allow sufficient time to process and obtain the permit approval. Failure to do this may result in guest being denied entry to Sipadan Island.

  • All reservation MUST provide the following information: Name as per passport, Passport Number, Nationality, Gender & Flight detail
  • Extension Stay: Extension Night Stay is permitted subject to the accommodation availability
  • After commencement of service, no refund, in part or full, will be given for services included in the package which have not been utilized or due to bad weather
  • Weather conditions: We cannot predict the weather conditions these days for scuba diving even for the best season
  • Boat journey to the Island may not be suitable for individuals who have any of the following conditions but not limited to: heart or lung conditions, recent surgery, back or spinal surgery, back problems/injury/fracture, arthritis, osteoporosis or other similar spinal/pelvic diseases. Pregnant women are also not recommended as the boat ride may be bumpy depending on the sea condition. If you are having similar issues as above, kindly consult your physician before you enrol in this activity.
  • Last but not least, tipping is like giving a hug. Although it’s never expected, it’s always very much appreciated.