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Seaventures Dive Rig Sipidan Mabul Scuba Diving Review

During my two years of backpacking around Southeast Asia in my mid-twenties, I absolutely fell in love with Malaysia. So much, in fact, that I ended up using Kuala Lumpur as my backpacking home base, had a solid crew of expat friends, and loved heading out for weekend getaways or extended trips to popular destinations like Penang, Langkawi and the Perhentian Islands.

But when my friends told me they were embarking on a scuba-diving trip (nine years ago) to a small island off the coast of Borneo, Malaysia, I wasn’t able to go. Mainly because A) I wasn’t certified, and B) I didn’t feel like spending a ton of money to visit a place that’s main attraction is something I couldn’t partake in. 

That was the first time I ever heard of SIPIDAN.

Seaventures Dive Rig Sipidan Mabul Scuba Diving Review


I remember chatting with them upon their return, and as they shared their wondrous scuba-diving stories, I remember thinking that one day I’m sure I’ll eventually make it there and experience it for myself.

Well, that dream has finally come true, and I’ve officially crossed Sipidan Island off my travel and scuba bucket list!

And while the diving is truly next level, what made this trip so unique and memorable was booking my trip with Seaventures.

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How did I end up here…?

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I’m currently on one of my 3+ month winter getaways in Indonesia (because I’m not a fan of the Seattle gloom), and was planning on going diving with a friend in Nusa Lembongan. I was discussing my upcoming plans for a visa run/dive trip to Sipidan Island, and one of the dive instructors started telling me how much she loved the diving up there.

She then began to tell me about this “oil rig that’s similar to a liveaboard” and recommended I look into staying there. Needless to say, I was intrigued. 

I got back to the hotel and began my research, and that’s when I discovered Seaventures!


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After browsing Seaventures website and checking out their social media — it was done. I knew I HAD to stay there. I love unique stays and experiences (who doesn’t?), and I was shocked that I had never heard of this place before!

It’s a decommissioned oil rig off the coast of Mabul Island which has beeen converted into a dive resort/floating hotel, and it’s truly a one-of-a-kind adventure. While there are plenty of great resorts that offer bucket list diving out to Sipidan Island, there’s simply nothing else in the world like the Seaventures Dive Rig…

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