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Far East & Australia - Liveaboards


Australia & the Far East is home to some of the world’s most exciting and sought after scuba diving and perfect diving holiday locations. Visit sites that haven’t changed since the dawn of diving to glide along some of the most picturesque and impressive walls and distant coral seas - dive holidays dreams are made of.

Visit one of the seven wonders of the world – The Great Barrier Reef which runs some 2000 miles along the north western coast of Australia.

Manado and Wakatobi off the north and south east of Sulawesi in Indonesia. Manado's Bunaken Marine park is within 30 minutes of the authentic and unassuming accomodation. Wakatobi offers the best of luxury accommodation & liveaboards. Both are world class diving locations. Photographers will enjoy diving in Lembehwhere there are specialist led diving weeks and camera rooms.

Layang, Layang off the coast of Saba is largely unexplored with 50m visibility and famous for hammerheads. This reclaimed 50 acre island offers spectacular wall diving plus giant mantas and morays.

Offering excellent value in the Far East is in the Philippines with some of the best diving in all asia. dive sites. It has the widest choice of dive sites from deep dives, drift dives, wreck sites and many more. Our latest edition to the programme is our choice of liveaboard to Sipadan, Borneo on the north east coast of Malaysia. See 1000s of schooling pelagics, visit world class muck, reef and wall dive sites - some of the best in the world. And finally, Thailand, ideal for leisurely diving, stunning beaches and perfect for non-divers too.


Sipadan Liveaboard Celebes Exp - Sipadan, Far East & Australia

For your diving & liveaboard holiday to Sipadan (Borneo) - Far East, Sipaden Liveaboard is a monohull 29m/99ft liveaboard offering 8 double and twin air-conditioned ensuite cabins with a maximum of 16 divers onboard. Explore the legendary diving location of Sipadan Marine park and it's neighbouring islands of Mabul, Kapala and Siamil to see patrolling hammerhead sharks, abundant, technicoloured fish and dozens of sea turtles. Itineraries include 4 to 5 dives per day with visit nearby islands and famous barracuda point with 1000s of barracuda, schools of bumphead and flashing silver jackfish.

Location
Based at Semporna on the south east coast of Sabah. Transfer from local Tawau airport to Semporna approximately 1 hour 15-30 minutes by land. If boat is not at Semporna then boat transfer 30-50 minutes.

Accommodation
M/V Celebes Explorer features 8 Guest rooms with private ensuite and all rooms have air-conditioning. 2 x Queen-bed cabins & 6 x Double/twin bunk bed cabin with one single bed on upper level & queen bed on lower level) Comfortable Sofa Lounge with TV, Audio System and Mini Bar, Asian & local style buffet meals, Mini bar inlcudes drinking water, coffee, tea, biscuits and bread available on a 24 hour self service basis. Wine, beer, mineral water and soft drinks are chargeable locally. Spacious Sun Deck for relaxation, partially covered with canvas, with tables, chairs. Dive Deck with convenience of showers and baskets and lockers for equipment storage, hangers for drying wetsuits and space for cameras in the boat. There is limited WiFi internet access - sometimes around Semporna and Mabul island only.

Diving
Sample Itinerary
6 days/7 nights in Semporna Marine Park with 4 or 5 day dives (except for arrival/departure days). The following is a sample itinerary which includes Sipadan Island, Mabul Island & Kapalai Island, which will be subject to weather and sea condition locally and may change.

Sunday: Morning transfer to MV Celebes Explore from Semporna jetty. Diving on Mabul islands. Lunch and dinner onboard.

Monday & Tuesday: Sipadan Island and local dive sites.

Wednesday: Si Amil Island.

Thursday: Kapalai Island.

Friday & Saturday: Sipadan Island (3 dives scheduled for the Saturday). Return to Semporna jetty late Saturday afternoon.

This liveaboard is suitable for those with minimum PADI Open Water certification with good bouyancy and be able confident in current. Itinerary and diving schedule is subject to change depending on local conditions. Nitrox & equipment is available (pre-booking is required) and payable locally on arrival.

Fact File

Diving Conditions

Boat Diving Liveaboard

Suitability:

Beginners 

Intermediates 

Advanced 

Technical 

Best Time: Year round but April to December

Average Air temps: 28ºC (tropical). 

Average Water temps: 27 -29°C

Visibility: 10m to 40m (10-130ft)

Top Dive Sites: Barracuda Point, Coral Gardens, White Tip Avenue, Mid Reef,Turtle Cave, South Point, Hanging Garden. Mabul Island
(Froggie's Lair, Lobster Wall & Paradise), Kapalai (The Jetty & Mid Reef) and Si Amil included in the liveaboard itinerary.

Great Reasons to Dive in Sipadan, Borneo

  • Large Schooling Pelagics
  • 3000+ species of marine life
  • World Class walls, reefs & muck diving
  • Hawsksbill & Greenback  turtles (July-Nov)
  • Famous 200m Turtle Tomb Cave System
  • Reef, Hammerheads & Whale Shark

 

 

Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.