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UD Rating – 3 Star

Celebes Explorer

The only way to maximise dives in the Sipadan area.

If you are looking to do as many dives possible around Sipadan this is the most cost effective way to do so. A key benefit is daily Sipadan permits to give you peace of mind to dive in this great place over and over again.

M/V Celebes Explorer is a custom built boat made for divers with its 2 fully equipped dive tenders offering 3, 4 and 7 night itineraries to the secluded islands of Semporna Marine Park in the Celebes Sea. She has 12 crew members aboard providing guests the best service and diving possible, they are friendly and experienced and are there to help you with any questions or queries you may have regarding the itinerary or the yacht.

There are 6 twin cabins located on the lower deck and 2 double cabins located on the middle deck, all with en-suite bathroom, wardrobe, air conditioning unit, safety box, reading lights, UK style sockets, hairdryer and bath towels. The sundeck is a great place to take in the views; it has wooden chairs, tables and a beach mattress making it the perfect place to relax after a long day’s diving. You can also unwind in the library that contains many marine books in a number of languages.

The spacious salon is air conditioned and can accommodate all 16 guests around 2 tables. The bar is located in the salon where guests can get complimentary water, tea, coffee and snacks throughout the day, soft drinks and alcohol are available from the bar at a small cost. All meals are served buffet style with a choice of Malay and Chinese cuisine to suit everyone’s tastes buds. The dive deck has purpose built motorised tenders, a camera table and separate rinse tanks for cameras.

Dive Requirements

  • PADI Open Water Certification
  • No logged dives required but Ultimate Diving recommends good buoyancy control and that guests are comfortable diving in current situations
  • Self declaration Medical Form duly signed by you

  • Shared cabin
  • Full board
  • 4 to 5 dives a day
  • Tanks, weights and weight belt
  • Water, tea and coffee
  • Transfers to and from the airport (Tawau)

Not Included
  • Alcohol
  • Canned and bottled drinks (soft drinks)
  • Sipadan entry permit fee - RM42.40 per person per day (subject to change)
  • Nitrox - USD15.00 per tank per dive
  • Diving equipment - please see price list below
  • International flights are not included in the liveaboard prices listed. The Ultimate Diving team will offer you the best flight connections at the time of booking at an additional cost

Dive routes : Semporna Marine Park Safari

Boat Specification

Year Built 2001
Guest Numbers 16
Length & Beam 29 metres long and a 7.2 metres beam
Speed 8 to 10 knots
Engines 2 x 500 HP cummins engines
Generators 2 x 60 KVa caterpillar generators
Number of Cabins 8 cabins all with en-suite and air conditioning unit
Navigation & Communication Systems Satellite phone, VHF radio, SSB radio, radar, depth sounder, GPS and mobile phone
Salon & Dining Area Spacious dining area that accommodates all 16 guests
Entertainment TV/DVD media centre, library, bar and games
Single Supplement 50%

Diving Facilities

Air Compressors 2 x mariner M3E
NITROX Available to all Nitrox qualified divers - USD15.00 per tank per dive
Equipment Rental Full range of diving equipment available for rent with advance notice - please see price below
Medical Oxygen & First Aid Medical oxygen and comprehensive first aid kit available onboard
Dive Deck Dive deck is spacious for divers to gear up, lockers for storage and hangers for wet suits

Equipment Rental Payable Onboard

Booties USD5.00
Wetsuit (shorty and full suit) USD10.00
BCD USD12.00
Regulator USD12.00
Torch with batteries USD10.00
Please Note: All diving equipment rental prices listed above are based on per person per day and are payable aboard the boat

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