MV Celebes Explorer

  Embarks at Semporna Jetty, Malaysia. Visits Celebes Sea

Getting Here

The nearest town to this resort is Semporna town, East Coast of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. Depending on where you are coming from, you will likely have to transit at Kota Kinabalu.

MV Celebes Explorer spends most of its time around Sipadan Island and only return to Semporna town on Saturdays and leaves again on Mondays.

From your location, fly to Kota Kinabalu, then fly for 40 minutes to Tawau. From Tawau, the resort will transfer you to Semporna which will take about 90 minutes.

Diver pick-ups are always on Sundays or Wednesdays.

If your arrival is on a Sunday, you will board MV Celebes Explorer when MV Celebes Explorer is at Semporna town.

If your arrival is on a Wednesday, you will take the liveaboard speed boat to MV Celebes Explorer at Sipadan Island. The boat ride will take about 45 minutes. MV Celebes Explorer is the only accommodation located in Sipadan Island. Can you imagine being able to dive Sipadan Island every day? We could!

We recommend the following flights from Malaysia Airlines and Air Asia to get to the liveaboard. Flight times subject to change:

Arrivals

Kota Kinabalu to Tawau
Flight № Departure Time Arrival Time Boat Schedule from Semporna Remarks
MH 2121
Malaysia Airlines
7:30 a.m. 8:15 a.m. 8:45 a.m. / 10:00 a.m. For 3D3N, 4D4N, and 7D7N packages
MH 2137
Malaysia Airlines
2:15 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m. / 4:45 p.m. For Sunday Embarkation (6D7N package) only. If you arrive via this flight, you won't be able to dive on your day of arrival.
Kuala Lumpur to Tawau
Flight № Departure Time Arrival Time Boat Schedule from Semporna Remarks
AK 5744
Air Asia
7:00 a.m. 9:50 a.m. 10:40 a.m. / 12:00 p.m. For Sunday Embarkation (3D3N, and 7D7N packages) only.
MH 2660
Malaysia Airlines
7:30 a.m. 10:20 a.m. 10:40 a.m. / 12:00 p.m. For Sunday Embarkation (3D3N, and 7D7N packages) only.
AK 5748
Air Asia
12:15 p.m. 3:15 p.m. 3:30 p.m. / 4:45 p.m. For Sunday Embarkation (3D3N, and 7D7N packages) only. If you arrive via this flight, you won't be able to dive on your day of arrival.

Note: Additional charges may apply for transfers that are not as scheduled above and also for transfers other than on Sundays and Wednesdays.

The liveaboard also has free transfers out of Sipadan Island to Semporna, Tawau or the Tawau Airport. We recommend the following flights for your departure:

Departures

Tawau to Kota Kinabalu
Flight № Departure Time Arrival Time Boat Schedule from Semporna Remarks
MH 3052
Malaysia Airlines
2:20 p.m. 3:20 p.m. 6:45 a.m. For Sunday disembarkation only. Transfer by car from Semporna town to airport will be at 8:00 a.m.
MH 2134
Malaysia Airlines
3:40 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. Transfer by car from Semporna town to airport will be at 12:15 p.m.
MH 3974
Malaysia Airlines
5:05 p.m. 6:05 p.m. 8:30 a.m. Transfer by car from Semporna town to airport will be at 12:15 p.m.
MH 3056
Malaysia Airlines
8:50 p.m. 9:50 p.m. 8:30 a.m. Transfer by car from Semporna town to airport will be at 12:15 p.m.
AK 6265
Air Asia
9:50 p.m. 10:40 p.m. 8:30 a.m. Transfer by car from Semporna town to airport will be at 12:15 p.m.
Tawau to Sandakan
Flight № Departure Time Arrival Time Boat Schedule from Semporna Remarks
MH 3092
Malaysia Airlines
9:55 a.m. 10:35 p.m. 6:45 a.m. For Sunday disembarkation only. Transfer by car from Semporna town to airport will be at 8:00 a.m.
Tawau to Kuala Lumpur
Flight № Departure Time Arrival Time Boat Schedule from Semporna Remarks
MH 2661
Malaysia Airlines
11:05 a.m. 1:45 p.m. 6:45 a.m. For Sunday disembarkation only. Transfer by car from Semporna town to airport will be at 8:00 a.m.
AK 5749
Air Asia
3:40 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. Transfer by car from Semporna town to airport will be at 12:15 p.m.
MH 2665
Malaysia Airlines
6:20 p.m. 9:00 p.m. 8:30 a.m. Transfer by car from Semporna town to airport will be at 12:15 p.m.
AK 5741
Air Asia
6:50 p.m. 9:35 p.m. 8:30 a.m. Transfer by car from Semporna town to airport will be at 12:15 p.m.
AK 5743
Air Asia
9:15 p.m. 11:55 p.m. 8:30 a.m. Transfer by car from Semporna town to airport will be at 12:15 p.m.

Embarkation point for MV Celebes Explorer