Entry Permits to Sipadan Island: The Malaysian Government has imposed a levy charge of RM140.00 MYR (about $34 USD) per person per day for divers who are diving at Sipadan Island as well as for non-divers and children. The levy charge is to be paid separately as it is not included in the package price.
Semporna Jetty Fee: The Local Government collects a Semporna jetty fee of MYR10.00 MYR (about $3 USD) per person per tour booking for International travellers; and MYR2.00 MYR per person per tour booking for Malaysians.
Diving at Sipadan Island: MV Celebes Explorer has 13 permits available each day for divers wanting to dive at Sipadan Island. Based on their room capacity, they are able to offer with certainty a chance to dive at Sipadan Island every day except Sundays, when MV Celebes Explorer will return to Semporna to replenish supplies.
Diving Restrictions in the Area: Currently it is prohibited to dive between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. for safety reasons.
Single travellers: Single travellers who do not want to share room with another diver can opt for single supplement. The single supplement is an additional 50% of the dive package.
If you are triple sharing the room, there is a special rate for the 3rd person.
Children and infants: There is a special rate for non-diving children sharing rooms with parents. The child should be below 12 years of age. Diving children will be charged as adult divers.
Non-diving children staying in separate cabin from the parents will be charged as non-diving adults.
We don't recommend bringing infants onboard MV Celebes Explorer.
Gear Rental: You will need to book and pay in advance if you need to rent gear. The rental gear is located in Semporna and not stored onboard MV Celebes Explorer.
Group Booking: For groups of 6 divers, we have a Buy 6 Pay 4 offer (valid for bookings from 1 April 2017 onwards) where you only pay for 4 divers for a group of 6 divers. Additional terms and conditions apply.
We also have special rates for groups with a minimum of 8 divers.
Lastly, if you have a group of 16 divers, you can charter the whole boat at very competitive rates.
What is Included
- Land and sea transfers between Tawau airport and MV Celebes Explorer.
- 3 to 4 boat dives daily around Sipadan Island led by a Divemaster.
- Tanks, weights and weight belt.
- Standard or Queen cabin based on twin-sharing basis.
- 3 meals a day plus light snacks and beverages, excluding alcoholic drinks, fruit juices and carbonated soft drinks.
MV Celebes Explorer Routine
Diving is mostly done at Sipadan Island but may also include Mabul Island. Itinerary may change slightly in the event of weather and sea conditions.
Celebes Explorer stays at Semporna on Sunday and departs to Sipadan Island/ Mabul Island on Monday early morning.
If you take the Sunday to Sunday package, on the last day, you will have 2 or 3 dives before MV Celebes Explorer leaves Sipadan Island at 2:00 p.m. and arrive Semporna town in the late afternoon for replenishments. Normal disembarkation time for guests will be after breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday departure day.
For other packages, normal disembarkation time will be at 6:00 a.m. after early breakfast and transfer by boat to Semporna.
Most of the dives will be around Sipadan Island except for arrival & departure day, Saturday, and days MV Celebes Explorer leaves Semporna after replenishing supplies.
For 6 days / 7 Nights or 7 days/ 7 nights (Sunday to Sunday cruise), Celebes Explorer will normally cruise back to Semporna for replenishment around 14:00 hours and arrive Semporna in the late afternoon on Saturday with 2 or 3 dives to be conducted before cruising back.