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Enjoy a week's liveaboard diving in Sipadan on the MV Celebes Explorer followed by five days to explore the island of Borneo.

The Celebes Explorer is the best way to dive Sipadan, with up to four dives per day offered and permits for all guests. The varied topography makes it an astonishing place to dive - turtles are regular inhabitants and you can also expect to be treated to schools barracuda and bumphead parrotfish, reef sharks, mantas and hammerheads.

On land, Sabah has so much to offer, with ancient rainforests, the towering Mount Kinabalu and exceptional wildlife, most notably our cousins, the orangutans.

Please note the UK foreign office advice currently relating to this region. Please speak to our dive team for further advice and information.

Typical itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK for Tawau

    Depending on flight schedules, an overnight may be required in Kuala Lumpur or Kota Kinabalu.

  2. Days 2-8 : Arrive and transfer to liveaboard

    Arrive in Tawau and transfer to the Celebes Explorer liveaboard, your home for the next seven nights.

    Each dive at Sipadan is a highly anticipated event - caves, walls, canyons, plateaux and overhangs attract a variety of pelagics and an abudance of fish and turtles.

  3. Days 9-13 : Sabah Discovery

    Disembark and take a short flight to either Sandakan or Kota Kinabalu for a further five nights exploring Sabah. Depending on your choice of location, you can explore the exceptional wildlife and rainforest of the Lower Kinabtangan River, visit an Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, climb Mount Kinabalu, visit hot springs, spend time with a local tribe or simply relax.

  4. Day 14: Depart Malaysia

  5. Day 15: Arrive UK

You should note: It is also possible to join the Celebes Explorer for a shorter time, either from Sunday to Wednesday or Wednesday to Sunday.

Key info

  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 15 days from £2,395 pp
  • Departures: Please contact us for departure date details.
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Flights from the UK
    • Domestic flights
    • Transfers
    • 7 nights Celebes Explorer liveaboard
    • 5 nights Sabah Discovery
    • Sipadan permits
    • Tanks and weights
    • Most meals
Featured locations:

Sipadan

Rising from the depths of the Celebes Sea, Sipadan is a must for all divers: the varied topography makes it an astonishing place. Turtles are regular inhabitants, as are schools of barracuda and bumphead parrotfish, reef sharks, mantas and hammerheads.

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, bumphead parrotfish, white-tip reef shark, scalloped hammerhead shark, black-tip reef shark
  • Excellent for: Liveaboard diving, Resort based diving, Reef diving

Sepilok

Gateway to the Sepilok Orangutan Sancutary and the Kinabatangan River, Sepilok makes a great extension to your diving holiday. The Sanctuary is home to a conservation programme and the surrounding rainforest is a haven for nature & wildlife lovers.

  • Excellent for: Wildlife

Kinabatangan River Sanctuary

The floodplain of this waterway is a low-lying wilderness of dense forest and oxbow lakes. Explore the area by boat and on foot, when you may encounter rare bird-life, orangutans, proboscis monkeys and even wild Asian elephants.

  • Excellent for: Wildlife
This itinerary is available on the liveaboard shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Celebes Explorer

The only liveaboard operating in the Sipadan region, this custom built boat visits world-class dive sites and is the best way to explore the exotic islands of Semporna Marine Park and the Celebes Sea.