5D4N Diving At Mabul Island Resort

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Tour Code: BPBDMR
Departure Time: 8.05AM (Ex Tawau Airport)
Duration: 5 Days 4 Nights
Meal: Fullboard
Departure Point: Tawau, Sabah

Brief Itinerary

In contract to Sipadan, is a continuation of the Borneo landmass rather than the top of an underwater mountain.  Because of this, Mabul has more gradually sloping walls around it that bottom out at about 30m. This makes it an ideal location for macro-photo opportunities.  If you walk around the east of the island at night, be sure take a flashlight and watch for sea snakes on the beach or amongst the palm trees.  Mabul is arguably one of the richest single destinations for exotic small marine life anywhere in the world.  Flamboyant cuttlefish, blue-ringed octopus, mimic octopus and bobtail squids are just a few of the numerous types of cephalopods to be found on Mabul’s reefs. The sight of harlequin shrimp feeing on sea stars and boxer crabs waving their tiny anemone pom-poms are just a small example of the endless species of crustaceans.  Many types of gobies can be found including the spike-fin goby, black sail-fin goby and metallic shrimp goby.  Frogfish are everywhere giant, painted and clown frogfish are all regularly seen. Moray eels and snake eels of many types can be seen along with almost the whole scorpion fish family.  It would be quicker to list the species not found at Mabul crazy critters are in abundance at this magical macro site. Located at the South Eastern cost of Sabah and about 20 minutes from Sipadan, and 30 – 40 minutes (weather permitting) from Semporna, purge on the edge of the Continental Shelf lies the island of Mabul – rated as the “Mecca of Muck Diving”.  Mabul Island is surrounded by Celebes Seas and white sandy beaches.

Day One  

Arrive Tawau Airport (recommended flight MH2121 ETD0720hrs), meet at Tawau Airport and proceed overland journey to Semporna by van or coach approximately 1½ hrs journey.  Thereafter, proceed to Mabul Island by boat for approximately 45minutes to 1hour journey, depending on the sea or weather condition. Arrive at Mabul Island around 11.00am. 2 boat dives on your first day arrival and one of the boat dives will be an orientation dive with our Divemaster (Subject to 1st Schedule Arrival)

2nd Schedule Arrival – 2:20 p.m. from Tawau Airport to Semporna. From Semporna to Mabul Island will be at 4:00 p.m. NOTE: For those arrive on the 2nd Schedule Arrival will not be able to do any diving on the arrival day. They will do 3 boat dives on the 2nd day, one of which the boat dive is the orientation dive. Dinner at the resort. Overnight at Mabul Island Resort. (Lunch & Dinner Included)

Day Two

Morning Breakfast.

3 boat dives a day with our Professional Divemaster & unlimited jetty house reef dives – Boat dives combination of Mabul, Kapalai, Si Amil or Mantabuan. Sipadan Dives subject to Quota and Weather permitting. Diving at Sipadan may be anytime of the day. Overnight at Mabul Island Resort (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included)

Day Three & Four

Morning Breakfast.

3 boat dives a day with our Professional Divemaster & unlimited jetty house reef dives – Boat dives combination of Mabul, Kapalai, Si Amil or Mantabuan. Overnight at Mabul Island Resort (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included)

Day Five 

Breakfast and free at leisure. 11.30am depart from Mabul Island to Semporna by boat then continue journey to Tawau airport for your flight departure. (Recommended flight to Kota Kinabalu on MH3094 ETD1800) (Breakfast & Lunch Included)

Remark: Additional Sipadan Entry Permit RM40.00 per person per day


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4D3N Sipadan Kapalai Island Dive Resort

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Tour Code: BPSKDR
Departure Time: 8.05AM (Ex Tawau Airport)
Duration: 4 Days 3 Nights
Meal: Fullboard
Departure Point: Tawau, Sabah

Description

A few minutes by boat from the islands of Sipadan and Mabul but a full world  away from them lies the exhilarating Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort, sitting on its  sturdy stilts on the shallow sandbanks of the Ligitan Reefs. Planned and built in  full style as an airy, comfortable, sunny water village with no land in sight, it  boasts a mile-long sandbank of powdery white sand where one can suntan at  complete leisure while gazing out to the miles of brilliant turquoise stretching  into the horizon offering the purest image of natural serenity. Dive spots are extremely close and can be reached in just a few minutes by speedboat and some of them, actually,  just by swimming from the dive center pier.

For those who are ready to explore more than the tiny marvels of  Kapalai’s macro life, can, in just a few minutes, dive in Sipadan (where big fish and turtles abound) or in Mabul  (where silky and muddy bottoms offer different and equally pleasant experiences and opportunities to the lovers of  “muck diving”). With a combination of sun and water in a unique and serene setting with friendly staff, Sipadan-Kapalai is an ideal  destination for diver and non diver alike seeking a great holiday experience!

Brief Itinerary


Day One

Arrive in Tawau Airport (recommended flight MH2121 0720hrs). Upon arrival, meet and direct transfer to the jetty (approximately 70 mins. drives).  Arrives at the jetty, direct transfer to Sipadan Kapalai Island Resort for 45mins boat ride (approximately).  Arrives at Kapalai Island Resort – Register & Check In.  As for the rest of the day, you will be free at leisure.  Overnight at Chalet.  (Lunch & Dinner Included)

Day Two

Breakfast at the resort.

03 Boat Dives around Kapalai. As for the rest of the afternoon, you will be free at leisure or an optional with unlimited beach dives. Overnight at Chalet. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included)

Day Three  

Breakfast at the resort.

03 Boat Dives around Kapalai. As for the rest of the afternoon, you will be free at leisure or an optional with unlimited beach dives. Overnight at Chalet. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included)

Day Four

After breakfast, 9.30am depart Kapalai Island to return to Semporna jetty and transfer to Tawau airport for your flight departure. (Breakfast Included)


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4D3N Lankayan Island Dive Resort

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Tour Code: BPLIDR03
Departure Time: 7.45AM 
Duration: 4 Days 3 Nights
Meal: Fullboard
Departure Point: Sandakan, Sabah

Brief Itinerary


Arrive in Sandakan Airport (recommended flight MH2042 ETD0700hrs). Upon arrival, meet and direct transfer to the jetty (approximately 30 mins. drives).  Arrives at the jetty, direct transfer to Lankayan Island Resort for 75mins boat ride (approximately).  Arrives at Lankayan Island Resort – Register & Check In.  )ne orientation dive with unlimited dive infront of the dive centre. Overnight at Chalet.  (Lunch & Dinner Included)

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Day Two

Breakfast at the resort.

03 Boat Dives around Lankayan. As for the rest of the afternoon, you will be free at leisure or an optional with unlimited beach dives. Overnight at Chalet. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included)

Day Three   

Breakfast at the resort.

03 Boat Dives around Lankayan. As for the rest of the afternoon, you will be free at leisure or an optional with unlimited beach dives. Overnight at Chalet. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included)

Day Four

After breakfast, depart Lankayan Island to return to Sandakan jetty and transfer to the airport for departure (Breakfast Included)

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3D2N Lankayan Island Dive Resort

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Tour Code: BPLIDR01/02
Departure Time: 7.45AM
Duration: 3 Days 2 Nights (Both for divers or non-divers)
Meal: Fullboard
Departure Point: Sandakan, Sabah

Description

The island of Lankayan and its two neighbouring sisters have been declared in the year 2000 to be part of an approved Marine Conservation Area, in what promises to be a landmark in eco-tourism. Destructive fishing practices are no more allowed in the surrounding waters, turtle eggs are regularly collected and safely hatched for reintroduction in the wild, and many other conservation programmers are being – and will be in the future – vigorously implemented.

As a travel destination, the place – a tiny dot in the Sulu Sea about one-and-a-half hours by speedboat from the coastal town of Sandakan – offers a fascinating cross between the Maldivian style of holiday so very appreciated by the Europeans (a gorgeous little island, boasting endless pure white sandy beaches and a lovely, garden-like jungle interior covering) and the no holds barred, exhilarating diving one has come to expect from Sabah’s dive sites (unsurpassed macro life, undescribed new species waiting to he discovered, bit fish action, enormous biodiversity, the sand bottom just a few feet below, and you’ll see why Lankayan is quite a sensation.

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Here’s a private paradise-like island where even non-divers (at last!) can enjoy the perfect holiday, relaxing on the beach or bathing in the crystal-clear shallow waters of the lagoon, while sea eagles fly over, their piercing screech tearing the sky in the distance and the jungle-shrouded mountains of Sabah tower on the horizon, bathed in golden glorious sunsets. An informal, friendly, casual atmosphere adds to the pleasant feeling of “away-from-it-all: relaxation: everything is so well spaced out and cleverly planned you might sometime thin you’re all alone by yourself on the island. Then, of course, there’s the diving: at shallow to medium depths, always enjoyable, never risky or fatiguing.

The dive center is well equipped and ideally situated at the end of the pier, while the island staff are – if possible – even more cheerful and willing to help than in the rest of Sabah, a country remarkable for its extraordinary tradition of hospitality. Schools of bump head parrotfish, yellowtail barracuda and scads also appear at many dive sites.

Many rare subjects can be found on many other dive sites including seahorses, flying gurnards, flamboyant cuttlefish, jaw fish, dragonets and sand divers. A fascinating array of spectacular species moreover offered by the two weeks wrecks in the vicinity of Lankayan: the imposing remains of a huge Chinese wooden fishing vessel sunk on purpose, now home to giant groupers, giant marbled stingrays, frogfish, scorpion fish, lionfish and huge shoals of pelagic, and what is left of an armed barged belonging to the “Mosquito Fleet”, serving with the Japanese and sunk during the World War II.

Brief Itinerary


Day One

Arrive in Sandakan Airport (recommended flight MH2042 ETD0700hrs). Upon arrival, meet and direct transfer to the jetty (approximately 30 minutes drive). Arrives at the jetty, direct transfer to Lankayan Island Resort for 75mins boat ride (approximately). Arrives at Lankayan Island Resort – Register & Check In.

DIVER : One orientation dive before lunch. One boat dive at 1500hrs.

NON DIVER : Free own leisure.

Overnight at Chalet. (Lunch & Dinner Included)

Day Two

Breakfast at the resort.

DIVER : Three boat dives with Unlimited dives in front of the Dive Centre.

NON DIVER : Free own leisure.

Overnight at Chalet. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included)

Day Three  

After breakfast, depart Lankayan Island to return to Sandakan jetty and transfer to the airport for departure (Breakfast Included)



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3D2N Mantanani Island – Free And Easy

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Tour Code: BPMAN03
Departure Time: 7.15AM
Duration: 3 Days 2 Nights – Free & Easy
Meal: At Own Arrangement                                                                                          Departure Point: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

About MariMari Backpackers Lodge

Mari-Mari Backpackers Lodge provides our guests with clean and no frill accommodation with basic facilities. Each “Sulap” (hut or cabin in the native Kadazandusun language) is equipped with lighting and socket points, and wall fan. Guests are provided with mattress on the floor, blanket and a pillow each. You are reminded to bring along personal toiletries and towel though some basic items may be purchased at our Manta Shop. Both sulap with attached bathroom and common bathroom are provided with hot water shower facilities. It is available during the island’s regular electricity supply time, i.e. 6.00pm to 6.00am.

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Meals are available for purchase at the Lodge’s Mari-Mari Cafe. Opening hours as below :

  • Breakfast ( 7am to 10am)
  • Lunch (11am – 2pm)
  • Snacks (4pm – 5pm)
  • Dinner (6pm – 8pm)

For your convenience, we recommend that you pre-order your meals before the tours. Kindly request for the menu list. Or maybe bring along some food with you in case it is not sufficient for you. Snacks, beverages are also available for purchase at the Lodge’s Manta Shop. Shopping options is almost non-existent. Anything remotely unusual is best brought with you from the city. Island electricity supply is only available from 6.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. daily. Electricity supply voltage is 240v, 50-cycle system. You will need a 3 square pin contact plug.

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Mobile phone reception is not available on the island. The Lodge is nevertheless connected to the outside world by telephone and internet through satellite link (you can make calls – chargeable). Wi-Fi internet connection is available for rental when electricity supply is on.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1

7.15am Meet at your hotel (within KK City) and transfer by coach or van to Kuala Abai Jetty, Kota Belud. Estimated travel time will be 1 hour & 45 minutes.

0930hrs Pick up by boat at Kuala Abai Jetty, Kota Belud and depart to Mantanani Island. The journey will take approximately 1 hour to the Mari-Mari Backpacker Lodge on Mantanani Besar (Big) Island. The Mantanani Island group consists of 3 islands namely Pulau Mantanani Besar (Big Mantanani Island), Pulau Mantanani Kecil (Small Mantanani Island) and Pulau Lungisan.

NOTE: For safety reasons, we may cancel / turn back halfway if the weather or sea condition is deemed unsafe for the journey to proceed.

10.30am Upon reaching the island, check in to your accommodation. Lunch at own arrangement. Free at own leisure. Check out the various activities available on the island.

Day 2

Breakfast at own arrangement in the dining hall. We nevertheless recommend that you be up early to experience the serenity of the day break on the island, watch the sun rise over Mt. Kinabalu, see the village children going to school and fishing boats going out to the sea. Free at own leisure. Lunch and dinner at own arrangement.

Day 3

Breakfast at own arrangement in the dining hall. 7.00am Check out from your room. However, you can continue enjoying the facilities at the lodge. Please check with the crew if you need to store your luggage.

Lunch at own arrangement.

3.00pm Get ready to depart back to the mainland at Kuala Abai jetty. Upon arrival, transfer back to Kota Kinabalu.

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Mantanani Island – Discover Snorkeling

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Tour Code: BPMAN02
Departure Time: 7.15AM 
Duration: Day Trip
Meal: Lunch
Departure Point: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Brief Itinerary

Find out what is hidden beneath the sea around Mantanani Island with confidence. This programme is suitable for those who are not very comfortable in the water or has no snorkeling experience. It will allow you to learn snorkeling and some basic safety skills in shallow water before venturing out to deeper water.

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The programme is divided into 2 sessions:

Session 1

  • Shallow Water Practice (1m-2m)
  • In this section you will be given a safety briefing and do some skill practices in shallow water by our Snorkeling Guide:
  • Introduction and proper use of snorkeling equipments
  • How to breathe through your snorkel
  • How to swim with fins
  • How to clear water from mask & snorkel
  • Safety skills – e.g. cramp recovery
  • Resting position

Session 2

  • Snorkeling Adventure (3m – 5m)
  • With the skills that you have acquired in Sessions 1, your guide will now take you to your snorkeling adventure in deeper water by boat.

Take a guided tour of the Mari-Mari Bridge (our house reef) and the nearby reef. See the rich varieties of underwater lives like clownfish, anemone, colourful table coral, barrel sponges, brain coral, stack horn coral and many others.

Remark: For safety reasons, we may cancel/ turn back if the weather or sea condition is deemed unsafe for the journey to proceed. We may depart earlier from the island if we foresee there is a change in sea or weather conditions that may affect the safety of the journey.

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Mantanani Island – Leisure Diving

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Tour Code: BPMAN01
Departure Time: 7.15AM 
Duration: Day Trip
Meal: Lunch
Departure Point: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Brief Itinerary

Mantanani Island consists of 3 islands namely Pulau Mantanani Besar, Pulau Mantanani Kecil and Pulau Lungisan. Depart for 1 hour & 45 minutes drive to Kuala Abai jetty in Kota Belud. Upon arrival, depart for one hour boat ride to Mantanani Kecil. At Mari Mari Dive Lodge, freshen up and get yourself a cup of hot coffee or tea. Dive equipment will be provided and safety briefing will be given by the dive master/ Instructor.

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After gearing up, proceed to the dive site for your 1st boat dive. Return to lodge for lunch. At 2.00pm proceed for your 2nd dive. Later at 3pm, depart back to Kuala Abai jetty. Upon arrival, return to Kota Kinabalu and transfer back to your hotel.

Remark: For safety reasons, we may cancel/ turn back if the weather or sea condition is deemed unsafe for the journey to proceed. We may depart earlier from the island if we foresee there is a change in sea or weather conditions that may affect the safety of the journey.


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Pleasure Dive – Mamutik Island, Kota Kinabalu

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Tour Code: BPMPD
Departure Time: 8.00AM (KK City Centre)
Duration: 4 Hours
Meal: Light Snack
Departure Point: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Brief Itinerary


Tunku Abdul Rahman Park comprises of a cluster of 5 coral islands located just few kilometers off Kota Kinabalu. The 49sq. km marine park named after Malaysia’s first Prime Minister Offers some of the finest dive spots featuring coral reefs teeming with exotic marine life. The islands ~ Gaya, Manukan, Mamutik, Sapi & Sulug also boast white sandy beaches and are covered by low land dipterocarp forest and mangroves which harbour an intriguing variety of birds and reptiles.

Depart from Sutera Marina at 0830hrs and take a ferry boat to the offshore island Mamutik Island (15 minutes boat ride) one of the five islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park.   02 boat dives will be arranged in the morning and after lunch and an optional dive shore can be arrange before returning to mainland in the afternoon.  Diving Equipment will be provided on the island.


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Discover Scuba Diving – Mamutik Island, Kota Kinabalu

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Code: BPDSD
Departure Time: 8.00AM (KK City Centre)
Duration: 4 Hours
Meal: Light Snack
Departure Point: Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Brief Itinerary

An Introduction SCUBA experience. For Non Divers or Snorkellers who has always wanted to try scuba diving but never had the opportunity; here is your chance!! This ever-popular programme can give you the experience of a lifetime a chance for you to visit and see the beauty and wonders of underwater world.

Depart from The Marina at 0830hrs and take a ferry boat to an offshore island Mamutik Island (15 minutes boat ride) one of the five islands of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park.   There will be a dive instructor will be giving 20 minutes elaboration on the procedure (theory) and follows by 10 minutes on water skills in the shallow water.

The 5 skills are Mask Clearing, Regulator Recovery, Alternate Air Source, Stationery, Inflate & Deflate of BCD (Buoyancy Control Device) and swimming. Continue for 20 to 40 minutes diving with Instructor, depending on the air supply ~ to experience in your lifetime to see the beauty and wonders of underwater world. Unlimited Light Snacks will be provided on the island. Return to mainland in the afternoon. (Light Snacks Included)


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5D4N Maliau Basin – Borneo’s Lost World

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Tour Code: BPML01
Departure Time: 7.45AM (Ex-Tawau Airport)
Duration: 5 Days 4 Nights
Meal: Fullboard
Departure Point: Tawau, Sabah

Brief Itinerary


Day One

Meet at Tawau Airport in the early morning & overland transfer to Maliau Basin which takes 5 to 6 hours to get to the Base Camp.  Early brunch along the way.

1400hrs expected arrival time. Afternoon at leisure to wander around Agathis Camp’s Nature Trail. After dinner (if weather permits) go for a night drive in search of nocturnal animals through the 27 kilometres access road along the Agathis Camp to Belian Camp. Overnight at Agathis Camp.

Day Two

Early Breakfast at the camp. After breakfast, begin the 7km trekking through the rainforest to reach the Nepenthes Camp (Also known as Camel Trophy Camp). This will take about 6 hours of trekking over the rim of the Maliau Basin – Borneo’s Lost World. The first two hours trek is the most challenging uphill adventure. Enjoy the surrounding rich vegetation while having the midday packed lunch. The expected arrival at Nepenthes Camp is around 1 pm. Later, walk to the Giluk Falls is about one hour away and return to Nepenthes Camp. A dip in th pool is possible or go on a trek for two hours or so to see the spectacular Takob Akob Falls which is about 100 metres in height. Dinner and overnight at Nepenthes Camp.

Day Three

Breakfast at the camp. After breakfast, trek along the lowland Dipterocarp Forests for about 4–5 hours (6.5km) to Maliau Falls junction. Expected arrival and packed lunch at  Maliau Falls junction at midday. Continue the  journey to Maliau Falls via Lobah Camp; the distance is about 5 kilometres. It takes 2 to 3 hours of downhill trek. Take the opportunity to photograph the majestic 7-tiers Maliau Falls. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Maliau Basin rim at the Lobah Helipad.  Trek to Ginseng Camp and expected to arrive at 1800hrs. Dinner and overnight at Ginseng Camp.

Day Four

Breakfast at the camp. After breakfast, trek along the rainforest back to Agathis Camp. It takes about 6–7 hours trekking. Stop for packed lunch at any rest station before continuing your trek to Agathis Camp. Settle in at the Agathis Camp for the last night of the adventure in the tropical rainforest. Overnight at Agathis Camp.

Day Five

Breakfast at the camp. Depart Agathis Camp, take the ground transfer to Tawau Airport. On the way, stopover at the watch tower and Sky Bridge at Belian Camp. 1300hrs, expected arrival at Tawau Airport for the onward flights.

Other  information:

  1. Optional: Porters can be arranged at RM100.00 per day, subject to change.  Max. Load of 12 kilogrammes  per Porter.
  2. For this programme to match the time schedule : Flights utilized  to and from Kota Kinabalu, flights and price are subject to change without notice.

* Kota Kinabalu – Tawau: 

Malaysia Airlines: ( Terminal One ) – MH2121 ETD 0700 hrs/ ETA 0745hrs ( approximately RM 300 nett, subject to change. )

* Tawau – Kota Kinabalu:

Malaysia Airlines:  – MH2134 – ETD 1440 hrs/ ETA 1525 hrs. (approximately RM 300 nett subj to change )

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