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desertdiver11

Member Since 13 Mar 2011
Offline Last Active Aug 10 2015 11:36 AM
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#363540 Liveaboard at Sipadan - MV Celebes Explorer

Posted by desertdiver11 on 24 July 2015 - 08:57 AM

My trip on the Celebes Explorer was some time before 2010, I can't remember the exact year, but my experience was similar to Florida Sun's.  We dove Sipadan daily (fantastic!) and the great part of being on the Celebes Explorer was that we were closer to Sipadan than traveling from, for example, Sipadan Water Village (no bouncy boat ride).  That was the ONLY good part of being on the Celebes Explorer. The vessel itself was old, dirty, and infested with bugs.  The "rinse buckets", if you can call it that, were 1/3 filled with dirty water which was never changed.  There were things floating in it..............so needless to say, they weren't used.  The dives were strictly limited to 45 minutes.  After 40 minutes, the dive masters signaled start ascending, and if you didn't start your safety stop right then, they kept ringing and ringing.  IMHO, I would skip the CE and stay at SWV or another resort at Mabul, which is so much more pleasant.  Guides there are friendly, knowledgeable, and treat you like an adult.