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How to get to diving in Brunei and Borneo...

  • csawala

    Joined Travelfish
    21st April, 2011
    Posts: 13

    Doing research now but any help would be appreciated.
    I am currently in Koh Tao, Thailand, diving, but am probably heading off in the next day or so back to mainland, and then heading towards Singapore to meet a friend.

    From there, I was hoping to make my way to Borneo area (Sipadan, Layang Layang, Lankayan Island) to get some diving in but I am not sure how to get around once I land in Brunei (I found cheap flights to there via AirAsia)...
    All I know so far is that I would have to fly from Kuala Lumpur, but after that I am at a loss...

    Any suggestions?

    #1 Posted: 2/10/2011 - 12:35

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  • savorygal

    Joined Travelfish
    16th July, 2010
    Posts: 119

    you will probably want to fly from Brunei to Tawau, which is the nearest airport to Semporna, which is the jumping off point to mabul/sipadan. I dove with scuba junkies and would highly recommend them. you must have a permit to dive sipadan, and they are in limited supply so I would secure your permit asap, whomever you dive with should be able to sort that out for you. Diving in maul is also very good, especially if you are a muck diver. Once you are in sabah, travel overland is very easy so getting to layang layang should be relatively painless.

    #2 Posted: 2/10/2011 - 16:45

  • tyler

    Joined Travelfish
    7th December, 2010
    Location Canada
    Posts: 251

    I also dove with Scuba Junkie and recommend them as well. You might consider contacting them before arrival for a couple of reasons. They will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to Semporna. And you can get a head start on your Sipidan permit. Scuba Junkie has rooms in Semporna and also on Mabul. I recommend staying on Mabul. The rooms are great, food is included in the price, 3 dives per trip (at least it was like this 2 years ago) and shorter trips to the dive sites. If getting a permit is an issue with Scuba Junkie (time/politics) try one of the other operators on Mabul (Uncle Tans') and keep in mind the permit is a bit more expensive than the other sites. The diving is some of the best in SEA so enjoy!

    #3 Posted: 2/10/2011 - 22:30

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