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Celebes Explorer 9

The 35-foot (116-meter) Celebes Explorer is the only liveaboard taking divers to Sipadan Island. She has permits to carry up to 16 guests to some of this region's most spectacular diving.

A word from Dom … “The Celebes Explorer 9 launched in 2019, replacing an older vessel which didn’t get great reviews. While the new boat is still not a luxury liveaboard, it has lots of space & gets divers where they want to go. The stunning resorts in the Sipadan / Mabul region cannot (due to permit allocations) provide as many Sipadan dives as the Explorer can. So, weigh your choices well. I can highly recommend a couple of the resorts …. but I can also now more confidently recommend Celebes Explorer, if Sipadan is your goal” Dominick Macan

Celebes Explorer Ext opt

On Board Celebes Explorer 9

2 DOUBLE cabins
queen beds
6 standard TWIN cabins with triple bunk beds

Each cabin has air conditioning, private ensuite with hot showers and a dressing table.

3 to 4 boat dives daily mostly around Sipadan
(except first & last days)
12 liter tanks
scuba gear available
nitrox available

accommodation, meals & diving
transfers between Tawau airport and the liveaboard
tanks, weights and weight belt
3 meals a day plus light snacks and beverages

international & domestic airfare
mineral water, juices, soft drinks
beer & wine
park fees

Great Diving ... Plenty Of Room To Relax

The sun deck, on the top of the vessel, offers lounge chairs for catching those all-important rays. But, you’ll also find comfy loungers located under cover at the stern on the upper deck, just downstairs from the sun deck. Also at this level is a very nice little interior, air-conditioned lounge with deep sofas, a TV and mini-bar. On the main deck, is the larger interior lounge where you’ll find a library & some board games.

This large lounge area has a big buffet table in the center and serves as the dining room, with restaurant-style seating. The main deck also houses two of the cabins and the remaining 6 cabins are on the lower deck.

Food is simple, but good, and largely Asian-style cuisine. As mentioned earlier, it is served buffet style.


Celebes Explorer offers 3, 4 and 7-night itineraries to Sipadan Island. On 7-night trips you will dive Sipadan every day with the excepton of the first and last day.

A coral island on top of an extinct volcano, Sipadan is graced with steep drop-offs which form a 600 meter wall. The corals are world-class & with the drop-offs, which are washed by upwelling currents carrying rich nutrients, you get superb pelagic action at the same site as corals & critters. An astonishing number of Green turtles are resident here and the water is teeming with schools of fascinating bumphead parrotfish, large schools of barracuda and trevally …. grey & whitetip reef sharks, leopard sharks, bamboo sharks, even thresher sharks, white tip sharks, eagle rays, mantas & marble rays. The frosting on the cake, the intriguing scalloped hammerhead!


This Vessel Does Not Transmit Live Availability.

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