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Oil rig converted into dive resort in Sabah, Malaysia

Because it’s what’s underneath the surface that counts

It was originally commissioned as an exploration jack up rig in the oil and gas industry, but now this metal monstrosity, as described by owners, has been “mildly converted” into a haven for divers in the heart of the coral triangle in Sabah, Malaysia.


The Seaventures Dive Rig is a PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Resort based about 26 kilometres south from Semporna in Sabah, Malaysia; less than a kilometre from Mabul Island (renowned for great macro and muck diving); five kilometres from Kapalai Island with its sunken wrecks and artificial reefs; and about nine kilometres north of Sipadan Island, which is ranked as one of the best diving destinations in the world.



Key to the Dive Rig is an elevator that lowers divers directly into the best house reef in the area right under the rig. Divers simply walk on, are lowered into the water, and slide right off into their dive. The lift is also the main platform for the famous Rig Jump.


But Seaventures Dive Rig is also a resort that caters for couples, families and those on a budget wanting a place to dive, sleep and dive again. And, as the owners say, “Let’s face it, you’re here to make the most of your diving and so long as you’re comfortable in a good night’s rest, everything else is just a short walk down the stairs”.


All images GOUNUSUAL.COM/MERCURY PRESS (Source Mercury)


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Written by: Gaya Avery
Published: 25 March 2015

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