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Scuba Diving at Mabul Island, Borneo
Dive Site: Sea Venture Oil Rig
Location: Mabul Island
Depth: 17 metres (56 feet)
Visibility: 15 metres (50 feet)
Straight out in front of the Mabul Lodge at Borneo Divers Resort is an oil rig. Now the last thing I expected to be diving on when I booked a weeks diving in Malaysia was an oil rig. And even more surprising is the fact that this oil rig (now non-operational) has been converted into the Sea Venture Dive Resort and you can spend your time here living aboard. The waters surrounding the structure are around 18m to 20m and whilst the sea bed is predominantly of sand composition the underwater supports and pieces of old metal have become the home to huge numbers of snappers and soldierfish, again the shoals numbered in their hundreds. As we dived between the superstructure support legs we found a massive giant moray eel had made its home here. The viz was quite poor due to surface run off from the recent monsoons and stormy weather during our trip (the rainstorms overnight and constant thunder and lightening left us awestruck), but the water remained a constant 28 degrees and the current was slight. During the latter part of our dive we were surprised to be joined by an unlikely buddy - a Clanger diver (see picture) who was investigating an interesting starfish. As we ascended the oil rig legs there were clearfin lionfish and large numbers of glassfish danced below the surface. An unusual dive.
Rik Vercoe, BSAC Advanced Instructor
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