”Now we have found an untouched piece of art” – Jacques Cousteau on Sipadan Island
The year was 1983 when Borneo Divers began their dive trips to Sipadan, the secret oceanic paradise discovered by Ron Holland. Subsequently, Mr. Holland welcomed underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau and his film crew to Sipadan Island which resulted in Mr. Cousteau’s movie “Borneo: Ghost of the Sea Turtle”. This documented Sipadan’s beauty and lush marine life, bringing the island international fame. The diving scene in Borneo exploded as a result and prompted Clement Lee and his dive buddies, Randy Davis, Ron Holland and Samson Shak to incorporate Borneo Divers, the first recreational diving operations in Sabah.
In 1984, Clement Lee became a certified PADI dive instructor and pioneered the very first dive school in Tanjung Aru with the approval of PADI’s American headquarters. Inspired to share his passion for diving with more people, Lee also founded the first Child Academy in Sabah, produced Malaysia’s first female dive instructor, and pioneered a multi-racial multi-cultural dive instructor team, amongst many other innovative projects.
Today, 23 years on, Borneo Divers is proud to still be the leading professional dive operation in Sabah, Malaysia.
With operations on both the East and West Coasts of Sabah, Borneo Divers really does have the best of both worlds.
On the East Coast, off the gorgeous coastline of Mabul, our unique resort operation quite simply offers the best underwater experience possible, in what can only be described as crystal clear waters with some of the richest marine biodiversity known to mankind!
On the West Coast, just off the coastline of Kota Kinabalu, Borneo Divers offers PADI training unlike any other as the ONLY PADI facility with recognized “institute” status in the country, on the incredibly quant Mamutik Island
Our team of PADI professionals at the institute range from Divemasters to Course Directors (the highest accolade available within PADI). Many of our staff have been with us for over a decade so you can therefore be assured of the highest level of training possible and of course leave with fond memories of your time with us.
Diving is our passion and we feel sure that very soon it will be yours too.
Jump on in… the water’s warm. We can’t wait to share our world with you!