Camps International 2019

Borneo Divers welcome Camps International students to Borneo Divers Dive Academy & Leisure Centre in Mamutik Island for the 2nd consecutive year in 2019 from 7 July to 20 August.  Participants spent their summer weeks in Borneo for 4-days program in the island.

Students awere excited to begin their 4 days of adventure in Mamutik Island.

PADI Course Director Mr. Chong briefed on Gear Up Session.

Pool Session, breathing skills demonstration by Dive instructors.

Students were excited for boat dive!

Evening get together for study!

Hands on activity for Non-diver Emergency First Response.

Delighted to be part of beach clean-up.

Non-diver Beach Snorkelling activities, students were having so much fun.

Birthday Celebration in Mamutik Island.

Delicious full board meals for students to enjoy.

On graduation, everyone were happy to receive their certificate!

We are happy it was another successful Camp International Summer Camp Program.  Wishing all the students the best in life and hope to see them in the future!

 “Most of the student never dived before, it was good to see them certified as divers” PADI Course Director, Mr Chong Hiong Hoak

“Some students were doing great and some needed a little motivations. Generally they had fun with professional guidance.” Dive Instructor, Marilyn.

“My expectation is that the students will learn and discover how important and beautiful is underwater world especially the coral and marine life.” Dive Instructor, Jonathan.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

International Coastal Cleanup Day (21.9.2019)

Borneo Divers’ crew kicked start beach and shore clean-up at 8:15 in the morning in Mabul Island. 40 staff from all departments gathered for 1 hour to support International Coastal Clean-up Day.

Beach clean-up in progress.  Every inch we clean!

Happy faces during clean-up session, everyone was working hard to make the beach clean from garbages!

Meanwhile clean-up team also concentrated to collect garbages from the shallow water. It was a cold cloudy day but our team never gave up.

For the first session of 1 hour beach clean-up, the team has collected 488kg of garbages! We has exceeded our target of 150kg!

Second session started at 4pm and underwater clean-up team getting ready to clean underwater near to the jetty.

The clean-up team determined to clean the House Reef – Paradise 2.

Garbages were removed from the ocean for good. A Total of 11kg of garbages collected from the ocean.

Overall it was a fruitful day, we have collected a total of 499kg of garbage today.  Glad for the effort and contribution in making our beach clean.  Until next time!

7th Borneo Divers’ Celebration of Sea Turtles in Mabul 2019 (post-event) Press Release

Borneo Divers and Sea Sports (Sabah) Sdn. Bhd. in collaboration with the Sabah Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment and its various agencies (Sabah Wildlife Department; Sabah Tourism Board and Sabah Parks); the Borneo Marine Research Institute of Universiti Malaysia Sabah; the Dive Unit of the Royal Malaysian Police; The Borneo Connections Sdn. Bhd; and The Flying Dusun Sdn. Bhd. organised the very successful ‘7th Borneo Divers’ Celebration of Sea Turtles in Mabul 2019’. This Ecovolunteerism and Outreach event was held from 11 to 14 November 2019 at the Borneo Divers Mabul Resort.

The objectives of this event were:

C – Conservation

A – Awareness

R – Research

E – Education

During the course of the programme, Dr. Pushpa Palaniappan from UMS and the team of volunteer Research Assistants photographed, measured and tagged 74 sea turtles caught in their natural habitat in Mabul by the expert dive team (including 19 Marine Police divers) in 15 dives. The two schools in Mabul Island – SK Mabul and School of Hope were also invited to participate in the educational activities held during the event.

The Opening Ceremony, held on 12 November 2019, was officiated by Datuk Christina Liew, the Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, who was represented by Mr Augustine Tuuga, the Director of the Sabah Wildlife Department (Figure 1). Highlights during this event include the following:

  1. A NEW record of a third species of sea turtles in Mabul waters – an olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) (Figure 2).
  2. A NEW record of catching a juvenile green turtle (Figure 1) on a biannual basis TWELVE (12) times consecutively for biological research since May 2014.
  3. Dr Ai Yin, the Wildlife Rescue Unit veterinarian from the Sabah Wildlife Department sent two green turtles to the rehabilitation centre in Mabul – the former was slightly emaciated and covered with algae (Figure 3) and the latter had signs of the skin cancer, fibropapillomatosis (Figure 4)

Figure 1: Mr Augustine Tuuga, Director of the Sabah Wildlife Department releases the juvenile green turtle (Chelonia mydas) that was caught 12 times consecutively for biological research since May 2014.

Figure 2: A new record of an olive ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) in the waters of Mabul Island.

Figure 3: An adult male green turtle (Chelonia mydas) that was sent to the rehabilitation centre as it was slightly emaciated and covered with algae.

Figure 4: A juvenile green turtle (Chelonia mydas) with signs of the skin cancer, fibropapillomatosis.

Let’s Go Kota Kinabalu

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Borneo Divers welcome 53 winners of Sapil Intense “Let’s go Kota Kinabalu” contest with Gold 101.3fm from Dubai, United Arab Emirates in Mamutik Island on 3rd November 2019.

Group registration at Star Marina jetty. Getting ready to go to mamutik Island.

Wow, popular RJ Naizal and RJ Binju from Gold 101.3fm all the way from Dubai is in the house to update activities live in Kota Kinabalu.

Peace! Upon arriving to Mamutik Island. Our guest was mesmerized with the beauty of Mamutik Island.

Perfect weather plus comfortable open air seating area for our guest to settle down, chit chatting and enjoying seaview.

Creating memories in Mamutik Island, our guest participated in Discover Scuba Diving program. Exploring the beauty of the underwater world of Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park.

It’s lunch time, our guest enjoying Borneo Divers’ luxurious buffet spread in Mamutik Island.

So lively! After lunch, snorkeling session continued. Everyone enjoyed their time.

Give your best pose!

It was indeed a wonderful day with Let’s go Kota Kinabalu group. Let’s take a group photo for a wonderful remembrance.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

MABUL WORLD TURTLE DAY 2019

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Borneo Divers in collaboration with Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) hosted the SEVENTH celebration of Mabul World Turtle Day 2019 event from 29 April until 2 May 2019 at the Borneo Divers Mabul Resort in Mabul Island, Semporna. This programme will contribute towards the on-going sea turtle research activities in Mabul as well as to educate the residents and visitors to Mabul Island about marine conservation.

The event was officiated by YB Tuan Assaffal P.  Alian (Assistant Minister of Tourism, Culture & Environment Sabah), on  30th April 2019 and Puan Jamilah Binti Abdul Halim (Director of Tourism Malaysia Sabah), Puan Norasmah Binti Jaafar (Director of Kolej Komuniti Semporna), Ms Doreen Dominic Munting (Assistant Product Manager of Sabah Tourism Board) and Mr Jon Taran (Officer from Wildlife Department Tawau) attended the opening ceremony.

There are 2 working groups comprising  diving team and research teams. The diving team headed by Ms Christine Perroud (The Borneo Connections Sdn. Bhd.) and Mr Subuh (Honorary Wildlife Warden from the Borneo Divers Mabul Resort) were responsible for capturing the turtles underwater and the research team headed by Dr Pushpa Palaniappan from Borneo Marine Research Institute of Universiti Malaysia Sabah was responsible for the sea turtle biological research including monitoring the short-term growth rates.

Students from the schools on the island were having great fun with a variety of games on the beach of Borneo Divers.  There were a lot of presents to be won.  They were excited over their winning prizes.

In the evening of 30th April 2019, Dr. Pushpa held a talk and quiz session to instill knowledge of turtle conservation for students.

A BBQ dinner on the 4th day marked the closing ceremony.  All participants received Certificates of Participation from the organizer, and the donors  received Adoption Certificate for adopting sea turtles.  A total of 15 dives made by the diving team over the 4 days duration, with a total of 79 turtles were tagged.

Borneo Divers took the opportunity to recognize and laud the honesty of the Housekeeping personnel,  Mr Jen Jen Karmin for reporting a lost and found valuable Apple brand watch to the office.  It was indeed a great night and everyone had fun.  Looking forward for Borneo Divers’ Celebration of Sea Turtle Day event in November.

International Coastal Cleanup with Borneo Divers at Mamutik Island, Kota Kinabalu

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Borneo Divers’ staff, families and friends kicked start beach clean-up at 8:30 in the morning at Borneo Divers Mamutik Island compound.

Very Sad! Found all sorts of trash that do not belong to the beach.

Everyone were doing their best to clean the island.

Divers were preparing to start reef clean up at Manukan island in the morning.   Briefing was conducted by Borneo Divers instructor, Marilyn.

Junior divers, Keira & Julia joined the underwater clean up too!

Getting ready in action!

In only 10minutes, 1 fullmesh bag of garbage collected.

Julia, the junior diver did not give up and gently picked up the trash that got stuck near the corals with good buoyancy control, trying not to damage the coral.

Thanks to Rachel, Julia managed to pull the trash out carefully.

Oh no! How long has this plastic bottle been down here?

Wonder how did this hose ended down here?

Don’t worry, we got it!

Poor visibility does not stop them from reef cleaning.

No harm having a little fun time underwater right?

Time to bring the trash out from the ocean.

Out from the ocean for good. A total of 60.1kg of garbage collected from the ocean.

Our team at the beach was also doing a good job cleaning up the beach. A total of 90.5kg garbage collected.

Happy to carry the garbages to the garbage collecting centre for measurement.

Overall it was a fruitful day, we have collected a total of 150.6kg of garbage today. Thank you to those who took part in World Cleanup day at Mamutik Island with Borneo Divers.  Until next time[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]