Mari Mari Sepanggar Open Water Dive Course (OWC) - Sepanggar Island, Sabah Borneo


Trip Description

Take a Scuba Lesson with the PADI Open Water Diver course in Sepanggar Island. Why not?

 The water is clear and warm. The coral reef for your open water activities is nearby and offer great variety of marine life. It makes getting certified efficient.

 The island offers you tranquility and romance. Great place to relax in between course work.

 Not to mention the quality of instruction that we offer: experience instructors, maximum dive time, leisure class time and PADI of course.

The PADI Open Water Diver course is the world’s most popular scuba course, and has introduced millions of people to the adventurous diving lifestyle.

WHAT YOU LEARN

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of 3 main phases:

KD - Knowledge Development (online, home study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of

scuba diving.

CW - Confined Water dives to learn basic scuba skills

OW – Open Water dives to review your skills and explore!

The course will contain 5 KD session, 5 CW session and 4 open water dives.

WHO CAN ENROLL

1. Minimum age of 15 years old. Participants that are of 10 years of age or older will be awarded a Junior

Open Water Diver certificate.

2. Anyone who is in good health and reasonably fit

3. Comfortable in the water or being able to swim

Destination
Sabah ~ Kota Kinabalu ~ Sepanggar Island


Minimum No of Pax
2

Place of Departure
Jesselton Point jetty, Kota Kinabalu

Availability
Daily. Unless weather conditions do not allow the boats to leave the mainland.

Conditions
Due to the nature of the tour as well as the journey which involves overland and sea transportation, the trip is not recommend to anyone who has pre-existing medical conditions (such as pregnancy, hypertension, back pain problem...etc) that will normally preclude him/her from taking part in activities of similar nature.

Age limit for diving with compressed air is 12 years old and above.

For safety reasons, tour and activities are dependent on SEA & WEATHER CONDITIONS. The operator reserves the rights to CANCEL or POSTPONE the tour or any activities if we deem there is an absence of a safe operating environment.
Liability Release Form MUST be understood and signed by the participant before the tour and activities commence.

Things To Bring:
Payment / Service Voucher, Pocket money, Insect repellent, Sun-block lotion,Change of clothes, Raincoat to protect against water splashes during boat ride, Cap / Hat, Plastic bag/DRY BAG to protect your personal belongings from getting WET. Good hiking shoes for those who may want to take a walk on the jungle.

For divers, please bring along your logbook &diver certification card

Location
Meeting point at Jesselton point ferry terminal building, Counter no.12.

THE FUN PART

The fun part about this course is …. Well, just about all of it because learning to dive is incredible. You breathe underwater for the first time and

learn what you need to become a certified diver, all under the supervision of your PADI instructor.

The SCUBA Gear

you use In the PADI Open Water Diver course, you will learn to use the basic gear, such as the BCD; Buoyancy Compensating Device that holds your tank, a scuba regulator that delivers air, a weight system and instrumentation to monitor depth and air supply, Wetsuit and others. All these are inclusive in your course fee.

LEARNING MATERIALS YOU NEED

PADI offers a variety of home-study materials for the Open Water Diver course. While eLearning is the most convenient option, all our participants will be provided; 1. Open Water Diver manual 2. PADI Recreational Dive Planner – table version 3. Logbook PADI’s Open Water Diver manual covers what you need to know about basic scuba diving skills, terminology and safety procedures. For each concept you’ll read a description and watch a video demonstration. Then you’ll jump in to the confined water environment to practice these skills with your instructor. Later, as a certified diver, use the course materials as a reference guide for future diving adventures and to review what you learned.

WHAT ARE INCLUDED ?

1. 5 Times Confined Water Dives & 4 Times Leisure Dives

2. Diving Equipments

3. Course Materials

4. Certification Processing Fee

WHAT’S EXCLUDED ?

Boat transport to island, carbonated/alcoholic beverages and items not mentioned.

Mari Mari Sepanggar Open Water Dive Course (OWC) ~ till 30th November 2017 (Rate based on per night per person)

DAY TRIP PACKAGE CODE Ex Kota Kinabalu TOUR PRICE (PER PERSON & ON SIC BASIS)
NonMalaysian Malaysian
S4 OPEN WATER COURSE RM1,166 RM1,060

Tours are EX JESSELTON POINT JETTY, KOTA KINABALU.

Trip Includes :

Jetty fee, Return boat transfers. Welcome drink.Drinking water, coffee and tea. Lunch, Snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins and life vest), Beach towel

Please Note

ALL rates are inclusive of 6% GST.

Participant should be reasonably fit physically as visit to the island involves travelling by boat and its outdoor nature. We normally do not recommend it to anyone who has pre-existing medical conditions (such as pregnancy, hypertension, back pain problem...etc) that might preclude him/her from taking part in activities of similar nature.

Handicap facilities are not available on the island.

The Lodge is off the electricity supply grid and is fully powered by solar energy. The power supply is NOT suitable for use of everyday electrical appliances. Charging stations for handphones and and laptops are available at common areas.

For safety reasons, tour and activities are dependent on SEA & WEATHER CONDITIONS. We reserve the rights to CANCEL or POSTPONE the tour or any activities if we deem there is absence of a safe operating environment.

Liability Release Form and Tour Attendance MUST be understood and signed by participant before tour commences.

All Children below 12 years old must be accompanied by parents or guardians who will be solely responsible for their safety and well being.

You might get WET during the boat journey, so please be sure to pack and stow your belongings properly during the journey. Dry bags or plastic bags for waterproofing are recommended.

We will not be liable for any damage to your belongings caused by exposure to elements of nature such as weather and sea conditions.

Kindly note that you are responsible for the safe keeping of your belongings at all time. We do not encourage guests bringing along electronic devices, valuables and important documents.

Age limit for diving with compressed air is 12 years old and above.

Please check with us if you have any special dietary request, e.g. vegetarian. We however do not guarantee that we will be able to meet all requests.

Please provide passport number and full name for registration as required by the Authorities.

ITINERARY

PADI Open Water Diver Course (3 Days)(Day Trippers)

(Itineraries for overnight guests will differ on transportation arrangement)

DAY 1

0920 HRS Meet up at Jesselton Point Jetty, Counter No. 12 - Mari Mari Sepanggar Island.

0945 HRS Depart on speedboat for about 10—15 minutes to Sepanggar Island.

1000 HRS Reach Mari-Mari Sepanggar Island. Proceed for area Orientation, Course registration & Equipment preparation.

Start Confined Water (CW) 1, 2 & 3. Lunch break. Depart for Open Water (OW) dive 1. Receive assignment on

Knowledge Development (KD) 1,2, & 3 from Instructor.

1700 HRS Boat departure to Jesselton Point Jetty.

DAY 2

0920 HRS Meet up at Jesselton Point Jetty, Counter No. 12 - Mari Mari Sepanggar Island.

0945 HRS Depart on speedboat for about 10—15 minutes to Sepanggar Island.

1000 HRS Reach Mari-Mari Sepanggar Island. Review for KD 1,2 & 3.

1200 HRS Lunch & Free at leisure

1330 HRS Depart for CW 4 & 5, OW 2 & 3. Receive assignment on KD 4 & 5 from Instructor.

1700 HRS Boat departure to Jesselton Point Jetty.

Day 3

0920 HRS Meet up at Jesselton Point Jetty, Counter No. 12 - Mari Mari Sepanggar Island.

0945 HRS Depart on speedboat for about 10—15 minutes to Sepanggar Island.

1000 HRS Reach Mari-Mari Sepanggar Island. KD 4 & 5, OW 4.

1230 HRS Lunch.

1430 HRS Final Exam. CONGRATULATIONS!!

1700 HRS Boat departure to Jesselton Point Jetty. End of service & Thank you!

* Timing of the itinerary is subject to changes to suit the class.

Things To Note (Important - Please read carefully):

For safety reasons, tour and activities are dependent on SEA & WEATHER CONDITIONS. We reserve the rights to CANCEL or POSTPONE the tour or any activities if we deem there is an absence of a safe operating environment. We monitor closely weather changes through the relevant sources.

Due to the nature of the tour as well as the journey which involves overland and sea transportation, we do not recommend it to anyone who has pre-existing medical conditions that will normally preclude him/her from taking part in activities of similar nature.

Children below 2 years old is also not encouraged. We reserve the right to refuse service where we deem appropriate.

Liability Release Form MUST be signed and understood by the participant before the tour and activities commence.

You might get WET during the boat journey, so please be sure to pack and stow your belongings properly during the journey. Dry bags or plastic bags for waterproofing are recommended.

You may like to bring along rain coat in case of rain or to protect against splahes during the boat ride.

We will not be liable for any damage to your belongings caused by exposure to elements of nature such as weather and sea conditions.

Kindly note that you are responsible for the safe keeping of your belongings at all time. We do not encourage guests bringing along electronic devices, valuables and important documents.

Please check with us if you have any special dietary request, e.g. vegetarian. We however do not guarantee that we will be able to meet all requests.

Please provide passport number and full name for security reasons.

LAND TRANSFER SCHEDULE & PRICING

DAY TRIP PACKAGES:

Transfer services are from WISMA SABAH only. Extra charges will be levied when picking up from other hotels according to zones. However, these are subject to availability and confirmation. Please check with us for detail coverage of the zones during reservation.

Zone A: Kota Kinabalu City Centre - From BANDARAN BERJAYA (South) to 1BORNEO (North) = RM26.50/person*

Zone B: Outside KK City Centre - SUTERA HARBOUR (South) to NEXUS (North) = RM37.10/person*

Zone C: Outside KK City Centre - STAR (South) to RASA RIA (North) = RM53.00/person*

* PICK UP TIME & POINTS (For Daytrip & Overnight Mantanani Tours)

Pick Up Time Pick Up Point
0645 hrs Shangri La’s Tanjung Aru Resort (STAR)
0700 hrs Pacific Sutera Hotel / Magellan Sutera Resort
0715 hrs Kota Kinabalu - Wisma Sabah / Gaya Centre Hotel
0745 hrs 1Borneo Area
0815 hrs Nexus Karambunai Resort
0840 hrs Shangri La’s Rasa Ria Resort


RESERVATION AND PAYMENT

Reservation will be held for you for 15 days, during which you are required to remit to us a non-refundable and non-transferable deposit of 50% of the total cost of the reservation. Failure to remit the deposit will result in the reservation being cancelled.


Full payment must be made 14 days before the tour date.

Guest details (name list with identification details as per below) must be submitted to us prior to commencement of tour, for verification and confirmation as required by the Authorities:

i.) GUEST FULL NAME

ii.) DATE OF BIRTH

iii.) PASSPORT NUMBER & ISSUING COUNTRY

iv.) NATIONALITY

v.) EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBER / LOCAL NUMBER (if available)

vi.) FLIGHT DETAILS (ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE)

CANCELLATION & NO SHOW

a. 50% of full package payment will be forfeited for cancellation made between 15-30 days from tour date and;

b. 75% of full package payment will be forfeited for cancellation made between 8-14 days from tour date.

c. 100% for cancellation within 7 days from the tour date.

UNUSED SERVICES AND AMENDMENTS

a. 100% of full package payment will be forfeited if the guest did not turn up on the specified date of the tour confirmed.

b. No refund will be made for any part of the services included in the package that was not utilized by guest after commencement of tour.

c. In the event guests have arrived at Kuala Abai Jetty on our land transport and the tour has to be cancelled due to bad weather, sea conditions or other factors which is beyond the control of our Company, refund of full package cost minus 30% of published return land transfer fee will be given.

d. Amendments to package or services booked are subject to availability and must be made 7 days before tour date. Additional charges, if any, must be settled in full once amendment is accepted.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Q: WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT THE ISLAND?

A: The best time to visit is from April to September. Outside of this period you might need flexibility of schedules to travel as the sea can be rough at times. Our guests’ safety and comfort are our TOP priorities. Tours are at times cancelled to abide to our Safe Operation Policies.

2. Q: WHAT PRECAUTION SHOULD I TAKE AGAINST MOSQUITOES OR OTHER INSECT?

A: You are in the natural surroundings of the island so it is advisable to bring along insect repellents. Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn, so it’s best to stay away from dark and humid areas at these times. Mosquitoes net may be provided upon request.

3 Q: IS THERE ANYTHING THAT I SHOULD LOOK OUT FOR WHILE WALKING ON THE BEACH?

A: The island is endowed with white sandy beaches and crystal clear water that you will enjoy wading in. It is however also the natural habitat of rays and urchins who might not like to be surprised. So please tread lightly and have your flip-flops on.

4. Q: IF I LEARN TO SCUBA DIVE AT MARI-MARI DIVE CENTRE, IS MY LICENSE RECOGNISED WORLDWIDE?

A: YES. WE are a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) authorised Dive Resort and divers we helped to certify are recognised all over the world.

5. Q: WHAT ARE THE SCHEDULES FOR THE LAND AND BOAT TRANSFER?

A: We have only one schedule for each transfer sector.

* These schedules are based on estimated time only and are subject to changes. Factors that can affect the schedules are traffic, sea and weather conditions. Ample allowances are advised if you have confirmed onward travel arrangement. Private charter and transfer outside regular schedules may be arranged subject to charges and availability.

6.Q: HOW CAN I PAY MY BILLS ON THE ISLAND?

A: You can pay by cash. We accept Malaysian Ringgit currency notes only. It is not advisable to pay by credit card. Although we do have Credit cards facility, it is still dependant on the instability of our satellite line. Credit cards accepted are Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

7. Q: WHAT HAPPEN IF MY TRIP IS CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER?

A: In the event that the trip is cancelled by us due to factors that are beyond our control such as weather or sea condition, we will refund in full the tour fees after deducting any finance charges that may have been incurred. We however refuse liability for any damages, inconveniences or costs that may have been incurred as a result of the cancellation.

8. Q: WHAT HAPPEN IF I CANNOT MAKE THE TRIP?

A: Kindly note our cancellation policy as follow:

50% of full package payment will be forfeited for cancellation made within 15-30 days from tour date and;

75% of full package payment will be forfeited for cancellation made within 8-14 days from tour date;

100% for cancellation within 7 days from the tour date.

9. Q: IF I DO NOT WANT TO DO THE ACTIVITIES IN THE PACKAGE OFFERED, WILL I GET ANY REFUND?

A: No refund will be given for any part of the services included in any packaged tours that was not utilized by guest at their own option after commencement of tour. Full refund of the relevant item will be given if a service could not be rendered by us in the event of adverse sea, weather or other conditions necessary for service.

10. Q. CAN I JOIN THE TOUR IF I AM PREGNANT?

A: Unfortunately NO, we do not allow pregnant women to join our tour as the sea condition can get quite rough and there is a lack of medical facilities in such a remote location.

UNUSED SERVICES AND AMENDMENTS

a. 100% of full package payment will be forfeited if the guest did not turn up on the specified date of the tour confirmed.
b. No refund will be made for any part of the services included in the package that was not utilized by guest after commencement of tour.
c. In the event guests have arrived at Kuala Abai Jetty on our land transport and the tour has to be cancelled due to bad weather, sea conditions or other factors which is beyond the control of our Company, refund of full package cost minus 30% of published return land transfer fee will be given.
d. Amendments to package or services booked are subject to availability and must be made 7 days before tour date. Additional charges, if any, must be settled in full once amendment is accepted

Booking.com