Borneo Surfer’s Watersports Centre

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Borneo Surfer’s Watersports Centre

Type: Dive Centre

Location: Tip of Borneo, Kudat, Sabah

About: Borneo Surfer Watersport Center is founded by local dive professionals Ivan and Camuel, both of which have been scuba diving for decades, and have been diving around Kudat well before it became known to the public. The dive centre is a simple no frills establishment right in the heart of the Tip of Borneo (Tun Mustafa Marine Park). Their decision to set up in Kudat, leaving behind the comforts of Kota Kinabalu and even the luxuries of Layang Layang Atoll speaks volumes regarding the diving quality in Kudat. During the offseason, hit them up for other watersports such as surfing, body boarding and even kite surfing (psst.. Ivan is a surfing instructor). Above or below the surface, Borneo Surfer Watersport Center has got you covered!

Affiliations: PADI

Distinction: N/A

Languages: English, Malay, and Mandarin

Number of Instructors: 1

Number of Divemasters: 1

Number of Boats: 1 v-hull dive boat, fitted with first aid kit and emergency oxygen

Type of Diving: Discover Scuba Diving (“DSD”) and guided dives (boat, deep, drift, night)

Courses Offered: All PADI courses (open water to divemaster) and experience programmes

Able to Cater to Physically Disabled Divers: No

Equipment Rental: Yes, equipped with Mares

Nitrox Available: No

Other Services: N/A

Instructor to DSD Student Ratio (max): 1:4

Instructor to Course Student Ratio (max): 1:4

Dive Guide to Leisure Diver Ratio (max): 1:6

Non-Diving Activities: Snorkelling, surfing, stand up paddleboard, kite-surfing, fishing

Facilities / Infrastructure: Dive shop, backpacker style chalets


  • Jetty: N/A
  • Hotel: Yes, can be arranged

Safety: All boats are equipped with full safety equipment, including emergency oxygen

Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, online bank transfers


“What was supposed to be a day trip ended up at a spur of the moment (thank you, beer!) being a weekend trip of 4 dives at Simpang Mengayau, Kudat. The last minute extension was smooth and easy, thanks to Scubahive and the dive centre arranging accomo at nearby lodgings and meals. The reefs were beautiful and untouched though visibility (3-5mtrs) at the time was not the best. Was told April to June would be better and not as cold (experienced 26°c at some point). Appreciated Phils emphasis and tips on safety, having lost sight of the group on one of the dives. And especially appreciate rekindling an old fave pastime. Looking forward to the next dive with these guys!”

– Shairah Teo (Kota Kinabalu)

Image source: Borneo Surfer’s Watersports Centre

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