PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course in Sabah

(18 customer reviews)


Package Highlights

  • Take your diving skills to the next level by becoming an Advanced Open Water diver in a 2-day course!
  • Receive your Advanced Open Water Diver license upon completion!
  • Chance to see turtles, cuttlefish, blue-ringed octopuses, nudibranchs and much more
  • Dive with one of the best dive centers in Sabah: UnderPressure Explorers

Use code TRAVL for discount up to RM 300. Valid for 3 more days.

  • 8:00 am: Meet dive crew near Semporna Jetty. Address: Block H, Lot 46 Semporna Seafront, Taman Bandar Semporna, 91308 Semporna, Sabah
  • Day 1: Theory and Dive sessions
  • We will plan your learning path with your instructor by choosing from a list of Adventure Dives
  • There are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and you choose the other three, for a total of five adventure dives
  • During the Deep Adventure Dive, you learn how to plan dives to deal with the physiological effects and challenges of deeper scuba diving
  • The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive refines your compass navigation skills and helps you better navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks, and time
  • The other knowledge and skills you get vary with your interest and the adventures you have – photography, buoyancy control, fish identification, exploring wrecks, and many more.
  • Day 2: Theory and Dive sessions
  • On day 2 you will complete the final adventure dives within the PADI Advanced Open Water Course.
The above is only for reference purposes, depending on your progress your dive instructor will make adjustments if required.
What's included in your package?
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course (including certification if mastery is achieved)
  • All required course materials
  • All diving equipment
  • Lunch
  • Boat transfers
  • Accommodation/hotel (depending on selected package option)
What's NOT included in your package?
  • Transport from Tawau or elsewhere to Semporna Jetty
  • Underwater photos

Standard Room at Hosanna Village

Available amenities: Aircon, Private bathroom, Shower with hot water

How To Get There

How To Get There

The dive shop and jetty are located in the town of Semporna, in the east coast of Sabah, about an hour’s drive away from Tawau which has the nearest airport. You can go there with one of the following options:

By Flight

  • This is, by far, the fastest option. However, if you are also flying back after diving, you must wait at least 18 hours (24 hours recommended) before flying, otherwise you risk getting decompression sickness, also known as “The Bends”.  Plan your flight timings accordingly.
  • You can fly from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau (3 hours), or from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau (1 hour).
  • After landing, you can take a taxi to Semporna which is about 82km away. It will take about one hour.
  • We can arrange the transport from Tawau airport to Semporna for RM25 per person, one way. Let us know at or +60 11 122 69256 if you need us to arrange this.

By Bus

  • This is a cheaper alternative to flying, but takes significantly more time.
  • It takes about 11 hours to get from Kota Kinabalu (Inanam station) to Semporna by bus.
  • You can book bus tickets online using websites such as CatchThatBus and EasyBook.
Payment & Cancellation

Payment & Cancellation


  • Upon booking, the full price will be collected.
  • You will receive a confirmation email in 24 hours or less.
  • We will suggest alternative dates if your chosen dates are not available.


  • 100% refund if you cancel 7 days or more before your booked date
  • 50% refund if you cancel 6 days or less before your booked date
Other Information

  • Must show valid proof of scuba diving certification (Open Water Diver certification or higher)
  • Minimum age is 10.
  • As designated to the date of reservation, trips start at 8:00-8:30AM to 4:30-5:00PM everyday, depending on the conditions of the sea. (Start time may be subjected to change in the future).
  • Any late comers or no shows who wishes to reschedule for the following day will be charged a rescheduling fee of RM 150. “Late-comer” is considered anyone that shows up after the boat departs from the jetty.
Room Type

No Room, Standard Room – 1 night, Standard Room – 2 night

18 reviews for PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course in Sabah

  1. M1ch88

    We booked a snorkeling daytrip through underpressure explorers to Bohey Dulang Island. We had a great time! First hiking up to the viewpoint, and after that making two stops to snorkel. Jeremy took great care of us. I was not feeling well that day. So hiking took a bit more time. Jeremy was very patient. We definetely recommend booking this trip as it was well organised, nice lunch provided and a fun day.

  2. ldown48

    Highly recommended! When we came to Semporna, we checked out a couple of diving centers and ended up with UnderPressure Explorers. The whole team was super friendly and they really know their stuff – so the decision was made real quick. I did the Open Water course with Jeremy L. Since I just started diving it was really important to me to know that I can trust my instructor and the diving center I’m working with and it was an amazing experience! The team speaks English very well (it’s a multilingual crew!) and they have the best diving spots in the area (including permits for Sipadan). Personally I was diving in Mataking Island and Sipadan – both were phenomenal. I would definitely chose UnderPressure Exploreres again!

  3. 1234julia1234567

    I had such a great experience with Under Pressure Explorers. Jeremy and Ken are super Nice! Price is fair. Gear is really good. And The diving is AMAZING! So happy for 4 great days of diving with Under Pressure.

  4. daancca

    So many companies to dive with around Semporna that you are so lost whichone to choose? Our first choice was the lucky one. Reasonable prices, no silly trip packages (e.g. that you can dive at Sipadan just when you book multiday dives). You just simply choose where you wanna go and they arrange it for you. We dove with Jeremy and he was the best. Very kind, super-healpful and fun to dive with. Thanks guys!

  5. 509eli_kaz

    My experience with this diving company is just perfect. We visited this company and met Jeremy L. while looking for someone who would take us to nice diving spots which this area offers. He was helpful, he recommended us really great diving spots, arranged one day boat trip for us and finally we also could dive at Sipadan. All the crew including both divemasters was caring and professional. I felt safe either above or under the water. Thanks to that I experienced magic moments which I’ll never forget. Thanks Jeremy! 🙂

  6. myam69

    My girlfriend and I had the most amazing two days diving with Jeremy L and Jeremy N. If you are looking for quality diving in Semporna I highly recommend Underpressure. We’re from Australia but can speak Cantonese so it was perfect as the guys can speak fluent Cantonese and Mandarin as well. Great spending time with these guys as they are fun to be around and look after you well. Their prices for day trips are good and include 3 dives with excellent newly updated equipment. Had my first ever dives with them and they were amazing – I felt really safe and secure with their level of skills and experience. Thanks for taking us on some great dives guys 🙂

  7. sambainbridge1

    I had the best experience ever! Out of any place in Semporna please dive with Under Pressure and ask to dive with Jeremy Lam or Jeremy Ngai. They were extremely passionate and fun to be around very dedicated to what they do had lots of great conversations and most importantly very patient! I got certified with Jeremy there were times I wasn’t at my best but he was very patient and willing to motivate me in order to pass. The prices were very fair most places around Semporna are the same ignore the review about the cancellation policy from the article written above. Thank again Jeremy for such a great experience and definitely will be back again for sure!

  8. Dorrigro

    I dived with them 2 times, these 2 first dives were really good dives, at the of the second dive I felt some dizzyness and didn’t do the third dive. In the next day I would go to Sipandan for diving also, but as I was dizzy I asked them and they told if I cancel the dive I would lose all the money, in my opinion this is really unfair because you have meals included, water, equipments rent. In the next day I told them I wasn’t 100% (still feel some dizzyness) and asked them some refund, but they refused any refund. I didn’t receive at least the meal and water I was supposed to get. I was really frustated with situation. I hope they can handle better next time.

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