Only 120 diving and snorkeling permits are granted near Sipadan island ( located in the Celebes Sea, surrounded by Borneo, Indonesia, and the Philippines ) each day and lately some of those have been going to folks using an old oil rig's elevator to drop right into the perfect waters.
In a remote part of the Pacific Ocean, an old oil-drilling rig has been turned into a hotel catering to snorkelers and scuba divers. Basically, the oil rig has been converted into a hotel called Seaventures and while its 25 tiny guest rooms don't exactly resemble those of a luxury resort, they do include access to that elevator which'll lead to some crystal clear water, coral reefs, and plenty of ocean life.
The rooms, although spotlessly clean, resemble those on a cruise ship that has seen better days. A visitor's room had a rusty metal locker without hangers to serve as a closet, and the reading lights and shower water heater didn't work. The air smelled from the oil powering the generators.
The facility owns 6 dive boats, experienced instructors and a fully equipped dive centre for the best treatment and learning experience possible. Combine that with being based on a platform which is right on top of some of the best diving in the world you couldn’t ask for more! Take advantage of the wealth of opportunities to get up close and personal with nature, and the unprecedented reuse of the rig.
Check our previous article about this interesting use of old rigs.