Honorary Wildlife Wardens

Afat

Afat, who hails from Mabul, is another one of our original Honorary Wildlife Wardens, and a Divemaster extraordinare at Scuba Junkie – famed for finding blue ring octopus, mimic octopus, tiny frogfish and a ridiculous number of nudibranchs for his divers. He’s serious about his fitness, and can usually be found bench pressing and exercising at sunset – making the rest of us feel quite lazy!

Khai Smiley

Khai grew up in Semporna and was always curious about what it would be like to see and experience the underwater world. Before coming to Scuba Junkie he was a helicopter technician and decided that the corporate world and lifestyle wasn’t for him. He began at Scuba Junkie as a receptionist and became a Divemaster and a Wildlife Warden in 2019. His favorite part about being a Wildlife Warden is when the baby turtles start to hatch, especially if it’s a nest he’s re-located. He always tries to spread awareness and educate his friends and family about wildlife conservation. And, if you’re ever at the SJ bar, you may hear him strumming a tune on his guitar, he loves to sing!

Khai Smiley

Khai grew up in Semporna and was always curious about what it would be like to see and experience the underwater world. Before coming to Scuba Junkie he was a helicopter technician and decided that the corporate world and lifestyle wasn’t for him. He began at Scuba Junkie as a receptionist and became a Divemaster and a Wildlife Warden in 2019. His favorite part about being a Wildlife Warden is when the baby turtles start to hatch, especially if it’s a nest he’s re-located. He always tries to spread awareness and educate his friends and family about wildlife conservation. And, if you’re ever at the SJ bar, you may hear him strumming a tune on his guitar, he loves to sing!

Azlan 

Azlan is another incredible eco-warrior/Divemaster who hails from (and still lives in) Semporna, is also a Sabah Parks Warden. He has impressed us with his ability to speak to a wide group of audiences – always volunteering to visit schools and talk to school groups about his passion for protecting his local environment. He is a strong role model for local youths wanting a career in diving or conservation. Even though he is only on Mabul when he is guiding Sipadan – he still volunteers to help out with the hatchery and being on call those nights…(that’s not a lot of sleep for him).

Lan

Before Scuba Junkie, you could find Lan working as a manager in hotels and restaurants in Semporna. He came to Scuba Junkie in 2015 and worked as an equipment guy before completing his Divemaster and becoming a Wildlife Warden in 2019. He loves seeing the impact he has and was always disappointed seeing turtle parts being sold in Semporna so he wanted to get involved to make a difference.  In the future Lan would like to be an instructor as he loves to teach and have fun with people, he’s known as jokester around Scuba Junkie and loves to make people laugh.

Lan

Before Scuba Junkie, you could find Lan working as a manager in hotels and restaurants in Semporna. He came to Scuba Junkie in 2015 and worked as an equipment guy before completing his Divemaster and becoming a Wildlife Warden in 2019. He loves seeing the impact he has and was always disappointed seeing turtle parts being sold in Semporna so he wanted to get involved to make a difference.  In the future Lan would like to be an instructor as he loves to teach and have fun with people, he’s known as jokester around Scuba Junkie and loves to make people laugh.

Sadat

Sadat also comes from Semporna and started working at Scuba Junkie as a security guard right after he graduated fom school. In 2017, he became a divemaster because his father was a fisherman and as a child he only saw fish as food, but wanted to see what they were like when they were alive in their natural environment instead of on a plate. Being in the dive industry and also a Wildlife Warden makes him realize how important it is to not overfish and protect species like turtles. He especially loves working with the baby turtles learning about different marine life and coral.

Man

Man has been with Scuba Junkie now for 4 years working as a divemaster. He’s mainly based in Semporna, but spends some nights on Mabul to be on call for turtle nest relocations. He loves moving the eggs and seeing baby turtles hatch. He likes being a warden because he can help protect them and is proud to be part of the team. Aside from diving Man is a big fitness buff and can almost always be found working out in the evenings or even fitting in a pull-up or two on the jetty!

Man

Man has been with Scuba Junkie now for 4 years working as a divemaster. He’s mainly based in Semporna, but spends some nights on Mabul to be on call for turtle nest relocations. He loves moving the eggs and seeing baby turtles hatch. He likes being a warden because he can help protect them and is proud to be part of the team. Aside from diving Man is a big fitness buff and can almost always be found working out in the evenings or even fitting in a pull-up or two on the jetty!

Shar

Shar moved to Mabul from Tawau and started off his career with Scuba Junkie in 2019 when he became a Divemaster. He became a warden because he wanted to protect baby turtles and be sure he sees them well into the future. His proudest moment was when he was able to rescue a green turtle caught in a fishing net near a cleaning station on the Panglima dive site. Beside diving he’s learning to play guitar and loves video games.

Alvin

Alvin is one of the newest Honorary Wildlife Wardens and divemasters at Scuba Junkie. He comes from Semporna, but he stays on Mabul island most of the time so he can be on call for turtle nestings. He’s passionate about conserving wildlife and likes to think about conservation on a larger scale — how the small actions he takes can make a greater impact, especially if more people get involved. He enjoys being a Wildlife Warden because he gets different experiences and is understanding a lot more about conservation. He always has a smile on his face, and likes talking to guests about conserving wildlife.

Alvin

Alvin is one of the newest Honorary Wildlife Wardens and divemasters at Scuba Junkie. He comes from Semporna, but he stays on Mabul island most of the time so he can be on call for turtle nestings. He’s passionate about conserving wildlife and likes to think about conservation on a larger scale — how the small actions he takes can make a greater impact, especially if more people get involved. He enjoys being a Wildlife Warden because he gets different experiences and is understanding a lot more about conservation. He always has a smile on his face, and likes talking to guests about conserving wildlife.

Khai “Legend”

Khai is a Scuba Junkie original. He started in 2007 as a member of the kitchen team but in 2011 he decided he wanted to become a Divemaster. It was probably the best decisions Scuba Junkie made because he has definitely earned his title of “Legend” by being able to spot the most elusive sea critters with his eagle-eye vision. He loves showing customers marine life, especially frog fish, and is always humble about his expert spotting talent. In 2017 he became a Wildlife Warden to help protect all marine animals from harm, especially the endangered ones. One of his most memorable experiences was saving a turtle with fishing line around its neck.

Salina

Salina comes from semporna and has been working for scuba junkie for 3 years as an integral part of the office staff team. When she’s not sorting out schedules and keeping guests happy, she might be found in the water diving as she loves everything about the ocean, just not the rubbish :). She’s loves being an honorary wildlife warden because she’s learned new skills, gained more experiences and can connect with marine life on another, more meaningful level.  Aside from work, she loves meeting new people and cooking for her husband Kai aka “Pumpkin”.

Salina

Salina comes from semporna and has been working for scuba junkie for 3 years as an integral part of the office staff team. When she’s not sorting out schedules and keeping guests happy, she might be found in the water diving as she loves everything about the ocean, just not the rubbish :). She’s loves being an honorary wildlife warden because she’s learned new skills, gained more experiences and can connect with marine life on another, more meaningful level.  Aside from work, she loves meeting new people and cooking for her husband Kai aka “Pumpkin”.