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Big John Scuba

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Address: Jalan Kastalam No. 1 P/S 124, Semporna 91308, Malaysia
Phone Number: +6089785399
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Description: A small company with a BIG heart.. and passion for customer safety and...
A small company with a BIG heart.. and passion for customer safety and satisfaction.
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Great start of diving

I have been there for my OW course staying in Mabul and learnt from Mark. It's a wonderful start of my diving. My instructor was professional and responsible, teaching me the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I have been there for my OW course staying in Mabul and learnt from Mark. It's a wonderful start of my diving. My instructor was professional and responsible, teaching me the basic stuffs patiently and interestingly. The dives were so good for both beginners and experienced divers. Turtles were always swimming around. Besides, Big John scuba staffs were helpful for... More 

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Northwood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

I Spent a great few days late April’ 15 down in Semporna and on Mabul Island staying at Big John’s stilted home-stay. From no experience of scuba, I passed my OW. Had a day snorkelling too. Big John Scuba and their manager, Mark (also my instructor), delivered a very professional and friendly experience and at a very nice price. All... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015 via mobile

We stayed at Big John Scuba and dived Mabul and Kapalai with them, worth every penny! They extremely friendly, all of them and the cooking is good. Rooms are basic but clean and it's all we asked for. All dive masters are smiling and happy to share a lot about their favourite spots. Mabul is a place for mock diving... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

John and Mark were very helpful and flexible. We went to Big John Scuba with our two daughters and the grandparents snorkeling and diving for two days. The lunch buffet was generous. The Chinese grandparents enjoyed the lunch buffet quite a bit. Mark was professional and safe during the dive. Beware of sunburn! The snorkeling was much better than I... More 

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Odense
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I spent 6 days diving with Big John Scuba on Mabul Island. Together with my son, we did the OW and the AOW certificates, and spent the last day fun diving in Sipadan. The place is small, locally run, you get all the attention and instruction you need. The atmosphere is relaxed, friendly and flexible, we go diving when we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I did my open water course with BJS and it was perfect. Mark is true profesional who is patient, calm and makes you feel safe underwater. We enjoyed the course so much so we decided to stay few more days to do some fun dives on nearby islands and it was just unforgetable. Strongly recommanded!

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wellington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I stayed at Big John for a week and did 12 dives at Mabul Island and 6 at Sipadan. Overall the diving was very good and the guides also extremely capable and helpful. Rooms are small and average, but this seems normal for Malaysia. The food was delicious and very helpful, but exactly the same every day so it did... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Just had a great time in Mabul diving with Big John Scuba. Mabul is pretty rustic and has a character and a good variety of dive-sites close by. I had great service before going and also when I was there from Mark who really helped arrange everything. From getting to Semporna from the airport, to getting to Mabul and also... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

Big John Scuba is the best place to take it easy and dive in a very relaxed way!Osman the DM is amazing, I really enjoyed diving with him. The equipment is in good condition and everything is checked carefully. If you are the kind of person that needs to know exactly which fish you just saw maybe its not the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Big John Scuba is a professional, organised, customer orientated operation. First off, the diving itself was awesome! Conditions were clear and calm. You don't see loads of colourful corals at every site but the marine life was very diverse. I saw many different animals that I had never seen before and the dive masters were very helpful in pointing things... More 

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