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Big John Scuba

Jalan Kastalam No. 1 P/S 124, Semporna 91308, Malaysia
+6089785399
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Ranked #5 of 11 Attractions in Semporna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Water sports, Adventure
Owner description: A small company with a BIG heart.. and passion for customer safety and satisfaction.
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Type: Water sports, Adventure
Owner description: A small company with a BIG heart.. and passion for customer safety and satisfaction.
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English first
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Went for a short stay and to get my padi license with another friend. Mark was the best instructor I could have asked for, goofy all the times but he makes sure we are taken care of every step of the way. The rooms were extremely basic, but most of the guest go there just for diving and snorkeling, so... More 

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Tenom, Malaysia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I know Big John Scuba through a friend, Azmi Kadir. He is also as Dive Master in diving activities. Before this, I was very excited to get the opportunity to dive and turns Big John Scuba been to provide the best for me and friends who take Open Water Diving Course. They not only as an instructor, but they teach... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 via mobile

The team at Big John Scuba is very customer focused. They made my first diving experience memorable. First of all, Big John Scuba was the only diving centre in Semporna that replied to my enquiries by email specifically. A few days later when I went to their office, Mark took the time to explain all the details and to answer... More 

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Sarawak Malaysia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Long wait trip and finally it came true on last week. Thanks to the hospitality of Mark and thanks to Big John provide the scuba diving for non diver. We had DSD at Mabul and snorkeling at Kapalai. Excellent. Worth it with the money spent.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

I emailed most of the scuba places in Mabul, and Mark from Big John was the only one to actually read what I had asked and gave me a real answer. My wife and I had never scuba dived before and they were great about answering all of our questions in advance. Other schools sent me info about having to... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I have just spent 11 days diving with Big John while staying in Mabul island. Everything worked out perfectly from beginning to end! First, communication was smooth. All my emails were promptly answered and got all the information needed. Everything was well explained and detailled: what is included and what is not, no hidden charges. Accomodation was basic but for... More 

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Canberra, Australia
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

It has only been a scant few months (4months or so) after leaving Big John Scuba when I found myself returning for my third time with a bigger goal in mind ie to undertake my DMT (Divemaster trainee) Why ? Why go elsewhere when one can get the best here? To recap in December 2013 my 4 children and I... More 

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Linares de Ribadesella, Spain
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The place is Ok. The rooms are good for the price. The food is wonderful. The service is kind although they don´t speak english at all they try to make comfortable. They took us to the hostel in Semporna and picked us up. All that was top, really. But the diving is different. The equipments are not in good condition.... More 

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Swansea, United Kingdom
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I was impressed with the organisation of my dives, accommodation and transfers to and from Mabul. When I did have a problem with one piece of SCUBA equipment, this was immediately addressed. They also organised my permit for diving in Sipadan. I really enjoyed diving with this company, and would use it again.

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Sydney, Australia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

Myself and a couple of mates stayed in Big Johns Mabul for a few days to take our PADI and dive Sipadan. Mark did a great job organising the program to fit to our tight schedule. The training was first rate and we felt very well prepared by the time we hit Sipadan, which was the highlight of our time... More 

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