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Big John Scuba - Day Dives

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Address: Semporna 91308, Malaysia
Phone Number: +6089785399
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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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We had a great time here

Mabul is a contrasty place, we had a great time there despite the fact. Mark (dive instructor) was fun, I would not think twice about doing a dive course with him. We booked 3D2N... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
pethr1
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Brno, Czech Republic
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Brno, Czech Republic
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mabul is a contrasty place, we had a great time there despite the fact. Mark (dive instructor) was fun, I would not think twice about doing a dive course with him. We booked 3D2N snorkeling package which isn't a typical deal around here as most people who stay overnight go diving. We ended up going snorkeling with the divers part... More 

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1 Thank pethr1
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A fittfull accomodation BUT an amazing, lovely and helpful team and an enchanting aquatic realm. For now the nicest island I've evee been to!

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Thank Carmen H
Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

Did a day of snorkeling at Mabul while my boyfriend went diving. The people at Big John's were wonderful, they were very welcoming, accommodating and seemed intent on ensuring everyone enjoyed their experience. Describing Big John's food as "lunch" wouldn't do it justice, "feast" would be more accurate. One of the best meals we had during our month in Malaysia,... More 

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Thank Lindsay M
Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

The people at Big John's were very friendly and accommodating. The lunch they provide is also a veritable feast of fresh seafood.

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Thank JoshWas
Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

Did my open water there with some friends and really enjoyed doing this in paradise! :-) great atmosphere with diving instructors and staff. Very cheap accommodation without running water but we haven't been in the accommodation beside sleeping anyways. Would recommend it and will come back!! :-)

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1 Thank Maary R
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

I think the reason why I keep coming back to Big Scuba whenever I want to dive Mabul.. is that they always treat me like family. Diving has always been awesome. With Osman guiding you... you'll find the tiniest nudis and the weirdest creatures. Food has improved a lot. They can now make curry. Yums. And if you feel like... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Firstly, I'd like to say that all the staff are really nice and professional when it comes to diving. Some of the shortfalls we experienced: for the price you pay for accommodation, it is really really basic; think no electricity or running water for most of the day, our fan room had a non-working fan and water waste went down... More 

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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015 via mobile

I booked 2 days of diving with BJ scuba and ended up staying there for 6 days and completed advanced open water certification. Mark is an excellent instructor, local staff on Mabul Island are all very friendly and helpful and the dive masters are great fun to dive with. It is very easy to enjoy diving at the dives sites... More 

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Brno, Czech Republic
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16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015 via mobile

We spent three days with two nights in Mabul with Big John, including 6 boat trips for snorkeling. It's true that snorkellers aren't the main customers here, and the divers got the most attention. But it was no problem for us. Usually we could choose if we want to go with other snorkellers, coming every day by boat around 9... More 

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1 Thank justXsi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015 via mobile

Did my advanced open water course with Big John. Mark was a good laugh and a great instructor. The accommodation at Mabaul is simple but its all you need. Food was good, locals go past ij boats selling fish and crabs if you fancy something different. Sipadan is a must if you go here, the diving was spectacular!

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