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Smart Divers Resort

Mabul, Pulau Mabul, Malaysia
Smart Divers Resort
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Blue Mountains
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

My husband and I stayed with here with a large group of friends for 1 week. 5 days of diving with three boat dives per day. We dived 2 days at Sipadan - I could have dived Sipadan for a 3rd day but decided to take photos around Mabul and Kapali. Nitrox diving was and extra 35 RM per tank... More 

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Houston, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I've always wanted to visit Sipadan Island. I've been dying dive Barracuda point, south point, turtle carven, muck diving in Mabul & Kapali. I looked up this place online. So there are many other options to stay in Mabul & Kapali. But i thought it was the best option to stay in Mabul. The prices were good, the rooms looked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We had travelled here on our honeymoon. What a fantastic place! People were so friendly, literally anything they could do to help they did. Our gear was carried to and from the boat, our tanks always full. We couldnt say a bad word about any of it really. If there was one downside, and its really picking here, its that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014 via mobile

To me, this is the best place on earth: geat team, always smiling and friendly, good spirit, good food, bungalows are big and clean, the island looks like paradise. The dives in sipadan are the best dives ever, also was the macro diving around Mabul and Kapalai. The dive teams are outstanding and professional. This is high level tourism. I... More 

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

I stayed at the SMART Water Bungalows in Mabul Island in May 2014 and had a very good experience. The resort has a great layout and is focused on the diving traveller. The rooms are tired, but generous in size. My only complaint is the air conditioner was a bit lacking on cooling power, and the wifi is terrible. It... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Obviously, if you are coming to Mabul Island then you are coming to dive ( Mabul, Sipadan & Kalalai Is).. if not , make sure u bring a few books to read...as there is not much to do.. We stayed in a Chalet, big, clean & comfortable.... be warned it's not a 5 star... make it 2-3 stars.. Food is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Stayed for a week, in a standard bungalow, with an all inclusive diving package (3 daily dives, equipment hire not included) and did 2 days diving at Sipadan. Generally the resort is very nice, and convenient for Sipadan (approx. 30min boat). It isn't 'luxury' but is a very pleasant place to stay. I would return. The food was good -... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013 via mobile

I stayed with Smart Divers for a week in April. There are three good aspects about this resort--the food at the resort is good, the majority of the rooms are beautiful and they are very close to Sipadan. Hence my diving two stars instead of one. I have been to several dive resorts throughout Southeast Asia and will NEVER return... More 

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Leiderdorp, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

I was traveling on my own the SMART people made me feel very welcome. Thanks! The resort organises diving and snorkling, which was done well organised. The divemasters are well known to the unique underwater marinelife.

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Stone, United Kingdom
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Mabul island is on the east coast of Borneo. It takes about 1.5 hours to walk around and has 2000 inhabitants, mostly fishermen and their families. Smart divers isn't the only dive outfit, there are at least three others. Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur is 11 hours and then KL to Tawau another 2 hours 45. From Tawau to port of... More 

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