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Smart Divers Resort

Mabul, Pulau Mabul, Malaysia
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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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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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9 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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Taipei, Taiwan
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

This is the best diving point en earth. I think that no place can beat here. Smart is a relaxed resort with good service, although their accommodation is not so qualified. The bungalow is kind of old, so maybe you'll get up with some mosquitos in the morning. We met their boss in the restaurant, and he was very kind... More

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hong kong
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Great diving, but this “resort” is taking advantage of the endless flow of tourists. The value for money concept is nil here – 5 Star prices with 2 Star rooms! Old, dirtly, dilapidated bathrooms…more like a summer camp than a resort. The staff are friendly, but not if you have any problems – we had some intransigent arguments with staff... More

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Appin, New South Wales, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

This was my first trip to an island and it was absolutely perfect. It was better then seen on the documentaries and television shows. The resort wasn't exactly 5 star as we stayed on the land section but it was comfortable. No TV or internet but it isn't needed when relaxing. The beach was just outside with a pool available... More

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Richardson, Texas
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18 hotel reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

I just returned from my first trip to Mabul island and stayed at the Sipadan Mabul Resort or SMART for short. (all the dive boats are called SMART) This is a very nice resort with two distinct sections, the Water Bungalows (see pic) which are beautiful and expensive or the Chalets which are nice and reasonable. You are free to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011

Me and my bf have visited to Mabul, Sipadan & Kapalai in the August and we stayed 5days 4 nights at SMART Mabul Divers Resort. We have choose to stay at the standard chalet. The room no doubt is very basic, no TV. But very spacious. 1 Thing i like most is it has a balcony that facing to the... More

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Also Known As:
Smart Divers Hotel
Smart Divers Hotel Pulau Mabul
Address: Mabul, Pulau Mabul, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Semporna District > Pulau Mabul
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Ranked #5 of 9 Specialty lodging in Pulau Mabul

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