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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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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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15 reviews 15 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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Beijing, Beijing, China
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
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
5 hotel reviews
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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Address: Mabul, Pulau Mabul, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Semporna District > Pulau Mabul
Also Known As:
Smart Divers Hotel Pulau Mabul

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