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3.0 of 5 Resort   |   P.O. Box 15571, 88864 Kota Kinabalu | Mabul Island, Pulau Sipadan, Malaysia
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Mabul Water Bungalows
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Pulau Sipadan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a fabulous resort to use as base for diving the surrounding areas. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. When not diving in Sipadan or Mabul, we found the dive from the resort to be full of great macro subjects. Lots of frogfish can be found right from the steps. It was great to have the bikes to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is paradise. The staff of the smart resort makes life very easy for you while you stay with them. The resort is beautiful - a little town on stilts in the water just outside mabul island. If you are a diver, you have the option of 3 boatdives a day to divesites around mabul, kapalai and sipadan islands.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We have just returned home after a 12 day trip to Sabah. The 5 nights and 6 days at Borneo Villa 3 at Mabul Water Bungalows were wondeful. Staff were excellent and even though we have had holidays where the diving has been better we have never stayed at such an idyllic location. The villa was superb, pricey by Malaysian... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015 via mobile

Perfect location, lovely room and facilities and the staff are phenomenal. Our dive master was great. Will definitely be back. Can't recommend enough. The spa is not to be missed for their massages. Not sure about the food complaints as we found it to be surprisingly good in terms of taste and variety, particularly when you consider everything has to... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We stayed here for 6 nights and all I can say is that we had an amazing time here and we loved every minute of our stay. From our arrival by the 45 minute boat journey we were greeted with a friendly smile from Jenny who proved to be equally as helpful, friendly and nice throughout our stay. She always... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Second time round to Sipadan after staying at Kapalai we decided to check out Mabul Water Bungalow (SMART). Dissapointment from day 1 starting with our booking. Unlike Kapalai which was clear we felt misleaded SMART.saying that they resolved it amicably. Then regarding dives permits to Sipadan. Again we saw people going there 3 times in a row while we only... More 

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

the hotel is beautiful, the bungalows are spacious and clean. i would say the shower needed renovation. the perk is the sundeck! i loved it, and could do nude sunbathing :) food was a bit disappointing but i enjoyed the BBQ night with the prawns. rest of time, buffet was average and breakfast poor. the service was friendly and professional... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I have to say that the place is really beautiful and the diving and snorkelling fantastic!! It is for sure one of the nicest place in the world, and the services to take us to Sipadan or to dive/snorkel were fine. On the other hand I would like to point out some of the negative things that we met on... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The resort itself is beautiful (definitely the best looking on the island) and all the staff were very friendly and welcoming. It's a bit expensive but you pay a premium for the location! On arrival we had an in-depth briefing for both the land and water bungalow resorts (which you can walk between in 10mins, or cycle on the bikes... More 

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Köping, Västmanlands Län, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This place take a while to get to. 2,5 hours in car from the airport (pick up included) and then about 45 minutes with speedboat out into the sea. When you arrive it is breathe taking, the staff has an carful review over the facilities and activities. This place is perfect for divers and snorkelers, you can also access Sipadan... More 

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SMARTDIVERS, Director of Sales at Mabul Water Bungalows, responded to this review

Dear Michael, Good to know you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for writing your positive review especially to Eva and Yusri. I will pass on your message to them. We hope to serve you again in the near future. More 

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Address: P.O. Box 15571, 88864 Kota Kinabalu | Mabul Island, Pulau Sipadan, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Semporna District > Pulau Sipadan
Hotel Class:3 star — Mabul Water Bungalows 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Also Known As:
Mabul Water Bungalows Hotel Pulau Sipadan
Mabul Water Hotel
Mabul Water Resort

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