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Mabul Water Bungalows

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P.O. Box 15571, 88864 Kota Kinabalu | Mabul Island, Pulau Sipadan, Malaysia
Mabul Water Bungalows

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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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41 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have stayed at many places on previous visits and that included the land based section of Mabul Water Bungalows. The "over water" rooms are really good. It looked as if my room on the main entry pier had recently been refurbished, as the paint and finish looked and smelt fresh. The view is amazing plus looking down from the... More 

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Soufrière, Soufriere, St. Lucia
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84 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

If you like to dive the water Bungalows are a great investment. It is an all inclusive except for soft drinks and alcohol. Food is self serve but always coming out so it is fresh. Staff was wonderful in the restaurant. Dive boat was very good and enough help to make sure you felt well taken care of. Three dives... More 

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San Francisco, California
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

(Note, this really gets 3.5 stars from me - tripadvisor just doesn't let you use half stars.) Mabul Water Bungalows are in a truly stunning location on an over-developed island with very little charm to it. It’s a testament to whoever designed it that it’s able to make you feel good about being there given that the rest of the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This place is paradise, friendly staff, great boat crew who look after everything for you. The food is exceptionally good even if you are vegetarian with lovely staff that go out of their way to ensure you have a good meal even if you are at Sipadan (not on the resort). My family had a great time (12yr old and... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

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 February 1, 2015

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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44 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 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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18 hotel reviews
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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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edin
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 via mobile

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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