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Holiday Dive Inn
Block A, Lot: 5-7, Semporna Seafront Resort | Jalan Simunul, Semporna 91308, Malaysia   |  
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Ranked #3 of 5 Semporna B&B and Inns
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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“Great place and friendly staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

I did my OW course with Sipadan Scuba, so the default option for me to stay in Semporna was Holiday Dive Inn..
Note: The photographs on tripadvisor don't give a real feel of the place. The place is much better than what it looks in those pictures.
I didn't book a place in advance, so I had an option to check the rooms and make a call. I saw the dorm room and it looked nice and clean. I stayed in the dorm for 4 days. The stay was pleasant.

Pros:
* Cheap compared to other options around
- They don't discriminate divers vs non-divers when it comes to stay. It's the same price for all(unlike some places in Semporna)
* Free WiFi
* A/C is in proper working condition
* Clean linen
* Quite and good sleep
* Friendly staff
* Clean toilets/bathroom
* Geyser in all 4(2 bathrooms + 2 toilets)
* Everything is a stone's throw away - (e.g Mabul Cafe is bang opposite )

Cons: (only one)
* One among the three bunker bed in the dorm makes a squealing noise. So, if the person sleeping above you keeps moving a lot, then the bed will make that annoying noise.
This didn't spoil my sleep, I was too tired after a busy day of diving to care about that noise :)

On the last day when my friend arrived, I moved from the dorm to a double bed room. This room was on the 2nd floor(there's a metal staircase from the first floor to these 4 rooms on top). This room was quite spacious and had a clean bathroom(attached), there's a TV in the room and a silent A/C. We just spent only one night here, so nothing much to say here.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

good price, nice room but the place too crowded near to many shop you can find anything nearby place is okay

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sabah, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

Holiday Dive Inn is really a nice and budgeted place to stay if plan to go for diving at the well knowned island at Sabah.

i've stayed 5 days in the dorm, the bed is nice and clean.
the air-con is fully functional ^^
the staff are very friendly and helpful.

i would definitely stay again for my next time visit to semporna ~

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2012

Rooms are basic but good enough for 1 night stay. We are a large group and had to split into two rooms. One of the rooms ( with 6 beds ) had an air con that did not work properly and half the time, we were feeling hot.

There are a total of 2 bathrooms and 2 toilets which is sufficient for the 9 of us there ( there aren't other guests in our part of the dorm during the night we stayed.

The location is pretty good as there are Giant supermarket, morning market, lots of food outlets nearby.

Overall a nice clean place to crash for a night.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Semporna, Malaysia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

Walking inside the dorm room complex I noticed a strong smell of mould. Especially the ventilation of the bathrooms is contaminated (extremely unhealthy!!!), what can be seen by everyone. But also in the rooms you can notice the bad smell. On top of this the dorm rooms have shaking metal bunk beds.
An upgrade to an single room at my own cost failed due to the anger of the boss and led to a cancellation of my whole booking (including 3 days of diving) through the management.

Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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Boracay, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

I live in Semporna and work as a Dive Instructor so have seen the inside of many hotel rooms here. However my accommodation is fairly basic and having just returned from a three day diving trip to Mabul with my visiting girlfriend we wanted to spend our last night together somewhere with hot showers and comfortable beds. I had heard about the Holiday Dive Inn so I thought we'd give it a try.
For 96RM (less than 20GBP) we got a large, quiet room with a king size bed, AC, balcony with partial sea view, cable TV (albeit with only three channels but we didn't stay to watch a movie!!) and tea/coffee making facilities.
In a previous incarnation I was General Manager of Central London 5* Hotels so I know a thing or two about the product and service. This hotel benefits hugely from being a new build. The bed was extremely comfortable and the linen was top notch (a refreshing change). The water pressure was good, guest amenities included soap and shampoo, there was ample space in the open wardrobe and hangers provided for hanging clothes and the room was clean beyond my expectations of a hotel in that price range. The staff were all very friendly and helpful, especially Nancy and Roslyn on front desk (Management please pass my comments on to your staff).
I would strongly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a middle to top range, excellent value for money stay. If this hotel were in Central London I would expect it to earn a four star status, which is a lot more than could be said for its competitors in Semporna in the same price range.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

We stayed here for 7 nights whilst diving at Sipadan. The rooms are basic but exceptionally clean. We thought the reception staff were very helpful and location good - right in the centre near the dive operators. Would definitely stay here again if we return to Semporna.

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Block A, Lot: 5-7, Semporna Seafront Resort | Jalan Simunul, Semporna 91308, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Semporna District > Semporna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Semporna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Holiday Dive Inn in Semporna offers 24 comfortable rooms with and without Seaview and Dormitory rooms at reasonable prices. Located at the Semporna Seafront Resort. It is in the immediate vicinity of numerous restaurants and cafes including the "D'Waterfront Bar", the PADI 5* IDC dive centre "Sipadan Scuba", Convenient Stores, Pharmacy, Air Asia Ticketing company & etc. All rooms are fully air-conditioned, with hot/cold water shower, satellite television, free wireless internet, water kettle and comfortable modern furnishing. It's like a home away from home. ... more   less 
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