Really great place for diving at Sipadan, while Mabul and Kapalai – diving is below average, “housereef” near the oil rig – is place for greens to die (see photos attached). Be aware of the new invention by the SMART management – they sell you a “guarantee” to dive at Sipadan for the price USD 180 (on top of USD12 permit charge by the state). If you do not buy – you do not dive at Sipadan, and Mabul, Kapalai and sea rig is your place then. All is very expensive there, whereas the resort is obsolete, food is average (bbq is good, anyway), fruits are limited, no fresh juices, drinks are terribly expensive… What else to enjoy your stay with SMART? Rude and arrogant management. All they can do – blame your agent you bought the rip from. Important note - this is the place only for divers. Little sandy beach exist, but very shallow see - swimming is impossible. Nothing else to do there.
General impression – vacation is ruined. I will never come back to this place again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SIPADAN-MABUL RESORT (SMART) is situated at Mabul Island overlooking the well-known Sipadan Island. It is a dive destination resort that began its modest operations back in 1993 and has since grown into a well-established and reputable resort as it is today. SMART has 42 land-based chalets (22 unit stand-alone detached chalets, 18 unit standard semi-detached chalets and 2 unit suite chalets) which can accommodate up to 84 guests at any one time. All chalets are built from native materials of Borneo, mostly twin-bedded, equipped with mosquito screens, air-conditioning and come with attached bathrooms with hot shower facilities as well as free Wi-Fi internet access in the room. Other facilities include a swimming pool, Jacuzzi whirlpool spa, large dining hall and bars. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sipadan Mabul Hotel Pulau Mabul