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Uncle Chang's Sipadan Mabul Dive Lodge
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Uncle Changs is a dive resort located over water on the island of mabul,the main access to the famous dive sites at Sipadam island.
Lodgings range from seafront chalets to 6 bed dorms.prices ranging from 900 ringats for a dorm room to 3000 for a chalet.
All prices include 3 buffet meals which are basic but good as backpacker grub goes.
When i was there the majority of guests were Chinese due to their new year holiday period.
The kitchen did allow guests to buy fish,lobster+crabs from local fishermen to cook.
Apart from the more expensive,3* 4*resorts there is not much to do or visit apart from diving.
Uncle Chang did seem to have the monopoly on Sipadam dive permits as other more expensive resorts had trouble finding permits for their guests unlike Uncle Chang.
Normal 3 dive,day trips cost 300 ringats,Sipadam is 600
If you are coming to Mabul to dive Sipadam(Why else would you be here?),Uncle Chang,is the daddy

Room Tip: There are no ATMS on Mabul,bring sufficent cash as only larger resorts take credit cards. If you wa...
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

I always wanted to feel the breeze in a spellbinding way. I always have this vision that I had to go somewhere far to pursuit this dream. Thinking maybe I'll achieve it when I' at the age of 30 above. Surprisingly, all of these can be happened in Uncle Chang's Sipadan Mabul Dive Lodge.

Why Uncle Chang's company worth the rating:

1. The Product/Service:
The water activities you can get at there are splendid even though it is a backpacker company. You can dive in a nearly heaven-on-earth environment. You can hardly differentiate the difference between a pricey diving experience and Uncle Chang's. Besides, there are numerous of thing you can do at here with the theme of "uncultivated". The night life band plays various genre of song from rock to country, classic to modern. The life band can perform difference language of songs too.

2. People
It provides a perfect getaway for those who prefer or never experience with "water life". This "water life" is difference from other island vacation as it provides service with more personal way. What I mean is that you can feel the enthusiasm of the services where staffs treat you like family. Unlike some of the island vacation, they treat you as a "business" where everything is all about the profit they want from you.

3. Price
Vacation is always having the impression that we have to work for the budget. However, Uncle Chang’s offers reasonable price with high satisfaction of entertainment.

4. Exception
As we know, most of the vacation package outs there are strict and less flexible. They just tend to follow everything exactly like a scheme. However, Uncle Chang’s provides flexible and adjustable service accordingly to the relevant situations.

Just my suggestion:
1. Improve water supply in the bathroom (salty).
2. Provides laundry service with charges.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Nelson L
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

This is very attractive island and services provided by the employee here was very satisfying, all people must know that this place is most suitable when we want to release the tension/stress or we want to having fun with family,friends and so on because it has the feel of beauty, comfort and joy. So, to find an attractive vacation spot I think the most suitable is here in "Uncle Chang's Sipadan Mabul Dive Lodge" because it will fulfill all our needs as a customer.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Ona Y
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

Uncle Chang is a nice and relaxing place to stay over which its provide a comfortable accommodation and view. I had spend the great time with my friends and enjoy the snorkeling around Mabul and Kapalai. It was a great experience for turtle sighting which could not easily found in the island of Peninsular Malaysia. Would definitely come again to Uncle Chang and highly recommended to my friends and family.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Chang Y
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

Good resort with good services by the staffs. Rooms have been upgraded; they're now fully air-conditioned compared to 4 years ago.

The only downside was delay encountered during water activities due to fellow tourists. Perhaps the boat men should depart on time in the future.

  • Stayed: January 2013
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1  Thank yutongs
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

Came here twice with my friends for a very nice island trip, first in my life to experiences diving lessons, turns out that diving was really fun and cool with friendly dive tutors as well because I'm phobia to water. Great opportunity to stay at the lodge with awesome night live bands that sing all those old school songs and buying some really fresh seafood to be your dinner cooked by the kind chef..Overall, I can said is UC Dive Lodge always be my choice... :-)))))))))

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank JimmieB0Y
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

I went to Uncle Chang's Sipadan Mabul Dive Lodge during semester break with friends and it lightens up my holidays as well as creates me a unforgotten moment.
My first diving experience was in Uncle Chang. The dive masters are very patient and socialize as I'm not proficient in diving yet they will teach you patiently and personally until you expert the skill. They are also good guider and protector when diving in the sea. So, for those who never dive and would like to try once, you may consider this.
For the accommodation part, it will be a wonderful sleeping mode with the sea. Here you can feel the sea wave while you're falling asleep as the chalets are built on the sea and in safe.
All the tourists are freely to be active at night. You can chit-chat with friends from midnight until sunrise or any activities that would not disturb other customers.
Lastly, it's a good recommended place for you to have a relax after a long busy life.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Limmieyen
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Additional Information about Uncle Chang's Sipadan Mabul Dive Lodge

Address: 91307 Causeway Road, Pulau Mabul, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Semporna District > Pulau Mabul
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Pulau Mabul
Number of rooms: 29
Also Known As:
Uncle Chang`s Sipadan Mabul Dive Hotel Pulau Mabul

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