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“Unforgetable Mabul trip” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Uncle Chang's Sipadan Mabul Dive Lodge

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Uncle Chang's Sipadan Mabul Dive Lodge
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“Unforgetable Mabul trip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2013 via mobile

Basic, nice & simple place to stay in Mabul Island. The view is super fantastic. There's even turtle underneath the chalet. The view is spectacular. The staffs and guests were warm and felt like home. This is a place for u to chill, enjoy the view, meet new people & get to know the locals. We also explore the village, pretty awesome experience with the eager and friendly local kids. Bought some nice souvenirs frm the locals too. Went snorkelling/diving at Mataking & Timba-Timba Island. Saw turtles swimming, what a beautiful sight! And the corals were out of this world. Something to improve - we've got a surprise visit at night frm an 'uninvited guest' - rats!!! Luckily the staff rescue us by swicthing our room. Perhaps UC can improve this. Other than that, it was a great vacation. Thanks Uncle Chang!!

  • Stayed March 2013
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013

Uncle Chang's lodge is perfect located on Mabul island and gave me over all a good impression.
The price are good if you compare with the rest of the places on the island and also, you get very skilled dive instructors when you diving. They now where all the gold coins are.
Special thanks to Eva and Santi for that you all the time tried to talk to people and giving more of a service minded impression also when NOT diving. You made me me feel welcomed. Great work! And of course, Brige. She is a great instructor who also have a good sense of humour even though she tries to hide it. Don't let you self get fooled. There were also some temporary divemasters there who got stuck on your mind in a good way. Cheers!

The only big thing that I can complain about is in fact Uncle Chang himself. For me and also some other guest he seem like a no social man who only thinks about himself and knows he can do it. On the boat out (he was on the same) he did not talk to me or the other guest for the whole trip. He did not introduce himself or gave a welcoming that gives you the good vibes. I did not even now until later that he was the owner (just guest it from pictures I've seen) You would think that service minding is important.
Out on the island it was a big party and man for the night was of course uncle Chang who started to talk about himself and how rich he is and how many cars he has and how much good he done for the area around Semporna. He bragged so much that I felt sick and wanted to throw up. Once again, not the impression you wanna give to the customers.

Also, the diving gear looks a bit outworn and a tip is to check it before you go out on the blue. But my experience with the gear was "No problemas". And I have looked around on internet but can't see anything bad happen to any one else. But like all divers now, it is worth to check out the gear before diving. You shall always feel safe.


Uncle Chang's is a good place. But it can get better.
Thanks for a nice stay.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2013

Regarding the accomdation there is not that much to complain about. Good dorm, helpful staff. Sandy was a very good divemaster. The diving gear looks a bit outworn, check your gear carefully before diving, I had nod bad experiences and never heard any from other guests regarding this though. I made my trip to Sipadan and as ive heard, Uncle Chang stay true to their promises regardning Sipadan trips. Most negative were the food though, but like I said, you get what you pay for!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles 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

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ona Y
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Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Chang Y
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Property: Uncle Chang's Sipadan Mabul Dive Lodge
Address: 91307 Causeway Road, Pulau Mabul, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Semporna District > Pulau Mabul
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Ranked #9 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Pulau Mabul
Number of rooms: 29
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Uncle Chang`s Sipadan Mabul Dive Hotel Pulau Mabul

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