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Uncle Chang's Sipadan Mabul Dive Lodge
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

Came here on my Gap Year in the summer of 2010 four times (two days each), on breaks from an eco- tourist project I was doing in Batu Puteh. Went with a few other friends from the KOPEL project we were doing, and we all enjoyed ourselves immensely.

It may not be the most luxurious place, but it makes for great value for money. The DM's are very friendly both in and out of the water.

The rooms are a bit basic, but are all you really need tbh. No A/C, but open the window and get the sea breeze.

Meals are included in the cost of your stay, but not soft drinks/alcoholic - but they're v.cheap.

Would recommend this to anyone coming here. Would be back again.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

Because of the high rated and fabulous review, i have made a mistake to stay in uc for a week.

For diving, yes, the dm and instructors are great and friendly, they willing to help and patience. (saw some bad reviews on John & Ping, not sure about that as i never talk to them). Is fun to dive with them.

For the lodge, terrible!@#$%^&
1.The blanket stained.
2.The electric supply off from 8am - 5pm, and you are forced to stay out from the room or melted inside. Yes, it charges RM100-140 per person, what can you expect.
3.The water, its 30% filtered, you can taste the salty when u brush. Please be patience when you face no water supply for days and you have to get the only tiny pail and fill it from other places.
4. The flush for the toilet bowl and shower, they are decorations. Display only.

I have no idea why uc getting a high rating and good review, maybe it is years ago. Now, the owner, Which is the Uncle Chang, yes, he making ton of money but the staffs of his are never appreciated. They get low pay, the equipment are getting old, the condition of the rooms are Funny. The revenue never goes to the maintenance, but goes to the cars,pocket, and the new coming hotel in semporna maybe. You can see UC cars of Merc, bmw coupe nearby the office.
Im not a hater, but i am pity at the staffs and workers in the island, and the lodge.

oh ya, the boss is money minded, he dont even smile to his guests when we met in the office, but busy urging his staff to collect the money from the guests and an unfriendly looking.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

This is my second time staying at Uncle Chang's Sipadan Mabul Dive Lodge. Stayed in the dorm, the room & bathroom were clean. Bit warm at night, have to open door to cool the room. The foods were better than my first time here. Helpful staff but sometime they are too busy.

Plan for my friend birthday party, Uncle Chang staff (Anna) generous enough to give a free cake and other staff played the birthday song with guitar.

The problem when I was shortage of water supply in the bathroom every evening & night. I don't know why. but I think it's maybe a temporary issue. Need more cloths hanger on the wall.

nothing much to complaint, overall I'm satisfied with Uncle Change service and I don't mind to come back for the third time.

Room Tip: All rooms are good.
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank amin1984
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

Just came back from Uc ... Very good service n nice accommodation.... Will come back and take OW licences.. Just water supply for bathing on n off.. Other than that OK for me n my group... Ur staff friendly

  • Stayed: September 2013
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3  Thank sukhri
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

One of the reason why i chose uncle chang is bcoz of the price..its cheap n of course with this avlue of money you can't expect a luxurious hotel.the boat ride from semporna is on time n we get to check in to the room at 9.00am. N about half hour after that we went for snorkeling.the staffs are polite n friendly.the food was okay and if you want an additional food on your table, you can always buy fresh seafoods such as crabs, lobster and fish from the locals when they come and sell at the lodge.you can asked the cook at the lodge to prepare great meals for you.overall, i had a great time in uncle changs n really enjoy the sea.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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1  Thank Shazanora M
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