My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights where we completed our advanced diving course and then we did fun dives at Sipadan. The instructors were fantastic, Ker in particular was very professional, patient and very knowledgable. We had a fantastic time diving around Mabul, Kapalai and of course Sipadan...heaven on earth.
We chose to stay in one of the dorm rooms which were basic but fine for space and cleanliness. Although they did offer a safety deposit box for small items, there was no lockers for the dorms which I didn't really like. As others have mentioned before the water pressure leaves a lot to be desired. I can't comment on if it is different at other shops. The power does only work from 5pm-8am which I'm sure cuts their electricity bill in half. We were ok with this as we were out diving or in the common area by 8 anyways but I can see how it would be rough if you were sick and wanted to stay in your room. The food was very very average. Some days it was good, other times we'd be served a miscellaneous buffet of things like cold hotdogs. The quantity of the food was never a problem but the quality needs to be improved. What we ended up doing for a couple of meals was purchase fish from the fisherman in the morning who come around and sell everything from fish, to crab to lobster. You can pay the cooks a few dollars and they will cook and prepare the fish/crab how you like it.
Uncle Chang's is a good budget option to be able to dive some of the best spots on earth. Yes they do have some things to improve upon as I mentioned above, but overall our experience was a good one and we would recommend it to other budget conscious travellers.
- Also Known As:
- Uncle Chang`s Sipadan Mabul Dive Hotel Pulau Mabul