An excellent place, if you are looking for an adventure. If you are a type of holiday-maker who wants crumpets and tea in bed with a jacuzzi in the bathroom, this place is not for you; but if you love to explore the depths of the ocean as well as the quaint life styles of sea gypsies, you will be fascinated by this place. A very wet boat ride from Semporna brings travellers to a hot cup of tea and cakes waiting at the deck of Scuba-Jeff.
At first glance, it looks quite basic, but as you settle in, you are charmed by the homely hospitality of Jeff and his staff . Its like being in a country house, except this is built on stilts, with the sound and sight of waves as your constant companions, and breathtaking sunsets to be viewed from the deck.
Be ready to rough it out. Its a great way to teach pre-teens a sense of adventure with basic facilities.Time to switch off from the world. The rooms are ideal for back-packers and big groups. Bathrooms are shared by the guests, while the Honeymooners bedroom has an attached bathroom for privacy. The little windows open to the view of the gypsy village. The premises are not recommended for families with kids under the age of 8 as there aren't a lot of activities, but highly recommended for children of 10 and above. Time to introduce them to diving.
The entire area is filled with underwater marvels, which are experienced during the several dives facilitated by Jeff and his dive masters. My family viewed turtles, much to their delight.
Rickety wooden platform lead to the gypsy village with hundreds of kids playing in the sand. There are several bars in the island.Beer, Fresh coconut juice, burgers, noodles are available at little shops in the village.When you visit the resorts, they seem boring, as compared to the vibrant atmosphere of ScubaJeff, where sunset breeze brings party life and strumming guitar to the deck. We thoroughly enjoyed staying there and plan to go there again as well, in the future
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Simple, budget accommodation on Mabul island in stilted longhouse right over the sea. Look out of your room to the infinite sea views or across to the local fishing village bustling with local life. Room rate includes all meals, tea, coffee, water. Friendly staff will treat you like family and make you feel at home. Snorkel right off our jetty or join our dive trips to the famous sites of Mabul and Sipadan. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Scuba Jeff Guest House Hotel Pulau Mabul