It breaks my heart to give this review.
Pros: Booking was a pleasant experience. Payment also. Jeff has a very simple office in Semporna. We had to wait a couple of hours before our boat to the lodge, the place gave us a basic place for waiting.
Cons: The office toilet is not working. Had to go to a restaurant. The air conditioned office allows people to smoke cigarettes.
Pro: Basic jetty. Scenery view of life over at Semporna. Beautifu, sturdy boat
Cons: 20 minutes was wasted for fueling. Engine problem. Approximately 20 stops to attend to engine. Each stops took a few minutes.
Pros:Very nice view. The deck seemed crowded, but not really an issue. Friendly staff and guests.
Cons: We were told that the place was fully booked. They had to re-arrange the guests' rooms. (What the ..?) We were there around 3.00pm. At almost 5.00pm we were asked to move to a nearby homestay (Summer Friends - will put a review on this one). Did I mentioned that there were 12 of us (me & wife, a group of 6 guys, another group of 4 ladies) with the same fate?
Pros: Very gorgeous scene,
Cons: Dirty tables and flooring. There were at least 30 people on the deck at that time, and the place was cramped. There were wet people, dry people, smoking people. There were only 2 usable toilets. The other 2 ... eww ....... All this were to be shared by more than 40 people then. You can see in their faces that the
Pros: Nice location. Very clear water. Beautiful corals. Fishes. Can easily spot turtles. Friendly guide.
Cons: Disorganized. Me and the 6 guys had to go for second trip since their short of boat, guide and snorkeling equipment.
We were glad transferred to the other place. Though less scenic, but much cleaner. Better food.
Owner need to really manage this place instead just passing things to the staff. Spend more time on organizing bookings, maintenance, cleanliness, etc. instead of concentrating too heavy on the diving activities and the divers. Snorkelers are also paying customers. I hope Jeff reads this coz we love the place and the staff.
- 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