My boyfriend and I stayed at Scuba Jeff in July 2010. We tried to check up it before and found mixed reviews, but we went there with “win or loose” mindset since it is very expensive close to Sipadan.
IMPORTANT – If you like to visit Sipadan you need to apply for this SEVERAL MONTHS before if you stay at Scuba Jeff! guesthouse is very cheep but all snorkeling etc you need to pay extra – and sorry to say the quality is not the best… If you really like to enjoy Mabul and the surroundings it worth spending the money on much more expensive hotels like e.g. SMART.
LOCATION: The guest house is the harbor, or should I say in the village. Here everybody use the sea as a garbage bin. Even when you flush the toilets it goes directly out in the water below…. Just a few meters from where you swim… urh! And the so call “underwater garden” is very small and only a few m2. Last there are boats driving outside the swimming platform very close!!!
FOOD: Nothing else than very simple food (only fish, bread, noodles/rice and veggis that they cook in the morning for all the day)
ROOMS: Just a bed – nothing more! The sheets might be rinsed but not washed!
TOILETS: Very basic. No zink or shower. There is only a toilet that flushes directly in the sea and then a big bucket with rain water to wash yourself – not even a mirror.
SERVICE: Scuba Jeff does not normally live at Mabul / the guest house. There was a teenager that was the manager and the remaining personnel were very young with some exceptions. There is very few that speak English. They mean well most of the time but we found communication/messages confused time to time.
SUMMERY: If you are a back packer or enjoy very, very simple holiday then this might be interesting – otherwise look for something else. We decided to leave after 2 day and check in to another hotel – even though it was very expensive it was one of the best decision I have mad in all my life :9
- 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