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Scuba Junkie Mabul Beach Resort
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33 reviews
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“THE Happening place!”
Reviewed June 28, 2012

Went to Mabul with the intention of doing my Open Water Cert with an open mind. I wasn't sure of what to expect from the resort as I'd stayed in some pretty ordinary digs on Borneo, but was I surprised! I was greeted by a modern and clean resort, with very friendly and warm staff. Accommodation was simple, with the dorm rooms (detatched huts) consisting of 4 beds with attatched bathroom and fans, single rooms had aircon/no air and attatched ensuite and I believe the VIP had aircon and more. Prices included all meals which were of good quality, but boasted no seafood due to the resort's stance on the lack of sustainable fishing in the region. I looked around the island at other resorts and none had anywhere near the atmosphere of Scuba Junkie and many were very overpriced. Entertainment in the resort was provided almost nightly by way of talented staff and local people. ie. bands, beach games etc. Upstrairs from the restaurant area is a cool and breezy bar area.To my surprise, the guests themselves were from all walks of life as well as all ages, yet everyone there was made to feel very welcome and comfortable. Several guests had young children with them. WiFi was available but slow. Hey, you're on an island so not much matters anyway! It was quick enough to get your necessities done though.
In the end, I stayed for a total of 11 nights and did my Advanced Open Water Cert as well as diving the amazing Sipadan Island. That in itself is worthy of a separate thread. I did a total of 20 dives and found them all amazing. The marine life was incredible. The problem now is that I'm forever ruined as most dives from here off will be a disappointment compared to Mabul.
Scuba Junkie was fantastic, no need to look elsewhere.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

Semporna really is just the stop-over and the hostel is basic but does offer clean beds and air con in rooms (even dorm).

Spent 4 nights on Mabul Island which we were very pleased with. The managers are very nice and the DM's/Instructors I did speak to were also very nice. (There are a lot of them).
- Many staff = small dive groups which is great!

We were pleasantly surprised that all of the dorm beds and towels were changed every day without fail and the dorm swept and toilets cleaned.
The resort is lovely and pretty much still new - only 3yrs old I believe.

There is a big communal eating area which is great for socialising with other divers and talking about dives yet to do etc.. a very open and friendly atmosphere.
Upstairs is another open space with seating and a bar. On some days they have a local band play.

The diving around Mabul is very good - great walls and drifts, lots of great macro + turtles everywhere and sharks! Sipadan is a must!!!!
Dive shop area is on their own jetty with boats (directly outside resort) - if u have your own gear, you can leave it here which is locked over night.
There are many people who dive so the jetty can get busy and sometimes you may wait a while for the boats to be loaded, but they do a good job at organising this as best as can be.

Food is standard - noodles, rice, chicken/beef curries, veg, lots of fruit and veg option every day - we also had chicken wings and fries one night! :D

The only negative point is that there isn't much entertainment for the evenings or days off diving. I would of liked to see maybe board games, cards, only 1 tv in the bar area...

overall we were very happy with this resort and staff and the pricing is also competitive

Room Tip: Dorms only have fans, but a lot of them. When we stayed it was sufficient. Surprised there were no...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 3, 2012

Our stay at Scuba Junkie would have been fine but for the fact their hostel at Semporna was infested with bedbugs. I got bitten quite badly and woke to find bugs filled with blood in my bed . When I woke a staff member he kindly moved us to a new room that didn't have bugs. However in the morning when I complained at the Scuba Junkie booking office I was treated in a rather dismissive fashion and told that the bug exterminators had been called. As the bug exterminating vehicle was already parked outside I couldn't help thinking that the staff knew about the bug infestation before we were shown to our rooms. Surely it would have been more professional and responsible to have closed the hostel until the problem was dealt with.
When we arrived at the Mabul resort the staff there were far more sympathetic. Their approach couldn't be faulted. They washed all our clothing to make sure it hadn't been infested and explained that bedbugs were a recurring problem at the hostel due to people coming to stay there from jungle camps. They reassured us that the resort was bedbug free.
Overall I felt that this company needs to do more to ensure that this situation doesn't reoccur at the hostel. Their rates are quite high, so for the prices they charge it is not unrealistic to expect better. It is highly unpleasant being bitten. The bites itch for a long time,it is an unsettling experience that can easily spoil a holiday.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Scuba Junkie Mabul Beach Resort
Address: Mabul Island, Pulau Mabul, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Semporna District > Pulau Mabul
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Ranked #1 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Pulau Mabul
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Number of rooms: 24

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