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.