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Scuba Junkie Mabul Beach Resort
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

We stayed in a deluxe ac room which was simple but clean and comfortable. The diving was outstanding and the instructors were very good at helping us be at ease under water. We took our open water certificate there.
Keep in mind that there's not much else to do except snorkelling and diving.
The food at the resort is good but not very varied. They do not serve fish or seafood since the fishing is unsustainable.
All in all, an excellent spot for divevacation.

  • Stayed: February 2013
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

My friends and I stayed in the Ensuite Fan room. The facilities were alright and the rooms were clean. However, be careful of the steps as one of my friends accidentally tripped and was wounded. The room was extremely stuffy as there weren't much windows hence, we kept the side door slightly ajar throughout the day.

The food served was quite okay. They serve very yummy fries and chicken meat for some meals. However, food tends to run out very fast at times and it took quite a while for restocking.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Yining23
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

This is the divers paradise! If u are looking for a luxurious resort forget it. This is the place where u can enjoy diving. A special mention to Deano and Inge who have been outstanding in competence and patience during the Open Water course.
Thanks u all!

  • Stayed: June 2013
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1  Thank Cosimo B
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

I am very compelled to share this information.
I stayed at SJ Mabul dormitory for 3 nights. On the first 2 nights, I woke up with severe itch on my legs, arms and shoulders. I asked to switch beds, at which point i SAW a dead bedbug on the new dormitory bed!! I went to the Resort Manager to show/inform her of the bed bug situation. She expressed very little compassion or empathy - she said to me "we deal with this everyday" - well if it was dealt with, there would be NO bedbugs. She also told me that that they will look into it. Well, a few hours later, I met a girl who was assigned to the same bed that I had slept in. So much for taking this issue seriously.

I had also seen a bedbug at SJ Semporna dormitory. Luckily, I saw the bedbug before I slept in the bed so I had a chance to run out of there. I should have known that SJ guests go back and forth from Semporna to Mabul locations so there would be no escaping the bedbugs.

That issue aside, the resort itself was maintained well and the diving schedule was organized quite seamlessly. The food was ok. We were fed the same rice, noodle, and vegetable (diced carrots, peas and corn) dishes everyday, with a slight variation in the meat dish. The coffee/tea was available all day which was nice, especially coming back from the dives.
NOTE: for the 1:30pm lunch, be there ON TIME. There was never enough food because the day trippers also stopped by Mabul for lunch. Fruits and meats were gone in minutes.

Divies in Sipadan was amazing. Incredible. Phenomenal.
Dive sites around Mabul were nice, but Sipadan is a must!!! It's a completely different world at Sipadan!

I would definitely recommend staying Mabul for diving Sipadan - but save yourself the misery and do not stay at SJ

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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5  Thank darwin11
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

The package price gets you in the game and the accomodations are well kept. Scuba experience is pretty spot on with a high Dive Master ratio to divers. Especially great for newbies. On site lively bar. We had a spit wad war one night which actually was a crack up. Staff is highly interactive when you make the effort. I like seafood and due to local unstainable fishing practices they refuse to serve it. That was a bit rough for me but if you're green you'll happily suck it up.

Room Tip: Most rooms come with a queen and a single bed so best value is for three travelers.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

Stayed at scuba junkie mabul for 8 days in the delux ac room. Room was great, no complaints, its spacious and clean. Food was okay! We kind of got sick of it really fast but at least we never went hungry. Our biggest problem with the experience was that although the local staff was super friendly and helpful most of the "westerners" (dive masters & instructors) kind of gave us a bad vibe, yah they were knowledgable and "nice" but it felt forced and somewhat fake like you can tell they were impatient. Of course we met a few that were truly genuine.
Overall scuba junkie is a great organization that contributes to the well being of the local villages as well as the environmental / animal protection.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Thank WangChung88
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

Very nice accommodation, food not so bad but not very diversified.
Just a little bit disappointed that they not allowed you to dive in Sipadan if you don' dive in Mabul 2 days-3 dives/day.
As we were traveling with 2 kids we dive with them 2 days but sharing the dive and even if they have some extra permit they don't allow us to go and dive in Sipadan.
:(
Fortunately we went to uncle Chang's dive center and not only they found us 2 permit last minute, but they even offer to take care for free of our 2 kids so we can dive together...
Our tip is to sleep with scuba junkie which has really nice accommodation (but more expensive) and to dive with "uncle Chang" which really has a more relax atmosphere, lovely people and very good dive master.
Or on the other hand to organize better your holiday and not to do everything last minute as we do...
But this is our style... :D

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Fra1579
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Additional Information about 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 11 Specialty Lodging in Pulau Mabul
Price Range: $46 - $50 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 24

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