I took my Dive master course with Scuba junkie after reading many reviews as to where to go. The Dm course at scuba junkie is well thought out and you learn from a hand full of instructors through out the course rather than just having one instructor the whole time. it makes for such a good learning environment. you are involved in all aspects of being a dive guide, from morning boat set up and preparing a spares kit to proper briefings including knowledge of the marine environment. you gain confidence through out the course by observing other guides and eventually guiding real divers, with the assistance of a guide, not just other students. This experience sets you up to be a great dive guide.
The resort in Mabul is first class, the rooms are very spacious and well looked after. Caris or Rohan, the managers, are always available to help out with any information you may need. the daily diving is well organised and the gear is in good condition. the staff is a mix of westerners and malaysians, which all work well together. the house reef right in front of the resort is one of the best on the island with a large number of tiny critters to see in a well laid out house reef of man made structures which have become home to theses amazing reef creatures over the years.
The bar at scuba junkie is by far the best atmosphere on Mabul after dark. many divers and staff meet in the bar to talk about the daily dives and fill in log books. this makes for a nice evening activity and board games and cards are sometimes played. once a week a band comes from the main land and plays in the bar or on the beach. this is always a highlight and well enjoyed night by everybody.
Sipadan is a must if you are planning to dive in Borneo. The diving is just amazing. deep walls, huge schools of jacks, barracuda, loads of turtles, white tip reef sharks, schools bump head parrot fish, the list goes on and on. scuba junkie is the only dive operation that does 4 dives here every day. It does make for a full day and you end up very tired by the end but it is totally worth the unforgettable experience of Sipadan.
After looking back at my experience at scuba junkie i would not change a thing, scuba junkie mabul beach resort is a place all divers should experience for them selves.