My wife n i decided to take the open water diver certificate on May 2013. Since Sabah islands is one of the best if not THE best in world so it is obvious that we just had to go there for our OWD cert. After googled a few places we booked at Scuba Junkie (SJ) since it offers the best accomodation, open water diver cert package and equipment. We got the best instructor -Thys de Jager. We booked the normal room without aircond. It was pretty hot during day time so its really a no-no to stay in d room too long. We managed to ge our OWD cert during this trip including 3 fun dives. It was AWESOME!
It was TOO AWESOME that we had to booked our second trip to SJ. It was actually a very last minutes decision to go for diving trip. But since its our anniversary so we decided to go diving and it was a no brainer to go to SJ. It was on the 1st till 5th of November 2013. Since we booked last minute SJ couldnt promise us a room at Mabul so we must travel from Semporna to Mabul everyday for the whole trip. But as soon as we arrived at SJ's office in Semporna, we were told they managed to find us a room (air-conditioned!) for the whole trip at Mabul Island. Thank u Rohan and Carys! U guys rocks! They really extra miles to make sure we gonna have a good time at SJ. As for the DM, we requested for a local DM because we are a beginner divers. We got DM Nas for all of our fun dives. He is one super cool n super jovial dude. Not to mention superb in the water. He showed us many things under the sea no matter big or small. Not just turtles, we also manage to see differant species of moray eel, rays, nudis, lion fish, clown nemo fish and even pigmy seahorse! All these including beautiful corals in the super clear water!
SJ have a 'fish is friend not food' policy so no seafood at the dining will be served. Fret not, the food serves at SJ is delicious! Choices of meat or chicken, fruits, veges for lunch n dinner. Bread, jam, scramble eggs, noodles, fruits for breakfast and tea. I have no complain at all! Drinks such as cold beer and soft drinks is available at the bar after dinner. This is the perfect time to do the log book.
Room was excellent with multiple power socket for all electricity purpose. Bed sheet smells fresh and got no stains at all. Even in air-condition room we have a stand fan. Toilet was clean but quite slow water pressure at times.
SJ staffs gotta be one of the reasons people keep coming back to SJ! Super efficient, super friendly, super helpful! Some will even know your name even if u havent introduce yourself! For our dive trip, at one point our DM had some issues at the jetty so other DM was instructed to be our DM. Not one but 2 DMs join us for the dive! Hows that for super exclusive n personal DM experience for a diver!
E-mail me. ( email@example.com ) if u guys have any enquiries regarding SJ or even Mabul Island. I'll try to explain as much as i know. Last but not least, thank u Scuba Junkie esp DM Nas, managers the handsome Rohan n the beautiful Carys n the bigboss Tino!
*planning to go diving at SJ again next April! Yahooooo!!!!