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Scuba Junkie Mabul Beach Resort
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Mountain View, California
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49 reviews
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“Great Operation!”
Reviewed December 10, 2013

Stayed and dived with Scuba Junkie for 3 days in November 2013. What impressed me the most was the operational efficiency, with four dive boats, lodging, kitchen, around 70 local staff, interns and divemasters, not a single beat was missed and everything ran incredibly smoothly as far as I could see. Scuba Junkie also has its own turtle hatchery; they pay locals who find the eggs, and if you're lucky during your stay, you can see the hatchlings being set on their way to the ocean. They also participate in reef surveys with WWF. Divemasters are all very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Finally, their kitchen also serves vegetarian options for meals (including curry tofu and veggie burgers), which is not always easy to find in Malaysia.

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Reviewed December 5, 2013

What else do you expect when all arrangement from transportation, accommodation, meals, dives are well taken cares by the most attentative staff's that I ever had. There are no problem with returned airport transfer and also the boat transfer to Mabul Island. Since I'm travelling alone and staying at their dormitory, it is much better than other place budget accommodation. With a maximum of 10 guest per dorm and 3 big clean toilet it does not make any of the guest complaining of discomfort.

Meals are in buffet style and are normally served with either chicken or beef. Through out my 4 days stay the buffet meals are really great with most of the time fruits will be the main target. Comes early to join the crowd during each meals and you will see how each guest appreciate the chef cook and it set of buffet.

As for diving arrangement, all schedule boat dive information will be shown at the big whiteboard near the corner of the restaurant. It is your responsibility to check your name and punctual on time at the jetty for your boat dive. Again...at the jetty all your dive gear equipment will be nicely prepared by the dive center staff a monitored by a supervisor. Mostof the time each divemaster will take care of 4 divers and they are really there when you need them. To see most of the marine life it is better to stay close with the divemaster as they know very well on all the dive sites.

My conclusion is that...Scuba Junkie is really a great place and should be visited by all walks of live! Get close to them especially the local Bajau's to get more knowledge of surrounding and better experience!

Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

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. ( shafiqsaat@yahoo.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!!!!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 26, 2013 via mobile

I had 5 days in the dorms at scuba junkie. I had lots of fun on the trip, some awesome diving and met some great people.on the plus side the diving is great, Sipidan is unbelievable, an amazing experience where you are inundated with totally awesome stuff to see, Ben our guide to Sipidan was excellent, informative and safe with the diving. We lost count of the number of turtles and sharks we saw! They have some really knowledgable guides, in particular I thought Cat was excellent and really detailed when doing our log books. On the whole most of the staff were really friendly and approachable. The food is delicious and I really like that they don't serve fish as they don't want to support the unsustainable fishing that is currently happening, they come across as very Eco conscious. A couple of things I think could be improved are some of the dive guides sit together at lunch and dinner rather than mix with the clients (some not all) and they come across as a little unapproachable. Aso the dorm is ridiculously hot, they need to give fans or instal air con as it was uncomfortable. Other than that I highly recommend scuba junkie and definitely plan to visit again!

  • Stayed November 2013
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

We had the most wonderful dive AND holiday experience at Scuba Junkie. The DMs are all fantastic and the diving will blow you away and the service, cleanliness of the rooms (we were in the nicest dorm we've seen In 3 months!) and the total efficiency and ease of the whole service and environment was a total pleasure. A HUGE thank you to all who made our trip so enjoyable, Simon, Martin, Aziz, Taufiq, Jason, Cris, Sam, Matt, Ruth, Ash and alllll the staff on both Mabul and Semporna...we can't wait to see you again next year! Emily and Alex

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 24, 2013 via mobile

My partner (scuba diver) and I (snorkeller) visited the island of Mabul. We were blown away by the island and what the sea offered us... As a snorkeller, I was up close to giant turtles & tropical fish and was somewhat jealous at what I missed out on not being able to scuba dive. My partner, on the other hand is now fully qualified and has already been hinting at going back soon. She was extremely impressed with the one to one instruction over her open water course. The resort itself was excellent and all the staff were down to earth and friendly. Food was perfect for fuelling a full days activity.

Stayed November 2013
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Madrid
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

I had overall a nice stay at Mabul Beach Resort. The wooden bungalowe are nice.
Strange things though that you have to ask reception "if you want your room to be cleaned" (who wouldn't ?).
The main disappointment was food : when you make 3/4 dives a day, you expect better food that what is served there. Their policy is no fish/sea food (fish are friends, not food), but there is often no food either : first day, I got only omelette, rice and vegetables and watermelon. I have to say I was "starving" most of my stay there. And rice and same vegetables and fruit for each meal (so if you don't like watermelon like me, too bad).
They have a policy to only let you dive in Sipadan if you stay 3 days, which seems to be a bit abusive compared to other dive operators that seem to offer Sipadan to everyone who walks in. However, this place was good value compared to other Mabul Resorts.
Pricing of the packages is a bit strange, it is highly degressive (1 night is very expensive, the price for 2 or 3 is almost the same as for 1).

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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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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