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Borneo Divers Mabul Resort
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Pulau Sipadan
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 25, 2014

Stayed for a week for diving. Nice people, good food and excellent stay. Relax quite place with pool. Good place to stay for diving, all places around nearby access. Has house reef(paradise 2), for unlimited shore dive.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

We stayed at BDMR for 5 nights on our honeymoon and it was great. The diving was amazing and the dive instructors were excellent and very knowledgable. The dive equipment was in good/reasonable condition and they were very helpful if anything need fixing or swapping. The room was lovley but it could benefit from a bit of sprucing up (especially the bathroom which was a bit smelly) but we had a room next to the beach so we can't really complain. The food was excellent - lots of variety and lots of fresh fruit and veg. All the staff were lovely, we only had one bad experience with the lady on reception when we checked out who must have been having a bad day! We'd definitely recommend this place.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 5, 2014

Seventh year in Mabul/Sipadan, my sixth stay at the BDMR. Yes, I have written reviews on this place before but every visit's different. The usual pick up from Tawau where we stayed overnight, to Borneo Divers's new office at the jetty in Semporna and the 30-odd minute boat ride to BDMR. Some changes at the dive center/jetty include a washroom where previously it meant a dash back to the room if you could hold it that long! New beach bar at where the old dive center used to be located, with the souvenir shop cum provisions store also located at the bar when it used to be at the dining hall.

The dive guides are as usual very good. Our personal favourite is Lianah, and there's Tonny as well. It is good to see that Sorian aka Mr Sorry has appeared in a couple of reviews prior to this one and they are all positive. Yes, Mr Sorry is a funny guy.

Food has gotten better over the years and the staff are ever so friendly. The dives, of course, are excellent.

Our trip was spoiled by several divers who thought they could see big things all the time, forgetting that the whole area is rich with critters as well. Very demanding, not considerate at all.

And the divers from China and Hong Kong! Loud, rude and the way they grab food would guarantee pigs to die of hunger because these people would eat even pigs' swill! I hope someone would videotape their behaviour and upload it to Youtube for the while world to see! When they take the food, it's like everything's theirs and nothing's for you because they paid for their food and they don't care if you did too.

And then you see the food wastage after...sickens you that some animals actually have human form.

Stayed: April 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 3, 2014

We visited as a group of 12 and can confirm what has already been said regarding the excellent diving and food in the resort, as well as the very friendly and accommodating staff.

Booking office in KK were very friendly and everything was done as requested. Airport transfers were on time. Wi-fi at resort needs to get upgraded.

Management went the extra mile to get us additional Sipidan permits. Brilliant diving at Sipidan.

I will visit again.

Room Tip: Scuba kit rental is not expensive and the Resort's kit was in good condition.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 30, 2014

This is my first time staying here albeit my third trip to Mabul/Sipadan. The accomodation is clean and basic, but the bathroom could be improve a bit as the room that I got had the bathroom windows permanently closed hence it could be a bit of a damp smell.

The food was awesome. Never in my life I had lamb in almost every lunch and dinner. Even the food they took to Sipadan is betond expectation.

This is a heaven for divers as they do 4 Sipadan boat dives and if you are lucky during the low season you might get to go to Sipadan twice. Even the house reef had plenty for you to see and brush up on your diving/photography skills. Thumbs up to the dive teams.

The pool is on the small side but good for you to get the recovery swim after diving the whole day.

We managed to witness release of turtle hatchlings into the sea but missed the turtle egg laying as it happened the day before we arrived.

All in all a great resort for divers and would definitely consider returning here in my future trips.

Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 23, 2014 via mobile

A fantastic dive location and accommodation. Each balcony looks out onto lazy turtles and rays going about their lives. Food fantastic, dive facilities second to none and near by Sipadan will take your breath away with the schools of Barracuda etc

  • Stayed: April 2014
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Reviewed May 21, 2014

My wife and I were there in August 2011.
When we get to Semporna we take a cab to the address that was indicated by the tour operator and we have an Office of the Borneo Divers, located in the port of shipment where we could leave our bags to go get something to eat, because it was lunchtime.
Then we were sent to the boat that took us to the island of Mabul, where we would spend 3 beautiful days to rest and dive.
When we arrived we were greeted by one of the dive masters of the resort, which introduced us the resort and explained what the rules and timetables to comply.
Shortly after we arrived, I made my first dive was not beyond the dive center located right in front of the island with access by a bridge. This diving is done for they have the notion of our diving skills and can put people into groups with similar diving level.
The second day was spent doing dives in Mabul, all with a level of very good quality.
The last full day was passed in Sipadan, which is one of the best places in the world for the practice of diving. There is no doubt, he is one of the best, both in terms of visibility (+ 30 m) as the quantity level of species, with a special focus to the incredible number that you can see turtles, eating, swim and even sleeping.
Is the perfect place to observe these animals.
Usually what's are stipulated 3 daily dives, but as this site is so special that our dive master and team toasted us with 4 dives in this paradise.
The last dive was in Barracuda Point, where we saw some barracudas and a school of Jack fish which turned out in surround us, such seen in many photographs of diving.
That was awesome!!!
As for the resort, the staff was impeccable, the bungalow was well decorated, the bathroom was always clean, despite being very basic, with no luxury.
Meals always buffet, and for those who were only 3 nights, were always varied, being on one of the nights, dinner served outdoors accompanied by a little show interpreted by staff at the resort.
The spaces around the bungalows were treated well and the pool always cared for.
What if you can point out how negative through the issue of next to the beach in Mabul, along the bridge connecting to the dive center and in some dives in Mabul you find various types of trash, mainly plastic bags, is not in great quantity, but always gives the impression that there is an oversight, Was explained to us that is due to the existence of small village that lies also in Mabul because people who live there have no ecological awareness, although the resort staff do some awareness-raising to the population, but older people are not very active.
Passes all for a question of social development and citizenship; After all, we Europeans, in our past we does the same thing.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
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Address: Mabul Island, Pulau Sipadan, Malaysia
Location: Malaysia > Sabah > Semporna District > Pulau Sipadan
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Pulau Sipadan
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the East Coast of Sabah, just off the coastline of Mabul Island, Borneo Divers Mabul Resort is passionate in showcasing the best of Borneo’s beautiful and lush marine life to the world. Mabul is arguably one of the richest single destinations for exotic small marine life anywhere in the world. The reef is on the edge of the continental shelf and the seabed surrounding the reef slopes out to a depth of 25 to 30m. ... more   less 
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Borneo Divers Mabul Island Hotel Pulau Sipadan

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