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“Sets the benchmark for how a diving company should be!!”

Scuba Junkie Diving
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Semporna
Certificate of Excellence
Singapore, Singapore
Level 4 Contributor
17 reviews
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“Sets the benchmark for how a diving company should be!!”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

First of all this review is purely related to the diving part offered by the company and not the accommodation (found in an alternative review)

Operations : With transfer booked a few months in advance, we were apprehensive if the company had remembered, especially as we did not reconfirm prior to arrival...however it was a relief to see the driver waiting with a name board for you, upon arrival. Mode of transport to Semporna was via a mini bus, taking just over and hour to reach our destination. The bus was shared with other guests works out to your advantage, lowering the cost per person. Payment was made directly to the driver upon arrival in Semporna.

Following an overnight stay in their accommodation, registration with Scuba Junkie was conducted across the road in their Semporna office, with forms and proof of your diving license required (albeit they can look up your details from the PADI database). Once registration was completed, you were introduced to your dive instructors for the day and led onto the jetty with your bags. Transfer onto Mabul takes around 40-50 mins, your bags are transferred to the resort, once docked, meaning you could concentrate what you were there for... DIVING! Upon checkout, baggage is also delivered to the pier for you, again maximising your diving time... Outdoor rinse showers are available on the pier as well.

On a daily basis (if you stay in Mabul) they have a whiteboard schedule informing you of your dive sites for the following day and the time you need to be at the pier, in addition your dive instructors as highlighted along with the lead Dive Master of the day.

Dive Masters: These guys & gals really do live upto the name of the company, their jubilation and excitement is evident after each dive. Each dive instructor have their own knowledge and preferences of diving types (e.g. muck diving) as you would expect. However they are always open to your suggestions of what your interests are. Over the four days, we had various dive masters, we were lucky to have Ted, Anthony, Ben and Cat as our guides. I couldn't praise these guys more, always coming across professionally and prior to each dive, giving a briefing of what to expect to see and the background to the dive location.

Dive Sites: We dived around Mabul, Siamil & Sipidan. Let me start about the other sites before I come to Sipidan. Although everyone talks about Sipidan, other dive sites around the area are still vibrant with marine life. Whilst we were there we were lucky to see Devil/Blue Ribbon Rays, Turtles, Reef Sharks, Sea Horses, Wonder Octopus and more!! Some divers take a life time to be lucky enough to see some of these and yet these can be encountered within close vicinity. As for Sipidan, I've never experienced before the ability to dive in such a rich area of marine life with one of the best examples of coral beauty to be seen. It does make you wonder and provides a prime example that by purely respecting the marine life, the ecosystem just works!

The company: Scuba Junkie do really seem to care about the environment, organising beach clean up days, marine charitable assistance etc.

Final thought: Some people may view the dive masters as strict, i.e. when they say no touching the turtles and corals... they mean it! I do see their point: how would you like to be touched by strangers all the time, or seeing your home trampled over??

If you are planning to go to Sipidan/Mabul etc... I would not hesitate to recommend Scuba Junkie

Visited August 2013
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Professional and efficient”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

Our instructor was thorough, experienced, and skilled at finding marines life for us in the water.
The dive packages are reasonable prices, and in the face do spent two days to dive in mabul / kapalai, guarantee a day in Sipadan (which is a marine park and requires a permit). and the staff very knowledgeable, helpful and well organized, the divers (many, given that average out 4 boats) are divided into small groups (or two people) depending on experience and the objectives of immersion. Diving in Sipadan cannot be beaten with plenty of sharks and turtles, barracudas and other fishes, paradise for divers. Just great place, great peoople, fantastic atmosphere, want to go there once again!

Visited July 2013
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Poitiers, France
Level 3 Contributor
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“Really not fear!”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

First they propose you to do day per day if youi want to go to Sipadan like that they save money with the transport. This is a lot for the boddy and not healthy..i am a handicaped divemaster.
But if you don't want to do 4 dives they charge you 4 dives!!!! and if you only snorkeling they charge you as if you were diving!!!!
So if you want to pay more, go with them

Visited August 2013
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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“Everything you want in a Diving Experience”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

Scuba Junkie were absolutely brilliant in helping me achieve my Open Water PADI award to become a qualified diver. The diving instructors were brilliant, with experience and the ability to calm you down when you panic underwater. I guess it helps when they are teaching you to dive in one of the top ten dive spots in the world! The biodiversity was amazing and I was lucky enough to see 20 turtles in just one dive, including the hawksbill turtle in its natural environment eventhough it is critically endangered! Diving with Scuba junkie in Semporna is definitely something to add to your bucket list to do before you die. It is an unforgettable experience and the Scuba junkie instructors help you to truly enjoy it and find all sort of underwater creatures you never knew existed! As a qualified diver now I definitely plan on returning to Semporna and diving ith Scuba Junkie again! For backpackers planning on staying to do their whole qualification over a few days, the backpackers' lodge is an excellent place to stay with an excellent bar/restaurant just next door with an excellent live band every friday. I definitely recommend the fruit daquiri and the cheesecake!

Visited July 2013
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

Scuba junkie is easily the most professional diving company I've experienced. I signed up for a 4 day package staying in a dorm room on mabul and taking in sipidan. Everything was perfect - the organisation, the dive masters, the atmosphere and the food!

Over the four days I dove with Stew, Max, Ewan and Anthony. All were equally fantastic, safe, positive and, importantly, enthusiastic to dive with. Thanks lads for giving such effort to your work. Not a moment of cynical know it all nonsense from any of you.

Saw so much wonderful stuff during those days I don't know how I'll ever dive again and enjoy it.

Make no mistake, scuba junkie are very professional and great value. If you want to do Sipidan, book with them. You won't regret it.

Visited August 2013
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