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“So beautiful experience people and dives!!!!”
Review of Big John Scuba

Big John Scuba
Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Semporna
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A small company with a BIG heart.. and passion for customer safety and satisfaction.
Reviewed March 27, 2012

If you have to choose between every places at Mabul, you would choose Big John scuba! Because the place is reel, the foot is very good, the dive-master or instructor are very nice and all the staff too! You can live with local people and for me that s make the difference between all resort!!! The people are so friendly and generous!!
In this place, you will see one of the best dive in the world, but also, the best people I ever met in my journey of one and a half year!!!

3  Thank Jeremy H
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"mabul island"
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"dive master"
in 36 reviews
"home stay"
in 5 reviews
"fun dives"
in 16 reviews
"open water"
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"great instructor"
in 11 reviews
"local community"
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"private bathroom"
in 3 reviews
"food was great"
in 7 reviews
"sea life"
in 7 reviews
"dive sites"
in 14 reviews
"awesome experience"
in 3 reviews
"tea and coffee"
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"rescue diver"
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"small group"
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Reviewed March 25, 2012

The most notable thing about Big John Scuba is the friendliness and the knowledge of the staff and their enthusiastic welcome and how hard they try to make their guests feel comfortable. The accommodation is spartan but comfortable and very clean. The food is good and u can buy your own fresh seafood and the staff will cook it for u!!
Tip...As k the staff to purchase your beer for u before heading to the island. Better price!!
If u think value for money is a good thing...Big John's gets big points!!

4  Thank Gwenkalansky
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Reviewed March 23, 2012

How should put this...just dive with them! You will feel like you are home. The staff is so lovely, the manager, Big John just makes you feel so welcomed, like the rest of the crew as well! About the accomodation, the dorm in Semporna is simple, but gives you the feeling of your own loungeroom with DVD player and all. The homestay is in Mabul is just AMAZING! Be prepared to chuck out your weightbelt if you dive, because the food is just so delicious that you will be having seconds on every meal!
About the diving then. With Big John's you don't get the 15 other divers in your group, it's relaxed, laid back and intimate diving with experienced dive guides. Our guide Osman, he's a wizard of that area and in my experience I could say that if it can be found in Mabul waters, Osman will find it! So once again, a big thank you to Big John's Scuba for making me happiest diver in the world! We'll be back!

4  Thank Pauliina H
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Reviewed March 16, 2012

Since we were short on time we went for 1day snorkeling and had such a lovley day! We went to three different amazing reef-sights and had our best lunch I Malaysia (so far) at their home-stay in the middle of the local village, a very charming and cool place to hang out! Last but not least, Nick took us for a walk around the island and told us about it, so nice!

4  Thank Emmaandjesper
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Reviewed March 14, 2012

I went to Semporna last May and have only just noticed Big John on Tripadvisor. I spent a day wondering around but found Big John was not only the only company that could get me a permit to dive at Sipadan within two days (most have a waiting list of a week or more) but his packages were great and he was a charming gentleman.

I booked a couple of days fun diving and my much anticipated Sipadan trip and prepared for departure to their homestay on Mabul Island the following morning. I did one dive with Big John and we started discussing the Divemaster course (I was already Rescue Diver). Within ten minutes I decided to stay and do the course, fortunate as I was that I was travelling and flexible. It was one of the best decisions I ever made in my life. What I had already paid towards diving was put towards my course and I still had an amazing trip to Sipadan.

During my time at Big Johns I found the LOCAL staff so very helpful and friendly. Myself and the other customers during my stay were blown away by their graciousness and helpfulness. The food was amazing, plenty of fresh seafood and other options if you don't eat fish/meat. I cannot emphasise enough how all the staff were so willing to go out of their way to make every guest feel special.

I am a fan on their Facebook page and have seen so many great comments and fantastic pics. If you are a serious diver or a discerning traveler this is definitely the place for you. There are so many other soulless diving companies in Semporna who employ westerners for their senior positions and local people to do the dirty work. If you want the real deal and mingle with the locals go to see Big John, he's a star!!!!!

One last word of warning to Big John himself. I'm on my way back big fella. Looking forward to seeing you and diving with the team again. Can't wait!!!

One Very Happy Customer;o)

4  Thank Nicholas C
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