I tried to book a stay at Scuba Junkies' Mabul resort, but as it was fully booked, had to settle for the Semporna hostel (eventually I did manage to get a bed from Mabul for one night, but more of that in a separate review).
First of all; the photos you see here are NOT from Semporna, they are from Mabul. Semporna is a local town and Scuba Junkies have their office and the hostel + restaurant together at the sea shore (although, the hostel is run by different people than the restaurant or the scuba operations).
The town itself is very unpleasant and very dirty, I don't think anybody would like to stay there for any other reason, but to get out to the sea. There's no beach or anything like that, so don't be tempted to try to substitute a holiday by the beach by staying in Semporna.
The hostel itself is okay, nothing fancy and frankly a bit run down. The staff seemed to have a bit of a confusion with my booking, although I don't now if that was their problem or had the Scuba Junkie people misplaced my booking (as all the bookings go through Scuba Junkies' offices). I had booked a stay for four nights, but they found a reservation only for one night. In the end I did manage to get a bed for the entire duration of my stay, but had the hostel been fully booked, I don't know what would I have done. The Wifi works only in the lobby, they charge a deposit for the towel and on Friday nights there's a band playing at the adjacent restaurant downstairs, so if you intend to go to bed early, make sure you have good earplugs.
Overall it's a decent stay if you don't expect too much, but if you have any chance, book a bed or a room from the Mabul Resort instead. On the upside, the food and drinks at the Semporna restaurant are very good and most of the staff hang out there in the evenings, so it's not all bad!
- Also Known As:
- Scuba Junkie Hotel And Diving
- Scuba Junkie Hotel Diving
- Scuba Junkie Semporna