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Reviewed 19 August 2016

+ Not so cheap but among the cheapest accommodation u can find on Mabul Island. + Friendly staffs especially Mr. Kenon. + Delicious cooking. + You can buy cheap & fresh seafood (eg: crabs & lobsters) from the local Bajaus on sampans in the morning and ask the chef to cook for you for RM20. + A place to experience... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2016 via mobile

We stayed here during our diving courses at scuba junkie. Place is what you pay for (mabul prices), although huge cockroaches. The staff is nice as long as you don't expect too much service. Food is average but takes a long time to be prepared (30min or more for fried noodles). The receptionist isn't keen on helping with extending your... More 

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“Thank you for your honest feedback! I’m very sorry to hear you had such a bad experience and will be sure to review your comments with my staff in an effort to improve the experiences for our future customers.” More 

Zurich, Switzerland
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2016

There are better places for half the price on the island. They don't clean the (already shabby) room every day. Food service REALLY slow. snorkelling run by kids who have no idea, diving run by a guy who fatally lost a diver at another resort! Hotel walkway surrounded by rubbish, you shouldn't swim because all the sewage from all the... More 

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arung h, Director of Sales at Arung Hayat Sea Adventures, responded to this review

“Thank you for your honest feedback! I’m very sorry to hear you had such a bad experience and will be sure to review your comments with my staff in an effort to improve the experiences for our future customers.” More 

Pszczyna, Poland
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2016

This is a budget hotel on Mabul Island. Therefore don't expect luxury here - actually the rooms are more than basic. If you are looking for a cheap place to sleep and spend your money for diving or snorkeling, it can be a good place. Otherwise try do book a luxury resort, but they are VERY expensive. It is possible... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed 15 March 2016 via mobile

This resort find itself facing west of Mabul and its he cheapest we could find. The place was cool but we dived with a more professional diving resort (scuba junkie). Pros: - Friendly Staff - good location, great sunset views. - cheap for a private room. - very chilled atmosphere. - AC in the rooms - restaurant & snack shop... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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24 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2016

Mix feeling staying in Arung Hayat. First of all, I know it's really budgeted stay compared to all the other stays on Mabul. Good:- The staff is friendly and the sunset view really spectacular (see my photos). There is a high wooden bridge which is our best spot to see the stars during night, playing guitar and sing with the... More 

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Reviewed 29 December 2015 via mobile

I stayed there for a couple of days, actually longer than I wanted, because I loved the atmosphere and the people there! Beautiful scenery and authentic at the same time (people living on their boats in the sea next to the place, kids coming around in their boats, ...). The room itself was simple but good value for money considering... More 

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Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan
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15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2015

I travelled to Arung Hayat on 23rd December 2015, solo. Arung Hayat is a homestay, they sell basic rooms, island village HOMESTAY style. This type of room style is suitable for backpackers, experience traveler/divers who are OK with basic rooms, dorm rooms. Or suitable to those who don't mind to return to basic to experience living village lifestyle. This is... More 

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3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 25 September 2015

we really shocked to see the condition of the room(AC standard room) .A dirty toilet with hanging door( pls get a carpenter to fix those doors) .At night we got a surprise visitors at our room "A RAT" and some cockroaches . A sleepless night we had. At morning served with decent breakfast and we had snorkeling session at near... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 8 September 2015

Basic accommodation, heartwarming service. Not to mention u can get a Superb sunset view from AH. Great diving experiences, and acoustics guitar jamming at night . Plus point , the instructor is superb patient, I took my refresher course with AH back in 2014,November, because of them, they are bringing back my passion about diving ! im definitely will be... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Live like a locals with Arung Hayat Homestay!! Located just above the sea water, our guesthouse provide clean, nice and comfortable place for you to stay. The beautiful scenery of pulau mabul with its clear blue sea water will surely amaze you. Since its early years as a guesthouse, Arung Hayat has undergone major renovations and improvement. It begins with a single house with 5 rooms but as our guest increased we extended into 10 rooms but over the years our guest keep knocking at our door hence we decided to built more rooms so today we have total 31 rooms already. (Meals are served 3 times a day with unlimited hot drinks). The long houses are built on stilts overlooking the turquoise waters of the Celebes Sea with a splendid sun set view. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom with 3 types selections either fan, Air-conditioned and VIP room. Electricity runs from 6pm to 6am, like in most places on the island. ... more   less 

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Address: 245 Jalan Pinggir Bakau, Pulau Mabul 91308, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > Semporna District > Pulau Mabul
Price Range: £21 - £37 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 31
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“Choose somewhere else, it couldn't be worse”
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“every room is the same, just make yourself out from the room during sunset time.”
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“room no 1 is spacious for two people.”
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“The VIP rooms cost more, but are more spacious and provide better views of the sea”
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