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“Best ambience ever - best diving I ever did”

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Uncle Chang's Sipadan Mabul Dive Lodge
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“Best ambience ever - best diving I ever did”
Reviewed 24 March 2010

We went diving with Uncle Chang's guys and we had such a good time. We had three days of diving on Sippidan, which deserves its reputation as one of the best diving spots in the world. It was out off this world. Magnificient and breath-taking. But note that only few permits are given each days to go diving on Sippadan so book well in advance.
And then back to Uncle Chang's place... It is very basic but if you are out diving during the day, how much do you need? There is such a positive communal spirit - everybody hangs out together and have a good time discussing the dives of the day and the "crew" plays live music and everybody is having a good time. Just picked up this link on youtube, which says it all: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQ3rWYQl0qE
If you are in for big time luxury, forget about it. But if you like to meet people and have a good time, then this is the place to go. And probably the cheapest option if you want to explore the amazing Sippadan.
Mimi Groenbech

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 February 2010

We went there to go diving to Sipadan. Staff was rude and not helpfull at all. No smiles and no helping hands with the equipment. The equipment was old, broken and moldy. On our one-day diving trip between 7 divers one mask and one fin broke, one BCD was leaking air, one depth gauge was not working and one BCD was all moldy and green. Food was not really good and our instructor spoke very poor English and was neither helpful nor knowledgeable. Smoking is allowed on the tiny boat and by afternoon there were cigarett butts everywhere. For the money you pay there is much better value on Mabul as well as in Semporna. Accommodation is super basic and although you are surrounded by pristine water there is no beach to take advantage of it. They seem to cater mainly to Chinese customers and the big group of Chinese tourists leaving with us seemed to have truely enjoyed their stay. we didn't and would certainly not go back.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 September 2009

This guesthouse is perfect for the party animal!!! It is not about luxury & seriously budget but so cheap with 3 ok meals included & plenty of local whiskey!!! Great fun hosts & a super stay. Snorkelling was fab!

  • Liked — Uncle Chang himself!!!
  • Disliked — the ants in my bed
  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Uncle Chang's Sipadan Mabul Dive Lodge

Property: Uncle Chang's Sipadan Mabul Dive Lodge
Address: 91307 Causeway Road, Pulau Mabul, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > Semporna District > Pulau Mabul
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 10 Speciality Lodging in Pulau Mabul
Number of rooms: 29
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Uncle Chang`s Sipadan Mabul Dive Hotel Pulau Mabul

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