Arung Hayat is the best place to experience the local long house, and most importantly the owner is very friendly - Hanif. If you wanted to look for budgeted accommodation and full meal which only RM80, Arung Hayat is one of the best budgeted guest house.
Personally i would say it was good value and it also nearby the local village, which another good opportunity to hang around. Room - it was very simple double single bed with no aircond, the generator only started to use at night after 6.30pm, which is acceptable due to no electrical supply for this small island, everybody is using the generator.
Food - they do provide full meal - breakfast, lunch & dinner. It was not bad and even taste better than some of the 3 star hotel at Sempurna, mostly malay dishes like vegi, fish ( fresh), chicken, rice and some fruits. Coffee & tea is free flow.
Day Trip - Snorkel are in tip top condition and new, we really having fun time - Hanif very friendly and he's so flexible on the snorkeling time. Beside that he also entertain us by playing guitar and singing for us at night time, having some peanuts & snack with some liquor, we really enjoy that moment.
If you looking for a budgeted room with very tip top snorkel, Arung Hayat definately the BEST!!!
- 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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