Seventh year in Mabul/Sipadan, my sixth stay at the BDMR. Yes, I have written reviews on this place before but every visit's different. The usual pick up from Tawau where we stayed overnight, to Borneo Divers's new office at the jetty in Semporna and the 30-odd minute boat ride to BDMR. Some changes at the dive center/jetty include a washroom where previously it meant a dash back to the room if you could hold it that long! New beach bar at where the old dive center used to be located, with the souvenir shop cum provisions store also located at the bar when it used to be at the dining hall.
The dive guides are as usual very good. Our personal favourite is Lianah, and there's Tonny as well. It is good to see that Sorian aka Mr Sorry has appeared in a couple of reviews prior to this one and they are all positive. Yes, Mr Sorry is a funny guy.
Food has gotten better over the years and the staff are ever so friendly. The dives, of course, are excellent.
Our trip was spoiled by several divers who thought they could see big things all the time, forgetting that the whole area is rich with critters as well. Very demanding, not considerate at all.
And the divers from China and Hong Kong! Loud, rude and the way they grab food would guarantee pigs to die of hunger because these people would eat even pigs' swill! I hope someone would videotape their behaviour and upload it to Youtube for the while world to see! When they take the food, it's like everything's theirs and nothing's for you because they paid for their food and they don't care if you did too.
And then you see the food wastage after...sickens you that some animals actually have human form.
- Also Known As:
- Borneo Divers Mabul Island Hotel Pulau Sipadan