I had a 4d/3n package in the resort in mabul, and this place is an excellent choice for divers- everything literally works like clockwork. The planning is meticulous, there is always a list on a board or a person telling you where you need to be and when, kit is put together, changes between dives, and cleaned at end of the day without you lifting a finger- v impressive!
The resort itself is nicer than I expected- lots of trees and flowers, well laid out, good little bit of beach. Food is ok, in an institutional kind of way, but always plenty of fruit at meals which is nice. I stayed in a dorm- good value if travelling alone, but even with 7 fans in the dorm it got really really hot- they really do need AC in the dorms.
Dive staff are mostly British, and very competent. I'd say the one downside is that because the place is so large/turnover of tourists so high, you pretty much get a different dive master every day, so not much opportunity to get to know your dm. Saying that, the staff were all friendly and helpful (although watch out for the occasional tongue lashing of the serious manager, ceris).
The diving was great! I particularly loved the diving round Mabul- paradise and awas sites were excellent. Sipadan itself was lovely, but if you are an experienced diver and know you've seen other pristine reefs, I'd say the extra cost for the day at sipadan isn't totally worth it. Don't get me wrong, it was lovely, but when all my dives costs 795 ringgit, and then the day at sipadan costs an additional approx 700 ringgit (ie just for getting there), scuba junkies are obviously making a killing on this.
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- Scuba Junkie Hotel And Diving
- Scuba Junkie Hotel Diving
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