I intended to just stay for 3 days diving around mabul but decided to extend my stay by a week because of the great dive sites, interesting dm/instructors (they are all nice and different in their own ways so you'll definitely find the perfect ones to guide/teach you) and awesome band nights (every wed night). It's a little expensive for solo travellers like me but if you have 2/3 people to share the bungalows then it's really good price for value.
What is special about this dive resort is they educate people about marine ecology (there are dms who are actually marine biologists) and I've learnt to dive without any wetsuit and be more environmentally aware of my surroundings while diving. 36 dives and 3 snorkles during my 10 days, most of them were really awesome. Mabul was great for a mix of big and small stuff while my 2 days of Sipadan were just awesome.
The only sad thing was 2 days before my departure, someone, probably a day trip tourist (some people just spend a day diving/snorkeling around mabul then back to semporna at night) took my bag of toileteries and nightie which costed a small fortune. But then again it's my fault for leaving the bag at public area as I knew everyone working/staying at the resort was trust worthy.
Great food at the resort by the way. I ate like 5 meals a day with drinks/snacks in between. But if you are new to malaysia remember to bring your own bottled mineral water as some tourists' stomach doesn't take the local distilled water very well.
I also dove with the Semporna group for a day at Mataking which was really really enjoyable, wish I had more time to stay at Semporna and dive for another week or so. Too bad happy times always come to an end.
Highly recommend instructors: Steve, Fred, deano, gav ; DM Ewan, Kat&Dave, Ted, Stu, Claudia etc etc they are all great people, buy them a beer as appreciation at the bar and hear their stories out at night, you'll learn a lot :)
- Also Known As:
- Scuba Junkie Hotel And Diving
- Scuba Junkie Hotel Diving
- Scuba Junkie Semporna