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Dive Review of SMART/Mabul Water Bungalows in

September, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Igoe, CO, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 4497
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Southeast Asia, Caribbean.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
82   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Environmentally strict.  Once you displayed your ability as a diver you
were able to do your own thing.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
A very good diving and resort experience.  Friendly, eager, polite staff. 
This is definitely a dive/snorkel destination - very little to do on the
island for non-divers.  The best diving was around the island of Sipadan. 
There were also good things to see diving and snorkeling around Mabul and
Kapalai.  A multi-cultural destination, with guests from northern and
southern Europe, South America, Asia, and a few from the USA.  The current
manager (Eva Alcabes) ensured that you had everything you needed or wanted.
 No hairdryer? Just ask and one appeared in your bungalow.  Our dive leader
(Christina) excelled at finding little critters, plus she had a fun-loving
personality. The boat crew were there to help with whatever you wanted
assistance with, and with a smile.  They took care of your gear from
arrival to departure.

The journey from the USA is a long one so be prepared.  Our itinerary
involved Denver, Los Angeles, Taipei, Kota Kinabalu (worth a vist), Tawau
(not worth a visit), a van ride to Semporna, and then finishing with a 40
minute launch trip to Mabul.  Once there everything worked like clockwork.

All in all an excellent experience.
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