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Dive Review of Borneo Divers Mabul Resort in

Borneo Divers Mabul Resort, Mar, 2007,

by Yvonne Lanelli, NM, USA . Report 3555.

No photos available at this time

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Terrific place to see mandarinfish, turtles, blue-ringed octopus, flamboyant cuttlefish, frogfish, ornate ghost pipefish.

Our package included 3 dives and three buffet meals per day with lodging in roomy beachfront duplex cabina with king-size bed, AC, hot showers. Twilight dives extra. Resort amenities: free wireless, swimming pool, bar, ice cream stand, gift shop, critter reference books. Dive op provided large showers, cabinet storage, equipment repair. Dives well-organized with sites, times and divers clearly indicated. Dive staff helpful with equipment transfers, dive orientation. Divemasters knowledgeable about critters; accommodating to divers' requests and concerns. 5-30 min. boat rides with snacks, water. Buffet meals mostly Asian and local specialities. Bottled water provided.

Airport transfers on time and efficient. Resort staff helpful but not obsequious. Our cabin and public areas very clean, nicely furnished and well-kept.

Clientele includes Aussies, Europeans, Hong Kongese, locals; families as well as singles. My dive buddy and I were the only Americans. Socialising easy and fun, particularly on Poolside Buffet night with live music by divemaster band. English universally used.

Bring adaptor/convertor for 220 V. and Asian three-prong outlet. Pack as lightly as possible since local airlines charge extra for baggage over 30 pounds. Resort isolated, self-contained. Schedule free time in city of Kota Kinabalu, eco-touring in Sanakan or with orangutans for complete Borneo experience.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, Micronesia, Philippines, New Mexico, Alaska, Nevada, California
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15-50 Ft/ 5-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limits, stay with Divemaster
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Camera rinse tanks at dive op
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