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Dive Review of Scuba Junkie/Mabul Beach Resort in
Malaysia/Mabul/Sipadan

Scuba Junkie/Mabul Beach Resort: "Overall good diving operation", Jun, 2019,

by Angela Richards Dona, HI, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 11028.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments RESORT
As far as resorts go, this one is pretty well-run while also having the quality of feeling at times overrun. Way too many people for my taste, but despite the large number of divers running about, the staff seems to have things under control.

The dining hall is large with long wooden picnic-style tables and benches to sit. It serves as both a gathering place and dining location. Additional seating on couches is provided up a very steep set of steps with a bar and items you can order outside of meal time. Food is prepared and served buffet-style every meal. The place is positively bustling from the moment dinner is served. I would estimate hundreds of people pass through for each meal and I honestly donít know where they all sleep. Of course, we stayed in the individual huts and I know there is a dorm, so I am guessing that is where they all come from. The food was ok, I would say. Not great, not bad. The chef always made a vegetarian dish for lunches and dinners, which tended to always be the same thing, but tofu was available pretty much every night. And side vegetables were often pretty good. Fried bits of tempeh were almost always available and on some nights, a nice spicy, tart vegetarian soup was on offer. Breakfasts were pretty standard with eggs, pancakes, toast, etc.

On one occasion, after a night dive, we arrived at dinner to find most of it picked over and moved to a couple of smaller plates on the buffet table. Unfortunately, I am fairly sure this was when/where I picked up the virus that would plague me ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Scuba Junkie   Mabul Beach Resort

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia: Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, Lembeh, Bunaken; Philippines: Tubbataha, Southern Visayas and Honda Bay; Micronesia: Yap, Pohnpei, Kapingamarangi, Nakuoro, Olimarao, Kosrae; Fiji; Egyptian Red Sea: St. Johns, Fury Shoals, Sharm, Marsa Nakari; Hawaii; Bonaire; Turks & Caicos; Bahamas; Cozumel
Closest Airport Tawau Getting There We had layovers in Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur but Singapore is also an option to get to Tawau. Flights to Tawau via Air Asia or Malaysian Airlines

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 26-30°C / 79-86°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10-25 M / 33-82 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minute dive time
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Most people rent gear and many are day-trippers. This place is not exactly set up for major camera gear. Leave it home or simply be aware. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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