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Istanbul, Turkey
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Positives: Staff was very friendly and polite, they help what u need. Restaurant & room was clean. Foods was not much variety but acceptable, good thing is you can find smt if come from europe. Water and diving area awesome, you can see lots of different fishes, turtle, shark and other sea livers. Also diving organization was very clear and... More 

Thank Yalçın D
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37 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

i would go with a stand alone cottage - hopefully you get one in the first row with view of water rather than a back one the view of another cottage. Sipadan----- they guarantee a (three tank) dive day at Spiadan if you stay a min 5 nights...the chances of going an additional day are VERY very GREAT. Most of... More 

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Milan, Italy
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66 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

We got an 8 days 7 nights package in Mabul Sipadan Resort because we wanted to dive in one of the best dive spots worldwide and we were not disappointed. Our cottage was the n°129 seafront, and was really perfect: just in front the beach, two steps from the diving center, near enough to the restaurant but far enough to... More 

Thank Tig68
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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Got certified scuba diver here - amazing place and the best to stay at Mabul Island. Room, service and food was great but nothing compared to the fantastic under water world and the experiences er had here 👌

1 Thank Sine H
Shanghai Region, China
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58 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

It's older than Kapalai. The hotel is only ok, but of course clean as well. The good thing for it is, it has more lisence to Sipadan diving resort , which only allow 100 people to visit. It is top ten diving resort in the world. If you a diving lover maybe mabul would the best choice . The snorkeling... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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42 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2016

Two of us stayed at the standalone SMART bungalow for 8 days, 7 nights in July 2016 under a diver's package and had a really good time throughout our entire trip. Thank you Ben, Efren, Sam and all the staff and boat crew for taking such good care of us the whole time we were there. For fellow travellers, here... More 

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Porvoo, Finland
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14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2016

Summary of our feelings after 9N/10D: - we loved the accommodation and the location! - two truly professional and enthusiastic dive guides: Ronny & Jusri. Regret to say that the others have lost they motivation and enthusiasm for diving/nature. - 95 % of clients were Chinese -> good thing is that most of them are just snorklers but those few... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 20 June 2016

Great base for Sipadan diving. True about the high prices and minor hiccups here and there; if you're looking for a luxurious beach holiday, don't come here. You can have the luxury to have your vacation elsewhere at this price. Don't come and compare this to any other top-notch resorts you've been, because it's different. This is an isolated island... More 

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Sunrise Beach, Australia
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34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2016

Make no mistake - the outlook from this hotel is STUNNING! The location is remote, beautiful and the stuff dreams are made o.f. Unfortunately, the resort itself doesn't quite match. Certianly the staff are friendly and helpful staff and can't do enough for you - in my book this redeems most things There are a lot of ittle things help... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2016

First the pluses - Good diving, especially at Sipidan which was excellent but Mabul and Kapalai were not bad either. Great dive master called Yusir who was friendly and informed and the dive operation generally went very well and was extremely organised. Nice rooms with a relaxing balcony and lots of space. Bathrooms a bit dated but good freshwater shower... More 

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SMARTDIVERS, Owner at Sipadan Mabul Resort, responded to this review

Dear Ms. Ryattman, We refer to your comments in trip advisor, the Management would like to response: Our resort catered for all nationalities. We do not discriminate our clienteles. Therefore the food we served in buffet varieties ranges from Malay, Chinese and Western cuisine daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The system for Sipadan permit has been well informed to... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
SIPADAN-MABUL RESORT (SMART) is situated at Mabul Island overlooking the well-known Sipadan Island. It is a dive destination resort that began its modest operations back in 1993 and has since grown into a well-established and reputable resort as it is today. SMART has 42 land-based chalets (22 unit stand-alone detached chalets, 18 unit standard semi-detached chalets and 2 unit suite chalets) which can accommodate up to 84 guests at any one time. All chalets are built from native materials of Borneo, mostly twin-bedded, equipped with mosquito screens, air-conditioning and come with attached bathrooms with hot shower facilities as well as free Wi-Fi internet access in the room. Other facilities include a swimming pool, Jacuzzi whirlpool spa, large dining hall and bars. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Sipadan Mabul Resort

Address: P O Box 15571 Kota Kinabalu, Pulau Mabul 88865, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > Semporna District > Pulau Mabul
Number of rooms: 42
Also Known As:
Sipadan Mabul Hotel Pulau Mabul
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“Go for either the standalone bungalows or water bungalows.”
 of 5 bubbles the_urbanurchin, 11 Jul 2016 | Read review
“Accommodation overall good but no working wifi in the rooms and even lobby was down often.”
 of 5 bubbles Nina_Petri, 4 Jul 2016 | Read review
“go for water bungalows for sure”
 of 5 bubbles HK-Jet-Setter-4, 19 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Avoid rooms on the jetty to Mabul Island”
 of 5 bubbles gesands, 4 Jun 2016 | Read review
“The free standing bungalows are the best to stay in. If you have money, stay at the Water bungalows”
 of 5 bubbles RadiomaninLaos, 24 Apr 2016 | Read review
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