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Address: Semporna 91308, Malaysia
Phone Number: +60 89-785 399
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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A small company with a BIG heart.. and passion for customer safety and...

A small company with a BIG heart.. and passion for customer safety and satisfaction.

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Best scuba diving with best instructor

Completed my open water diver certification with big john scuba and Mark booth was my instructor.. Lively place, good food and nice people around for service. Big john scuba have... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
venkisangi2010
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Bengaluru, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Completed my open water diver certification with big john scuba and Mark booth was my instructor.. Lively place, good food and nice people around for service. Big john scuba have their office in semporna from where you get picked up for a 45min boat ride to Mabul islands. The lodge in mabul is built over the beach extention and very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were planning our 3 weeks trip to Malaysia about a year in advance and also wanted to do our PADI Open Water Course (OWC). I searched the internet and various companies offer the same packages, but this one really stands out! From the first moment, Mark was really helpful and clear in communication which is great, because you often... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

After 2 years , returned to my diving home town for my AOW course, Big John Scuba is getting more awesome with it's recent new home on Mabul Island, great job guys, the bed is so good to sleep on after a day of diving. Keep up the good job. I'll be back!

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2 Thank Tan A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Back to the place I missed most since my first visit on 2009 for my OW and immediately its felt home to me. Then it was six years after my last visit to Big John Scuba, did my AOW with a LEGIT & COOL instructor named Mark Booth, gratefully. Surprisingly Mark is still with Big John Scuba when I began... More 

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1 Thank Hong Heng L
Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

My daughter and I did our PADI open water with Big John Scuba a year ago (Sept 15) and this summer we put what we learnt in to practice (diving in Australia and Cuba). This reinforced how good PADI open water was with the team at Big John. Although a bit anxious on our first dive after qualifying we soon... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Was not sure what to expect, but whatever I did expect, was exceeded hands down! There is absolutely no single thing needing improvement I could think of in Big John Scuba, our 5D4N package was strictly fantastic from the start until very last moment! +Diving, oh yeeeees it's good and all BJ scuba divemasters were very knowledgeable about dive sites,... More 

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2 Thank Mark V
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Big John is really big guy, strong & really friendly guy, this is my 4 times going to his home stay. The new home stay is better in size, clean, but sad to say No wifi, but if you re using a celcom there are lines. Food is very good, 4 meals to eat till you drop, on & off... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Lonely planet, Trotter,... read them all and also the advice to book in advance if you want to go scuba diving on Mabul Island. Well, we didn't! Leaving Tawau airport we shared a minivan with 2 spanish scuba divers (who could'nt believe we had nothing booked...) and a quiet European guy. After discussing our options with the spanish, the friendly... More 

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2 Thank Stijn M
AdminMARK, Manager at Big John Scuba, responded to this review

Thank you Stijn, thank you Davinda... it was a pleasure to take you both for your OpenWater courses; we are glad you enjoyed your stay. VOTE NOW : Mark Booth for president..... ;-) More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Did three days of diving and we had an awesome time. The place seems well organised and serves as an integral part of the local community. Big John seems to take good care of his customers and Mark proved to be very understanding when adressing personal situations. I would definitely recommend them for all the questions you may have. Some... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Today we went on a snorkling tour with big john scuba and visited four of the islands in the semporna archipello. We had a very good time, apart from the stop at the first island. Here we went to a local village, the views were nice as we came into the bay. But then the boat stopped and a lot... More 

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AdminMARK, Manager at Big John Scuba, responded to this review

Thank you Hannah for your review, sorry that you feel disappointed at our support for the local sea gypsies that have no form of income and no source of food, water, supplies. We as a company go there everyday and take supplies that we fund personally and not from any sponsorship. Many other companies go there each day and slowly... More 

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