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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2013

There are a lot of things,especially the management arm of SMART needs to improve on as we experienced some hick-ups during our patronage there. We stayed there on the 2/11 until 5/11 whereby my group consists of 9 adults and 3 children under the age of 3. Earlier, we made our bookings during the dive expo in Malaysia (MIDE) with... More 

3 Thank jasmine_KL
Redondo Beach, California
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93 reviews
62 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2013

My week at SMART can be summed up in the title to this review. SMART is the Four Seasons of Dive Resorts. I don’t have one complaint about the resort, its staff, the accommodations, the food, the boats, the dive equipment…anything. First and foremost, the resort does not book directly. You have to contact the resort and they will then... More 

6 Thank WeHeartTravel_143
Skierniewice, Poland
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50 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2013 via mobile

Great place for divers. We've stayed 3 nights and have diving at Sipadan (full day- 3 dives) which costs 350 RM per person + 40 RM permition. It is not included in diver's packedge at the resort. In general, it is expensive stay but the resort is very nice and friendly. Rooms are clean and convenient. Try to have a... More 

1 Thank Kasia G
Bangkok, Thailand
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30 reviews
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Reviewed 6 July 2013

This is my first diving trip after my certification. We booked 7 days with 1 day guarantee at Sipadan, however, we were lucky to get 2 days permits. Sipadan has very rich natures and we were so impressed. I am very new diver so I am not sure what should you expect, although I think this is one of the... More 

2 Thank thisisfriday22
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 June 2013

First of all I like to say that my Family had a great vacation at Mabul Resort. Its a great Resort which fulfil all your needs and is even Family friendly. From the booking to the Airport pickup, transfer via Speedboat to the Resort, check in and the diving everything was well organized and there are no hidden surprises. The... More 

1 Thank ExplorerFEA
Melbourne, Australia
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29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2013

Having dived at numerous resorts around the pacific I am a little hard to please. Sipadan was recommended by my divemaster and the internet spin is that the pinnacle of diving is Sipadan. Well it is good but no better than other spots (Solomons, Palau, PNG, Fiji, Great Barrier Reef, Vanuatu). I am talking here of Sipadan Island, not Mabul... More 

4 Thank Francis J
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2013

I cant say enough about the diving, it was out of this world. The dive staff was tops and the resort staff was always able to answer any questions I had for them. My equipment was taken to and from the dive boat so every morning it was ready to go for the day's dive.

1 Thank CaliforniaDiverdan
Moscow, Russia
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2013

Really great place for diving at Sipadan, while Mabul and Kapalai – diving is below average, “housereef” near the oil rig – is place for greens to die (see photos attached). Be aware of the new invention by the SMART management – they sell you a “guarantee” to dive at Sipadan for the price USD 180 (on top of USD12... More 

7 Thank Igor I
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9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2013

We got lucky and got to head to Sipadan island 3 times over 7 days. Normally they only guarantee one pass every 7 days. All the big stuff is over here, schools of Jack, Barracuda, parrot fish. The amount of turtles we saw was unbelievable. Sipadan is a protected island so during peak times you may not be guaranteed a... More 

3 Thank Charles C
Yiwu, China
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2013

We've spent 4 nights 5 days at the resort, enjoying and diving. The service was great, dive instructors are all professional and helpful, in general all staff is very friendly. Though we didn't even apply for the Sipadan diving permit, the resort got the quotas for us and we had the most fabulous time of our life there. Food is... More 

4 Thank annaryabova11

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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 

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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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