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Reviewed 12 June 2015 via mobile

We traveled to Mabul while waiting to do a Sipadan dive with another company. The staff didn't seem to like the fact we had booked dives with another company and we seemed to get kind of a cold shoulder. The rooms were pretty dumpy. We woke up in the middle of the night with large mice everywhere-they were running over...

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Akureyri, Iceland
Reviewed 10 April 2015 via mobile

We booked here for two nights only but ended up staying for six. The place is cheap and probably the best place to stay on budget in Mabul. I would never reccommend anyone to stay in Semporna and do the diving from there, what a ugly town. The food at Mabul Backpackers is simple and the same every day. There...

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1Thank Oddvar89
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 15 February 2015

This is the most basic and cheap accommodation available on the island, which was all we wanted as we had come solely for the diving and snorkelling. We paid in advance for two nights in a twin room with shared toilets and showers, expecting basic facilities and cleanliness. In fact the shared toilets are pretty disgusting and the floor in...

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1Thank David G
Perth, Australia
Reviewed 17 December 2014

We stayed at Mabul Backpackers for a few nights. There is a guy who looks after their transport called Juma who drove us to our next destination as he was heading that way too for a predetermined price (this was prearranged before we got to the island). Just before he picked us up to take us to the airport, he...

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9Thank s2715
Montreal, Canada
Reviewed 13 December 2014

This place is a little run down, but the staff is so nice! The dive guides were wonderful and the equipment in good order. The food is ok but could be better if it were Malay instead of western. The internet never worked while we were there (4 nights total). If you want cheap, this is a great option.

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1Thank LVZubieta
UK
Reviewed 16 November 2014

This is a budget option on Mabul island which we felt was too expensive for the quality of the accommodation and food. We chose this resort because it offered the opportunity to book two nights accommodation and to do a day at Sipidan (with other resorts a four-day stay was necessary). The resort is on Mabul island (45 mins by...

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1Thank JamesTP
Guimaraes, Portugal
Reviewed 4 September 2014

What you can see from this homestay is amazing! It´s a balcony to the beautiful colorful sea! You can see the starfish, you can see children on little boat, playing! You can snorkeling! You can visit the population of the Island whith their costumes, their way of life, their homes, they are so nice and peaceful! So many childrens playing,...

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2Thank mariacaldas2014
Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 3 July 2014 via mobile

I chose a diving package staying at this homestay, there was a choice of better private rooms, I highly recommend you take this option. I had a single room with a fan, there was a sheet covering the mattress but no other sheet to cover you. The shared bathroom was pretty nasty, I decided not to shower whilst there but...

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2Thank nhingley
Singapore
Reviewed 15 June 2014

We spent 3D2N there. Thought these are too much at the beginning but sooner we found it's too little. We should have stay for more days. The staffs there are mainly foreigners or locals. They are friendly to us. Makes us feels as we are part of their families.

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1Thank funkyfaces
Groningen, The Netherlands
Reviewed 2 June 2014

Nice hostel at an amazing location on Mabul, from where you can watch the sunset every day. Good food and friendly staff. Most important: good dive courses, equipment and of course location!! Over all there is a really nice, relaxed and open vibe at the hostel with from time to time reason for a little party as well.

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Newly built Mabul water longhouse. Clean, smart and comfortable, it is located in a quiet and beautiful part of Mabul Island. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Mabul Backpackers

Address: 1 Jalan Custom, Pulau Mabul 91307, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > Semporna District > Pulau Mabul
Price Range: $27 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
Also Known As:
Mabul Backpackers Hotel Pulau Mabul
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“Rooms are equipped with a fan.”
 of 5 bubbles 813enigma, 9 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Private Room with bathroom much better, than private with shared bathroom”
 of 5 bubbles warhammerthebest, 6 Apr 2016 | Read review
“We stayed in the older rooms which were more basic, but there are nicer newer ones”
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 of 5 bubbles Ryszy, 2 Nov 2015 | Read review
“get a room with own bathroom, becouse shared bathroom was awful”
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