I have visited Mabul water bungalows many times over the years and I was not disappointed this year! I had a wonderful diving holiday in such a beautiful location with great staff.
Diving - great. Dive masters were knowledgeable and very friendly. We were able to dive twice at Sipadan, even when the weather was very bad. The crew were very experienced and looked after the divers exceptionally well. The boat captain was tremendous, navigating very rough waters.
Accommodation - wonderful, with good internet connection, air conditioning, clean and the extended balcony was a favourite place to chill after a busy diving day. Good to see after the years that the company is looking to enhance the bungalows with the new extensions.
Food - As a delicate eater, I was not left hungry! Choices were limited on certain days but I could always find something to eat. The BBQ was divine (Wednesdays and Saturdays). Breakfast could be improved (ants in the butter) and more choice/higher quality for all meals was the only negative I can give this place. Food options had a Chinese influence, I suppose to reflect the majority of the clientele.
Staff - wonderful, friendly, transfers ran very smoothly.
Spa - OK. Staff had changed since my last visit and the head, shoulder, neck massage was really just a back massage.
Other guests - yes, there were noisy guests mainly at dinner times but also early in the morning as they wandered around taking photos - even coming to the door of my bungalow to pose at 7am!
Thank you, Mabul, this is one of the few places in the world where I feel happiest - this holiday did not disappoint.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- MABUL WATER BUNGALOW completed in 2005, is a new floating dive resort wholly owned by Sipadan-Mabul Resort (Sabah) Sdn. Bhd. (SMART). It's situated at Mabul Island overlooking the world-known Sipadan Island which is 15-minutes away by speedboat. These wooden-type bungalows are made up of 16 units and 5 exclusive units of suite type villas, entirely built over water with stilts offering sheer comfort, which can accommodate up to 42 guests at any one time. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mabul Water Bungalows Hotel Pulau Sipadan
- Mabul Water Hotel
- Mabul Water Resort