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Where to stay at mabul?

Post Number:#1  Postby ckchong » Sat Apr 17, 2010 11:39 am

Hey guys, i'm going to sipadan this coming oct and wonder where to stay....

Anyone here can recommend a good budget stay with a/c room at mabul?????
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Re: Where to stay at mabul?

Post Number:#2  Postby blackbear » Mon Apr 19, 2010 5:29 pm

bro

whats ur budget?

and how many days you wana stay there?

drop me a PM... will hook you up....

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Re: Where to stay at mabul?

Post Number:#3  Postby Malxn » Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:59 pm

Billabong Scuba.... http://www.billabongscuba.com/
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Re: Where to stay at mabul?

Post Number:#4  Postby babyFin » Mon Apr 26, 2010 11:25 am

maybe u can try new scubajunkie stationed in mabul..
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Re: Where to stay at mabul?

Post Number:#5  Postby nazur » Sun May 02, 2010 9:10 pm

me too looking for budget stay&dive as well......so far my research found uncle chang, scuba junkie, billabong & Big John...
which one is the best in term of equiment condition, homestay condition, DM etc etc etc..hope all guru here can advise..

sorry aaa borrow the thread, Mr ckchong..but since related i hijacked a bit  :P

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Re: Where to stay at mabul?

Post Number:#6  Postby ckchong » Sun May 02, 2010 10:07 pm

Is ok i wanted to know too..heheheheh..

heard many good feedback from Big jhon la...
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Re: Where to stay at mabul?

Post Number:#7  Postby bockbong » Mon May 03, 2010 9:59 am

Zurr and ckchong,

on mabul, budget stay will be at the homestays; Billabong, Uncle Chang, Big John, Sphere Divers and Scubajeff. I cant comment on each and everyone as i havent been to all. But i can say few things about Billabong. Been there twice.

Rooms are basic. There are 3-4 AC rooms with attached bathrooms, that costs slightly more (RM90/day/pax with meals). Meals are edible. Do bring extra snacks or all-in-one drink mix along. There are some small groceries store nearby with limited choices. Other figures, do check their website. Lando, their DM, is good in spotting those macro stuff around mabul, being born and grew up around semporna waters. For your info, there's just as much macro life on siapdan as mabul, actually. Request what u'd like to see, and they'll bring u to the spot.

Of all those homestays, there are only Billabong and Big John that holds Sipadan permit of 6 each (correct me if i'm wrong on this, especially reg Big John), meaning should u choose to dive with neither of them, chance of going to sipadan is slimmer. Still possible but uncertain.

Good luck. I'm planning to go in 4-10 nov. Airasia fare with 15 kilo to, and 20 kilo from, is only RM150. havent decided on diving around mabul or mataking. Mataking costs RM600 more only...
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Re: Where to stay at mabul?

Post Number:#8  Postby nazur » Mon May 03, 2010 5:30 pm

thx for the info bockbong..

btw also consider to dive off sempoerna wif sipadan scuba and stay wif sipadan inn...btw not sure if this is worth it since already in Sipadan but yet dun take an opportunity to experience mabul longhouse stay (read in some review this island poluted  wif thrash?? is it for real??)...

any sifu's here can advise about sipadan scuba especially their equipment? still undecided....if decide then i go straight book flight ticket huhuhu, need someone to racun me kaw2...

or maybe if sifu's here have sipadan package for early june, i might consider too...

hehehe totally hijacked already from ckchong..peace peace
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Re: Where to stay at mabul?

Post Number:#9  Postby nazur » Mon May 03, 2010 10:32 pm

ckchong..just called Big John unfortunately he doesn't has permit to bring divers to Sipadan as what he mentioned laaaa..he recommend me to get in touch with Billabong.. :D
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Re: Where to stay at mabul?

Post Number:#10  Postby ckchong » Tue May 04, 2010 9:43 am

zurr wrote:ckchong..just called Big John unfortunately he doesn't has permit to bring divers to Sipadan as what he mentioned laaaa..he recommend me to get in touch with Billabong.. :D


Good info....since i have book my ticker at okt, i decide wait for MIDE see got any betther offer or not la....let get some wher else 1st....tenggol tenggol tenggol.....who with me....photograher paradise.....
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Re: Where to stay at mabul?

Post Number:#11  Postby decimal86 » Fri May 28, 2010 8:39 am

ckchong wrote:
zurr wrote:ckchong..just called Big John unfortunately he doesn't has permit to bring divers to Sipadan as what he mentioned laaaa..he recommend me to get in touch with Billabong.. :D


Good info....since i have book my ticker at okt, i decide wait for MIDE see got any betther offer or not la....let get some wher else 1st....tenggol tenggol tenggol.....who with me....photograher paradise.....


i stayed at SWV, a bit ex but we enjoyed it very much. we went Sipadan 3 days....in a row...9 dives.
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Re: Where to stay at mabul?

Post Number:#12  Postby tulip » Fri May 28, 2010 10:44 am

big john doesn't have the permits.. uncle chang and billabong do.

billabong's shower/toilet a bit of a let down. hehe.. but the food is nice. plus they have astro. so i don't miss my American Idol when i dived with them.

bockbong's right about lando. he's a good guide. and very very very accommodating. hehe :) dived with him most of the time i was at billabong, he's quite good.

but osman from big john's is a more experienced guide. so i guess i prefer osman.

i've yet to try other homestays. maybe i'll take a really longgggg leave from work and try each and everyone of them and come up with a complete review. :D
err... huh?
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Re: Where to stay at mabul?

Post Number:#13  Postby ezrider » Fri May 28, 2010 7:31 pm

hi tulip..long time no c.. i was at sipadan n mabul last april. stayed at billabong..  basic accomodation but food is edible and company is good. i did 2 days at sipadan and 3 dives at mabul.... the good thing is they also do pick up at tawau airport and take u straight to mabul.
didnt get to see any manta rays.. but we managed to c pygmy seahorse at mabul.
the elusive whale shark still manage to evade me.. :crybaby2:
but i would like to go to sipadan again..
would dec b a good time? comments  please.. dive sifus
let we who ride, decide
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Re: Where to stay at mabul?

Post Number:#14  Postby tulip » Sun May 30, 2010 10:26 am

hi ezrider..

u're in billabong last april? haha me too! went there on the mayday weekend. i think. can't remember the exact dates haha..
err... huh?
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Re: Where to stay at mabul?

Post Number:#15  Postby ezrider » Sun May 30, 2010 4:19 pm

so tulip.. jom pg sipadan dec ni nak? Other divers.. any comments on sipadan during dec period? Waves, current, visibility etc
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Re: Where to stay at mabul?

Post Number:#16  Postby tulip » Sun May 30, 2010 10:31 pm

already have plans for december
err... huh?
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Re: Where to stay at mabul?

Post Number:#17  Postby byeeee » Mon Jun 07, 2010 10:37 am

hi marina...busy right now...I have new place and island...when done will let you all know...stay at luzury resort with budget price...hahahahaha..dive not more then 5 island if stay for 7day6 night...except sipadan.

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