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Big John Scuba

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Address: Semporna 91308, Malaysia
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+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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Very Thoughtful AOW Instruction - Totally Worth it

I received my Advanced Open Water (AOW) certification with Big John and can't say enough positive things about the experience. Starting from the breezy initial booking, the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Daryl W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I received my Advanced Open Water (AOW) certification with Big John and can't say enough positive things about the experience. Starting from the breezy initial booking, the folks at Big John folks were an absolute pleasure. Payment was smooth and correspondence was quick and thoughtful. They helped arrange for airport transfers, made recs on everything from accommodations to food, and... More 

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Canada, Kentucky
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After several pleasant exchanges of emails with Mark, it was confirmed that i'll make my booking and pay to do my diving. As soon as i arrived, it was very different from the amicable emails we had exchange previously. Instead, Big john wasn't the happy smiley guy that they claim. He was very hostile and unfriendly, though Mark was more... More 

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Reviewed 12 April 2017

Scuba was always a fascination without experience for me. I was watching it on films, documentaries and imagined it over and over again. Luckily that stage is over and now I am sold and completely convinced. I enjoyed the nature, the serenity of a small island with all the direct human interactions, sights into others life and the simple joys... More 

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1 Thank Andras P
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 5 April 2017

The place is great! Rooms clean with AC. Private toilet and shower. the food was great! Chicken, Fish, vegetables always tasty. BUT!!! The Open water course whas the best....oh noo! Not the best ...Best was the instructor! Mark! I did not meet for long time such a profesional that will not give you anything for free. You want to dive... More 

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1 Thank asahkedar
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

The whole trip has been perfectly organized, we spent fews days at big john mabul and we would highly recommend everyone to do so, clean and very confortable room with ac and private bathroom, super safe, food was as nice as it could be there, staff has been awesome, we really enjoyed our stay. We did some dive courses there... More 

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1 Thank SamyLast
Montreal, Canada
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

I been there for 5 days, I did my OWC and AOW. Mark is very very good teacher, he explain really well and if you don't understnd, he will tey to find another way to explain you. He has good patience, especially I was his first student who have hearing loss and anytime that he finish to explain something, he... More 

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1 Thank GiroQC
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Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

Very nice guys, I instructor per beginner underwater. At night we were provided a guitar to sing with other groups and staff Surprise birthday cake Very clean rooms and good food Recommend 100%

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1 Thank tdutreui
Chichester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

If wanting to do a course these guys are very good, Mark and Tina put me through my rescue diver course and was happy I chose them! Was well taught, very small group of us and good fun, learned a lot and was a great confidence boost for my diving also. The accommodation was good, food excellent and we could... More 

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1 Thank luke f
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Went to Big John Scuba to learn AOW Diving under Tina, had a great time diving underwater! Never felt safer under her tutelage and guidance! It was easy and convenient to book the location and also to book transfers with her help

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1 Thank XY T
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Reviewed 5 February 2017

Big John's staff were flexible and willing to take the time, to help me create an individual package, set my trip’s activities and logistics with no hassle. Big John’s staff also adjusted my itinerary for me after missing my connection in KUL. The refresher course with my instructor Mark, inspired me to take the Advanced Open Training with him. He... More 

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