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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

I stayed at the SMART Water Bungalows in Mabul Island in May 2014 and had a very good experience. The resort has a great layout and is focused on the diving traveller. The rooms are tired, but generous in size. My only complaint is the air conditioner was a bit lacking on cooling power, and the wifi is terrible. It... More 

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Australia
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

Obviously, if you are coming to Mabul Island then you are coming to dive ( Mabul, Sipadan & Kalalai Is).. if not , make sure u bring a few books to read...as there is not much to do.. We stayed in a Chalet, big, clean & comfortable.... be warned it's not a 5 star... make it 2-3 stars.. Food is... More 

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Reviewed 20 October 2013

Stayed for a week, in a standard bungalow, with an all inclusive diving package (3 daily dives, equipment hire not included) and did 2 days diving at Sipadan. Generally the resort is very nice, and convenient for Sipadan (approx. 30min boat). It isn't 'luxury' but is a very pleasant place to stay. I would return. The food was good -... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 10 May 2013 via mobile

I stayed with Smart Divers for a week in April. There are three good aspects about this resort--the food at the resort is good, the majority of the rooms are beautiful and they are very close to Sipadan. Hence my diving two stars instead of one. I have been to several dive resorts throughout Southeast Asia and will NEVER return... More 

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Leiderdorp, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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Reviewed 21 March 2013

I was traveling on my own the SMART people made me feel very welcome. Thanks! The resort organises diving and snorkling, which was done well organised. The divemasters are well known to the unique underwater marinelife.

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Stone, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 February 2013

Mabul island is on the east coast of Borneo. It takes about 1.5 hours to walk around and has 2000 inhabitants, mostly fishermen and their families. Smart divers isn't the only dive outfit, there are at least three others. Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur is 11 hours and then KL to Tawau another 2 hours 45. From Tawau to port of... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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Reviewed 24 January 2013

This is the best diving point en earth. I think that no place can beat here. Smart is a relaxed resort with good service, although their accommodation is not so qualified. The bungalow is kind of old, so maybe you'll get up with some mosquitos in the morning. We met their boss in the restaurant, and he was very kind... More 

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hong kong
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Reviewed 2 December 2012

Great diving, but this “resort” is taking advantage of the endless flow of tourists. The value for money concept is nil here – 5 Star prices with 2 Star rooms! Old, dirtly, dilapidated bathrooms…more like a summer camp than a resort. The staff are friendly, but not if you have any problems – we had some intransigent arguments with staff... More 

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Appin, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed 21 July 2012

This was my first trip to an island and it was absolutely perfect. It was better then seen on the documentaries and television shows. The resort wasn't exactly 5 star as we stayed on the land section but it was comfortable. No TV or internet but it isn't needed when relaxing. The beach was just outside with a pool available... More 

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Richardson, Texas
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Reviewed 23 February 2012

I just returned from my first trip to Mabul island and stayed at the Sipadan Mabul Resort or SMART for short. (all the dive boats are called SMART) This is a very nice resort with two distinct sections, the Water Bungalows (see pic) which are beautiful and expensive or the Chalets which are nice and reasonable. You are free to... More 

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Address: Mabul, Pulau Mabul, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > Semporna District > Pulau Mabul
Number of rooms: 45
Also Known As:
Smart Divers Hotel Pulau Mabul
Smart Divers Resort Pulau Mabul, Sabah
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“Rooms are small bungalow's”
 of 5 bubbles KristineLW, 22 May 2016 | Read review
“Standalone bungalows are best”
 of 5 bubbles TVBG, 19 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a separate chalet that overlooks the ocean.”
 of 5 bubbles geminikitty66, 6 Oct 2014 | Read review
“all chalets are nice and facing the sea, avoid the single chalets.”
 of 5 bubbles Aziz172, 24 Aug 2014 | Read review
“The water bungalows are really special! Thats were we will stay if we go again.”
 of 5 bubbles BenLou, 17 Jun 2014 | Read review
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