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Billabong Scuba Homestay

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Photo of Billabong Scuba Homestay, Mabul Island. , Semporna And Sipadan Island

What we say: 4 stars

They've kept the "homestay" in the name, but Billabong now has a full range of accommodation, from basic fan rooms in their wooden longhouse to swish air-con chalets on stilts above the water. It's staffed by a friendly Malay family who cook the meals (which are better than average) plus a mix of Malay and Western dive masters. Their diving rates are some of the lowest around, like 400 ringgit for a daytrip to Sipadan or 980 ringgit for PADI Open Water, including two nights' room and board, and they're a good source for last-minute Sipadan permits. WiFi is available when the electricity is on (which is most of the day and all night) and there's a small library. They reply promptly to emails and have a small office in Semporna behind the Sipidan Inn. The following prices are for divers. Non-divers pay an additional 100 ringgit the first night, then the same price as divers.


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Contact details:

Mabul Island.  T: (089) 781 866 
Email them at: sip.billabong@gmail.com
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Dbl fan share b'room 70 ringgit 70 ringgit
Dbl fan private b'room 90 ringgit 90 ringgit
Dbl air-con private b'room 120 ringgit 120 ringgit
Bungalow air-con private b'room 150 ringgit 150 ringgit

Added to Travelfish on: 8th February, 2013
Last visited or updated on: 9th February, 2013

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Tanya Procyshyn is a Singapore-based freelance writer and photographer. With a passion for unusual destinations, she has camped alongside Komodo dragons and shook hands with soldiers in North Korea. She blogs at www.idreamofdurian.com.
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