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Arung Hayat

Simple homestay, personalised diving

Photo of Arung Hayat, Mabul Island. , Semporna And Sipadan Island

What we say: 3.5 stars

Arung Hayat is one of the smaller operations on Mabul with 15 rooms in a stilt longhouse overlooking the Celebes Sea. While the rooms are nothing to write home about with a few beds, a fan and a rudimentary shower/toilet, the friendly family who run Arung Hayat are what make it special. They cook delicious Malay food and love to chat with guests between dives. Unlike other budget dive shops, which have a revolving-door of divemasters, Arung Hayat has a dedicated team who will take excellent care of you. Sipadan trips cost 640 ringgit for divers and 440 ringgit for snorkellers. In 2013 they'll also be launching the Arung Hayat liveaboard dive boat.

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Contact details:

Mabul Island.  T: (12) 8229 984 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Dorm Fan 70 ringgit 70 ringgit
Sgl fan private b'room 160 ringgit 160 ringgit
Dbl fan private b'room 180 ringgit 180 ringgit
Family room 160 ringgit 160 ringgit 80 ringgit per person

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
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