Photo: Popular Big John Scuba is built on a platform over the sea.

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Congenial and neat homestay

Mabul Island T: (0128) 385 285(0142) 843 723(089) 785 399

Big John Scuba

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Big John is certainly an affable chap and seems passionate about diving and giving back to his local community, and that seems to rub off on other staff too at Big John Scuba.

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Built on a platform over the sea, Big John offers a range of rooms, all with air-con and fresh hot water—for one hour per day.

The standard rooms lead off a corridor and offer neat but cramped, clean interiors with comfy twin beds sporting spotless white linen and a tiny clean ensuite. On the upper deck, up some very scary steep stairs, the VIP rooms are marginally larger, but throw in a fabulous wide private deck with sun lounges, although we’d prefer to use them as moon lounges as there’s no shade whatsoever and it’s very exposed.

Other rooms include a family room sans scary stairs, on the main deck level. Buffet meals were some of the best we saw on Mabul, with lots of variety and piles of freshly cut fruit for between dive too. Big John can offer Sipadan permits if you do a minimum of three dives with them (they obtain them from other operators). Big John Scuba was buzzing when we popped in—a hive of busy divers and instructors, but all seemed quite organised. As it’s a popular spot, it would be wise to book well in advance. Prices include meals.

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Walk-in rates at Big John Scuba

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard single room
200 ringgit
200 ringgit
Superior single room
230 ringgit
230 ringgit
Standard double room
400 ringgit
400 ringgit
Superior double room
460 ringgit
460 ringgit
Room: Standard single room, low season: 200 ringgit, high season 200 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Superior single room, low season: 230 ringgit, high season 230 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Standard double room, low season: 400 ringgit, high season 400 ringgit. Notes:
Room: Superior double room, low season: 460 ringgit, high season 460 ringgit. Notes: VIP

Where is Big John Scuba

Big John Scuba
Mabul Island
T: (0128) 385 285(0142) 843 723(089) 785 399
Coordinates (for GPS): 118º37'42.95" E, 4º14'42.1" N
Room rates: 250 to 500 ringgit

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