Don’t go here... There are some old reviews online (possibly from previous different owners?) that seem pretty good, but that’s not what we experienced.
We stayed 3 nights at Spheredivers. Don’t get me wrong, the location is absolutely beautiful, the ocean view is great and there’s a nice terrace with long chairs outside. Perfect to enjoy the sun and watch sunsets.
But the rooms are definitely not ok. Everything is outdated and broken. The bathroom is disgusting, tiles are falling down from the wall, the shower is cold seawater and the sink is so small you can’t even put your head above it. There are holes under the walls and animals can enter the bathroom through the space between the roof and the ceiling.
We stayed in a room with a private bathroom, but unfortunately we were unable to close the door properly between the room and the bathroom. Therefore we had 1 rat and 2 mice in our room the first night. The second night there was a big fight above the ceiling (in the space between the ceiling and the roof) between the cats and mice. There was a lot of noise for hours and eventually a death mice fell through the broken ceiling into our room! The noise happened every night so we didn’t sleep well at all.
The old fan in the room and the bed are still ok, but the ceiling and floor are completely broken and full of fungus.
To continue, the communication with the staff and the organisation of transport was very difficult as well. When you arrive in Semporna you have to find a different company like scuba Junkie or Uncle Chang to give you a ride to Mabul with one of their boats (75/MYR pp). When you arrive at Mabul it’s also not so easy to find Spheredivers. It’s a maze of wooden walkbridges that are seriously dodgy :)
Anyway there is no communication whatsoever about this. If you call the staff they hardly speak any English. They are not very friendly and the food is the same every day, not that bad, but very basic.
Our conclusion is that the old reviews give a very different image about this place. Either way, we think it’s way too overpriced for what you get, aspecially when you count up every separate thing. You are better off buying a full experience like scuba junkie who gives you the bus transfer from Tawau airport, boat to Mabul and a very nice place to stay with snorkelling/diving opportunities.
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