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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

Went for 3D2N with family for full board package. Stayed at newly constructed "VIP" room facing the sea. Decent food, clean room. Did snorkeling 4x with family members. Spotted a turtle swimming just outside accommodation. Worth the trip.

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kuala lumpur
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6 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 29 November 2013

Basic accomodation but excellent service from my agent ( kembara pulau semporna ) and also from Arong Hayat staff and kids. Worth for every single cent you paid with delicious food serve and also wonderful people in Semporna and also Mabul island. The agency really keep in touch and update us from time to time. We definately will come again.

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Reviewed 21 October 2013

basically you get what you paid for, the room with fan, and the mattresses is ok, clean without any rat or cockroach...attached bathroom is basic, food is simple, some may dont like but it's a budget style, dont expect more unless you buy some lobster from the sea ppl and let them cook. now, for the worst part, the water... More 

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Melaka, Malaysia
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

Firstly, I would like to highlight that Arung Hayat didn't follow basic safety measurements whilst transporting their tourist to Mabul. 1. None of our identities were taken down. No information on our passport number, names. Nothing whatsoever. If our boats were to capsize or if one of the tourist were to get lost in the sea.. no one would know... More 

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arung h, Director of Sales at Arung Hayat Sea Adventures, responded to this review

“Thank you for your honest feedback! I’m very sorry to hear you had such a bad experience and will be sure to review your comments with my staff in an effort to improve the experiences for our future customers.” More 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

I was here couple of years back actually so I don't know whether this review is applicable or not. Anyway, we only stayed for 1 night but that 1 night had been interesting. Basic accommodation. Well at least the toilet sewage system were properly aligned. Food was so-so..also basic. First time in my life I saw a really huge tuna... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

You get what you paid for. I had read many negative reviews on this resort but nonetheless we decided to give it a try. Food was enough, room were clean (not rat or bugs), snorkeling equipment was provided as well as 3 dives a day. As often with the negative reviews, be aware that it depends a lot of user... More 

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Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

I had a very nice time in Arung Hayat. The staff there do the best for guests, there is a very friendly atmosphere. The rooms are basic but in good condition. The food was great. A very good solution for scuba e snorkeling lovers.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

We stayed for 2 nights at Arung Hayat because the scuba junkie resort was fully booked (and quite more expensive as well). The staff were nice, the food (all inclusive, just like all places on Mabul) was pretty good and the room in a longhouse on stilts above the sea seemed fairly clean and was spacious enough. However, after dark... More 

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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

Firstly I booked a long way out because I knew it took time to get Sipidan permits. Sipidan was to ONLY reason I was going. Management repeatedly told me they were working on it and I never got any feedback because they knew I would have cancelled the booking. This is not on. There were plenty of permits available right... More 

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Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviewed 24 April 2013

I have to say, Arung Hayat is awesome! I stayed 6 days there taking OW &AOW course, and travel alone. The instructor/DM are experienced, the staffs are very friendly, always gave me big warm smiles and chat with me, make delicious seafood for us, playing guitar, singing, swiming, diving together... which make me feel like I am part of the... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Live like a locals with Arung Hayat Homestay!! Located just above the sea water, our guesthouse provide clean, nice and comfortable place for you to stay. The beautiful scenery of pulau mabul with its clear blue sea water will surely amaze you. Since its early years as a guesthouse, Arung Hayat has undergone major renovations and improvement. It begins with a single house with 5 rooms but as our guest increased we extended into 10 rooms but over the years our guest keep knocking at our door hence we decided to built more rooms so today we have total 31 rooms already. (Meals are served 3 times a day with unlimited hot drinks). The long houses are built on stilts overlooking the turquoise waters of the Celebes Sea with a splendid sun set view. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom with 3 types selections either fan, Air-conditioned and VIP room. Electricity runs from 6pm to 6am, like in most places on the island. ... more   less 

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Address: 245 Jalan Pinggir Bakau, Pulau Mabul 91308, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > Semporna District > Pulau Mabul
Price Range: $37 - $66 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 31
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