Scuba Jeff – a home far from home.
With his budget accommodation built on stilts in the water, Zaidi Burok aka Scuba Jeff, has realized a long-desired dream of his: making diving in Mabul affordable and comfortable for everyone, while at the same time supporting the local environment through education and job creation.
As an avid traveler with plenty of Western friends and guests, Jeff knows how to cater to Western guests, both underwater as well as on land. With the local understanding of taking care of the environment being still limited due to a lack of education, Jeff has started several initiatives to protect the marine environment. From educating the sea gypsies about the impact of rubbish thrown into the sea over paying locals to separate the trash generated in the guesthouse to earn additional money and being able to recycle as much as possible to creating artificial reefs for coral rehabilitation.
Originally hailing from Seremban on the Malaysian Peninsula, Jeff has called Mabul his home for the past twenty years. As a former police officer he got to know most of the islands and surroundings of Mabul, Sipadan, Semporna, before deciding to open his own lodge.
Today, Scuba Jeff offers 11 rooms, shared or private, with space for up to 40 people, and a wide range of underwater activities: PADI diving courses, leisure dives, Sipadan dives, snorkelling, underwater photography lessons, and professional underwater photographs.
Jeff is fluent in English and Malay and readily available under his Whatsapp +60 19 585 5125 to assist you before, during or after your stay.
Assisted by 13 staff, Zarul Aiman is Jeff’s right hand and the manager on duty. A certified Divemaster, Zarul will also guide you during your fun dives and is your first person of contact on the island.
Multilingual instructor perfectly prepared to introduce to you to the wonders of Mabul’s underwater world or help you to advance your skills in different PADI courses.