Similar to Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, this city serves as a stopover and a departing point to the islands by the shores of Borneo in Celebes Sea. As many hotel, resort and dive / snorkeling center around, this city attracts youthful travellers from around the world. They have come to experience the unique Borneo culture and most of all, to hop onto the number one diving spot in the world, Sipadan Island. Tun Sankaran Marine Park can be a refreshing stopover spot before one moves on to the one of the many islands out there.
Getting to Semporna
The town is just 1.5 hours drive away from Tawau Domestic Airport (TWU). Mabul Island, Kapalai Island, Mataking Island, Sipadan Island, and so on are all paradise like islands which you should highly consider during your stay in the city.
It’s open all year round. In fact, stay in Semporna is just happening, shops and restaurants around the corner, try out the local cuisine is a MUST.
If to dive in Sipadan Island (daily limited permit) will need to avoid December, as announced by Sabah Parks the island will close for every December from year 2020 onwards with purpose of marine life recuperation.
Tun Sakaran Marine Park Conservation Fee
Tun Sakaran Marine Park formed by 8 islands and 2 reefs, also known as Semporna Islands Park. The islands are Bohey Dulang Island, Sibuan Island, Mantabuan Island, Bodgaya Island, Bum Bum Island, Sebangkat Island, Selakan Island & Tetagan Island. The 2 reefs are Kapikan Reef & Church Reef, both are "must visit" dive site for diver.
Jetty to be paid either upon arrival or collect before the trip at Semporna Jetty. Malaysian RM 10
Non-Malaysian RM 2
Besides of beautiful islands, the sea gypsy in Sabah consider one of the few tribe left in the world still living their whole life above the sea, you should make a visit and say hello to this amazing people!
Resort / Hotel / Shop
Snorkeling / Watersport Center
One Island One Resort
5 Star Luxury Resort