Traditionally the Semporna population is made up of the Sea Bajau, where their main economy is fishing. Semporna town can be easily described as the Venice of Sabah, where there are more people commute by boats than cars, and many of its population still prefer to stay in the sea than land. Some of them even complaint about land sick, if they stay too long on the mainland.

Since the discovery of Sipadan island in the 80s, Semporna region has become the diving and snorkelling centre of Sabah. Since 2004, two national parks are created to protect the bio-diversity of this region believes to be the best in the world, namely the Sipadan Island Park, and the Tun Sakaran Marine Park. While there are some accommodation available in Semporna Town, most tourists prefer to stay at the nearby islands accommodation, especially Mabul Island because of it close proximity to Sipadan Island. Others islands that have accommodation facilities are Kapalai, Bom Bom and Mataking Island.

Note: Price and service might has changed since the time of writing. Best to call or email to the various accommodation establishment for latest price and services before going.

Semporna Town

Seafest Hotel
Jalan Kastam, Semporna, Sabah.
tel: +6089 782 333 fax: +6089 782 555

This is surely the best business class hotels in Semporna with rooms ranging from standard to deluxe. It also has function rooms for wedding, meeting, wedding and anniversary. A swimming pool was added recently and it has very good view of the Semporna jetty.

Rating : Three Star
Room : 143 units
Tariff : RM 90 – RM 260

Sipadan Inn
Block D, Lot No. 19-24, Semporna Seafront Township, Sabah.
tel: +6089 782 766 or +6089 781 766

Located at the new Semporna Seafront Township, Sipadan Inn is made up of a two storey shoplots. Compare with the island accommodation, at Semporna town there would be more restaurants and bars to visit at night.

Rating: N/A
Room : 32 units
Tariff : RM 85.00 – RM 181.00

Scuba Junkie Backpacker
Block B Lot 36, Semporna Seafront Township, Semporna, Sabah
tel: +6089 785 372, mobile: +6019 584 65 72, fax: +6089 785372

The Scuba Junkie Backpacker offers clean, comfortable, and affordable accommodations for travelers of every budget. It is also located at the new Semporna Seafront Township. Scuba Junkie Backpacker offers a 50% discount on room rates for people who both dive and stay with them.

Room : 12 units
Tariff : RM 40 (Dormitory) – RM 130

Borneo Global Sipadan Backpackers
Ground, 1st & 2nd Floor, Seafest Building, Jalan Causeway, Semporna, Sabah.
tel: +6089 785 088 fax: +6089 784 588
email :

Borneo Global Sipadan Backpackers provides good accommodation for a budget price. Guests can expect cleanliness, comfortable and a pleasant stay at the dormitories. It Location is just next to the Seafest Hotel. Borneo Global Sipadan Backpackers also offers scuba diving and snorkelling packages to Semporna Islands Park and Sipadan island.

Room : 15 units
Tariff : RM 22 – RM 130

4KM off Semporna Town

Singamata Adventures and Reef Resort
tel: +6089 784 828, mobile: +6019 843 05 50, fax: +6089 784 828

This place is a gem and it is well organised too, plus the resort has very friendly staffs. Located 3.5 km out at the sea, the entire resort was built on stilts on a shallow sea bed. The resort rooms are nice and very relaxing. The view on the first floor deck next to the resort restaurant is just breath taking. The night view is surely the best in Semporna. The room prices are reasonable and the resort also provides island trips especially to the Semporna Islands Park.

Room : 32 units
Tariff : RM 50 – RM 175 per person per night
Price includes three meals and beverage, coffee and tea.

Mabul Island

Mabul Water Bungalows
Explore Asia Tours S/B
Lot A-1-G, Block A, Signature Office, KK Times Square, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
tel: +6088 486 389 / + 6089 784 800 (resort)
fax: +6008 486 628
email: or

Room : 20 units
Package 2 days / 1 night: Diver US$ 850.00 (Twin Sharing), Non-Diver US$ 510.00 (Twin Sharing)

Borneo Diver Mabul Resort
Borneo Divers & Seaport (Sabah) S/B,
9th Floor, Menara Jubili, 58, Jalan Gaya, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
tel: +6088 222 226 or +6088 221 340, fax: +6088 221 550

Room : 30 units
Price for 2 days / 1 night: Diver RM 765 (Twin Sharing), Non-diver RM 615 (Twin Sharing)

Reviewed By Olombon:
Borneo Divers Mabul Resort

Sipadan Dive Centre Mabul
tel: +6088 240 584 (Office at Kota Kinabalu)

Room : 8 units
2 Days / 1 Night Package (Exit Semporna)
Dormitory Room ~ RM 470 (Diver), RM 330 (Non-diver)
Chalet ~ RM 510 (Diver), RM 370 (Non-diver)
Prices include 3 meals and 3 boat dives.

Reviewed By Olombon:
Sipadan Dive Centre Mabul

Uncle Chang’s Sipadan Mabul Dive Lodge
Borneo Jungle River Island Tours S/B, Semporna, Sabah.
tel: +6089 781 002 or +6089 786 988 (24 hours), fax: +6089 784 002

Room : 28 units
Dormitory: RM 60 (Fan) – RM 80 (Air-conditional)
Chalet: RM 120
Prices include 3 meals.

Reviewed By Olombon:
Uncle Chang’s Sipadan Mabul Dive Lodge

Billabong Scuba
tel: +6089 781 866 (office)
mobile: +6012 815 09 09 (Chok)

Room : 16 units
Basic Room (Share Bathroom) ~ RM 70.00
Air-conditional & Attached Bathroom Room ~ RM 120.00

Reviewed By Olombon:
>Billabong Scuba

Scuba Jeff Sipadan
Equator Adventure Tour Sdn Bhd, Semporna, Sabah
mobile: +6019 585 51 25 or +6017 861 43 91
email : or

Room : 10 units
Price for 2 days / 1 night:
Non-diver – RM 370 per person (2 to 4 paxs)
Diver – Star from RM 250 (3 Dive)

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