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SIPADAN > RESORT > SEAFEST INN (SEMPORNA)
 

Semporna Hotels
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Scuba Junkie Backpackers
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Barracuda Point - Part 2
Jetty Drop Off
South Point - Part 2
Sipadan Snorkeling Spots
Jetty Drop Off
West Ridge

 
 
 


DESCRIPTION:
The hotel is located on Jalan Kastam in the town of Semporna. From Tawau Airport (TWU), it takes slightly more than an hour by taxi to get here. Taxi fare should cost about RM80 per way.

The inn is regarded as the sister property for the neighbouring Seafest Hotel, but targeted more towards budget travelers.

FACILITIES:
There are only about 10 rooms here in total. Parts of it are actually in the form of dormitories. Otherwise, there are a number of standard and superior rooms.

All rooms surprisingly have air-conditioners, shared bathroom for the dormitories, and attached bathrooms for individual room unit. There is a small restaurant downstairs.

ATTRACTIONS:
Actually, there is almost no reason for anyone to come here except for the world-famous diving spots in Sipadan, and to some extent, Mabul and Kapalai. Daily dive trips can be arranged from Semporna to Sipadan and the boat journey takes about 1 1/2 hours. Considering one usually pays through the nose to stay at Mabul or Kapalai, staying in mainland Semporna isn't exactly a bad idea, especially for yours truly.

Other than that, the daily lifestyle of the local Bajau Laut tribe (or sea gypsy) is worth mentioning. I am always smitten by their exotic lepa boat design and how they associate themselves with the bountiful ocean surrounding them. A quick stroll to the nearby fishing harbour as well as the wet market is quite a spectacle, to say the least. Also, just right before sunset, you can witness the dozens of lepa boats parading themselves home, bringing back daily catch.

PRICING:
The dormitory-style bed goes for RM20 per night, while standard room goes for RM58 per night, and superior room (RM68).

MY RATING:

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