The seaside town of Semporna is located on the Southeast coast of Sabah and is home to a number of breathtaking tropical islands and turquoise waters. The water here is so crystal-clear that it is often nicknamed the Maldives of Malaysia! Semporna is famous for not only being one of the top scuba diving destinations in Malaysia but around the world thanks to renowned dive sites such as Sipadan and Mabul Islands; visitors travel here all year round wanting to dive among its pristine coral reefs and relax in tropical paradise.
If you’re planning a vacation to Semporna and trying to find out where are the best places to stay, we’ve handpicked some of the top hotels and accommodations in Semporna for every kind of traveller – from luxury five-star water bungalows to budget backpacker inns.
Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort
Imagine waking up over pristine white sandbanks and crystal-clear water with top tier dive sites within your reach? This is what awaits you at Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort! The luxurious water bungalow chalets make the resort seem like a floating village over the turquoise translucent water with a mile-long sandbank of powdery white sand. You can admire schools of colourful fish and grazing sea turtles as you walk along the interconnected wooden walkways. The resort exudes serenity and is a tropical haven for both divers and non-divers. Sipadan Island is just a few minutes boat ride away, making the resort the ideal stay for divers wanting the comforts of five-star accommodation!
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Borneo Divers Resort Mabul
The resort is located along a pristine stretch of powdery white beach on Mabul Island. Surrounded by the clear blue sea with a luscious green backdrop, the resort consists of wooden chalets giving it a rustic tropical paradise feel. The resort also houses a full-fledged dive centre where you can obtain a PADI certification but do not fret as the dive centre is located away from the accommodations so you still get the serene quiet island vibe at your chalet.
The resort is all-inclusive with meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages served in an open-air restaurant. It also includes boat and land transfers, all dives and diving equipment. There are separate non-diver rates available.
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For travelling on a lighter budget, Moonlight Inn located in the city centre of Semporna Town is ideal for you. It is a clean and cosy guest house surrounded by a plethora of attractions and amenities nearby. The Inn is perfect for backpackers, solo travellers and groups of friends who love to explore. Staying in the city centre still allows you dive trips to Sipadan and Mabul but in addition you get to explore Semporna town and its culture. The inn also houses a dive centre and you can go island hopping around Semporna’s beautiful islands in the Tun Sakaran Marine Park.
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The Firefly Resort
The Firefly Resort Semporna is a beautiful stay located just 10 minutes away from the centre of Semporna Town. Aptly named “The Firefly Resort”, the lush greeneries and tropical gardens surrounding the modern chalets light up with the twinkling glow of fireflies in the evenings; the perfect romantic environment for honeymooners on a budget! Guests can choose from Standard Twin Room or Queen Rooms. It has a large, open-spaced restaurant and lounge area where guests can dine and unwind after a day out diving or island-hopping.
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Located 5 minutes away from Semporna Town and jetty, Hosanna Village comprises of uniquely designed and colourful tent-like accommodation with a swimming pool and green garden. Hosanna Village allows up to 10 visitors staying at a time, perfect for a large family with kids or group of friends wanting a place to themselves. There is an open-air bar in the garden to unwind and chill, as well as outdoor kitchen spaces with stove tops. All rooms come with queen sized beds, an ensuite bathroom complete with towel and toiletries, access to WiFi and free transportation to the town area.
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The Seafest Hotel is the only 4-star hotel in Semporna providing luxurious comfort to travellers in the heart of the town. It is strategically located just 2 minutes walk away from the main jetty for easy access to island hopping or scuba diving day trips. You can enjoy the gorgeous sea views right from the waterfront hotel that takes design inspiration from the vibrant “Bajau” culture.
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Mataking Island – The Dive Reef Resort
Mataking Island is one of Semporna’s most beautiful islands located approximately 1 hour's boat ride from Semporna Town. The island is home to an exclusive and luxurious 5-star private dive resort called The Dive Reef Resort which accommodates only 70 guests in traditional style villas or chalets. Divers can send a postcard from Malaysia’s first ‘Underwater Post Office’ and non-divers will enjoy the wide variety of activities such as kayaking, canoeing and jungle trekking as well as Mataking’s pristine white sandy beaches.
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