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Semporna And Sipadan Island

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Semporna

There's a decent selection of budget accommodation in Semporna town. That said, unless you arrive too late to catch the boat to Mabul, there isn't any good reason to stay here.

  • Sipidan Inn

    Sipidan Inn

    Clean with all the creature comforts

    Block D, Lot No. 19-24, Semporna Seafront
    T: (089) 781 766;

    After a few days of island living, a night at the Sipidan Inn feels like luxury. The 32 rooms have all the creature comforts including air-con, hot power shower in an enclosed stall and even a hair ... Read the full review of Sipidan Inn.

    4.5 stars 60 to 120 ringgit 1 vote Flashpacker
  • Scuba Junkie Dive Lodge

    Scuba Junkie Dive Lodge

    Diving and drinking

    Block B Lot 36, Semporna Seafront
    T: (089) 785 372;

    Scuba Junkie is a backpacker magnet, and not just because the bright blue building is unmissable. The draw is the bargain accommodation, quality dive centre and Semporna's liveliest bar (you won't be ... Read the full review of Scuba Junkie Dive Lodge .

    4 stars 60 to 120 ringgit 1 vote Flashpacker
  • Holiday Dive Inn

    Holiday Dive Inn

    Budget hotel with dorms and dive centre

    Lot: A5-A7, Ground Floor, Semporna Seafront Resort Township
    T: (089) 919 148;

    This budget hotel is slightly cheerier on the inside than the outside and offers dorms too. Rooms are spacious and clean, though minimally furnished, and all guests enjoy creature comforts like ... Read the full review of Holiday Dive Inn.

    3.5 stars 60 to 120 ringgit 1 vote Flashpacker
  • Dragon Inn

    Dragon Inn

    Floating hotel with some major flaws

    Semporna Waterfront, near the jetty
    T: (089) 781 088;

    The notion of a stilt hotel “floating” above the water sounds charming, but the reality of Dragon Inn is quite different. The rooms may be unique, but the windowless design makes them feel gloomy ... Read the full review of Dragon Inn.

    3 stars 60 to 120 ringgit 1 vote Flashpacker

Mabul Island

While Mabul is no paradise, staying on the island means shorter boat rides to dive sites and the ability to snorkel off the beach. All places operate on a full board basis, providing three meals per day and all the filtered water, coffee and tea you can drink.

  • Mabul Beach Resort (by Scuba Junkie)

    Mabul Beach Resort (by Scuba Junkie)

    Flashpacker favourite

    Mabul Island
    T: (89) 785 372;

    The latest addition to the Scuba Junkie empire is this 24-room beach resort on Mabul Island. There's something to suit all budgets, from fan-cooled dorms to spacious chalets, and we'd happily stay in ... Read the full review of Mabul Beach Resort (by Scuba Junkie).

    4.5 stars 60 to 120 ringgit 1 vote Flashpacker
  • Seaventures

    Seaventures

    The world's only dive rig

    Near Mabul Island
    T: (88) 261 669;

    If your ideal holiday is eat, sleep, dive then this is the place for you. Seaventures occupies a renovated oil rig in the middle of the sea, so diving is literally all there is to do. The cabin rooms ... Read the full review of Seaventures.

    4.5 stars Over 500 ringgit 1 vote Luxury
  • Borneo Divers Resort

    Borneo Divers Resort

    The best pool on Mabul

    Mabul Island

    If you can stretch your budget to 765 ringgit per day including three dives, Borneo Divers should be on your shortlist. Guests stay in wooden chalets surrounded by gardens and enjoy creature comforts ... Read the full review of Borneo Divers Resort.

    4 stars Over 500 ringgit 1 vote Luxury
  • Spheredivers Lodge

    Spheredivers Lodge

    Small homestay with a big heart

    Mabul Island
    T: (12) 285 7043;

    Like most Mabul homestays, Spheredivers is set in a wooden longhouse on stilts above the water. The seven rooms are modestly furnished with thin beds and fans that run overnight when the electricity ... Read the full review of Spheredivers Lodge.

    4 stars 120 to 250 ringgit 1 vote Midrange
  • Billabong Scuba Homestay

    Billabong Scuba Homestay

    Something for all budgets

    Mabul Island
    T: (089) 781 866;

    They've kept the homestay in the name, but Billabong now has a full range of accommodation, from basic fan rooms in their wooden longhouse to swish air-con chalets on stilts above the water. It's ... Read the full review of Billabong Scuba Homestay.

    4 stars 60 to 120 ringgit 1 vote Flashpacker
  • Seahorse Sipadan Scuba

    Seahorse Sipadan Scuba

    Worth considering

    Mabul Island
    T: (89) 782 289;

    Seahorse Sipadan strikes the right balance between cheap and comfortable. Set in a stilt longhouse above the water, the rooms are brightly painted and have a mix of single and bunk beds with proper ... Read the full review of Seahorse Sipadan Scuba.

    3.5 stars 60 to 120 ringgit 1 vote Flashpacker
  • Arung Hayat

    Arung Hayat

    Simple homestay, personalised diving

    Mabul Island
    T: (12) 8229 984;

    Arung Hayat is one of the smaller operations on Mabul with 15 rooms in a stilt longhouse overlooking the Celebes Sea. While the rooms are nothing to write home about with a few beds, a fan and a ... Read the full review of Arung Hayat.

    3.5 stars 60 to 120 ringgit 1 vote Flashpacker
  • Scuba Jeff

    Scuba Jeff

    Mabul's party place

    Mabul Island
    T: (19) 535 5229;

    If you're fussy about where you sleep, keep looking. The rooms at Scuba Jeff's are very basic with communal bathrooms you would not want to walk into barefoot, but it's the cheap prices and party ... Read the full review of Scuba Jeff.

    3 stars 60 to 120 ringgit 1 vote Flashpacker
  • Uncle Chang's Backpackers Lodge

    Uncle Chang's Backpackers Lodge

    Hit or miss accommodations and diving

    Mabul Island
    T: (089) 781 002;

    The old adage you get what you pay for certainly applies at Uncle Chang's. We stayed in the four-bed fan dorm and found it stuffy during the day and infested with bed bugs at night (check the ... Read the full review of Uncle Chang's Backpackers Lodge.

    3 stars 60 to 120 ringgit 1 vote Flashpacker


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