"Semporna Diving Trip" Semporna by Scubadivingfanatic

Semporna Travel Guide: 19 reviews and 48 photos

Sun, Sea, Sand & Seafood!!!

Went for one week diving trip in Semporna last month and it was all worth it flying all the way from Beijing to Tawau via Kuala Lumpur.

Was totally exhausted upon reaching the small town of Semporna and checked into Sipadan Inn II hotel for a good full day of rest.

It is an relatively new hotel with good amenities and is located just beside the sea.

This is definitely the place for me to stay in and go for daily trips out to diving with my diving operator, Big John. Exploring dive sites around mabul, kapalai, mataking, mantabuan and Sipandan. I have to say, no where else can be compared to the diving sites of Sipadan and Mabul!

On the issue of nightlife in semporna. Contrary to what has been said about Semporna, I was surprised to see that the street just outside the hotel has been bustling with people mainly tourists.

I have been told by the hotel staff that this is a relatively new area of development for Semporna and the streets outside are lined with restaurants and cafe. In fact, this street has been rebranded as food street by the China tourists, to my surprise!

As expected, most of the restaurants and cafes are of an average standard. However, one really worth mentioning eatery is a newly opened live seafood restaurant called Ocean Treasure. It's the most spacious and comfortable restaurant offering a superb unobstructed seaview in Semporna.

Being a scuba diving fanatic as well as a food lover, I am surprised to say that the live ocean seafood served there is better than what I have in Beijing! The price is fairly reasonable and I get the opportunity to have a wide range of seafood I have been wanting for.

This restaurant has subsequently been my place for dinner after my daily dive trips for the whole week's stay in Semporna!

Will definitely make a trip back to Semporna soon for the dives with Big John and the food with Ocean Treasure Live Seafood Restaurant!!!

  • Last visit to Semporna: Jun 2012
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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