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Situated in Semporna, this motel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Semporna Mosque and within 6 miles (10 km) of Bukit Tengkorak and Limau Limau.
Chan's Smart Living Inn SempornaRM272
Hippo Scuba HomestayRM147
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The city of Semporna is both a district and town found along the eastern coast in the Tawau Division of Sabah, Malaysia. This is a favoured location of diverse and snorkelers due to the fantastic conditions of the waters surrounding the nearby islands. The region is a veritable paradise for nature lovers, while the town itself lacks nothing in terms of convenience or comfort. Let’s see what else this great holiday destination has waiting.
From exuberant annual displays of the culture and passion of the locals, to surrounding waters which are among the clearest to be found, Semporna makes for a great getaway. Regardless of whether you are look for relaxation or fast-paced fun, there is always something to see or do in and around Semporna.
Budget accommodation in the area includes many different hostels and backpacker lodges. The popularity of Semporna as a portal to dive sites ensures that there is a broad range of low-priced places to stay. The best place to look for cheap rooms is the area near the town centre.
For mid-ranged accommodation shop within the Semporna Seafront Township which is found upon the waterfront. The 3-star hotels here are clean, comfortable and cost-effective. Many of these establishments offer guided tours to Scuba sites, as well as dive courses.
Bukit Tengkorak translates to “Skull Hill” and is found just 15 minutes from Semporna. This hill is named in memory of the beheaded prisoners by Japanese soldiers during World War II. The peek is ascended via a well-maintained wooden staircase. Don’t miss the amazing vistas granted from the many viewing platforms. At the base of the hill you can find a museum which is home to numerous historical artefacts.
The hills surrounding Semporna are great for exploring. Head to Bohey Dulang Island and take advantage of a two-fold opportunity. Here you can capitalize on the crystal clear waters and go diving or snorkelling, while the hike to the peak of the hill on this island takes quite an adventurous path. The muddy, overgrown area has many tree roots to cling to while making the climb however once you reach the top, the view is well-worth it.
The stilted houses of the surrounding water villages found near the town mosque, are massive and a truly amazing site to see. You are advised to view these amazing structures from a distance as the locals are extremely private people. Yet once you get to know a few locals, the chances are that you will be invited personally to these local villages.
Another must-see during your stay is the Regatta Lepa-Lepa, although you will have to plan your trip during April. This amazing cultural celebration takes place throughout the entire month and is an event of the utmost importance to the local populace of Semporna. The festival is quite similar to a Chinese boat race and the chance to see the different boats from the various villages should not be missed.
Mee soup is a low-budget meal which no traveller should miss. The mornings bring availability of Nasi kuning, a traditional yellow rice served with fish cooked in chilli and vegetables. If you are in the mood for something sweeter, then give the pisang goreng, or fried banana, a try. This is just a few of the great foods in Semporna. Try the local fruit juice too, which is always fresh and delicious.
Don’t visit Semporna without first buying yourself either a moonstone or pearl from the jetty. The pendants are very cheap and the quality of the stones is good.