Hotels in the seaside town of Semporna consist mainly of 2-3 star budget accommodation, homestays and hostels located near the seafront (from as low as RM25-30 or US$6-7 per night).
Most are situated close to the jetty, and some are built entirely on stilts over the ocean.
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Dormitory rooms or superior chalets available at this dive operator with waterfront accommodation in Semporna. Daily island trips are organized.
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2. Seafest Hotel (link)
Large hotel with an outdoor pool and excellent location on the seafront. Rooms include honeymoon and presidential suites.
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3. Singamata Adventures & Reef Resort
Built entirely over a coral reef near Semporna’s mainland with daily trips to Tun Sakaran Marine Park, Mabul and other islands.
PADI 5-star resort
Sea view rooms
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1. Sipadan Scuba (7 Permits)
Established dive operator based in Semporna offering daily trips to Sipadan and other islands. Dive packages here are paired with accommodation in the adjacent Holiday Dive Inn (link).
Stay 2 nights for 1 day diving in Sipadan. Divers: RM1000, Non-divers: RM950.
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2. Scuba Junkie Backpackers (7 Permits)
This Semporna hotel is affiliated with Scuba Junkie Mabul Beach Resort, which is situated on Mabul itself.
Stay 3 nights for 1 day diving at Sipadan.
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Read about Scuba Junkie Mabul Beach Resort (in Mabul) on TripAdvisor
Capsule hotel with futuristic pods located near Sipadan Scuba (see above), one of 2 dive operators in Semporna with Sipadan Permits.
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2. Cube Bed Station
Capsule-style dorm rooms and double rooms available with great views of the surrounding lagoon.
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3. Ocean Inn (link)
Clean, newly-renovated hotel in Semporna with 11 rooms in a good location near the seafront. Modern interior with sea-view rooms.
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Both these Semporna hotels are related and feature sea-view rooms. Great location near the seafront with a good variety of F&B outlets nearby. Discounts available during off-peak season.
5. Dragon Inn Floating Resort (link)
Built on stilts over the sea, the traditionally designed Dragon Inn is made of good quality Cengal wood with many air-conditioned rooms.
Sea view rooms
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Value-for-money, bed and breakfast with 10 rooms facing the waterfront.
5 meters from the ocean
Sea view rooms
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2. Wanderer’s Inn
Dorm and double rooms available at this inn located near the waterfront.
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3. Mabul Home Town Homestay
Mixed or female-only dormitory rooms available at this homestay located near the ocean.
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4. Poga Backpackers
Double rooms and female-only dormitories available at this friendly backpackers with a good location.
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A short distance from the jetty and with free wifi and breakfast, this is one of the most popular and affordable budget hostels in the area, with bunk beds and double rooms from RM25-30 available.
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2. Marina Hotel (link)
Marina hotel is a budget hotel with a modern interior located near the express bus station and about 5-8 minutes walk from Semporna’s jetty.
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3. City Inn (link)
Situated next to the bus station, which is convenient for visitors coming in from Sandakan and other places, City Inn provides basic accommodation for a comfortable night’s stay.
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4. Mabul Inn (link)
Strategically located in Semporna town center, Mabul Inn offers basic accommodation at a reasonable price.
Around 2 minutes walk from the bus station, and 5 minutes walk from the jetty.
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Keep in mind that not all dive operators are allocated a Sipadan permit directly from the government. That being said, there is a rich secondary market for a Sipadan permit.
If your dive operator is unable to provide a Sipadan permit, they may obtain one for you at a premium or book that day with a Sipadan resort that can.
For other hotels/resorts located in Pulau Mabul with Sipadan permits, see the full list of hotels with Sipadan permits.