Semporna Hotels

Hotels in Semporna consist mainly of air-conditioned, budget accommodation. Most of the hotels in Semporna are located near the jetty, facing the seafront while some are built entirely on stilts over the sea.

Many visitors prefer staying in hotels in Semporna and arranging freelance diving tours from here to Mabul and other islands because accommodation and dive packages are generally cheaper.

Budget Semporna hotels with Sipadan permits

There are 2 dive operators based in Semporna (with accommodation) that have been allocated Sipadan permits directly from the government.

1. Sipadan Scuba (7 Permits)

Established dive operator based in Semporna offering daily trips to a number of islands. The diving packages here offer accommodation in the Holiday Dive Inn, located next to their office.

Sipadan Scuba on TripAdvisor

Holiday Dive Inn on TripAdvisor


Scuba Junkie2. Scuba Junkie Backpackers (7 Permits)

Located in Semporna. Scuba Junkie also operates Mabul Beach Resort in Mabul, which consists of 24 new en suite rooms situated on the beach front.

Stay 3 nights for 1 day diving at Sipadan.

Scuba Junkie Backpackers (in Semporna) on TripAdvisor

Scuba Junkie Mabul Beach Resort (in Mabul) on TripAdvisor


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.


Mid-Range Semporna Hotels

1. Seafest Hotel

Large hotel with spacious rooms and good location on the Semporna seafront that feature air conditioning and views of the ocean. Probably the most luxurious hotel in Semporna.

Outdoor pool
Sea view rooms

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2. Singamata Adventures & Reef Resort

Built entirely over a coral reef near Semporna with daily trips to Tun Sakaran Marine Park, Mabul and other islands.

PADI 5-star resort
Sea view rooms

Singamata Adventures & Reef Resort on TripAdvisor



Other Budget Semporna hotels

1. Best Bunk Beds

Good value-for-money, hostel-style accommodation with 10 rooms in a good location near Semporna’s waterfront.

5 meters from the ocean
Sea view rooms

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2. Ocean Inn

Clean, newly-renovated hotel with 11 rooms in a good location on Semporna’s seafront.

Modern interior
Sea view rooms

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3. Dragon Inn Floating Resort

Built on stilts over the sea, the traditionally designed Dragon Inn is made of Cengal wood and has many air-conditioned rooms.

Private jetty
Sea view rooms

Dragon Inn Floating Resort on TripAdvisor

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4. Sipadan Inn

Great location near the seafront with a good selection of F&B outlets nearby. Affiliated with the newer Sipadan Inn 2 featuring sea view rooms.

Discounts available during off-peak season

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5. Sipadan Inn 2

A newer version of Sipadan Inn, the main features at Sipadan Inn 2 are seaview rooms with air conditioning.

Next to Dragon Inn Floating Resort
Sea view rooms

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6. Holiday Dive Inn

The Holiday Dive Inn is located right opposite Sipadan Scuba, a reputable dive operator with Sipadan permits.

Sipadan dive packages available with Sipadan Scuba
24 rooms

Holiday Dive Inn on TripAdvisor


7. Arung Hayat Hotel

Arung Hayat Hotel is located in the heart of Semporna and offers basic, no-frills accommodation. It is affiliated with Arung Hayat Sipadan Adventures Dive Center in Mabul Island.

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8. Marina Hotel

Marina hotel is a budget hotel located near the express bus station and about 5-8 minutes walk from Semporna jetty.

Suitable for backpackers
Modern interior

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9. City Inn

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.

Secured parking

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10. Atine Semporna Backpackers Hostel

A short distance from the jetty and with free wifi and breakfast, this is an affordable and one of the most popular budget accommodation in Semporna.

Close to the jetty
Bunk beds/double rooms

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11. Han Palace Hotel

Located away from the hustle and bustle of Semporna township, Han Palace Hotel frequently provides great deals and offers on their rooms, which are worth checking out.

Spacious rooms
Free shuttle service

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12. Mabul Inn

Strategically located in Semporna town center, Mabul Inn offers basic accommodation at a reasonable price.

Around 2 minutes walk from the bus station
Around 5 minutes walk from the jetty

Mabul Inn< on TripAdvisor

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Other Semporna budget accommodation/dive operators

1. Borneo Global Sipadan Backpackers

Dive operator with accommodation in Semporna and daily island trips.

Borneo Global Backpackers Sipadan on TripAdvisor


2. Big John Scuba

Dive operator with accommodation in Semporna and daily trips to several islands.

Big John Scuba on TripAdvisor


3. Scuba Tiger Semporna Holiday Resort

Dive operator with accommodation in Semporna and daily island trips.

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