Getting from Tawau to Semporna and back is easy and there are several ways to achieve this using public and private transportation.
Once you touch down in Tawau Airport, you’ll need to get to Sabindo Square Express Bus Terminal in Tawau town in order to board the bus to Semporna.
An airport taxi from Tawau Airport to Sabindo Square Express Bus Terminal costs ±RM48 (±35 minutes journey duration).
Note: There used to be a shuttle bus (RM10) from Tawau Airport to Tawau town, but based on our enquiries with Tawau Airport, this service was terminated in 2014.
Buses are operated by Manis Express and Tongtalun Express. The journey from the bus terminal to Semporna takes about 1 hour 30 minutes, and road conditions are good along the way.
Tickets may be purchased over the counter at the bus terminal.
Bus timetable from Tawau to Semporna
|Manis Express||Tawau to Semporna||Route Closed||–|
|Tongtalun Express||Tawau to Semporna||3.00pm||RM10|
Bus timetable from Semporna to Tawau
|Manis Express||Semporna to Tawau||Route Closed||–|
|Tongtalun Express||Semporna to Tawau||8.30am||RM10|
Note: Bus timetables vary from time to time. To ensure that you do not have to wait for long in Tawau town to board a bus to Semporna, please check the bus timetables beforehand.
Your hotel/dive operator may provide private transportation from Tawau to Semporna and back at competitive prices, so remember to check with them too.
An airport taxi from Tawau Airport to Semporna will set you back ±MYR95, with a journey duration of ±75 minutes.
Consider this option especially if you are travelling in a group, as the taxi fare may be shared between group members, making the journey more cost and time effective.
At times, minivans may be found outside Tawau Airport. Minivans have a more flexible schedule, often operating from 6.00am to 5.30pm.
Take note that most minivans depart only after all seats are filled up.
If you do manage to board a minivan outside Tawau Airport, and there still are seats available by the time it is ready to leave, the minivan may make a detour to Tawau town to pick up more passengers before continuing on to Semporna.