Sipadan National Park, Semporna

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Bring a camera and dive into the exotic world of Sipadan National Park, famous for its diversity of marine life. Exploring the reef is sure to be a memorable experience, but be sure to pick up a permit first, as the number of divers is restricted each day. Once in the water, look out for humphead fish, barracuda, and giant turtles. With a little luck, you might even run into a gigantic whale shark. The ocean bed is abundant with vibrant coral and other marine life, making it the perfect setting for macro photography. Plan to visit Sipadan National Park and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Semporna attractions using our Semporna trip planner .
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  • October 3, 2017
    Amazing diving experience in Sipadan, unfortunately the experience was ruined by the accommodation. DO NOT go on Celebes Explorer LOB if you're looking to go to Sipadan.... the boat is badly in need o...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    We travelled over 24 hours to get here from Canada, and it was totally worth it!! As you know Sipadan dive permits are extremely hard to get, but we got Sipadan dive permits for 3 days, and ended up d...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    Sipadan's reputation is well deserved. Big fish, turtles, schools of barracuda and jacks, sharks... Sipadan always impresses no matter how many times you dive it. Barracuda Point is a favourite and th...  more »

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Where to stay in Semporna

Not a very touristy destination on the whole, Semporna has somewhat limited accommodations, though they're definitely still workable. If you're basing yourself here for the scuba diving activities on one of the nearby islands, ask your operator or instructor about discounts at bed and breakfasts or guesthouses on Semporna. Otherwise, try one of several budget-friendly hostels near the archipelago, specializing in lodgings for divers, snorkelers, and travelers, and offering basic and clean rooms.
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