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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. A visit to Sipadan National Park represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Semporna itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • I visited Sipadan almost nine years after my first dive holidays there. But Sipadan did not disappoint me after four days of waiting at Mabul with a lot of white tip sharks, barracuda schools, bumphea...  more »
  • Sipadan island is a small island in Malaysia off the island of Borneo with a huge reputation for excellent diving. Diving at the top dive sites is best done with at least an advanced open water certif...  more »
  • It was raining, bad weather, strong currents. But amazingly, for Sipadan, the deeper we got, the clearer it was.  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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