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Best places to visit in Semporna

Best places to visit in Semporna

Located on the eastern coast of Sabah, Semporna is a haven for travellers seeking the pristine waters of the Celebes Sea or Sulawesi Sea. This coastal gem beckons with its bountiful marine life, picturesque islands, and exhilarating adventures. While the journey by car or bus to reach this destination may be long, the reward comes in the form of spectacular sights and unforgettable experiences that await you.

 

1.  Go scuba diving in Sipadan

Explore the underwater wonders of Sipadan through scuba diving, where you'll encounter a fascinating array of marine life. Sipadan is famous for its dramatic underwater walls and vibrant coral ecosystems, guaranteeing unforgettable encounters with sea turtles and reef sharks, among other things. For more information and booking, check out www.sabahparks.org.my/sipadan-island-park


Best places to visit in Semporna


2.  Discover Bukit Tengkorak

Bukit Tengkorak, known colloquially as Skull Hill bears historical significance as an ancient volcanic rim, and was once the epicentre of pottery production during the Neolithic era. Situated just a mere 10 kilometers from the heart of Semporna, Bukit Tengkorak offers an enriching experience that can be accomplished in under two hours. To embark on this engaging journey, navigate to Bukit Tengkorak along Jalan Tampi-Tampi (Tampi-Tampi Road), a quick 10-minute drive from Semporna town. For more information, go to https://museum.sabah.gov y/exhibition/73. (Click HERE for the location map)


Best places to visit in Semporna


3.  Revitalise on Mabul Island

Mabul Island is a sandy haven located in the northeastern Semporna. A mere 15-minute boat ride from Sipadan, this island is recognised as one of the globe's foremost diving meccas. Here, a wealth of aquatic delights awaits, with options like swimming, snorkelling, and diving. The vibrant marine life enveloping Mabul Island invites seasoned divers and novices alike to revel in the kaleidoscope of colourful corals and fish. For a truly unique and unforgettable stay, a range of accommodations, including overwater bungalows, can be found on the island. For further details and reservations, visit www.mabul.com. (Click HERE for the location map)


Best places to visit in Semporna


4.  Marvel at marine life at Tun Sakaran Marine Park

Tun Sakaran Marine Park (TSMP) is a short 45-minute speedboat journey from Semporna. This extensive marine park, sprawling over 340 square kilometres of ocean and coral reefs, alongside an additional 10 square kilometres of land, is popular with divers. What adds to the allure of TSMP is the presence of the Bajau Laut, or Sea Gypsies, who lead a nomadic life on boats. Diving in these waters unveils a rich offering of marine life, while the park's hills beckon rock climbing enthusiasts. For more information, visit www.sabahparks.org.my/tun-sakaran-marine-park. (Click HERE for the location map)


Best places to visit in Semporna


5. Witness turtle nesting at the Tropical Research and Conservation Centre

The Tropical Research and Conservation Centre (TRACC) is a marine conservation organisation with a mission to safeguard sea turtles and rejuvenate coral reefs affected by local fishing activities. Located on Pom Pom Island, off the Borneo coastline, TRACC offers immersive experiences. Visitors can become certified divers, watch the turtles laying their eggs, and gain insights into the diverse marine ecosystem in this tropical paradise. For more information, visit https://tracc.org. (Click HERE for the location map)


Best places to visit in Semporna


6. Conquer Bohey Dulang Island's Summit

Bohey Dulang has one of the best vantage points from which to catch the sweeping views of the Celebes Sea. Within the Tun Sakaran Marine Park, Bohey Dulang distinguishes itself as the sole island offering a designated hiking trail. Embarking on a roughly 45-minute ascent up a steep slope, adventurers are richly rewarded at the summit with a breathtaking, awe-inspiring view. (Click HERE for the location map)


Best places to visit in Semporna


7. See the magnificent view at Tanjung Parapat's Long Jetty

Tanjung Parapat is a Muslim village located just a 20 to 30-minute drive from the heart of Semporna. The local fishermen here have built an extensive jetty that extends around 100 metres from the shoreline into deeper waters. Here, visitors gather on weekends to watch the magnificent view in the company of loved ones. The view is profoundly enchanting and revitalising, especially during the early morning and at sunset. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/pwvresort/?locale=ms_MY. (Click HERE for the location map)


Best places to visit in Semporna

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