Travel Blogs from Semporna, Malaysia

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INCREDIBLE Borneo...Some of the WILD parts, Pulau Sipadan and Pulau Mabul, Malaysia travel blog

INCREDIBLE Borneo...Some of the WILD parts

A travel blog entry by hancocjb

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Its been a while since I last wrote, but I've been away from civilization for quite some time doing some absolutely extraordinary things.  Sorry about the spelling this time, I havent used a keyboard for a while and Im to lazy to go over ...

Dive and gone to heaven, Pulau Mabul, Malaysia travel blog

Dive and gone to heaven

A travel blog entry by vine_hooligans

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20080317 Divers paradise   After a 10 hour (or 4 movie) flight east we arrived in Kuala Lumpur at 9pm, checked into our hotel close to the airport for a good nights rest. After a late check out and some well used internet time we back tracked by ...

Turtle power!, Pulau Mabul, Malaysia travel blog

Turtle power!

A travel blog entry by tomandcharlie

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... , Jen and I) had a week left before our flights to Bangkok so we all decided that a beach was needed. We headed for the Semporna area which is well know for its excellent reef life and dive sites. We travelled over to a Island called Mabul which is ...

Diving over the edge, Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia travel blog

Diving over the edge

A travel blog entry by idarich

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... at Sipadan. Five hot and bothered hours later (having changed to another crammed 'bas mini' in Lahad Datu) we arrived in Semporna, and immediately headed for Scuba Junkie dive shop, which had been recommended to us by the friendly folk at Uncle Tan. By ...

Dive dive dive!, Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

Dive dive dive!

A travel blog entry by tomsontravels

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We finally arrived at senporma a sleepy little fishing village to be met by a man who said "are you looking for scuba junkie?" Of course we were and he pointed us down the road to the dive shop and attached accomodation. Amazingly we got a room with ...

Diving Sipadan, Pulau Sipadan, Malaysia travel blog

Diving Sipadan

A travel blog entry by vine_hooligans

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After our two dives around Mabul Island we were eagerly awaiting our first dive off Sipadan Island, as the first dive for a new group is usually a checkout dive we went to a site called the House Reef which is not too far from the resort. Visibility on ...

PADI Day 3 - I didnt drown today & Marc is a fish!, Mabul, Malaysia travel blog

PADI Day 3 - I didnt drown today & Marc is a fish!

A travel blog entry by mandibee

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So here we are PADI day 3, I am now behind by one dive due to yesterday. Marc heads off with Jack to continue where we left off – absolutely gutted we weren't doing it together but Marc is the opposite from me in the water he is amazing and has ...

My Diving Mecca, Sipadan, Borneo, Malaysia travel blog

My Diving Mecca

A travel blog entry by hodge

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I've now dived some of the best sites around the world...red sea, Caribbean, great barrier...... But its taken me a while to find anywhere that compares to where I learn't to dive in the Maldives. I've now found somewhere. If you love diving go to ...

Day 2 PADI - Drowning is not the way to go !!!, Mabul, Malaysia travel blog

Day 2 PADI - Drowning is not the way to go !!!

A travel blog entry by mandibee

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Up this morning for breakfast although I couldn't each much I was nervous as hell again – Marc couldn’t wait to get started. We met our dive master, Jack, who would be teaching us the rest of the course.  I explained to him about my ...

Mabul Island - Day 1 PADI Open Water Dive Course, Mabul, Malaysia travel blog

Mabul Island - Day 1 PADI Open Water Dive Course

A travel blog entry by mandibee

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... Cost of 3 day PADI course - 180 each Cost per night (Scuba junkie) for fan room no wifi or tv but did include 3 meals a day - 21.05 each per day Bus from Sandakan - Semporna - 27 each Boat transfer from Sandakan to Mabul - 10 each    ...

Diving in Sipadan PADI Open Water Course, Sipadan, Malaysia travel blog

Diving in Sipadan PADI Open Water Course

A travel blog entry by rcys

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... I decided to go to Sipadan, one of the worlds top dive sites. After a 10 hour bus(es) ride from hell, I arrived in Semporna, coastal town at southern tip of Borneo, and I immediately started studying for my Open Water course. Within 2 hours, I went ...

PADI Day 4 - a HUGE turtle and - I am CERTIFIED, Mabul, Malaysia travel blog

PADI Day 4 - a HUGE turtle and - I am CERTIFIED

A travel blog entry by mandibee

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Marc had to be up at 0530am this morning to head to Sipadan after that deep dive yeast there is no way I could deal with looking at a 600m drop into the ocean haha – as I said to Marc I would love to go to see the sharks but it would be like a ...

Our first experience in Borneo, Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

Our first experience in Borneo

A travel blog entry by tonyandmarina

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... to go through immigration. Why? We are not entering the country. Still. Luggage. Taxi. 20 Euro for an hour drive to Semporna. I HATE the ride. 2 lanes for both directions. Driver overtakes on double white lines with no clear view. In the dark. This is ...

Stop looking: we found Nemo !, Sibuan, Malaysia travel blog

Stop looking: we found Nemo !

A travel blog entry by tonyandmarina

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Our first dives in Malaysia. Excited!   We show up at 8 to find: our chef from the seafood platter! He sells the lunches for 1 Euro: rice or noodles with chicken or shrimps or squid or seafood or egg.  One chicken and one squid, please! ...

One more of the top 100 dive sites in the world, Sipidan, Malaysia travel blog

One more of the top 100 dive sites in the world

A travel blog entry by tonyandmarina

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Sipadan is the only oceanic island in Malaysia, rising 600m from the seabed. It is located in the Celebes Sea. It was formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct volcanic cone that took thousands of years to develop and is the centre of one of ...

We got bitten again !, Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

We got bitten again !

A travel blog entry by tonyandmarina

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... from Sandakan: 3 nights and 2 days of diving:   http://www.save-money-diving.com/index.php?pageid=service_info&locid=malaysia&servid=asmal_lan_13   I send diving pictures to our Sibuan, Sipadan and Mabul diving buddies. NOW I know ...

A day at the office, Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

A day at the office

A travel blog entry by tonyandmarina

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Today, we stay home. My knee needs some rest. Almost 3 hours diving a day, 2 days in a row, stretched it a bit. Also I have to write stories and Hubby has to do research for our next destination. I know what I want to see in Borneo. What do you think, ...

Hubby farts his way through the night, Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

Hubby farts his way through the night

A travel blog entry by tonyandmarina

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... in the world and is located at the centre of Maritime Southeast Asia. Administratively, this island is divided between Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei. Indonesia's region of Borneo is called "Kalimantan", while Malaysia's region of Borneo is called East ...

It's dive time! Or is it???!!!, Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

It's dive time! Or is it???!!!

A travel blog entry by dawn_smedley

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So the moment of truth...judgement day and the dive dilemma! After our interesting experience doing our Open Water course on honeymoon in Zanzibar, would I be able to pluck up the courage to don my wetsuit once more!!!!! On the morning of the trip the ...

Muck diving, Mabul, Malaysia travel blog

Muck diving

A travel blog entry by tonyandmarina

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The Tomcat wanted to dive Mabul. It is an island, close to Sipidan AND close to a weird dive hotel. A metal construction, standing in the sea. Have a look at the picture.   Today we dive with Juliet and Elies (Dutch) and a very nice Finnish ...

One with the turtles, Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

One with the turtles

A travel blog entry by benabroad

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... border was closed over the weekend (hari raya). Accommodation in Tawau was only hotels (expensive), so basically i was stuck in Semporna, doing nothing until Monday (too expensive to snorkel again, so definitely cant afford to dive), 3 whole days in ...

diving Sipadan Island!, Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

diving Sipadan Island!

A travel blog entry by tristan_g

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Sipadan Island is widely recognized as a top 10 dive destination worldwide. And for good reason. The calm, shallow waters surrounding the island drop off vertically 2000' to the abyss below. It's a geological anomaly in its formatioin, and an impressive ...

Diving for Turtles, Earaches & Ants in the Sugar , Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

Diving for Turtles, Earaches & Ants in the Sugar

A travel blog entry by karencazemier

... , miles from home you are never the same again... your impression of the place changes completely... where my first impressions of malaysia were that this place was super cool, the later impressions were that I hated this place with a deep and bitter ...

NIEUW fotos van het duiken!, Sipadan, Malaysia travel blog

NIEUW fotos van het duiken!

A travel blog entry by arjanvanderbijl

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De reis naar het resort midden op zee was vrij vermoeiend vooral omdat we om 2 uur 's nachts gingen slapen bij Olaf in Kota Kinabala en al om 5.30 uur moesten opstaan voor het vliegtuig naar Tawau, na 45 minuten vliegen nog 1,5 uur met de bus en dan 45 ...

Diving the Deep, Mataking, Malaysia travel blog

Diving the Deep

A travel blog entry by 2totango

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When the torrential rains starter the evening before, we were a little bit concerned.  But weather moved pretty fast here.  In the morning our boat ride was more than interesting.  Forty five minuted by speed boat crashing over waves and ...

Yeah, diving!, Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

Yeah, diving!

A travel blog entry by richard.zito

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Semporna's a bit of a hole... but just off the coast are some pretty incredible islands. The most famous, Sipadan, can only be visited by a maximum of 120 divers a day and is a bit pricey but you're meant to be pretty much guaranteed to see sharks and ...

Dodgy diving but finally a lionfish, Pulau Sipidan, Malaysia travel blog

Dodgy diving but finally a lionfish

A travel blog entry by amandaseims

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... off by the locals at uncle Changs who also sang some kind of song which was nice.  I booked into the accommodation on Semporna's waterfront, the Dragon Inn and was looking forward to a hot shower since i was still in my bikini covered in ...

Plonge et snorkeling a Semporna (SIBUAN), Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

Plonge et snorkeling a Semporna (SIBUAN)

A travel blog entry by france_rejean

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Salut tout le monde, Nous allons bien, Aujourd'hui nous avons passe la journee sur et sous l'eau. Rejean a fait du snokeling et moi j'ai fait 3 plonges. De merveilleux poissons et coraux. Un serpent de mer, des tortues et plein d'autre poissons ...

pulau sipidan, Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

pulau sipidan

A travel blog entry by adam_downunder

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... deep thoughts to good times. Sipidan. It is an island of the south east coast of sabah, accesed through a small fishing village called semporna. It was a scary town to enter, the poverty level being one i have never seen before. Although i am sure i will ...

Scuba diving and tropical island anyone?, Mabul Island, Malaysia travel blog

Scuba diving and tropical island anyone?

A travel blog entry by gary_cailin

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We only stayed one night in Semporna, then it was off to Mabul Island for a few days to do some SCUBA diving.  I hadn't been diving for about 3 years, and Laura hadn't been for months either, so we were quite nervous trying to remember ...

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