Travel Blogs from Semporna, Malaysia

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Living on the rig, Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

Living on the rig

A travel blog entry by burkeandcindy

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Today I continued my course. It went very fast because it was just me and the instructor who was British (so he spoke English!). My first dive of the day I saw more turtles, lion fish, barracuda and a school of jack fish! In the afternoon I saw a coral ...

Certified scuba diver!!, Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

Certified scuba diver!!

A travel blog entry by burkeandcindy

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Today I finished my open water course! I had to do all the fun things like run out of air, swim without my mask, take my gear off under water and take a written exam. Thankfully I passed everything! My last check out dive I did under the rig which is ...

Amazing Diving..., Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

Amazing Diving...

A travel blog entry by bizarreirishsta

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... up some people who are staying there.  Simon and Linda from the other campus get on my boat!  I knew they were diving in Semporna, but didn't know where they were staying so that was a nice surprise.  We dove Lobster Wall, Mid Reef, and ...

where to start...on a tale of perfection?, Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

where to start...on a tale of perfection?

A travel blog entry by ashling

... a place to sit and fall asleep looking at something beautiful? The answer was a 15 minute cab ride to Tampi Tampi "Semporna Beach Resort".... basically a floating, wood pier, flanked by houses on stilts and houses on stilts on the other side...a crew of ...

Muck diving is a silly name..., Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

Muck diving is a silly name...

A travel blog entry by adandgen

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... wreck diving is a form of muck diving. One of the best places in the world to go muck diving is in Borneo, off a town called Semporna in South East Sabah. The town itself is pretty shabby - it reminded me a lot of small towns in India, open drains, rats ...

Diving....in Sipadan and Mabul, Mabul, Malaysia travel blog

Diving....in Sipadan and Mabul

A travel blog entry by romilde

Diving, diving and more diving. 4 dives in Mabul and 3 in Sipadan. Unfortunately it was cloudy and partially raining the day I went to Sipadan so now school of Baracuda. Luckily though I did see loads of sharks, wrasses, bumphead parrotfish, turtels, ...

Diving at Pulau Sipadan, Mabul, Malaysia travel blog

Diving at Pulau Sipadan

A travel blog entry by robertandkevin

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So, we arrived yesterday in Mabul which is a quiet tiny island that takes around 20 minutes to walk.  Prior to the dive resort here, there were only three homes prior.   Now, there is a village on stilts, a small resort on land, and our ...

Day 30:  Semporna, Malaysia, Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

Day 30: Semporna, Malaysia

A travel blog entry by bmcswag

... music playing at full blast the entire trip. Absolutely stellar; might even be one of my favourite bus rides! We ferried across from Semporna to Palau Mabul (Palau = Island) to Mabul Backpackers resort. We were met at the dock (jetty as they call it here) ...

The Sea Gypsies of Borneo, Semporna- mabul Island, Malaysia travel blog

The Sea Gypsies of Borneo

A travel blog entry by belindasblog

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The Sea Gypsies are nomadic people with no country or nationality of their own. They spend their lives on tiny boats wandering from place to place. they do everything including cooking and sleeping on board. they collect sticks and cook on open fires ...

Orangutang and so much more!, Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

Orangutang and so much more!

A travel blog entry by heidiprytz

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En helt vanvittig lang dag er tilbakelagt, hvor vi har gått i tilsammen ni timer i en sinnsyk badstu med lange ermer og bukse, pluss spesialsokker som beskytter mot blodiglene det floerer av her. Beina verker, kroppen får et sårt trengt ...

海底世界 Underwater World, Mabul, Malaysia travel blog

海底世界 Underwater World

A travel blog entry by yan.yan

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... ;不禁認真地聽他的指示. 第一天去了在Semporna東北方的小島 - Sibuan. ...

Day 31-55: Mabul, Malaysia, Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

Day 31-55: Mabul, Malaysia

A travel blog entry by bmcswag

- 26 days on the island - Jimmy, Jon, Ahmet, Jo, Willem, James - did OW and AOW courses - Mike and Shannon were with us for about a week but then moved on to Singapore - 3 dives at Sipidan - 40 dives total at Mabul - 20 with Jimmy - saw mimic octopus, ...

liquid adventures, Mabul, Malaysia travel blog

liquid adventures

A travel blog entry by whittlog

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this place is awesome! We stayed on a converted oil rig, three dives a day, four meals a day and entertainment courtesy of the delightful Dr Cooper who made an epic journey from the UK to join us. The rig was transported from Thailand (I think) and ...

SIPADAN!, Sipadan Island, Malaysia travel blog

SIPADAN!

A travel blog entry by nluz00

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... in the world year after year, it's clear that this island has something special going for it. After the hour-long boat ride from Semporna to the diving Mecca that is Sipadan, we had to jump on to the island and register for our permits. After that, we ...

Let's learn to dive, Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

Let's learn to dive

A travel blog entry by selina_and_mo

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    "The nondescript bay town of Semporna isn’t going to capture many hearts on its own" - Lonely Planet...         It was fairly easy for us to leave the jungle at Kinabatangan as we are planning to head back to the ...

PADI qualified!, Sibuan, Malaysia travel blog

PADI qualified!

A travel blog entry by selina_and_mo

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... living there without power, water or anything else you might think as the basics. They are not considered citizens of Malaysia and are left alone by the government (including government provided services.) If you are born here then you are destined to ...

夜潛 Night Dive, Mabul, Malaysia travel blog

夜潛 Night Dive

A travel blog entry by yan.yan

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在金馬倫高原遇見的伯伯告訴我們一定要在Mabul夜潛一次. 他還建議了潛點, ...

Kapalai & Mabul, Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

Kapalai & Mabul

A travel blog entry by gkkb

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... kids are stateless. The Scuba Junkie resort people remove some of the Bajau people's garbage off the island to a landfill in Semporna and also organise reef and beach cleans. Another scuba diver running one of the diver resorts has organised the School ...

Påskestemning :), Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

Påskestemning :)

A travel blog entry by heidiprytz

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Jeg sovner og våkner av plasking i vannet rundt og under meg. Jeg går inn på badet og titter ned i sjøen nedenfor (og ja, man kan ligge i badekaret og se ned i havet). Det er fortsatt mørkt ute, men da jeg skrur på utelyset ...

Turtles, sharks and barracudas, Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

Turtles, sharks and barracudas

A travel blog entry by gabo_kuroki

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Yesterday it was our last day of open water course with the final certificate that allow us to get down to 18 meters. We had 2 nice dives at Mabul island, but nothing in compared with today. This morning we got up at 6AM: never do that to go in the ...

Semporna, Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

Semporna

A travel blog entry by katielou83

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Sunday 27th After a pleasent drive from Danum valley to Lahu Datu i had to wait for the local minibus to Semporna to fill.  During my wait near a small market I was hassled numerous time by 2 men seeing exactly the same sunglasses and seemed put out ...

First day diving by myself, Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

First day diving by myself

A travel blog entry by burkeandcindy

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Today Burke went to Sipadan, where seaventures gave him an extra permit, and I stayed back and dove around Mabul island and kapalei island. I got pretty mad that they would separate us on my first day after my course but they didn't seem to care and they ...

Enter the dive experience, Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

Enter the dive experience

A travel blog entry by killian

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 Having spent about 18 hours to get here, arrival in Semporna was a bit of an anticlimax: I had heard the city was dirty, but it even beat my expectations! Be warned, avid traveler: go straight for the islands, unless you crave the choice of eateries ...

Just keep swimming, Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

Just keep swimming

A travel blog entry by danandkate

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... didn't sem to have any broken bones although we couldn't begin to work out where it'd come from. We get on a bus to Semporna, the nearest mainland town to Sipidan. Unfortunately for us, Hari Raya (A Malay Festival) is upon us and there are no permits ...

Semporna, Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

Semporna

A travel blog entry by jais

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... päivästä tulisi lepopäivä. Ainoa homma olisi hankkia snorkkelointimatka Mabul saarelle ja odotella pyykiä pesulasta. Semporna kuuluu ehdottomasti top10 listalle jonne en haluaisi tulla uudestaan, on senverran kurja paikka. Toisaalta nämä kurjat ...

Pulau Bum - Bum, Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

Pulau Bum - Bum

A travel blog entry by ombin

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Selamat datang ke ...

Diving novices become certified and addicted, Semporna, Malaysia travel blog

Diving novices become certified and addicted

A travel blog entry by amyandhannah

We arrived in Semporna with legs still aching from the mountain and decided to spend the first few days relaxing. We quickly realised that there wasn't much else to do but dive and so we spent the days hopping from cafe to restaurant never really spending ...

Semporna, Sipadan, Sea Gypsies & learning to dive, Semporna, (Sabah, Borneo), Malaysia travel blog

Semporna, Sipadan, Sea Gypsies & learning to dive

A travel blog entry by suetilley

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... my research and we had already bought flights from Sandakan back to KK, then a connection to Tawau (the closest airport to Semporna).  The flight a pleasant 45 minute hop over the middle of Sabah.  Despute it being so short, the smiling AirAsia ...

Snorkeling Semporna archipelago, Pulau Mabul, Malaysia travel blog

Snorkeling Semporna archipelago

A travel blog entry by insomniatravels

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... watching Chinese ghost movies on the bus with breaks to change a wheel and/or cool down the aircon with a garden hose, I arrived in Semporna, a dirty and ugly town on the east coast of Borneo. There I booked an expensive four day stay on Pulau Mabul. The ...

Mabul Island, Semporna- mabul Island, Malaysia travel blog

Mabul Island

A travel blog entry by belindasblog

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... here that went something like: Arrive at airport......No one turns up to collects us.... find our way by taxi to Semporna (translated from local dialect to mean "Throw all your rubbish in the river".......taxi driver takes us to wrong dive ...

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