Borneo Global Sipadan Backpackers (Semporna)
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBorneo Global Sipadan Backpackers (Semporna)
We stayed in one of the dorm rooms and it was really nice and cleaned daily. We did some diving through them also. The divemaster, Haefiz, was good but they messed up the days we were supposed to dive and we ended up going diving, waking at 6am, after arriving at 1 am the night before diving after a full days travelling. Taliking to others they had messed up quite a few trips and reservations of other people also, so the management seem to be very dis-organised.
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... a way of getting there. I managed to book a cheap flight from Sandakan to Tawau, which would save me about 6 hours in a bus, but that still left me needing to get from my jungle camp to Sandakan Airport. I knew there would be cross-country buses passing Ranau throughout the day, so the next morning I hiked back out of the jungle and caught a taxi back to the highway. But when I advised my driver of my plan he looked grim. Despite allowing myself ...
... day we saw a gigantic two meter garoupa and some very rare creatures that our dive mastered was bragging about. We also saw a sea horse, huge moray eel, and lots of really cool fish. The visibility is incredible.
We stayed at a dive resort on a island called Mabul. The resort is nice but right next lives a small community of fisherman that are displaced "sea gypsies" who do not have an official nationality. They most likely ...
... Initially I signed up for 3 dives, but subsequently added another 3 for the following day!!
Saw all sorts - giant green turtles, beautiful fish, tiny nudibranches, anemone with clown fish, flamboyant cuttlefish (rare apparently).
The place we were staying at also ran dive trips and 2 of the dive masters were professional underwater photographers. One of them showed us a film he was putting together which featured the macro life in the ocean ...
... There was no way we would survive a night in this **** hole! So we did what must be one of the stupidest things I have done so far and headed down to the jetty to ask a few local boatmen if they would take us to the island. After reaching a price agreement we jumped aboard and held on tight as Shannon took photos of the boats men and forwarded them to a friend, just incase. The journey went quickly and we weren't held captive by pirates, so that's a bonus. We stepped off the boat ...
... of macro life while I just sat on a bean bag in the bar taking de-congestion tablets and sniffing a Vicks sinus stick. The following day we was diving at Siamil island an hour from Mabul and the last island before the Philippines. The island was absolutely beautiful, bigger than Sipadan but almost like a post card pure white sand and turquoise blue sea with nothing on it but a army look out with huge machine gun and a small barracks hidden ...