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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... 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 ...
... trees. I wasn't holding up much hope with my ears so brung a snorkel just in case but was desperate to get down and dive as we heard some great things about Siamil. Unfortunately I managed to only get to 2 metres and once again agony in my ears, they was truly blocked and impossible to equalise it was clear there was to be no more diving for me. To say I was gutted is an understatement I was devastated. Almost as if to add insult to injury ...
... and 30 odd turtles absolutely awesome. After the dive it was a back to the island for some cake before our 3rd dive down to the entrance of a huge cave system that goes under Sipadan island before ending up back at barracuda point. Then back to the island for lunch before starting our final dive. This dive was along the vertical wall that drops down to over 1000 metres, the day before a group had seen a school of hammerhead sharks out ...
... all you can eat so we took advantage) before heading out on our second dive. Our second dive was underneath a Oil rig just out to sea from Mabul island, the oil rig is actually a dive resort where people stay on the rig and get a lift down to dive underneath the rig. It's a great gimmick and original although it does look rather ugly from the island! It does make for a great artificial reef though and it was Another cool dive with some ...
... a rich resort. Im working on my assumption that they are kidnapping people from countries that still pay ransoms, hence no westerns kidnapped but that could be flawed thinking given there is a much greater Asian to western tourist ratio on the islands and that could explain the 'victim' profile. Im hoping the fact Im western and staying at a cheap place will reduce my chances of a problem.
This region of Malaysia has a lot of illegal immigrants which ...