20,000 leagues under the sky, 2004- travel blog

Semporna Harbour.

Dive Boat.

My hotel.

Sipadan Island.

Sipadan beach.

Dolphin.

And another.

And many more.

Sipadan Resident.

Mabul Island.

Turtle.

Fish.

White tip.

Puffer fish.

Nutha turtle.

Barracuda whirlpool.

Definitively a shark.


Semporna is the poor-man's gateway to Sipidan Island, yet another "top ten" diving destination, to stay on the Island resorts costs a small fortune but to visit and dive by speed-boat during the day is very reasonable. The hotel I'm staying at here is also fantastic, part of a water village all built on stilts over the sea, I'm staying in The Longhouse. Actualy most people don't seam to like Semporna but I think it's a great place, it has a good measure of that asian craziness that I love. The markets a chaotic and picturesque and I don't think anyone just shops, everyone seams to have something to sell or barter or if not they have a wheelbarrow to hire which is the local means of transporting everything. The streets are wandered by wild goats and at night lined with karioke foodstalls.

Wow, now that is what I call world class diving, you name it and chances are it was there, turtles, sharks, puffer fish, scorpion fish, lion fish, stone fish and a million colours of just ordinary fishy fish. Add a beautiful island to have surface intervals and lunch on and I couldn't have asked for much more.

I've now finished 3 days of diving here and could have stayed for a lot longer, the diving just kept getting better, I never got to see the Hammerheads or whale-sharks that occasionally come here but yesterday's highlight was a big leopard shark wandering past. I'm not sure if they are dangerous or timid but it certainly looked mean and sleek and raised my heart-rate a fair degree. I even almost forgot to mention the huge pod of maybe 100 dolphins that swam past the boat on our way back to Semporna on the second day. I'm de-fizzing today as the bus route back to KK goes over the road to Mt Kinabalu at over 1600m so I'm treating it like flying.

Now that I have the diving photographs developed I think I'll pass on a career as an underwater photographer.



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