Scuba Diving Sipadan

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Mabul Island in Malaysia

After 3 nights in the Rainforest of Borneo we headed to the coast near the legendary diving site, Sipadan. To cut down on costs and due to recent kidnappings on the resorts on the islands, we based ourselves in Semporna.

Semporna, Malaysia
The main promenade in Semporna

Sepilok - Semporna

I signed up to do several full days of Scuba diving with Scuba Junkie and we also stayed in their budget lodging in town. Semporna itself is pretty crowded and hectic, but the islands offshore are gorgeous.

Semporna, Malaysia
The view from Scuba Junkie Hostel
Semporna, Malaysia
This is Scuba Junkie’s dive center in Semporna

Semporna, Malaysia

At night, we would walk over to Semporna’s promenade to grab dinner and drinks right on the water.

Shannon in Semporna, Malaysia

The real draw are the islands and dive sites such as Sipadan, Mataking and Mabul. The first day of diving was 3 separate dives in Mataking.

Scuba Diving off Mabul Island in Malaysia

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The biodiversity was amazing here!

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There was also a ton of nudibranchs, the colorful sea slugs.

Scuba Diving off Mataking in Malaysia Scuba Diving off Mataking in Malaysia Scuba Diving off Mataking in Malaysia Scuba Diving off Mataking in Malaysia Scuba Diving off Mataking in Malaysia Scuba Diving off Mataking in Malaysia

2 thoughts on “Scuba Diving Sipadan

  1. I love reading your blog and it just occured to me (via your tripadvisor reviews) that we are both from Denver. With that said, I’m going to Korea and Japan next month and found your adventures to be quite helpful. Thanks for capturing such extraordinary moments.

    1. Thank You! I just got back from Tokyo two weeks ago (I was only there for 7 days). Let me know if you need any advice or tips for Korea or Japan.

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