6 Unique Water Resorts In Semporna Perfect For An Island Getaway

Unique Water Resorts In Semporna Perfect For An Island Getaway

Off the coast of Sabah, Semporna is blessed with turquoise waters, sandy beaches, and some of the most beautiful dive sites in the world.

Oftentimes being mistaken as Malaysia’s very own version of Maldives, Semporna is a must-visit when you’re travelling to East Malaysia and especially if you love beaches and crystal clear water. If you’re still guessing where would be a good spot to stay there, we’ve got you covered.

1) Sipadan-Mabul Resort

Sipadan Mabul Water Bungalow Resort is a 4-Star floating dive resort situated at Mabul Island, Sabah overlooking the world-renowned Sipadan Island which is 15-minutes away by speedboat.

It is a dive destination resort that began its modest operations back in 1993 and has since grown into a well-established and reputable resort as it is today. The resort has 42 land-based chalets (22 unit stand-alone detached chalets, 18 unit standard semi-detached chalets and 2 unit suite chalets) which can accommodate up to 84 guests at any one time.

2) Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort

The beautiful Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort, perched on its sturdy wooden stilts on the shallow sandbanks of the Ligitan Reefs, is only a short boat ride from the islands of Sipadan and Mabul.

Kapalai’s chain of chalets is all linked by miles of wooden walkways for those who like to take their morning jog while looking at thousands of fish swimming just a few feet beneath.

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The 59 wooden chalets that provide twin and triple-sharing accommodations are each connected to a balcony that was thoughtfully designed to provide the complete privacy that sunbathers and tanning enthusiasts seek.


3) Nusakuya Resort

For those who want a more private and secluded resort, Nusakuya Resort will be perfect as it is a hidden floating resort in the middle of the sea!

Due to its location in the middle of the sea, the resort offers a whole stay-in package for guests, including meals such as breakfast, lunch, and dinner, boat transfer to and from Semporna jetty, and snorkelling equipment.

At Nusakuya, there are either double rooms or triple rooms available. Every room has a balcony and a staircase that leads directly to the water so you have direct access to the sea!


4) Sipadan Mangrove Sanctuary Resort

Conveniently located close to Tawau Airport, Sipadan Mangrove Resort offers an environmentally-friendly vacation on the banks of a mangrove sanctuary, the Mangrove Forest Wetland.

With its surrounding rich mangrove greenery, it puts you close to the city’s most popular attractions and must-see locations while still allowing you to enjoy a tranquil setting.

There are a total of 31 air-conditioned rooms with individual balconies and spectacular views of the forest available at Sipadan Mangrove Resort. In order to help you unwind from the hustle and bustle of the city, the resort offers activity packages like kayaking, snorkelling, diving, bicycles, and spa services.

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5) Lato Lato Resort

Situated in the shallow waters off the coast of Semporna and built on stilts above the coral, this is the only resort with a panoramic view of Tun Sakaran Marine Park.

Lato Lato Resort offers guests all meals including breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper at the full board price. The hotel also provides free use of a banana boat for island hopping and snorkelling gear.

6) Dragon Inn Floating Resort

Dragon Inn Floating Resort is a traditional Bajau water village designed harmoniously with the local natural setting consisting of 70 guest rooms, an open-air restaurant, a souvenir shop and dive operators, all connected by walkways. Dragon Inn offers simple yet comfortable and affordable lodging for guests with a fantastic view of the surrounding tranquil sea.

The resort is perfect for guests who come to Semporna for their diving trips and choose to stay on the mainland as an inexpensive alternative to island accommodation. The resort is an excellent jump-off point for island adventures as there are several dive operators located on the premises with boats ready to go.

So what are you waiting for? Hurry and book your next trip to Semporna now!