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“9 days in Borneo Global Sipadan Backpackers ( Semporna )”

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Borneo Global Sipadan Backpackers (Semporna)
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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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“9 days in Borneo Global Sipadan Backpackers ( Semporna )”
Reviewed 2 January 2012

was there on 24th December 2011 - 1st January 2012. Total of 9 days for my diving trip, and i've never been bored for 1 second. Every single moment was precious and amazing with full of fun. Was greeted by my instructor - Hafiz even tho its already 11pm, quite late for the night. Was amazed that He waited for my arrival. And we spoke a bit, checked into my room and rest on that night. The staff is perfect with their hospitality. They provide simple and perfect breakfast which is toast with butter/pineapple jam / peanut butter / coconut jam ( kaya ) and you can have it with coffee / tea / or simply plain water ( at least that's what i did )...

I stayed in the cheapest room, RM22/ night. Considering I will be there for 9 days, i cant afford to splurge on accommodation and food.

every morning, the staff will greet me 'good morning' and we chat whenever i'm around..staff are very supportive and understanding in the needs of customers and they provided some tips and some local sights / food to try. The staff even brought and made some for me...was awesome and could only get in Semporna...

dives sites are awesome as well..i did many things that a normal tourist wont be able to do. So i am very privilege to have that lucky chance and hope to be back soon..

upon leaving this place, it was bitter sweet and sad...but i know that i will return some day.

overall, I am happy with the service and i could not wait to go back again..

perhaps its time to change the tag line to "come as a stranger, leave as a family"......hahhaa


cheerss...!!!!

Room Tip: choose view towards the road / old jetty / seafest hotel if you want to have the sea view. otherwise...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 12 December 2011

I joined its 7days Sipadan liveaboard diving tour and spent one night there before the trip started. The air conditioner is horribly noisy, also the electric generator right downstairs out of your poorly assembled window. Only a towel-thin blanket offered which is not enough at all at night. Health condition is doubted as I got 10 bugs bites on my legs at night, not sure by what but looks very likely flea bites. The breakfast is just toast and butter, and some instant coffee bags. With the charge of 95RM I would rather to stay at the hotel Seafest right next to it, at least they offered much better health condition and buffet breakfast. Similar comment is given by another diver from Florida.

Worst part is, I got a very serious virus infection at the last day of the liveaboard trip, non-stop vomit and diahhear for whole night. I'm sent back to the hotel at 9am next morning and waiting for a 12:00 pick-up car back to Tawau airport. I asked if there is any empty bed for me to take a rest for 3 hours as I was in extremely bad shape at that time, the answer is that I have to pay a whole night charge for that. It is not much at all, just $7, but after I have just joined its $2000 trip and regardless my illness is incurred during it? The whole hotel turns out all empty and no bed is occupied anyway! It's the most irresponsible attitude I have ever met in my life.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 December 2011

Unfortunately a disappointing stay at the complicated sounding Borneo Global Sipadan Backpackers. Admittedly this place is very cheap, but the water doesn't work properly in the bathrooms, which means flushing the toilet or taking a shower involves visting reception and using a bathroom in one of the lower floors. Reason was apparently that they "can't always pipe water to the higher floors". Hmm.

Service was poor at best, and neglectful at worst. Unannounced visit to unsuccessfully change a light bulb was the most amount of contact we had with staff.

Breakfast was less than inadequate - we opted for dry toast as the 'butter' and 'jam' options were less than appetising. We left hungry. Room was dirty and in need of a paint job and it wasn't clear when the sheets had last been changed.

I wouldn't dream of using this place as a dive shop, there are many much better and more professional looking options in Semporna that are closer to the main town centre.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 September 2011

We have been there 2 days ago and it's a lodge just in emergency case: dirty, heavy air, wifi only in reception.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 September 2011

we stay for 5d4n, at deluxe room (1 double and 1 single) with ensuite bathroom, the place is clean and quiet. Breakfast is toast bread (with peanut butter) and coffee or tea (they marketed as simple malaysian breakfast, which part of malaysian i don't know) although at first the staff seems to be "cold" they got friendlier at the end. During the stay had broken pipe, had reported it, but until we leave nobody came to fix it, but the bathroom is still working. Have to walk about 10-15 min to shop / eateries (though it have cafe at next door), because it's place is little far from the "action", and it's very hard in the days we just finish diving. The highlight is our place looks at the sea, and I think this is one of the two place of Backpacker lodge where you get that view of the sea. So you wake up seeing sunrise that would brighten the room (it differ from the other where mostly you get windowless room, or window that look only to the street)

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Ipoh, Malaysia
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Reviewed 20 August 2011

Bought their package on MIDE 2011 since they claim that they can definitely arrange a trip to Sipadan... Staff are all friendly and very helpful...

The BGSB are locate at the old jetty which they don't use it anymore for tourist since the opening of the new tourist jetty located quite far a way, but it is not a problem since they provide transportation to go there... All the shops and restaurant are within walking distance (15 minutes)... You must check the fish market located just at the back of the lodging... :)

I upgrade my room to deluxe (AC) for more spacing and safety since i'm bringing my own diving equipment. The room are surprisingly clean and comfortable for a price of just rm90/per night... unsuited bathroom with hot & cold shower... There is no TV in the room but there is TV at the reception counter which is ok for me... But for 4d3n im staying there, they doesn't change the towel and make up the room (what do you expect from backpackers lodging) hehehe no offense here...

The dive center is in good condition... all equipment are placed very well and in order... the equipment can be classified as new compare to the other DC in Mabul based on my past exp... the Dive Master (Roland) have given a high standard of services... always helping and showing interesting thing underwater without neglecting the issues of safety...

Highly recommend for divers who are looking an escape from lifeless island life in Mabul... :)

Room Tip: Upgrade to triple or family room...
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 May 2011

Arranging the package with them was a breeze, thanks to the prompt and informative replies to your inquiries by nicolas. Requires 50% deposit. Great location in Semporna, just in front of the jetty, gets you to sipadan in an hour or so with their 400 hp dive boat. Staff and crew were very accommodating, thanks to Christina, we had a blast taking pictures of nudibranchs and other critters. Dive gear were in good condition.
Breakfast was basic bread and spread, coffee/ tea, free use of ref, microwave. No usable internet, communal desktop was in need of repairs, wifi was down when we were there. Mixed dorm very basic, nobody came to clean the bathroom and room for the whole 5 days of our stay.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Borneo Global Sipadan Backpackers (Semporna)
Address: Jalan Causeway | Bangunan SeaFest, Ground, 1st & 2nd Floor, Semporna 91308, Malaysia
Region: Malaysia > Sabah > Semporna District > Semporna
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 21 Speciality Lodging in Semporna
Hotel Class:2 star — Borneo Global Sipadan Backpackers (Semporna) 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
BORNEO GLOBAL BACKPACKERS SIPADAN & DIVE CENTRE The nearest airport to Semporna is Tawau Airport. Semporna is the gateway to the many islands, over 30 of them. The most famous diving destinations in the area are are Sipadan, Mabul and Mataking islands. Accommodation / Diving Centre ---------------------------- - 4 dorm rooms with 6/8 beds and lockers, a/c and toilet with hot shower. RM 29 per bed in dorm room. - 3 Private rooms with 1 double bed and 1 single bed, a/c and toilet with hot shower. RM 99 per private room. - 2 Family rooms with 1 double bed and 3 single beds, a/c and toilet with hot shower. RM 129 per family room. All beds are provided with pillow, linen and blanket. All rooms are air-conditioned with en-suite bathrooms equipped with hot & cold pressure water heater. Our backpackers place is in a quiet area of Semporna. Our Dive Centre is superbly located in front of the jetty to all Islands. We offer daily diving and snorkeling trips to Sipadan, Mabul, Kapalai, Mataking, Timba Timba, Pom Pom and Sibuan Timbun Mata, Bohey Dulang, Mantabuan (Tun Sakaran Marine Park) so we can explore together the amazing macro and stunning pelagic underwater marine life. We can guarantee Sipadan permits, if you are flexible on your dates or if you book in advance. We provide 24 hours reception service with no curfew and lockout. We also offer a simple and light breakfast from 6:30 am to 10 am every day to all our guests. There is free wifi, water, coffee and tea on the ground-floor where we have a lounge area with Astro tv so you can relax as much as you need to. Borneo Global Backpackers Sipadan is located in Semporna, situated in the east coast of Sabah, Malaysia on the island of Borneo. We are within walking distance to the bus terminal, banks, seafood restaurants and shops. Come as a guest, leave as a friend. ... more   less 
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