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
- 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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