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Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Semporna June 2nd 2018

O 7/00 startujem spolu s cs na ranajky. Tie cul platim ja. Dva druhy nudiel, plneny chleba sardinkami a caj s mlikom. V dive centre resp shope, bo tu predavaju kopu magnetiek, kavu, rozne handmade mydla a ine prkotiny cakame na taiwancov. Moj spolunoclaznik ide potapat na ... Tam je potapanie drahe /hlavne fee/. Co mi vravela cs tak ona si to tez nemoze dovolit. Presun cez ulicky na nasu lodku. 10 taiwancov a ja. Ti sa furt fotia a zo vsetkeho maju sradnu. Povinne sme si museli nasadit vesty, zastavka u pobreznej straze /?/ kde sa registruje nasa lodka aj s poctom pasazierov a smer ostrov mataking. Tu opat daka registracia. Na plazi odstavenych kopa lodiek so sikmacmi. Nastastie vacsina ma len islandhoping a nie potapanie. Ostrov fajn ale cielene by som sem nesiel. Presun ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Semporna June 1st 2018

Po ranajkach cakanie na odvoz. Vyrazame 8/40. V mini buse isla so mnou este jedna rodinka na letisko do sandakanu. Sofer ma vyhadzuhe na kruhaci smer semporna. Tu uz caka normalny bus. Ten odmietam, dnu nastupovali 3 biely. Pockal som kym bus odide, vytahujem tabulku semporna, stredavo vymienana za tabulku 20km Aut uplne minimum ale po 10.min mi zastavuje automechanik. Vyhadzuje ma presne po 20km. Okolie zvacsa same plantaze, obcas fajn vyhlady. Povrch cesty miestami zly ale vacsina ok. Tu cakacka tiez do 15.min. Aut opat minimum. Zastavuje mi kamionista, ang nevi ale odvaza ma az na kruhac do mesta Kunak. Kamionista spal v noci v kabine, trochu mu tam zatieklo bo v noci bol mega silny dazd. Uplne nahovno miesto, je to bocna cesticka do semporna. Najskor mi zastavil taxi, potom nist, bo nist nechodilo, ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Semporna June 8th 2014

Hej derhjemme Slemt skuffede over at vi ikke fik lov til at bestige Kinabalu drog vi til østkysten af Borneo til et område omkring byen Semporna. Ud for Semporna findes "Semporna Archipelago" en masse små øer som giver perfekte forhold til dyk. Stjernen af dem alle er Pulau Sipadan - mere om den lidt senere. Vi startede med at bo på en af de større øer (det tager stadig kun 1 time at vandre den rundt), her var små fiskersamfund, og så ellers dykkercentre. Vi boede i en lille ydmyg bungalow, men få meter fra strankanten - en helt fin morgenudsigt! Vi købte 3 dyk, 2 på Mabul og 1 på en naboø, Kapalai, det var helt fine dyk med rigeligt med fisk, og vi så endda havskildpadder! Pulau Sipadan er af selveste Jacques Cousteau blevet ... read more
Mabul
En lille øgle
Solnedgang fra bungalow

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Semporna August 10th 2013

After becoming a qualified scuba diver I flew off to Semporna to increase my diving experience. Scuba junkie has a dive lodge in Semporna that is half price for divers, so that was a very convenient place to stay, right opposite the office, so I couldn't get any closer if I tried! Day 1 I had a trip booked out to Mantabuan, one of the more northern islands in the area. The visibility was amazing compared to KK, at 15-20m. This is more like I imagined diving to be when I initially booked my course! Towards the end of my first dive my dive master pointed out a turtle! To which I reacted with a very girly squeal of excitement before regaining my composure! On all the dives I saw so many varieties of fish, including ... read more
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Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Semporna July 11th 2013

We've been in Sabah in Borneo for a few weeks and I'd describe it as very outdoorsy! We started in a place called Kota Kinabalu and we went there to climb Mount Kinabalu, the tallest in SE Asia. It was recommended to us by Beth's sister and I honestly didn't really give it too much thought, just thought it would be alright as tourists do it everyday. Turns out it was the hardest thing I've ever done!! The first day you climb 6km up the mountain and it was really steep, not really a proper path, mostly climbing from rock to rock. After about 4km, I started to get altitude sickness and got a massive headache, felt quite dizzy and found it harder to breathe. When we were about half a km away from our hostel ... read more
View on the climb down Mount Kinabalu
Climbing down Mount Kinabalu, Borneo
Female orang-utan, Sepilok Rehabilitation Centre, Borneo

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Semporna May 5th 2013

Als wir in Semporna ankommen wird uns sehr schnell klar, dass es hier ausser Tauchen, nicht viel zu sehen gibt...wir haben das Pech und kommen ausgerechnet in der Zeit eines „Wasserzigeunerfestes“! Die Strassen sind vollgestopft mit Leuten, die eigentlich auf dem Wasser vor der Küste Sempornas leben. Das Fest wurde früher dazu genutzt, den jungen Männern eine passende Frau zu finden...es ist jedenfalls die Hölle los und man kommt kaum vorwärts noch rückwärts...der Müll stapelt sich in jeder Ecke und im allgeinen stinkt es einfach überall...kein Wunder, wenn man bei der Hitze einfach alles in ne Ecke pfeffert...aber wie auch immer! Wir sind ja nicht hier wegen Semporna, sondern wegen den kleinen Inseln vor Küste. An den ersten beiden Tagen werden wir jeweils auf die kleine Insel Mabul gefahren und starten von dort aus unsere Tauchgänge. ... read more
Zigeunerhaus
Fischis

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Semporna March 22nd 2013

First stop Sipadan After our arrival in Tawau we were picked up by Seaventures for a one hour transfer to Semporna. We noticed the many thousands and thousands of palm oil trees along the road. From Semporna we were sailed to the converted oilrig of Seaventures just opposite Mabul Island. It was a great ride in a speedboat powered by two 200 horsepower engines. This is really something compared to the slow boats we experienced in the Philippines. It was very special to live on the rig that is transported to Borneo all the way from Panama and now functions as a dive resort. To our joy we met Bob from California who we befriended on our Socorro dive trip last year. We had a great time in Socorro and again on Borneo. The diving around ... read more
Seaventures rig
Whitetip reef shark
Barracudas

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Semporna July 15th 2012

We had planned to spend more time in the water and dive at the infamous Sipadan dive site but unfortunately it was fully booked. Instead we got the chance to do 3 days of diving around Semporna, including the islands of Mabul, Kapalai, Mataking and Mantabuan. All the dives were incredible with beautiful corals and so many fish, lots of different species to those we saw last week. Again we saw too many to write down but our favourite was seeing a blue banded octopus and a huge cuttlefish (if you haven't seen this fish check out the pictures! It is the weirdest fish ever!) Rachel is made up we saw so many turtles we saw 9 on one dive! Many of them being enormous (at least 2m diameter). Our evenings in Semporna were quiet mainly ... read more
ROOOAR! Lionfish :)
Frogfish . . .

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Semporna January 29th 2012

Here are our thoughts--voyagers’ thought Here not the land, firm land, alone appears, may then by them be said, They sky o’erarches here--we feel the undulating deck beneath our feet We feel the long pulsation--ebb and flow of endless motion; The tones of unseen mystery--the vague and vast suggestions of the briny world--the liquid-flowing syllables, The perfume, the faint creaking of the cordage, the melancholy rhythm, The boundless vista, and the horizon far and dim, are all here, And this is Ocean’s poem. In Cabin’d Ships at Sea, Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman After getting my advanced open water certification in Taiwan in 2011, I always put Sipadan, Sabah, Malaysia on my traveling shortlist. On February 24, 2012, I finally was one of 120 permitted divers of Sipadan on this day. And ... read more

Asia » Malaysia » Sabah » Semporna July 21st 2011

Geo: 4.47134, 118.605Click on pictures to enlarge - will help with "critters". All underwater pictures and the 3 pictures of Sipdan are courtesy of Mathew Lee.Arrived in Kota Kinabalu and after a little difficulty (taxi driver did not know where our hostel was) arrived at Masada Backpackers which is very clean, comfortable, friendly with great breakfasts included (help yourself any time of day) and the only down side being the walls which have the same soundproofing capacity as newspaper. It was a pleasant stay, and from the town, which is mainly post war but not what you could call modern, we made a couple of excursions. One was to the Kinabalu Park which is the area from which walkers start their climb up Mount Kinabalu (4095 m). Despite the books all recommending it as a good ... read more
The heritage village of long houses
The trampoline - beautiful construction
Cooking at Mari Mari village




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