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Borneo Global Sipadan Backpackers (Semporna)
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Ipoh, Malaysia
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“Worth every cent that you pay... :)”
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... :)

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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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 22 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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