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Pejabat Daerah Semporna
Bangunan Urusetia Daerah, Peti Surat 1, 91307 Semporna, Sabah, MALAYSIA
Tel: +6089 781 518/663
Fax: +6089 781 472

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...gateway to island dreams in Sabah...



Sea-gypsey village
Kampung Bangau Bangau

As stateless persons with no Malaysian Identity documents, they’re not legally allowed to build on land….so, they’ve constructed entire towns on stilts.

Tuesday, 27-Jan-2009 13:11
Life at Kampung Bangau-Bangau, Semporna


Sunday, August 24, 2014 Sabah kidnaps work of Muktadil brothers: Cops

"We urge the public to assist police in hunting the three suspects by providing information on their whereabouts," 

Sabah Police Commissioner
Datuk Jalaludin Abdul Rahman


Badong is connected with a KFR group in Pondohon and reported to have 30 to 40 followers and four boats of 40 and 70 horsepower.

Badong is suspected involved in four kidnapping in Semporna and Lahad Datu, :
1- Pom-Pom Resort November 15, 2013
2- Singamata Resort April 2, 2014
3- Wonderful Terrace Sdn Bhd in Lahad Datu
4- Mabul Water Bungalow Resort in Mabul on July 12, 2014.



SEMPORNA, June 16, 2014

Chan Sai Chiun, 32 and Mazlan, 20s were abducted from a fish farm by two armed men in Kampung Sapang, west of Pulau Timbun Mata here early 16 June 2014 at 12:40AM.

Chan Sai Chiun is the caretaker and Mazlan, a Suluk worker of the fish cage farm owned by Davel Bay.

It is the third abduction case in the east coast of Sabah in 2014.

How to get to Semporna Town in Sabah...

  1. Express Bus
    From Kota Kinabalu to Semporna   Fares: RM58 (person)  Duration: 9 hours
  2. Daily Flights
    MAS and Air Asia - KK to Tawau  Fares:RM50 to 150
    Duration: 45 minutes
  3. Taxi
    From Tawau to Semporna  Fares: RM80 - RM100  Duration: 1hr 45
  4. Mini Bus
    From Tawau to Semporna  Fares: RM12 - RM20 
    Duration: 1hr 45

Integrated Lobster Aquaculture Park (iLAP) in Semporna, Sabah
world's biggest lobster aquaculture park

The world’s first integrated Lobster Aquaculture Park (iLAP) park in Semporna, Sabah started commercial production in 2014 following the completion of its design and planning stage.

The lobster hatchery is expected to produce up to 40 million pounds of tropical Sabah native spiny lobsters when it reaches maximum capacity in 2029, creating more than 14,000 high income jobs by 2022.

RM2 billion worth of investment created this world's first fully integrated commercial lobster hatchery.

The project is a joint venture of the Malaysian government, Darden Restaurants and Ever Nexus.

Seaweed Cultivation

Rumpai Laut - Seaweed 
(Eucheuma - Kappaphycus alvarezii)

Seaweed culture in Semporna started in the late 1970s. A priority of the Department of Fisheries Sabah as a supplementary income-generating activity among the fishing communities in Semporna.

In 1980 a demonstration farm was set up on Sebangkat reef top.

Today many fishermen have involved in seaweed farming of Euchema cottonii because it provides a higher income to fishing. Culture plots are found mostly on the extensive ‘reef top platform’ to the north of Sebangkat and Selakan.

In SIDP, Seaweed Farming is an alternative livelihood for the fisherman in Semporna. Fishing communities now can earn extra income by growing seaweed for sale to processing plants in Sabah.

Carrageenan extracted from the seaweed is used as a stabilizer in food and cosmetics.

Department of Fisheries provided manual on seaweed farming. This manual, in Bahasa Malaysia and Bajau, made easy the farming method by illustration in cartoon drawings and step by step instructions.

Under the 9th Malaysia Plan (9MP), Sabah is to produce 250,000 metric tones of seaweed by the year 2010.

This means Sabah must quickly muster the capacity to increase production since its current output only about 50,000 metric tones per year

Financial support to augment production is not likely to be an issue since the Federal Government has "identified" seaweed farming as a 'high impact project', where it is going to get high priority treatment and emphasis

Sabah has  only two seaweed processing mills for 'semi refined caragenaan' (SRC):

1) Semporna seaweed processing mill

2) Lahad Datu-based seaweed processing mill

Both mill process 'semi refined caragenaan' (SRC) for export to Japan, UK, USA, China and Korea

Sabah is looking for application of "fine technology" for the production of high-quality seaweed seedlings which feature high gel strength, faster growth rate and resistant to disease. This is the key strategy is to improve farm technology.

For seaweed production Sabah can be found in  following areas:

1) West coast of Kota Kinabalu and  Labuan Island;
2) Kota Kinabalu northward South China Sea islands;
3) Balabac Straits;
4) Murudu Peninsula including Darvel Bay
5) Semporna Peninsula;
6) Reefs and islands in the Semporna area.



Semporna Resort

Semporna Resort
A RM155.5millions project
2013 to 2016


THE Semporna waterfront of Sabah’s east coast is set to get multi-million holiday resort boost with plans to develop water chalets, hotels and commercial properties.

Sabah Economic Development Corporation (Sedco) had proposed to build aRM155.5 million holiday resort in 2013 as part of its 10 major projects to accelerate economic development with focus on providing industrial infrastructure and creating new growth centers within Sabah.

The Semporna Resort is to be undertaken by SEDCO subsidiary Sabah Urban Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (SUDC) and construction is expected to start in 2013. The Resort is expected to generate RM53.2 million in gross national income and create 488 jobs by 2020.

“We expect to start works soon after obtaining the facilitation funds from the state government and hope to complete the project in three years,”

SUDC managing director Pengiran Saifuddin Pg Tahir. 2013

Semporna Waterfront

Semporna Waterfront

Semporna Town comes to life each April during the unique boat festival REGATTA LEPA when the Sea Bajau  dress up their Lepa-Lepa traditional sailboats for competition.
More about REGATTA LEPA.

In 2000 the dive resorts on Pulau Sipadan were ordered to ship out in a controversial move to conserve the island's fragile ecosystem. As a result dive centers, budget motels and hotels have sprouted along the waterfront of Semporna to cater for the increasing number of tourists. The waterfront section of Semporna has been transformed with new shop houses that host a few budget hotels. Water taxis busy plying the shore. More about the Waterfront of Semporna.

The local Bajau Laut  (sea gypsy) display their exotic lepa sailing boat design. They associate themselves with the bountiful ocean surrounding them. A stroll to the nearby fishing harbor as well as the wet market is spectacle. More about The Fishing Harbour of Semporna.

Just right before sunset, witness the dozens of lepa single mask boats parading themselves home, bringing back daily catch.

Most Visitors know Semporna as a gateway to Sipadan - an island voted the world's Top 5 Dive Destinations. But Semporna is more then that. This little town is also gateway to an ancient seafaring community on islands to be explored and discovered. There many inhabited islands in the Sulu Sea off Semporna. A place where  people still live as they have done for centuries, with some modernization. The old ways are dying out but visitors can still see very traditional weddings and local dancing, performed not by paid performers but by the village people.

There are 49 islands scattered off the coast of Semporna, with some of the best coral and beaches one can find in Malaysia. Many of the islands are uninhabited with only the local sea Bajau visiting on fishing trips or to camp overnight.

In Semporna you can stop at various points along the sea side to watch the every day Sea Bajau's life such as floating villages, seaweed farming and fishing and how the  locals going about their everyday chores. You'll see many different types of boats that  the sea gypsy depend on for transportation.

Semporna is also the place where Sabah pearls are cultured.

Seafood Restaurant in Semporna

Ocean Treasure Live Seafood Restaurant (海中宝): Latest addition to the eating scene in Semporna, this restaurant offers a wide varieties of live seafood and other chinese cuisine at a fairly reasonable price.

Being one of the only live seafood restaurant to offer a superb seaview just right outside its premise, this restaurant promises an unforgetable al fresco dining experience for everyone.

Located just beside Sipadan Inn II. (Tel: +6 016 323 9009 [6] Facebook: Ocean Treasure Live Seafood Restaurant (海中宝) or Semporna Live Seafood)


Mabul Café & Seafood Restaurant
Lot 39 & 40, Block G, 1st Floor,
Semporna Seafront New Township,
91300 Semporna
Tel: +6 089781785

List of attraction around Semporna
Ka'andaman Spa Mabul
Kapalai Island
Mabul Island
Mataking Island
Pom Pom Island
Sipadan Island
Tun Sakaran Marine Park


On mainland
of Semporna
On Islands
off Semporna
Han Palace Hotel, Mile 2, Bubul Road, Semporna
Hotel Seafest, Jln Kastam, Semporna
Dragon Inn (Floating Chalet), Jln Kastam
Arung Hayat Resort, Jln Pinggir Bakau
Sipadan Inn, Bandar Baru Pekan Semporna
City Inn, Pekan Semporna
Lee Resthouse, Pekan Semporna
Scuba Junkie Backpackers, Bandar Baru
Borneo Global Sipadan Backpackers - Jalan Kastam
Mabul Inn - Town Center
Uncle Chang's Dive Lodge, Mabul
Sipadan Water Village - Mabul & Kappalai
Mabul Water Bungalow (SMART) - Mabul
Borneo Divers - Mabul
Seaventures - Mabul
The Reef Dive Resort - Mataking
Pom-Pom Island Resort - Pom-Pom
Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort - Kapalai
Singamata Adventure Water Chalet - On Sea

Accommodation in and around Semporna Town

There are many places to stay now in Semporna.

The newest hotel opened in April 2012 is the Han Palace which has 144 rooms for less then Rm100.

For the budget traveler there are the backpacker lodges between Rm20 – Rm50. For the more affluent travelers there are more good deals at Hotels and island resorts!

Accommodations in Semporna has increased the last few years. Several budget hotels, offering dorms and rooms at reasonable rates.

The Seafest Inn (not to confuse with Seafest Hotel) has nice dorms for RM 20.00 PP (US$5.50 approx) even their top room is only RM68.00 (US$18.00).

The other hotels in town are Dragon Inn which is built on stilts over the water, they also offer a dorm, basic for RM 20.00 not air-con, and their rooms are RM 82.00 net, but ask for a discount and they are usually willing to make a deal of up to 30%. The Seafest Inn and the Dragon Inn are the only two hotels down on the water front.

Back in town you have the Old Semporna Hotel, now the Sin Hun Fah, and they will do real deals. for RM20.00 but very basic and in the middle of the town.

Across the street is the Darmai Lodge. Again they do an aircon dorm basic for RM 20.00 and their rooms are RM 58.00 – 68.00. This lodge is right above the old market and the entrance is a bit hard to find, you have to go through the alley off the main street to the back.

Diving in Semporna

This is a list of Dive Centers in Semporna providing Diving Courses and Diving Trips to islands off Semporna Town

Sipadan Scuba (Sipadan Permits)
Blue Sea Divers (No Sipadan Permits)
Borneo Global Sipadan Backpackers Lodge (Sipadan Permits)
Scuba Junkie (Sipadan Permits)
Perfect Diver, Semporna (No Sipadan Permits) +6089 780577

More about diving in Semporna....

Diving package available from Island Resorts

Mabul Island is close to Sipadan Island. All island resorts offer budget diving. Popular package is 3 Day/2 Night pick up from Semporna, includes accommodation, 3 dives a day, equipment and transfers RM 700 to 100.00 (some meals not included). Available also organized snorkeling camping trips to the other reefs and islands.

Sipadan, of course, is the most famous Island rated as one of the world’s top 10 dive destinations.  But visit to Sipidan  is only possible if you are booked with one of the resorts.

This was the case a few years ago but there are operators now running from Semporna and sometimes you can pick up a deal with one of the resorts by walking in. The walk-in trade has suffered because of the new restrictions on Sipadan and the companies are not giving such good deals but sometimes you can still get lucky.

Semporna is the 'jump-off' point for Sipadan Island the diving paradise and other islands.

Every one come to the town of Semporna  for the world-famous diving spots in Pulau Sipadan, and  Pulau Mabul and Kapalai Reef. Daily dive trips can be arranged from Semporna to Pulau Sipadan and the boat journey takes about 1.5 hours. More about The Island of Sabah

Semporna is visited by tourists as a base for scuba diving or snorkeling trips to Pulau Sipadan (Sipadan Island), some 36 kilometers southeast of town.

Places of Interest in



Semporna is a well known gateway to beautiful islands such as Mabul, Sipadan, Kapalai, Mataking, and Pom Pom.
Semporna town was founded soon after the establishment of Sandakan town by British North Borneo Company, which the name means place of rest or place to settle.

The town is mainly populated by Bajau ethnic community, also known as the Sea Gypsies. Most of them live in sprawling stilt villages over the sea water on the outskirt of the town, or live inside their traditional Lepa boats.

Semporna Shark Sanctuary

The proposed Semporna Shark Sanctuary (SSS) would specifically protect sharks, mantas, mobulas, turtles and humphead wrasses and address other environmental protection issues (ecosystem approach). It also includes a plan to address alternative livelihoods for fishermen, a comprehensive framework for management and enforcement of the sanctuary and the funding mechanism to finance these operations.


Take the Semporna Proboscis River Cruise to enjoy a relaxing, eye-opening tour through the mangroves down Buaya River to catch glimpses of proboscis monkeys and other wildlife such as fruit bats, hornbill birds, and the crocodiles from which the river got its name.

The mangrove swamps of East Coast Sabah are home to the proboscis monkey, a protected species endemic to the island of Borneo. It is notable for its large nose, especially among the males.

Its local name, monyet Belanda or 'Dutch monkey', came from the Indonesians who observed that like their Dutch colonisers, these creatures have large noses and bellies.

The proboscis monkey is both arboreal and amphibious, being good tree-climbers and swimmers, known to even swim from island to island.

Semporna Tourism Action Council


Mabul Marine Week (MMW) is a highly anticipated programme where divers and snorkelers from all over the world come to Mabul Island, Sabah in mid-July every year to assist Mother Nature in rehabilitating damaged and degraded reefs.

This programme aims to create awareness among fishermen, local communities, divers and snorkelers on the importance of conserving the marine environment for the present and future generations.


BGB Country Tours & Travel Sdn. Bhd. Borneo Semporna Proboscis River Cruise
BGB Country Tours & Travel Sdn. Bhd.
Office Location : Beside Seafest Hotel, Semporna Town

Sipadan Pom Pom Resort &Tours Sipadan Pom Pom Resort &Tours
Resort Location : Pom Pom Island

  Scuba Junkie Mabul Beach Resort
Resort Location : Mabul Island

The Reef Dive Resort & Tours The Reef Dive Resort & Tours
Resort Location : Mataking Island

Sulawesi Sea Safari Sulawesi Sea Safari

Office Location : Back of Seafast Hotel

Telephone Number: 6089-784 623
Fax: 6089-784 623 Contect : Susan, Jennifer

Borneo Global Sipadan Backpackers & Dive Centre Borneo Global Sipadan Backpackers & Dive Centre
Office Location : Beside Seafest Hotel, Semporna Town

Seaventures Dive Resort Seaventures Dive Resort
Resort Location : Off Mabul Island

  Sipadan Mabul Resort (SMART)
Resort Location : Mabul Island

Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort Sipadan-Kapalai Dive Resort
Resort Location : Kapalai Island

Sipadan Water Village Resort Sipadan Water Village Resort
Resort Location : Mabul Island


Borneo Jungle River Island Tours Sdn Bhd


18th Regatta Lepa 2011
Date : 22 - 23 April 2011

LEPA Water Festival
Annual Water Festival of the Sea Gypsy

Organiser : District Office of Semporna
Contact Person : Mr. A.M Ibnu Hj. A.K Baba (District Officer)
Telephone : +60 89 781518
Fax : +60 89 781472 / +60 88 265540
Email Contact :

LEPA - traditional sailboats of the Bajau people, Sabah’s ethnic seafarers.

Lots of fun-filled matches such as tug-of-war, kayaking and boat racing will be held.

Highlight is the selection of the best ‘lepa’ or sailboat.

Venue: Semporna, Sabah
Phone: 6089 781 518 / 6088 232 121  Fax: 6089 781 472 / 6088 265 540
Email:  Website:

Semporna is known for the Regatta Lepa traditional boat contest in April annually. The Lepa-Lepa regatta displays the local Sea Bajau’s traditional boats and costumes. The making these ornamental boats is also a dying art.

Every April, Semporna comes to life with the Bajau  people's unique festival of Regatta Lepa - a festival of contesting  the most beautiful traditional sailboats. This water festival is a bonus for foreign tourists divers who come to Pulau Sipadan with a chance to be able to witness local culture close-up.

Photographs of Regatta Lepa Semporna

Sibuan Island
Semporna is the gateway to beautiful islands in Sabah's East Coast. Known as an illustrious scuba diving and snorkeling spot in Malaysia. Off the coast is this Tun Sakaran Marine Park (Semporna Islands Park) gazetted by Sabah Parks only in 2004.

Tun Sakaran Marine Park (Semporna Islands Park)
Off the coast of Semporna Town is a new marine park called Tun Sakaran Marine Park (Semporna Islands Park). Tun Sakaran Marine Park was gazette by Sabah Parks Authority  in 2004.

Only a thirty-minute ride by boats is Tun Sakaran Marine Park rich in marine biodiversity at Darvel Bay. Here lays the remnants of an extinct volcano crater flooded with seawater to form a lagoon, an underwater paradise to be discovered.


Pulau Gaia, off Semporna Town , is one of the most beautiful  island lagoons in Sabah

The Semporna Islands Darwin Project (SIDP) in Sabah,  Malaysia

The Semporna Islands Darwin Project (SIDP) is an initiative involving local communities in coral reef conservation in the 2004 gazette Tun Sakaran Marine Park, Sabah, Malaysia.

The project is managed by the Marine Conservation Society in collaboration with Sabah Parks, and the aim is to protect the outstanding features and biodiversity of the site while promoting sustainable use of natural resources, economic development and traditional culture.



A RM2 million new project for tourism facilities in Semporna


The Jetty is the entry to all tourism activity in Semporna when you arrive in town.

Information services ranging from tourism attractions to lodging and transportation are to be found here.

Sibuan Island - The sea water is crystal clear

Sibuan Island
'Battleship Island' in Tun Sakaran Marine Park (Semporna Islands Park)
30 minutes by speed boat from Semporna Town

This most beautiful island in the Celebes Sea is only 20 minutes speed boat ride from Semporna Town (30 minutes for longboat)

This island has the most beautiful beaches among the islands of Semporna

Semporna is well-known as the exit point for divers who head for Pulau Sipadan dive havens.

A majority of Semporna folk depend on fishing and collecting coconuts, while some work in the private and public sectors.

In the Bajau and Malay language, "semporna" literally means, "perfect". The town with its feet in the sea, Semporna and its many islands are like a dream come true... pure white sandy beaches, coconut palms and tranquil waters lapping over colorful reefs in the beautiful turquoise waters of the Sulawesi Sea. The richness of the sea, fishes of all kinds, sea cucumbers, shells, pearls and in recent years, seaweed farming - all these have attracted seafarers and fisher-folks to Semporna and its islands.

The early Bajau people lived their entire lives aboard their boats. Today, most live along the coasts, perched on stilts over shallow reefs, where they continue their love affair with the sea. Every April, Semporna celebrates with a Regatta Lepa. Thousands sail into town in all kinds of boats including the gaily-decorated lepa and jungkong, their traditional boats, to compete for prizes. Arrangements can be made to explore the islands off Semporna to visit water-villages and seaweed farms, swim and snorkel. The Semporna people also boasts they have the best seafood in all of Malaysia, the freshest and least expensive!

SK Tampi-Tampi

SK Tampi-Tampi
Kampung Tampi-Tampi Timbayan.

SK Kg Simunul

SK Kg Simunul
(Simunul Village Primary School)

A Modern Semporna - Wall painting at SK Kg Simunul, Semporna

SK. Kampung Simunul, Semporna is one of the 40 schools in the district of Semporna,  Sabah.  A Grade A school  2 kilometers from the town of Semporna.



The new Semporna Branch Library of Sabah Stat Library opened to public in 2009. The building is within walking distance from SK Pekan Semporna, a primary school originally built in 1939.

‘Semporna was identified as a Tourism and Marine Industry Zone in the Sabah Development Corridor blueprint. Tourism is an important feature in Semporna and will continue to be a backbone for the area, with focus given to increase the attraction of this area among both local and international tourists’.

Encik Bianus Kontong
Assistant District Officer of Semporna
WWF-Malaysia’s Semporna Coral Reefs Project
15th February 2008 Dragon Inn, Semporna

 WWF-Malaysia’s Semporna Coral Reefs Project

Semporna Coral Reefs Project  is a project on managing coral reefs with fisheries and tourism.  So that  these coral reefs and marine ecosystems will remain healthy and  managed  to protect biodiversity.

This Semporna Coral Reefs Project Marine conservation project partnerships including :
Department of Fisheries
Sabah Parks
District Office of Semporna
Commercial and traditional fishers
Dive and resort operators for tourism

Arriving Sabah

As most travelers start their journey to Sabah from Kuala Lumpur, you should check with your travel agent on how to get to Semporna.

Kota Kinabalu is the capital city  of Sabah. There are direct flights from Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Taipei, Manila, Brunei, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Kuching.

At Kota Kinabalu airport arrival hall, pamphlet stand of Sabah Tourism provides a lot of information on things to do, places to stay, local cultures and activities.

Semporna is the departure point to the world's best dive sites and island-resorts of Sipadan, Mabul and Kapalai.

Semporna is Sabah Royal Malaysian Navy's main post. State-of-the-art patrol craft ply the waters of the ocean area. 


Buses and taxi’s are abundant. Taxi do not have meters, it is best to negotiate the price.


The communication system is provided by TELKOM Malaysia and although it is efficient their public phones usually don’t work especially in remote areas.

Internet cafes are cheap but a little hard to find.

The hotel you stay normally has free internet access.


Just 25 km from Semporna is an 18 hole golf course set in a palm oil plantation, owned and operated by the plantation. There is a beautiful clubhouse set in the local style with a jungle walk and waterfall behind. There are cabins for overnight stays, but I heard they are closed at present for renovation. There is a local pro to help with any problems, and best of all there is never any congestion. I have played there and we were the only people on the course except for the ground staff. The price for a round of golf was reasonable as well. Setarawarni Tourism will put together a package for a day’s golf with lunch, caddie, transfers for RM 85.00.

Entertainment in Semporna

In such a small town DO NOT expect plenty of nightlife and restaurants or such city life like night clubs and disco or Karaoke.

While the town of Semporna does not have much nightlife, the Seafest Inn serves cold beer and good food, and there are a variety of sea food, Chinese, Indian, and local restaurants to choose from.

This very small town does not have enough street lights. Most new visitor do not feel safe walking around at night.

The Kumpit

During the festival In Semporna waterfront are two types of boats; the decorated Lepa, and the smaller, less ornate Kumpit.

Simple and friendly young people

The local population is made up of a great mix of local Bajau, Chinese, Philippino, Indonesian and few other mixes speaking a variety of dialects and languages. These are some of the friendliest people as they don’t often get to meet to many foreigners.

Semporna population is around 133,000 in 2006. Majority is Bajau live in sprawling stilt villages over the sea water on the outskirts of town.

Marine products are still the mainstay of the local economy. Pearl culturing is a major component of this industry.



Polis Diraja Malaysia
(Royal Malaysian Police Force)

Sejarah Bangunan
Pejabat Daerah Semporna

The original Semporna District Office built in the 1930s  is now restored as a heritage building by Jabatan Warisan Negara.

Majlis Daerah Semporna
Semporna District Council

Tel: 089 785350  Fax: 089 785484

Jeti Umum Semporna

Jeti Umum
New Public Jetty

Jeti Umum Semporna

Photo Left : Dr Bert Hoeksema holding a rare species of mushroom coral (Halomitra clavator) encountered at various sites in the Semporna Priority Conservation Area.


Semporna Marine Ecological Expedition

The Semporna Marine Ecological Expedition concluded on 18 December 2010. The preliminary results indicate that Semporna may have the world’s highest marine biodiversity. Eighteen scientists from Malaysia, the Netherlands and the USA spent three weeks examining the reefs of Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia. The biodiversity team documented the species richness for mushroom corals, reef fish, shrimps, gall crabs, ovulid snails, and algae. The reef status team documented the health of the coral reefs.


About WWF-Malaysia
Semporna Expedition Yields Rich Biodiversity

24-hour free Internet service for people in Pulau Larapan
Sunday, October 17, 2010  Daily Express :

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas)  launched on 16th October 2010 a Telecentre in Pulau Larapan, Semporna, to bridge the information gap between urban and rural areas in Sabah.

The facilities achieved through research under the Centre of Excellence for Rural Informatics (CoERI) Unimas, people in Pulau Larapan can get access to Internet 24 hours a day for free.

The research programme, funded by the Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (Mosti) and the solar system sponsored by the Government of Japan, was launched by Unimas Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Peter Songan and attended by the Consul-General of Japan to Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan, Kazoyoshi Yamaguci.

The Telecentre project will help the people explore the outside world.

The project was an effort by Malaysian Government to bridge the digital divide among urban and rural folks.

Under the Ninth Malaysia Plan, the Government had set up 217 Telecentres throughout the world and under the 10th Malaysia Plan, three such centres were built in Bario, Lamai (Sarawak) and Buayan in Sabah.

"Semporna is home to fresh seafood and the gateway to the world's best dive sites."

"Semporna has so much to offer. Many people are willing to travel far to visit exotic locations like this one in particular. The exquisite culture and traditions of the natives on the island have lured many."

"People surely want to learn more about our culture. We need to be open and exploit this situation for the betterment of the island. What is obvious about the people in Semporna is that most have not been off their island. They are not exposed to the opportunities available to them."

"I firmly believe that Semporna is a vital part of our country. This island can undeniably contribute to the development of Malaysia. Its unique attributes which are highly spoken off in other parts of the world can become an asset to our nation."

"The people of Bajau need to be aware that they have to develop themselves in order to function in the demands of today. They have to move forward in every aspect. This will contribute to the strength of Semporna."

Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie bin Haji Apdal
Minister of Rural and Regional Development
Member of Parliament for Semporna.

Transportation in Semporna

Photo above : Long distance bus terminal at Jalan KD Sri Semporna Pangkalan (TLDM)


Time table for long distance bus
to and from Semporna
Morning Bus Evening Bus
Kota Kinabalu to Semporna 8:00 AM 7:30 PM
Kota Kinabalu to Kunak 8:00 AM 7:30 PM
Kota Kinabalu to 8:00 AM 7:30 PM
Semporna to Kota Kinabalu 8:00 AM 7:30 PM
Kunak to Kota Kinabalu 8:45 AM 8:15 PM
Lahad Datu to Kota Kinabalu 8:30 AM 9:00 PM

Tips for getting around Semporna posted by real travelers  :

MADSAHIRUN TRANSPORT SDN. BHD. 089-781412  Contect : Shukur 017-8976492

  An aerial view of Semporna
taken in 1952 the year
I was born.



  Friday, December 11, 2009

This is how it looked like about half a century ago, almost nothing to show off, yet I am still proud to have been born a bumi here, eventhough Semporna is just small town situated in the east coast of Sabah, but she has established milestone of our history perhaps people of Semporna have the gut to be proud.

Read full blog of:
CAGEUR-BAGEUR (mattanjo`s blog)




Semporna Wheeling

...our encounter of a curious fellow by the name of Hassan. We were strolling near a large stilted complex, containing among other things a variety of restaurants, an aquarium, which was really just a bunch of fish in nets, visible below us, in the crystal clear water, and a hotel called The Dragon Inn. ..... we had found the Dragon Inn to be full and without WiFi, that Hassan maneuvered into our life.

He was a thin and weathered man, driving a puttering wooden longboat, in a pair of blue and black velvet pants. Inside the longboat was another very tan man, who from the fact that Hassan referred to him as “Italy”, we would assume to be Italian. Hassan somewhat expertly slid his boat into a nook among the stilts and unloaded his passenger. When questioned, the Italian proved to be a man of few words, seemingly quite exhausted from his day in the sun, and remarked only that “for me, this island is the perfect paradise.” Somewhat haggardly, he made his way back toward his room.

We then began to talk more with Hassan, discovered that he was a boatman (his card proudly proclaimed his 20 years of service), and that he had just taken Italy for a ride out to a place called Mantabuan, where he had spent the day snorkeling in the surrounding coral, and devouring a locally prepared fish lunch. We were intrigued, and decided to keep the man’s card.......


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Japan Grants Financial Aid For Solar Energy Project In Sabah

KOTA KINABALU, March 11 (Bernama) -- The Japanese government has extended a RM172,190.93 grant for the electrification project using solar energy on the island off the east coast of Sabah.

In a statement here on Thursday, its consul-general for Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan, Masashi Kono, said the grant would be used to light up the community hall on Pulau Larapan near Semporna, in order to improve the living conditions of the people.

"The project will be implemented by the Centre of Excellence for Rural Informatics, University Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas)," he said.

Kono said he signed the grant contract signing ceremony with Unimas yesterday.

He said financial aid was granted to projects designed to meet the diverse needs of the people in developing countries through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).

"The scheme supports projects proposed by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and local governments," he said.



March 10, 2010 21:14 PM

A Telecentre To Improve Livelihood Of Bajau Community

KUCHING, March 10 (Bernama) - The livelihood of the Bajau community in Pulau Larapan, one of the 49 islands in the picturesque Semporna, Sabah will be improved with a telecentre on the island becoming fully operational by May.

It is hoped that the telecentre, named "Paglatunan (meaning messenger in Bajau) eLarapan" by the locals, would improve the economy of the people.

The island, which has two villages - Kampung Larapan Hujung and Kampung Larapan Tengah - has a total of about 1,000 residents with fishing being the main economic activity while a small number of them work at pearl farms not far from the island, while some women are involved in small-scale tapioca farming.

Pulau Larapan, about 30-minute boat ride from Semporna, is glaringly marginalized from the mainstream development as the people are relying heavily on individually-owned generators to light up their houses.

The telecentre will be powered by a solar system, which utilizes one of the most efficient and powerful sources of natural energy - the sun.

Project Manager for the eLarapan project, Mohd Faisal Syam Abdol Hazir said a homestay proramme would be implemented to uplift the livelihood of the people.

"We hope Pulau Larapan will become a tourist destination and generate income for the people and to improve their livelihood," he told reporters here on Wednesday.




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