The town of Semporna in the east of Sabah, lives up to its name: Semporna – which is a Malay word meaning perfection.
A perfect beach holiday spot it is indeed, Sempurna is pristine and panaromic. Do not be surprised to find crystal clear sea water around Semporna, which is clearer than many beaches in Peninsular Malaysia.
Island lovers will love Semporna, for it is a gateway town to all famous islands in eastern Sabah. Pulau Sipadan, which is one of its best, will definitely ring a bell. When visiting Semporna, you must not miss its buzzling town. Visit the town’s main market for delighful, fresh seafood. The main difficulty any visitor will find when in Semporna is the language as the population mainly is Bajau. Many local people in Semporna live in sprawling stilt villages over the water on the outskirts of Semporna town.
To reach Semporna from Kuala Lumpur, visitors need to take a domestic flight from KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) to Tawau. The direct flight from KLIA to Tawau takes approximately 2 hours 40 minutes. After arriving at Tawau airport, board a taxi to Semporna which is about 1 hour away.