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Semporna is a small town leading to many amazing islands in sabah, such as Mabul, Mataking, Sipadan, Pom Pom and Kapalai.

Semporna is a heaven for backpackers and budget travellers. 

There are no international class hotels of 4 & 5-Star. Most hotels are around 3-Star categories.

The following is a list of worthy accommodations in Semporna town.

semporna sipadan kapalai dive resort jacuzzi

Semporna Town Resort

  1. Low Range ( RM 400+ per person)
  • Sense Residence
  • Sipadan Inn I
  • Sipadan Inn II
  • Sipadan Inn III
  1. Mid Range (RM 520+ per person)
  • Wave View Hotel
  • Cooldive Boutique Hotel
  1. Floating House (RM 570+ per person)
  • Dragon Inn Floating Resort
  • Seafest Hotel

This article will introduce the first 4 Budget Hotels in Semporna Town.

You can read through if you are looking for an economic stay in Semporna Town.

In the next article, we will explain the remaining 4 resorts with mid-ranged prices.

1.  Sense Residence

semporna sense residence home stay double room interior


The Sense Residence is a clean, nice, relaxing and cozy Homestay.

rooms are clean and comfortable, all rooms are equipped with Air-conditioned.

The decoration and design of the room is beautiful, especially at night when lights are lit.


Sense Residence is located in the suburbs, about an 11 minute drive from the Semporna jetty.

Compared with hotels in semporna town, the environment is more peaceful and quiet.

There will be shuttle buses from Sense Residence to Semporna town every day.


Sense Residence is Fully equipped.

It provides kitchen equipment, BBQ equipment, washing machines and laundry facilities., , etc.

It also has a swimming pool.

Besides, A small supermarket is close to the Sense Residence too.


The owners of the home stay are very friendly with extremely great hospitality.

They treat guests just like friends rather than customers.

They give you suggestions about tour routes based on your budget, and have flexible tour packages available,  island hopping, etc…

The Sense Residence is clean, comfortable, and friendly homestay.

They always make your stay comfortable.

2.  Sipadan Inn I

sipadan inn 1 semporna town street view


Rooms in Sipadan Inn I are clean, well-located and tidy.

Although the rooms are basic, it has everything you need.

Air conditioner and hot shower function very well.

Sipadan Inn I is the cheapest resort amont 3 Sipadan Inn hotels in semporna town.


Sipadan Inn I  is located in the middle of restaurants, cafes, convenience stores, pharmacies.

Besides, it is near several diving centers, such as  Sipadan Scuba,  Scuba Junkie.

Sipadan Inn I is located super near the jetty, like 2 mins walk away.


The staff of Sipadan Inn I are really nice and helpful.

If you are looking for a decent budget room, this is the place to book.

Sipadan Inn I is the perfect spot to have a last, nice hot shower before heading off to the Semporna islands.

3.  Sipadan Inn II

sipadan inn 2 hotel seaview family room


Sipadan Inn II is clean and comfortable.

Hotel facilities include air-con, warm shower, free wifi, friendly staff, and comfy bed.

The room is comfortable, shower and bathroom function well.

It has nice decorations and a beautiful seaview.

The view to Semporna City and the floating restaurant is indeed breathtaking.


The location of Sipadan Inn II  is convenient. It is located in central semporna town.

The hotel location is very convenient to the shop,restaurant and jetty.

It is near a mall and other stores such as Guardian and Watson.

Sipadan Inn 2 is next to the Dragon In Resort restaurant.

It takes about 5 minutes to get to the semporna jetty.


Sipadan Inn II is located right in the centre of many restaurants.

There are many seafood restaurants right below and next to the hotel, so it may get a bit noisy at night but on the other hand it also means there is good food.

After dinner, you could sit by the seaside and chat while the restaurants are closing.

Thereafter you can just walk back to your room and have a nice sleep.

As a whole Sipadan Inn 2 is quite a good and comfortable hotel to stay in semporna town.

4.  Sipadan Inn III

sipadan inn 3 semporna town seaview triple room


Sipadan Inn III is a beautiful hotel with great sea views.

Simple, clean and comfortable air-conditioned rooms.

It is a rather new hotel in Semporna town, so it is very well maintained.

The room (including toilet) has a beautifully tiled floor.


Sipadan Inn III is in the middle of the town where tourists stay and dine in those wonderful seafood restaurants before moving along to the Jetty for their Snorkeling or Island hopping..

The hotel is also near to Pharmacy: Guardian (1 min walk) and Watson (3 minutes walk), Giant Supermarket (5 minutes walk), plenty of seafood restaurants around, just a very short stroll away.

It takes about 1 minute to walk to the pier of semporna jetty.


Breakfast in Sipadan Inn III has several choices including American breakfast.

There are many restaurants at the back of the hotel to choose from for lunch and dinner.

The atmosphere around Sipadan Inn III is quite happening during night, with a pub and live band by the side.

semporna sipadan tourists diving underwater


These 4 budget hotels in this article are best for backpack travelers who want to stay in semporna town.

The sense residence homestay is clean, comfortable and friendly.

It is away from the noisy town. and the environment is beautiful and sanitary.

The 3 Sipadan Inn hotels are all budget hotels at a very good and central location.



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