The Island named after the word for perfect - Semporna

The sleepy fishing village of Semporna, named after the Malay word for perfect, has always appeared to be in danger of spilling into the blue waves of its rugged shoreline.



Semporna is a gateway town to hundreds of islands off its coast, including Mabul, Sipadan, Kapalai, Mataking, Pom Pom, Singamata, those in Tun Sakaran Marine Park and others.

Some travellers prefer staying here and arranging freelance diving tours to Mabul and other islands because dive packages and accommodation in Semporna is cheaper than on the islands.

This small, coastal town is Sea Gypsies (Bajau Laut) territory, as evidenced by clusters of stilt houses protruding from the sea all over town. Even its chaotic market, where buses stop, is half built on land and stilts.

The town comes alive once a year during the colourful Regatta Lepa festival, a popular event showcasing the tradition and customs of the Bajau Laut (Sea Gypsies) people.

The Island named after the word for perfect - Semporna

The sleepy fishing village of Semporna, named after the Malay word for perfect, has always appeared to be in danger of spilling into the blue waves of its rugged shoreline.


Semporna is a gateway town to hundreds of islands off its coast, including Mabul, Sipadan, Kapalai, Mataking, Pom Pom, Singamata, those in Tun Sakaran Marine Park and others.

Some travellers prefer staying here and arranging freelance diving tours to Mabul and other islands because dive packages and accommodation in Semporna is cheaper than on the islands.

This small, coastal town is Sea Gypsies (Bajau Laut) territory, as evidenced by clusters of stilt houses protruding from the sea all over town. Even its chaotic market, where buses stop, is half built on land and stilts.

The town comes alive once a year during the colourful Regatta Lepa festival, a popular event showcasing the tradition and customs of the Bajau Laut (Sea Gypsies) people.