I did my OW course with Sipadan Scuba, so the default option for me to stay in Semporna was Holiday Dive Inn..
Note: The photographs on tripadvisor don't give a real feel of the place. The place is much better than what it looks in those pictures.
I didn't book a place in advance, so I had an option to check the rooms and make a call. I saw the dorm room and it looked nice and clean. I stayed in the dorm for 4 days. The stay was pleasant.
* Cheap compared to other options around
- They don't discriminate divers vs non-divers when it comes to stay. It's the same price for all(unlike some places in Semporna)
* Free WiFi
* A/C is in proper working condition
* Clean linen
* Quite and good sleep
* Friendly staff
* Clean toilets/bathroom
* Geyser in all 4(2 bathrooms + 2 toilets)
* Everything is a stone's throw away - (e.g Mabul Cafe is bang opposite )
Cons: (only one)
* One among the three bunker bed in the dorm makes a squealing noise. So, if the person sleeping above you keeps moving a lot, then the bed will make that annoying noise.
This didn't spoil my sleep, I was too tired after a busy day of diving to care about that noise :)
On the last day when my friend arrived, I moved from the dorm to a double bed room. This room was on the 2nd floor(there's a metal staircase from the first floor to these 4 rooms on top). This room was quite spacious and had a clean bathroom(attached), there's a TV in the room and a silent A/C. We just spent only one night here, so nothing much to say here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Holiday Dive Inn in Semporna offers 24 comfortable rooms with and without Seaview and Dormitory rooms at reasonable prices. Located at the Semporna Seafront Resort. It is in the immediate vicinity of numerous restaurants and cafes including the "D'Waterfront Bar", the PADI 5* IDC dive centre "Sipadan Scuba", Convenient Stores, Pharmacy, Air Asia Ticketing company & etc. All rooms are fully air-conditioned, with hot/cold water shower, satellite television, free wireless internet, water kettle and comfortable modern furnishing. It's like a home away from home. ... more less
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