When most people think of diving off the coast of eastern Borneo in Sabah, they think of themselves going onto a semi-deserted island in the middle of the Celebes Sea.
But what if you could get the best of both worlds, by combining your Malaysian scuba-diving experience with some great land-based activities?
One of the newest kids on the block off the coast of Semporna are now doing just that with their one-of-a kind holiday resort that has taken the area by storm.
As one of the only mainland based coastal resorts in the region, Scuba Tiger is conveniently situated within the incredibly quaint and peaceful Tampi-Tampi village, a mere 8km from the hustle of Semporna town.
Aimed at the budget-minded traveller, Scuba Tiger offers something unique that is unrivalled by any other resort operator due to their incredibly close working friendship with the village.
From the moment you land at Tawau airport, your adventure with Scuba Tiger begins with airport transfers to the resort easily arranged.
With an ability to accommodate up to 70 divers and snorkellers comfortably at the resort, you will find an awesome choice of accommodation ranging from Long House/Dormitory style through to private Deluxe Chalet and sea-view packages. Bathroom facilities are shared style at the resort enhancing the relaxed atmosphere of this fun getaway location.
At the heart of the resort lies the all-important PADI dive centre, offering a true multilingual team of Instructors and Divemasters with that all-important local knowledge above and below the surface.
For certified divers, choose from over 101 dive sites in the immediate local area, many of which are just a short boat trip away. From the macro/muck divers heaven through to impressive drop-offs and sandy shores, you really are spoilt for choice, including some great little wreck sites off the nearby islands.
Your chances of diving at Sipadan Island This resort has 7 permits allocated each day. It is distributed on a first come first serve basis, so please pre-arrange and pre-buy early. If possible, book two months ahead.
For those with a burning desire to dive but are not yet qualified, be rest assured that the PADI instruction team can take you through every PADI course from your first Discover Scuba Diving through to Open Water and Advanced Open Water diver.
Whilst diving is their thing at Scuba Tiger, there is also a great deal of other activities to enjoy. Did you know that a great deal of what the crystal waters of Borneo offer can also be seen from the surface? That’s why their “chilloutNSnorkel” package is so popular.
As exciting on the top of the water as it is underneath, the water sports team will put you ease and ensure that you have a true adrenalin-thrilled ride at the resort. Want to zip along the surface at speed with the wind in your hair? If so, then the resorts Jet Ski’s will be right up your alley. For some group fun, jump on-board the banana boat or flying fish, or for a more serene view of this idyllic water scape take a water tricycle around the sheltered bay area.
For a varied mix of some of the regions best land and sea-based activities for a price that is going to be friendly to your purse strings, Scuba Tiger is a great choice for the true adventurer.
Bukit Tengkorak Hike
Included in the package price is the exciting trail hike up to Bukit Tengkorak (Skull Hill). Designated as an Archaeological Heritage Site, the 610 step climb to the peak offers a great panoramic view of Semporna town and the nearby islands so make sure you have your camera at the ready.
This ancient volcanic rim which houses an historic archaeological dig-site and home to South East Asia’s largest pottery making site from the Neolithic period, will give you a true glimpse of Borneo in times gone-by. Simply put, this is an excellent place to just lose yourself in the peace and tranquillity of Sabah, Bukit Tegkorak.
Regardless of where you are in the world, the sun always set’s in the west, and in here in Sabah there is no better place to witness it than on the water. Aboard TheTigress, you can get the very best in sunset cruises before getting yourself ready for dinner.
Evening Cultural Transfers to Semporna Town
Scuba Tiger Semporna Holiday Resort offers daily cultural transfers to Semporna town in the evening for you to get a real taste of Eastern Sabah. With a wide selection of restaurants, coffee shops and eateries within the town you will certainly be spoilt for choice! There are also supermarkets that you can stock up your own food. There is a small charge for this transfers.
Scuba Tiger Semporna Holiday Resort has a kitchen with a range of utensils, refrigerator and freezer you can use to prepare your own food. The resort can also prepare the barbecue pit and facilities at an additional cost. There is also a restaurant within the resort compound that offers an a la carte menu.
For your convenience, a washing machine is available for your use without additional charge but you have to bring your own detergent powder.
Scuba Tiger Semporna Holiday Resort offers 4 types of rooms: Tiger Lodge of which there are 9 units, Long House of which there are 6, Chalet of which there are 7, and Water bungalows of which there are 2.
The Tiger Lodge and Long House are dormitory style living quarters with the Tiger Lodge having double sleeper single size bunk beds, and the Long House having triple sleeper double and single size bunk beds.