From River Kinabatangan we had a pretty easy journey down to Semporna (where we were heading to Scubadive).
The driver who had collected us from Sepilok, took us from the river to a lay by on one of the main roads where ‘his friend’ one of the local coach drivers picked us up on the local bus which was going to Semporna. This took about 4-5 hours.
When we arrived in Semporna, our main mission was to go and try to find Sipadan diving passes.
If you have researched anything about Sipadan you’ll probably know these are pretty difficult to find, and there are loads of rumours about certain dive shops and whether the passes are legitimate or not.
Also most of the diving passes come with accommodation packages as well, so anyway it was all a bit of a nightmare trying to arrange.
So we set off from the bus, sticky, sweaty, tired….the usual! and now semporna is not exactly the most glamorous of places which surprised us considering its the gateway to one of the most highly regarded dive spots in the world.
There is a lot of poverty and as soon as we started walking through the town young children were clawing at us for anything, even the water I was drinking.
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