Ready To Go Diving? Let us Help You Get Here

Semporna, located in Sabah, Malaysia on the island of Borneo, has links to both major international and national transport hubs. The closest airport to Semporna is Tawau airport (TWU) just over an hour’s drive away. Scuba Junkie has a cab that can pick you up if you let us know your coming ahead of time

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From TawauBus Icon

The journey time from Tawau airport to Semporna by taxi is around 75min or by public transport around 2 hours. It is usually possible to find local minivans at the airport but these will take you to Tawau town first and you will then need to catch another van from there to Semporna.

However, your best option is to let us know you’re coming ahead of time and we can send our private shuttle to pick you up.Not only can we pick you up from the airport and take you directly to Semporna, but you can split the shuttle costs with multiple passengers (our shuttle operates daily). Send us an email or give us a call to let us know you’re coming and you’ll be greeted by our driver on your way out of arrivals - just look for a sign with your name on it!

Airport pick ups cost RM90 for 1 person, RM45 per person for 2 people, RM35 per person for 3 people, RM30 per person for 4 people and RM25 per person if 5 or more share the van (prices valid till Dec 31, 2014).

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From Kota KinabaluAirplane IconBus Icon

You can either fly or catch a bus from Kota Kinabalu. Buses leave daily for Semporna at 7:30AM & 7:30PM from the Kota Kinabalu Bus terminal. It takes about 10 hours to reach Semporna by bus and costs approximately RM75 - the overnight bus can get very cold so don't forget to take something warm onboard with you!

Air Asia and Malaysian Airlines offer multiple flights daily to Tawau. If you are travelling to Mabul Beach Resort same day we recommend these flights.

Airline Fligh # Departure Arrival
Air Asia AK6268 9:00 AM 9:50 AM
Malaysia Air MH3051 10:40 AM 11:40 AM
Air Asia Logo Malaysian Air Logo

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From Kuala LumpurAirplane Icon

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and the major transport hub for the country (you'll likely arrive here if you're flying from overseas). You'll want to fly from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau in order to get to Scuba Junkie (see Tawau for details on getting to Semporna from Tawau).

Air Asia & Malaysian airlines both provide daily direct flights to Tawau, and you can also connect through Kota Kinabalu. The flight from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau takes approximately 3 hours. If you are travelling to Mabul Beach Resort same day check out recommended these flights.

Airline Fligh # Departure Arrival
Air Asia AK6260 7:00 AM 9:50 AM
Malaysia Air MH2660 7:25 AM 10:15 AM
Air Asia Logo Malaysian Air Logo

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From SandakanAirplane IconBus Icon

Buses depart daily at 7.30am and 2pm and take around 5 to 6 hours to reach Semporna. Buses can also pick you up from the Sepilok junction if you are coming from Sepilok orangutan sanctuary and tickets to Semporna from either location cost around RM40. The 7.30am bus will usually reach Semporna in time for you to catch our afternoon transfer boat to Mabul.

Malaysian Airlines operates daily flights from Sandakan to Tawau airport, which will get you here in time for a same day transfer to Mabul.

Airline Fligh # Departure Arrival
Malaysia Air MH3093 8:55 AM 9:35 AM
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From Kinabatangan RiverBus Icon

Your lodge on the Kinabatangan River can transfer you to Sukau Junction in time to catch the bus that leaves Sandakan at 7.30am. You will then reach Semporna around 1.30pm and can either stay the night with us in Semporna at SJ Dive Lodge or catch a transfer same afternoon to Mabul. Minivans also run along this route but you may need to change in Lahad Datu and the journey time could be longer.

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From Singapore or Johor BahruAirplane Icon

Many people don’t realize how easy it is to get to Semporna from Singapore or Johor Bahru. Most fly into Kuala Lumpur without realizing that Air Asia offers direct flights from Johor Bahru to Tawau. If you're in Singapore catch a bus or taxi from Queens Ferry Street, which will take you across the border into Malaysia. Once in Malaysia, hire a taxi to take you to the airport (allow approximately 1.5 hours.)

Air Asia Logo Malaysian Air Logo

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Outside of AsiaAirplane Icon

If you’re coming from Europe, North America, or anywhere else outside of Asia, you’ll want to book flights to Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia and the major transport hub for the country. Many major airline carriers offer flights to Kuala Lumpur including Malaysian Airlines, Thai Airways, Emirates, and Singapore Airlines. Check with your travel agent for cheapest prices, or visit some of the many online ticket vendors including cheaptickets.com, lastminute.com, Expedia, Orbitz, and more. Don't forget your passport!

Emirates Logo Air Asia Logo Malaysian Air Logo Thai Air Logo

See the Kuala Lumpur section for details on getting to Semporna from Kuala Lumpur.



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Finding Scuba Junkie In SempornaBus Icon

Scuba Junkie located down by the waterfront, just a 5 minute walk from both the mini-van bus stop and the long-distance bus station.

Here's a simple map that should get you here with no problem.

Map of Semporna

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