6 Hostels in Semporna, Malaysia

Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Semporna, Malaysia. You can choose from 6 Semporna hostels. In total, there are 7 cheap places to stay in Semporna such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $9 for a dorm.

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Semporna Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Semporna, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.

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Party hostels in Semporna

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Most Semporna hostels are located in

Bangunan SeaFest, Semporna Seafront

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Hostels in Semporna for all Traveller Types

Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.

Best Hostels in Semporna for Solo Travellers

Travelling on your own to Semporna? Fabulous!

Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Semporna alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Semporna. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.

Get to know Semporna (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Semporna. To help you make friends with Semporna before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Semporna is a small fishing town in Sabah, one of the Malay eastern states. The town is really small but its location makes it one of the best places to depart for diving trips in the natural beauty of Pulau Sipadan -– Sipadan Island -– just thirty kilometers south in the Celebes Sea. Here the diving is tip-top -- world-class diving with turtles, sharks, barracudas, amazing corals, and tropical fish.

This ecosystem is very important and that is why since 2005 it has been forbidden for anyone to stay in Pulau Sipadan –- the large number of tourists and fishermen was threatening to irreparably damage the coral. This is why Semporna is so important, as it is one of the best places to stay, very well prepared for backpackers. As there is a limit of just more than one hundred people per day in Sipadan, it is hard to get a permit to go diving; if you cannot get the permit right away (in some parts of the year it can take weeks), there are still some really good spots for diving in the neighbouring islands Mabul and Kapalai.

The best way to arrive in Semporna is by bus; it usually stops near the town, about thirty minutes walking from the center.

There are a few hostels in Semporna, all with nice dorms and friendly staff. Semporna's hostels are the best way to get the best deals for diving in Pula Sipadan -– they can get the permits more easily and create packages including accommodation, food, and diving. Also, the hostels in Semporna are the best place to meet other travelers that share the same tastes in diving and nature, making it an excellent place to share experiences.

Written by local enthusiast for Semporna hostels

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Other Nearby Cities
Mabul Island Mabul Island (26 Km / 16 mi.)
Lahad Datu Lahad Datu (68 Km / 42 mi.)
Sandakan Sandakan (161 Km / 100 mi.)
Sepilok Sepilok (168 Km / 104 mi.)

FAQ about Semporna Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Semporna. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Semporna. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

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Your Packing List for Semporna

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Semporna and Malaysia.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Your Packing List for Semporna