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Where to go to in Sabah for great beach vacation/snorkeling?

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Where to go to in Sabah for great beach vacation/snorkeling?

A friend of mine and I are going to be in Singapore in the beginning of December and we would like to go on a 4 or 5 day beach vacation get-away with great snorkeling. We were thinking about Sabah but are not sure where exactly to go. So, we would appreciate to get your input on the following:

1. What would you recommend in regard to a breathtaking beach and amazing snorkeling? Semporna, Sipadan, Pulau Sapi or Mantanani or something else?

2. Can these places be reached fairly easily form Singapore?

3. Could we take a day trip to the jungle and/or the orangutan sanctuary from any of these places?

4. Should we go somewhere completely different?

Thank you very much!!!

Edited: 02 September 2012, 21:56
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1. Re: Where to go to in Sabah for great beach vacation/snorkeling?

Semporna is just the gate to exotic islands of Sipadan, Mabul and Kapalai. To reach Semporna, take flight to Tawau via Kota Kinabalu. Semporna is about 90 min from Tawau by car.

4 days is just nice for stay at Mabul or Kapalai. There is no resort in Sipadan although it is the best island amongst all.

Edited: 02 September 2012, 22:10
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2. Re: Where to go to in Sabah for great beach vacation/snorkeling?

Thank you very much for your reply!

How do you get from Seporna to Mabul or Kapalai? Do you need to hire a boat? I apologize if this appears to be a stupid question.

What do you think about Kota Kinabalu Marine Park? Would that be an adequate alternative to Mabul or Kapalai or not really?

Thanks!

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3. Re: Where to go to in Sabah for great beach vacation/snorkeling?

I think with just 4 or 5 days its a long way to go to Eastern Sabah from Singapore. Remember, the travel distance is far (just look on Google maps to see) so you will lost best part of one day each way taking flight/bus/taxi/boats

The KK marine park (TAR marine park) is not as good as Mabul etc.. however its alot more accessible from Singapore. Also be aware that December is during the Monsoon season so higher chances of rain, rough waters and hence poorer water visibility. It 'might' still be good enough but less likely than say, during June and July.

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