Back in June, I went on Photo trek to the Semporna islands with Ted Adnan. I first heard of the Semporna islands a couple of years ago, their clear water, blue sky and serene beaches are what came out from a friends description which is too good to be true. I stumble upon this trip a few months earlier on facebook and decided to book at first but eventually confirmed after several communication with Mr Ted.
The journey took us from Brunei to KK with one nite spend at KK and then Tawau the next morning. On arrival, we met up with the Ted Adnan crew from KL who arrived earlier .
The road journey from Tawau airport to Semporna took about more than an hour through hills and palm plantations. My first impression of Semporna is a small fishing town, a reminiscent of old BSB in the 1980’s and with shophouses and a mosque in the town centre. Our first stop was Seafest hotel, the only high rise building in this town right infront of the fisherman’s pier and market. Dinner was at Semporna resort that evening a session to get to know each other with Ted Adnan and Rabani, a renowned photojournalist. Semporna resort was a start of a good evening with many photo op with various subjects against the setting sun.
The next morning we set out on a huge boat to the sea, first stop is the Bajau’s or sea gypsy village at Omaga.
After a good 2 hours here, we then went to atoll island, Busungan inhabited only a handful villagers . Lunch was a short stop at Kapalai Sea Resort, a 6 star resort with modern huts and a popular place for the avid divers and holidayers in middle of the sea. Apart from having its own diving PADI centre, Kapalai has its own impressive waste recycling technology and water salination system, with flushing toilets and running water in the middle of the sea. Each hut has its own glass flooring that open up to the view of coral floor below. Beautiful.!
After the buffet lunch and exploring, we left Kapalai for Mabul island where we will stop for the nite at Jeff’s scuba place. Mabul is an island with several cheap homestay for the back packers and budget travellers as an lternative to the expensive resort. Mabul also has also its own 5 star resort.