Palauh Girl And Her Grandfather

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Palauh Girl And Her Grandfather - time to head back home after finish catching fish.

This is a photo of young Palauh (also called Sea Gypsy, sea Bajau or Bajau Laut in Malay) girl with her grandfather on the boat on their way to place they live.

Most Sea Gypsy make a living by catching fish and other seafood and then selling it to public at the market or to the resort nearby. Sea, boat and fish is their life. They not do anything else.

You will see scene like this if you stay at resort near Mabul island or at Kapalai resort. Photo by terencelimtl

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Beautiful View At Sipadan Mabul Resort Jetty

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Beautiful view at Sipadan Mabul Resort - What you see here in this picture is the entrance jetty to Sipadan Mabul Resort located at Mabul island, Semporna.

To go to Sipadan Mabul resort, you will need to take a boat ride from Semporna town center (malay: Pekan Semporna) to Mabul island.

The journey will take about 30 minutes to 40 minutes depending on the weather and speed.

The best thing about spending holiday at Mabul island is it's beautiful view, crystal clear clean sea water (you can see clearly up to 5 meters to the bottom on day time) and plenty of turtles also other exotic macro underwater creatures for scuba diving enthusiasts.

The world's first ever oil rig converted into PADI dive center is also located near Mabul island, it is about 700 meters from the island's ground to be exact.

Travel to Mabul island and Sipadan Mabul Resort in 2018 and beyond is always safe, thanks to the strong enforcement by Malaysian Royal Police around the island, patrolling the area 20 hours a day especially at night. Photo by aku_dwan

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Spending The Day At Mataking Beach

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Spending The Day At Mataking Beach - see the beauty of Mataking island beach from these pictures, taken near Mataking island resort.

It's like enjoying vacation at your own private island because not so many people around here.

Mataking is lesser known location compared to Mabul, Sipadan and Kapalai but you still can enjoy a really breathtaking view especially at evening time during sunset.

Click or tap on the photo for larger view. Photos by eanjoseph

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Sun Kissed At Mabul

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Sun Kissed At Mabul - the moment when the sun shines its light to you at your own personal moment, in a place where no one will gonna disturb you.

Photo by alice_inwonderland58

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Amazing View At Bukit Tengkorak


Amazing View At Bukit Tengkorak - Bukit Tengkorak also called as 'skull hill'. This place becomes an archaeological site and the first ever at Semporna.

Bukit Tengkorak is located at Jalan Tampi-Tampi, about 10 km south of Semporna town.

It is on a hill about 600 feet above sea level.

Many tourists from other places will miss out this amazing spot.

You can enjoy amazing view at the top peak like you see in the pictures. All images by keithwk1601



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Tanjung Parapat

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The beautiful view at Tanjung Parapat, Semporna - This place is about 20-30 minutes drive from Semporna town center.

Tanjung Parapat is actually a small muslims village with shallow sea area. All of them are Bajau people.

The bottom of the sea near the land at Tanjung Parapat is sandy and flat.

No reef and corals. Just sand and stones.

The fisherman build this long jetty so they can park their boat in deeper water which is about hundred meters from the land.

Most people come here to enjoy the beautiful view during weekend with their friends and family members.

No cafe or restaurants and no hotel or other good accommodation nearby, most tour guides not bring tourist here.

Most people who came here are locals.

The view is so mesmerizing and so refreshing especially in early morning and in evening during sunset. Photo by Zuliani Mansur.


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See You Again

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Nothing More Beautiful Than This - an evening view at Mabul island resort. Saying "see you again next time" to the sea. Hard to say goodbye. Photo by shenshenxixi

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Sea Gypsy Life Story


Sea Gypsy Life Diary - In these 3 photos you can see life of Sea Bajau, also called "Palauh" and what they do most, everyday.

Their didn't do anything else other than catching fish, finding raw seafood to sell to the market and to the resorts nearby then spend most of the day being at the sea under the warm tropical sun - jumping into the water, swimming, laughing, enjoying life as "sea people".

It's like living in water world. The sea, the boat and other else in between is the color their life because that are most important things to them.

These three photos are taken at a location near Mabul island, Semporna. Photos by husnah.hussin



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Sun, Ocean, And You


Sun, Ocean, And You - enjoy the happy feeling being in the beautiful, calm and amazing surroundings at Mabul island, Semporna. Photo by Aimi Ruzelan.

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Mabul Sea From Above

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Mabul Sea From Above - Aerial view of a boat at Mabul island, Semporna. Look at crystal clear sea water. You can see the what's down below, like seeing trough a mirror. Photo by parkertehoais

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Holiday at Mabul Resort

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Holiday at Mabul Resort - beautiful view at Mabul island resort.

Photos by ann5632

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Maldives? No, This Is Mabul

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Maldives? No, This Is Mabul - beautiful view from a resort at Mabul island, Semporna.

Mabul and Kapalai has been called as 'Maldives' of Semporna. No big waves. Soft strong wind. And not so many people around. This place is quiest.

Perfect for your holiday, honeymoon or personal getaway far from the city.

No need to go thousands kilometers away to Maldives you can have the same feel here in Semporna, Malaysia. Photo by travelpicpost

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Sunset From Dive Rig

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Beautiful Sunset From Dive Rig - photo taken at Seaventures Dive Rig, a retired oil rig that converted into PADI dive center standing about 1000 meters from the beach of Mabul island.

Sipadan is about 30 minutes boat ride from here. Photo by saein_song

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Sipadan At 6AM

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Sipadan At 6AM - This is the view around 6AM in the morning in a dive site at Sipadan island.

There's nothing. Only you and the sea.

Photo by saein_song

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A Diver, A Shark, A Turtle All In One Photo

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A Diver, A Shark, A Turtle All In One Photo - rare moment while scuba diving at Sipadan island.

A scuba diver at the top chasing shark to take photo at that shark and then you can see a turtle sleeping on the seafloor.

Not so many people have a chance to document this moment in one single picture.

Very rare!

Photo by saein_song

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Meet Turtle At Sipadan

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Meet Turtle At Sipadan - Sea turtles and white tip reef sharks can be seen on almost every dive, everyday.

Sipadan is the heaven for avid scuba divers who want to witness wild white tip reef sharks and other big fish such as jackfish, barracuda and large schools of bumphead parrotfish swimming softly nearby.

Only 120 divers are allowed daily at Sipadan island. To witness beautiful underwater scenery like you see in this picture, you need to apply for a permit to dive at Sipadan.

All photos by saein_song

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Life As A Sea Gypsy


Life As A Sea Gypsy - photo of a sea gypsy men on his boat near Mabul island.

For a sea gypsy or 'Bajau Laut', the boat is their home.

That is the place to sleep, eat with family and to rest after long day hard work.

Photo by afiq.instadrone

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Saw Shark At Sipadan

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Saw a grey shark while scuba diving at Sipadan island - What you saw in the picture above is real.

Sipadan is home to sharks and when a shark saw you diving nearby, it tends to ran away.

Most sharks at Sipadan tends to avoid scuba divers.

Sipadan island is heaven for scuba divers who come to Semporna for their personal travel journey.

Some wanna know what's waiting for them in Sipadan underwater and some just wanna explore new experience diving in a new exotic, world class environment at Sipadan island.

Seeing wild shark like this underwater will scare you at first sight especially when you are newly certified open water diver and has recorded less then 20 dives in your log book.

Scuba diving at Sipadan island will give whole lot of pleasure, enjoyment and satisfaction.

You can even dive in the middle of big group of fish!

There are 12 popular dive sites around Sipadan island.

Here are the names of dive sites at Sipadan island:

  • Sount Point
  • Turtle Patch
  • Mid Reef
  • White-tip Avenue
  • Coral Garden
  • Barracuda Point
  • Turtle Cave
  • Drop-Off
  • West Ridge
  • Hanging Garden
  • Lobster Lair
  • Staghorn Crest

You can see more photos of Sipadan scuba diving below. All photos are by rossie.yu

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Beautiful Sunset At Mabul


Beautiful Sunset At Mabul - you will never get tired of seeing this kind of amazing view, every day, every time it occured.

This is sunset photos at Mabul island from the deck of Seaventures Dive Rig - the only dive rig and popular dive center located right in front of Mabul island.

Sunset view and sunrise view from here is so beautiful.

Photos by marcin.esperanto

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Mabul Scuba Divers Paradise

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Mabul island the scuba divers' paradise - Why?

Mabul island is famous for it's gently sloping coral reefs, artificial reefs, world famous muck diving sites and there's even a wreck!

Mabul has long been known as a macro diver's paradise and is indeed one of the richest single destinations for exotic small marine life anywhere in the world, according to Scuba Junkie Sipadan.

There are 21 different dive sites around Mabul island.

There are also 1 dive rig in front of Mabul that has been converted into PADI dive center and the only dive rig in the world.

It is called as Seaventures Dive Rig.

What you see in the photo is the frontal view of Mabul island, the area highly populated by sea Bajau people, which most of them are fishermans. Photo by schultheiss_photography

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Tehek Tehek And Kima

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Sea Bajau Food - what you see on this picture is the food of sea Bajau, taken from the sea.

The black round thing called as Tehek Tehek.

Bajau people at Semporna clean up the outer side of Tehek Tehek and then they will put rice into it. After that, they will cook it.

So the rice will be cooked inside Tehek Tehek.

It is their traditional way of cooking rice.

The taste is good too.

What you see in the yellow open dish in the left side of this picture is called Kima. It is a raw seafood and local favorite of sea Bajau.

This is the uniqueness of Semporna.

This is why most sea gypsy and sea Bajau people are very healthy because they eat raw seafood cooked with steam.

They will not eat fried food or canned food.

Photo by usha.nandini

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Calm Scenery At Tanjung Parapat


Green Scenery At Tanjung Parapat - Tanjung Parapat is the new attraction at Semporna.

Originally known as a small village at Pokas near Pakalangan, about 20 minutes from town Semporna, this place becomes popular when so many people photos of this place in their social media accounts.

The main attraction of Tanjung Parapat is it's long wooden jetty starting from the village until about 100 or 150 meter long to the shallow sea water.

 The jetty used originally by fisherman and as main jetty to Menampilik island located right in front.

This place is so calm and peaceful. No big waves. Sunset here is so beautiful too. Entrance is free and there is no admission fee to enter this place.

And at the back of the scenery is big hills - some planted with palm oil tree, coco tree and some still retain it's original forest. Photo by mohd_asyraf_khan

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Holiday At Lato Lato

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Lato Lato resort is the only accommodation in Semporna that built facing sea panoramic view of Tun Sakaran Marine Park.

Lato Lato resort wooden buildings are in the middle of the sea built on stilts on top of corals in the shallow waters off the coast of Semporna.

This is the uniqueness of Lato Lato compared to other accommodations and hotel in Semporna such as Seafest Hotel, which located at the town facing Bum Bum island.

So if you want to spend your holidays out from the town at remote area where you have a lot of time for yourself, consider going to Lato Lato Resort.

You can enjoy beautiful sea view from balcony of your room.

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At Lato Lato Resort

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Enjoying holiday at Lato Lato Resort, Semporna, Malaysia - the day is a bit cloudy but looks like he is still enjoying the day anyway.

This is photo at Lato Lato resort, a water village built behind Bum Bum island - the largest island at Semporna. You can see the sea right from your window!

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Holiday Time At Pom Pom

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Enjoying Good Holiday Time At Pom Pom - look how happy he is enjoying his personal vacation at Pom Pom island, Semporna.

Two more photo of hims photos below, including the one that shows him jumping wildly & happily from the jetty into the crystal clear blue sea.

Please don't do it at home.

Do it at Pom Pom!

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