Located on Sabah's east coast, Semporna is one of the main tourist destinations in the state. It is about 530 kilometres away from Kota Kinabalu, and visitors mainly come to scuba dive and snorkel.
Semporna became a household name across the globe after conservationist Jacques Cousteau featured Semporna's Sipadan Island in his 1989 film titled "Borneo: The Ghost of the Sea Turtle". In it, he explains that Sipadan was an "untouched piece of art", which caught the attention of divers worldwide. Semporna is also home to the famous Bajau Laut or “Sea Gypsies”, a nomadic seafaring ethnic minority, most of whom have never lived a life on land. Over the years, many have come to see Semporna as one of the best scuba diving spots in the world, all thanks to its crystal-clear water and abundant species of underwater flora and fauna.