Semporna is a small town located on the east coast of Sabah. The town is located approximately 250 km by road from Sandakan. Semporna serves as the jumping off point for diving and snorkeling trips to offshore dive sites and islands, including Sipadan, Mabul, Kapalai, Mataking and Pom Pom. These islands are renowned for their diverse coral and marine life. Boat transfer from Semporna to the islands takes around 45 minutes.