BORNEO’S MARINE PARADISE :
SEMPORNA RESORT BY SUDC
2) SIPADAN MANGROVE RESORT (SMR)
3) MT. CONER TOURISM HUB, SEMPORNA
4) ALORIE LEPA LEPA RESORT
A RM155.5millions project
THE Semporna waterfront of Sabah’s east coast is set to get multi-million holiday resort boost — with plans to develop water chalets, hotels and commercial properties there.
Sabah Economic Development Corporation (Sedco) had proposed to build the RM155.5 million holiday resort in 2013 as part of its 10 major projects to accelerate economic development with focus on providing industrial infrastructure and creating new growth centers within Sabah.
The Semporna resort is to be undertaken by Sedco subsidiary Sabah Urban Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (SUDC) and construction is expected to start in 2013. And is expected to generate RM53.2 million in gross national income and create 488 jobs by 2020.
“We expect to start works soon after obtaining the facilitation funds from the state government and hope to complete the project in three years,”
SUDC managing director Pengiran Saifuddin Pg Tahir.
The resort will cater to the spillover effect from the existing market demand that exceeds the capacity of the world’s finest dive sites — the popular Mabul and Sipadan islands.
The resort is part of the RM700 million integrated waterfront development on 16.59ha of reclaimed land from the town’s waterfront that is to be undertaken jointly by SUDC and a private partner.
In 2010, Semporna received 40,000 visitors, mostly for diving activities and contributed RM190 million to Malaysia’s economy.
It aims to transform Semporna into a thriving commercial, cultural and tourism hub — with major components to include hotels and resorts, a commercial centre with retail stores, a shopping mall, business and convention centre, exhibition centre, business suites, esplanade and marina with mooring facilities for yachts and leisure boats, a water theme park and fairground.
The other initiatives identified to serve as catalysts to establish Semporna as Borneo’s Marine Paradise are the Sipadan Mangrove Resort, Mount Conner Tourism Hub and Alorie Lepa Lepa.
YEAR 2009 PLAN for WATER FRONT SEMPORNA
TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AT SEMPORNA
This 2009 Plan is a RM700 million integrated waterfront development on 41 acres of reclaimed land from the town’s waterfront is to be undertaken jointly by SEDCO subsidiary SUDC and a private partner. It is aimed at transforming Semporna into a thriving commercial, cultural and tourism hub. Major components of this development are hotels and resorts, a commercial centre with retail stores, a shopping mall, business and convention centre, exhibition centre, business suites, esplanade and marina with mooring facilities for yachts and leisure boats, a water theme park and fairground.
1. 2 hotels
2. Business Convention and Exhibition Centre
3. Water theme park
4. Commercial center
Project Masterplan has been prepared with further amendment made to the phase 1 development. The area earmarked for the development is a titled land owned by SUDC, SEDCO Group subsidiary. A massive landfill is needed before the project could be implemented. SUDC Board has approved the planning works such as EIA study, architectural and engineering design. Ongoing discussion still held between SUDC and its partner, Long Yuan Construction to determine the mode of participation by the China concern.
THE SEASHELL SHORE of Semporna
There is a short stretch of seafront covered with hips of sea shells, but alas broken sea shells. This is the location of sea shell collection point of a few sea food sellers who also "process" their sea foods before selling to merchants from as far as Kota Kinabalu. After they collected the live sea shells from boat fishermen from the island, they "process" by breaking the shells and keep only the fresh shell meat in a bucket. The broken shells are dump at the site and over years the whole stretch turn into a sea shells shore.
she not sales sea shells on the sea shore
No, she not sales sea shells on the sea shore, but she breaks sea shells on the sea shore and sales the fresh of the sea shells to the seafood stalls.
The empty sea shells she left behind cover the sea shell shore.
Photo above : Water front in front Seafast Hotel from 2006 to 2013. From a busy bay for boats (2006) to reclaimed land (2013). Once a charming bay is now lost for ever.
Semporna Fishing Boats
Behind Seafest Hotel is the dock for ocean-going fishing boats.
A hive of activities at the dockyard. Behind the hotel, there is a dock for ocean-going fishing boats, and these puppies are going fishing for the night. Note the awesome spotlights.
Jetty in front of the hotel, great spot for unwinding, and watching boats and people, and the occasional fish-spotting.
As the day ends, the normally-bustling commuter quay at Semporna becomes almost lifeless.
An small town, Semporna has a lively waterfront market attractively framed against the waters of the Celebes Sea.
Visitors to Semporna Town are usually en route to/from the near by islands such as the famous Pulau Sipadan, a small island 36km offshore the world’s best dive sites.
Semporna is renowned for cheap and delicious seafood.
Mostly populated by fisherfolk of Filipino and Indonesia origin
The seas around here are richly blessed with an abundant marine life. The local fish markets sell crabs, lobsters, prawns and varieties of fishery products.