|Ranked #1 of 7 hotels in Semporna :
Ranked #2 of 7 hotels in Semporna : Sipadan Inn 2
Ranked #3 of 7 hotels in Semporna : Seafest Hotel
Ranked #4 of 7 hotels in Semporna : Dragon Inn Resort
Ranked #5 of 7 hotels in Semporna : City Inn Semporna
Ranked #6 of 7 hotels in Semporna : Blue Sea Divers
Ranked #6 of 7 hotels in Semporna : Han Palace Hotel
Ranked #1 of 6 Semporna B&B and Inns : Celebes Beach Resort
Ranked #2 of 6 Semporna B&B and Inns : Spheredivers Homestay & Scuba Diving
Ranked #3 of 6 Semporna B&B and Inns : Pom Pom Island Resort & Spa
Ranked #4 of 6 Semporna B&B and Inns : Holiday Dive Inn
Ranked #5 of 6 Semporna B&B and Inns : Semporna Floating
Ranked #6 of 6 Semporna B&B and Inns : Arung Hayat Hotel
Dragon Inn Floating Resort
Dragon Inn (F 450958)3 Orchid
|Phone# 089-781088 Fax# 089-781559
Address Jalan Kastam, P.O. Box 168, Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia
Number of Rooms 64
Room Facility :
air conditioning, satelite tv, hot/cold running water.
Dragon Inn Floating Resort owned by Datuk Seri Panglima Gan Sau Wah. Gan is the president of Sabah United Chinese Chambers of Commerce (SUCCC).
Other Facility :
The Dragon Inn is a floating resort built just off the marina at Semporna.
Dragon Inn is not an island resort by itself.
Opened in 1985, it is a popular pit stop for travelers heading to the world famous Sipadan and Mabul.
It offers a very distinguished resort experience not many places in Malaysia can offer.
The rooms are built on stilts and they have an amazing view of the ocean, Bajau Laut's lepa boats and sunsets.
Many mainstream tourist promotion material are misleading. This is an inn as the name Dragon Inn imply which often confused by gusts as one of the 5 Starts "Floating" Resorts on Mabul Island.
Many guests mislead by websites introducing resorts on Mabul Island which are also "Floating on Water". Those "Floating" resorts on Mabul Island are 5 stars resorts build only few years ago.
This is especially difficult for those poor in English to understand because most of the tour travelogue and hotel information in the internet are written in English. So when they reach Semporna, they thought they were already in Mabul and mistaken an inn (Dragon Inn) as a Mabul Resort.
THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE INN
Dragon Inn Floating Resort is a cluster of hardwood structures darkened with age sitting atop beams piled deep into a shallow seabed. It is not floating on water, and never float.
Outside your room you can have a nice walk on wooden boardwalk
and look around the shops while still being inside the resort.
The Inn was not constructed by cement but build with eco-friendly
materials. The room wall, for example, are covered by cutting from
The room is built on the water and when tides are strong, guest can feel slight vibration. This is part of the experience being living on a "Floating Hotel".
When you see big fish below your room, you feel like in aquarium below your feet.
Rows and rows of hotel room look great from outside. Widespread,
above the water and near some diveshops.
You hear every word and sigh inside neighbor rooms.
Being build above water and stand on sea water all year round, guest can expect the rooms to be warm and humit all year round.
Never mind about the GARBAGE drifting on the water, this is unfortunately a general problem of Semporna).
We stayed several days in Semporna for snorkeling and diving.
"Dragon Inn Resort" was our first try due to the late time. Our
"Budget Room" is 80RM plus 50RM for the key's security deposit. It
has a big room but VERY VERY POOR equipments. One worst part is the
"bath area" (not a bathroom).
DIVERS' STOP OVER
Every chalet include with breakfast for 2 but the breakfast so funny because they just serve 1 set of toast + 2 hardboiled egg + Tea/Coffee per person so I think this is my worse breakfast that I had ever....!!!
*) The breakfast, included in the price of the room, is poor.
Do not expect full breakfast though in here cause you only be
getting hard boiled eggs and toasts. It's good if you are diving in
the next couple of hours.
Breakfast consisted of two slices of bread and a pack of jam.
Most of the majour dive company have their offices also in this resort.
The restaurant is very expensive, and stuff there not enough polite, IMHO. Hahahaha... At night I and my famliy having our dinner at Pearl City Seafood Restaurant inside chalet area. The price for seafood I think its quite expensive. Total cost for 11pax is RM600!!!! Eventhough the price so expensive but the taste of food and the service + the enviroment its so great!!!!
Absolutely no internet.
Some pollution in the sea water under your chalet.
The family and VIP
suites are definitely larger and located on their own floating
chalets. When I stayed at a family room, I also noticed the unit had
some sort of a living room with wooden sofa and adequate windows
that you can open to enjoy the immaculate sea breeze.
Actually, there is almost no reason for anyone to come here except for the world-famous diving spots in Sipadan, and to some extent, Mabul and Kapalai.
Daily dive trips can be arranged from Semporna to
Sipadan and the boat journey takes about 1 1/2 hours. Considering
one usually pays through the nose to stay at Mabul or Kapalai,
staying in mainland Semporna isn't exactly a bad idea, especially
for yours truly.
A quick stroll to the nearby
fishing harbour as well as the wet market is quite a spectacle, to
say the least. Also, just right before sunset, you can witness the
dozens of lepa boats parading themselves home, bringing back daily
At night, you MUST try the floating seafood restaurant
(Restoran Bandar Mutiara). Cheap lobster and coral grouper taken
fresh from the water and specially cooked for you. Lobster goes for
RM50-60 per kg, while grouper goes at about RM40-50 per kg. 4-5
people can enjoy 1-kg of grouper.
Firstly the RM66 nett rate at Dragon Inn was half of what Seafest was offering me.
Secondly, the tour operator to Mabul Island, Uncle Chang,
has his office situated right in front of Dragon Inn.
from MALAYSIA TOURISM PROMOTION BOARD
The Dragon Inn Floating Resort, located at Semporna, Sabah, secured the seventh place in the top ten floating hotels list, based on a compilation by a leading men's lifestyle website that attracts more that 7 million monthly readers, AskMen.com (http://www.askmen.com/).
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HOTELS IN SEMPORNA
|Hotel / Resort||Tel||Rooms||Rates (RM)|
|Hotel Damai (for local)||089-782011||45 - 60|
|Lee's Resthouse (Hotel)||089-784491||70|
|Dragon Inn Resort||089-781088||100||
15, 90 - 150
|Scuba Junkie Backpackers|
|Singamata Adventure Water Chalet||019-8430550||30|
|089-78766||85 - 180|
|City Inn Semporna|
|SEMPORNA HOLIDAY RESORT||089-784597||20||