Semporna Travel Blog› entry 353 of 424 › view all entries
December 24th, 2008 – by: siri
Christmas eve and we got on a bus to Semporna. 5.5 hours later that seemed double that, we arrived in the busy seaside market town of Semporna and made our way to the hostel of Scuba Junkies, the company we had booked to do several snorkelling trips with over the next week.
Greeted by snooty and not very friendly international staff, we got to our room and very impressed with a big airy room for RM45 a night.
That evening, complete with flip flops and santa hat on, we went to the bar of Scuba Junkies and enjoyed a nice but expensive beer. There was not a lo of atmosphere in the bar and the people there were already in a little close knit group, not really interested in us newbies. We finished our beer and went for a stroll and came across another bar, the Turtle Cove, and found cheaper beer.
We went back to the Scuba Junkies bar later for some food, good and cheap if you stick to local food, and the place still had no atmosphere and its little clicky group that lifted an unfriendly eyebrow at us. Oh dear I hope the snorkelling trips are OK with this lot...
back at the fun bar, everyone was well on the way to a drunken state and the locals in the bar were in full swing.
Christmas day was a very quiet one for us. Both feeling pretty crap from the night before we declined a snorkel trip today (an hour's boat trip was not the best idea in our fragile condition) so we had a lazy day with curry noodles for lunch. Tonight we have roast turkey, or the malaysian attempt at our hostel and will probably end up either having an early night ahead of our snorkel trip tomorrow or at the bar again.
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