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#4 of 91 Specialty lodging in Semporna
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Luma' Selakan is a scuba diving and marine based activities with accommodations. We are located inside Tun Sakaran Marine Park and the only operator that offering accommodations with meals and scuba diving activities for now. Our location is 25 minutes by boat from Semporna and 15 minutes boat ride to the famous Boheydulang Island. We offer accommodations with meals, freshwater and 24 hours electricity. As for activities, you can choose to do scuba diving, snorkelling or island hoping and hiking. At the moment, we only offer package for any guest who want to stay at Luma' Selakan. Please contact us for package details
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Free breakfast
Beach
Canoeing
Hiking
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Free airport transportation
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Snorkelling
Water sport equipment rentals
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Airport transportation
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
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Interconnected rooms available
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Ocean view
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English, Malay

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Pulau Selakan, Semporna 91300 Malaysia
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Lahad Datu Airport66 kmSee all flights
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Ismanr R wrote a review Jun 2022
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A Simple place to chill and dive with wonderful and friendly crews. We were served with delicious home cooked meals, which made you feel at home (as a Malaysian). If you are a diver and love macro marine life, here is another good option to experience it. No regret, that's for sure. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Miles & Erin wrote a review Mar 2022
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Luma Selekan is one of the most wonderful places our family has ever stayed. It is not perfect, but the location and the atmosphere make up for some of the shortcomings. Before I list the pros and cons, first some things to note: their is no hot water, the water pressure is weak, there is no AC, and the food is limited in its options. These are things you should know up front before you book. If you are OK with these things, this place should be a top option for those looking to explore the nearby islands. Positives - Location - Located a short boat ride away from Bohey Dulang and Sibuan; this is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Selekan Island itself is not as beautiful as it's neighboring islands, but has a unique culture and friendly island village that is worth exploring during your downtime. - Accommodation Layout - As a family of five our room setup was perfect. The two rooms were connected by a short dock that overlooked the water. The dock has a ladder into the water and we put our drying rack out there as well. Each of our rooms also had a larger dock that extended out over the water and during high tides, our kids loved jumping off the dock into the water. - Food - I loved the food each meal and would put it as a plus. However, if you're children are a bit picky (like my 5 year old), this place will pose some challenges. We packed lots of extra snacks and it was just fine. - Atmosphere - The place is just really chill. We met some really nice people there - staff and other guests - and enjoyed spending part of our evening just chatting, playing the ukelele over the water, having a few beers (you have to bring your own), and playing board games. Cons - - Room furniture - The room is a decent size. It seems like it wouldn't be too much to have them make some more shelves, or nightstands, or desks, or hangers. With a family of five, we needed more space to put our stuff. - Itinerary Details - When you stay at Luma, you are right in the middle of the Semporna Islands and have easy and quick access to some really amazing places. We liked that we essentially had a boat and driver to ourselves each day. For example, one day, we were forced to leave Sibuan Island early because of an approaching thunderstorm; when the rain cleared, we asked if we could go to a different nearby island to explore the Bajau Laut culture and check out the beaches even though our island tour was essentially over for that day; the were (mostly) happy to accommodate this request. The reason, then, that this part ends up in the negative section was because there was still quite a bit to be desired from our 3 night, 2 day package. I get the sense - from talking with the other guests - that this operation really does a great job hosting divers. Hosting families, it seems, still has some room for improvement. For starters, we purchased the island hopping itinerary, and we did not go to all of the islands that were listed on the itinerary. In fact, on the first day, they only brought us to one island (Sibuan) that was about 15 minutes away. This is not really what I had in mind when we were going to go island "hopping." On the second day, they had us go to Bohey Dulang Island for the famous hike. We were super excited. We got there, registered, and started the hike up the mountain, only to be told about 2 minutes into the hike that two of my children could not go to the top because they were too young. Our guides - two young locals - seemed to know this but never mentioned it on the way there. When I asked them what the others will do if I and my eldest daughter hiked to the top, they just said "wait." I did not want most of my family to just sit and wait for us, so we all decided to not do the hike. This was the thing I was most excited about on our island hopping tour, and now we were leaving because there was no planning. Why could the boat driver not take the three family members who were waiting and drive them five minutes to go snorkelling? Next up, we went to Mantabuan, and it was such a low tide that we couldn't really snorkel. Why bring a family of five to a snorkelling spot that can't be snorkelled? Needless to say, our second day was the low point of our trip to Semporna. The next day was a bit better but still with some hiccups. Overall, if they could improve their itinerary and island hopping guides, this place would be an easy 5/5.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Response from Aminor Azmi, Owner at Luma' Selakan
Responded 3 Apr 2022
Thank you for your detail review and feedback. We really appreciate your inputs, and looking forward to improve our services in near future Some issue with local authorities, such as no hiking for kids age below than 5, still be impose, and most of us (operators) having issue to get latest update from Sabah Parks regarding until when they will allow again hiking for kids with families. I promise you, to look into this matters and inform in advance to our next guest about hiking rules. - Room Furnitures - Snorkelling Spots during low tide - numbers of total island during hopping I am regret this happen during your visit, and i will really look into this issue Thank You! Amin
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Graham B wrote a review Apr 2022
Port Dickson, Malaysia1312 contributions215 helpful votes
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Stayed there for a weeks diving and could not have been happier. Great location in the middle of a marine park 30 minutes boat ride from Selekan. Eco setting of a few wood chalets on stilts into the sea. Very comfortable. Water supply to the resort in collected rain water. Electricity is from solar panels at the rear. Regretably no hot water on site. However food and diving superb and most important is the staff were so welcoming and helpfull. They really made our stay special.. We were concerned about the security situation for tourists but were reassured by the strong military presence on the islands. All round great holiday. I willload photos. Hope you like my review. Thanks for reading the detail.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Hannah k wrote a review Jan 2022
Shah Alam, Malaysia2 contributions
If you're looking for a private location with the best hospitality. This is the place to be! Amazing experience to stay here and took my PADI Open Water Course with very passionate & attentive instructors. The staff here WILL make you feel at home. Luma' Selakan is truly a piece of heaven. Will definitely come back!
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Imran Sulaiman wrote a review Jan 2022
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Was never a fan of diving or any water activities. Came to accompany my wife for her 2nd trip here (1st for me), wasnt expecting anything but the people there greeted us like family. Their presence is the island helped the community, and the other way around naturally. I enjoyed being around the staff and instructors, who have taught me a lot about diving in just a few days as their passion and care of the ocean shows without telling. Changed my mind about diving straightaway. The place is AMAZING as it is, but the people made it more special. We even extended our flight for a few more night here, just to sleep under the stars at the jetty, little that i know that this trip becomes one of the best trip of my life.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Jhazfazliel wrote a review Jan 2022
Tawau, Malaysia1 contribution
I took PADI Open Water Course for 3 Days with Luma Selakan and it was an amazing experience. It feels like home in Luma Selakan and all the staff are very friendly and helpful. Their dive instructors are very knowledgable and passionate. Luma Selakan is really recommended. Priceless experience here.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Shafiq wrote a review Sep 2020
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Spent 4 days 3 nights at Luma’ Selakan. A very private and exclusive resort 30 minutes off the coast of Semporna. Great host, we immediately became friends and made felt at home once we stepped on the resort deck. Great dive sites, heaven for those looking for macro photography. Even did island tour during surface intervals - Tabbakumai, Mantabuan, Sibuan and Maiga Island. 1st night we were there, power from the island solar generator tripped for few seconds, pitch black with clear sky, we were suprised with the awesome view of the stars and milky way. So the second and third night, after dinner we requested the lights to be switched off so we can take the moment to relax and enjoy the beautiful sky above. Thanks to the host, our new friends - Zul, Basri, Bob and AhSeng.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Chloe_cpc wrote a review Sep 2020
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia64 contributions14 helpful votes
Luma' Selakan is definitely a must place to stay when you're at Semporna. I had a very good experience from the moment I did my booking with the owner, Amin until the last day I left this place. Zul who runs this place is definitely a great host. The place is very clean and safe. I'm falling in love with this place the moment I stepped into this lovely water chalet. It's basic, simple and untouristy. Feel so much being at home. Besides, delicious good cooked by the local and breathtaking view from the room. I slept so well during my 4D3N here. We enjoyed spending our time with Zul, Bob, Sharin, Shafik, Nasir and Jali during our stay. There are so much to write about them. You'll know when you stay with them. It's definitely a great place to stay if you're coming to Semporna for snorkeling or diving. Great snorkeling guide and divemaster. You'll be in good hands diving with Bob and Zul. They even took nice pics of you underwater! We left this place with heavy hearted. 4D3N is too short. We know some day we will definitely return to our 'home' at Luma' Selakan again! .
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Norain1999 wrote a review Feb 2020
Kuala Lumpur80 contributions65 helpful votes
A gem hidden in the Celebes Sea. This is how I should described it. From the moment I stepped on the pier of Luma Selakan till the day I left after a 5-nights stay, I cannot but compliment their hospitality, service and attentiveness which were provided to the highest degree. The room (simple and clean, and yes, it is located on water), the food (tasty and different everyday), the fact that they told you to treat the place like home (you can even cook your own food if you want to), the seamless diving operation, not to mention the excellent guide cum spotter (the best so far I have had and yes, I have been diving in so many places outside Malaysia), and the fact that you can just chill out after dinner on the pier and the guide cum host will keep you company, what more could I ask for really? I could go on and on with all the little things that added up to make this such an amazing trip, but I guess it is sufficient to say that this place is truly a gem in its’ own class, so much so that I have even booked my next trip there in June this year.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from aminorazmi, Owner at Luma' Selakan
Responded 26 Feb 2020
Thank you so much on you very honest and kind review. See you on June!!
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sega9778 wrote a review Nov 2019
Johor Bahru, Malaysia92 contributions59 helpful votes
It's was my first trip to Semporna & happy to stay at a brand new still house that expose a new level of experience to my kids. Meeting Bajau communities, understanding their culture, boat people, stateless children is lessons taught not by schools. Red Divers Borneo had done awesome planning & package that more value to the quality & the service.
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Date of stay: December 2018
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Responded 8 Nov 2019
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Frequently Asked Questions about Luma' Selakan
Which popular attractions are close to Luma' Selakan?
Nearby attractions include Tun Sakaran Marine Park (2.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Luma' Selakan?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, airport transportation, and kids activities.
What food & drink options are available at Luma' Selakan?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Does Luma' Selakan have airport transportation?
Yes, Luma' Selakan offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Luma' Selakan?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Malay.
Does Luma' Selakan have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.