I have been to many dive destinations and met with too many divemasters (DM). But nothing quite like the one in Luma’... Selakan. Baik lain macam (in a good way of course) but can be so firm and grumpy when it comes to safety (which is great).
I never had a DM that taught me how to actually take a good photo under the water. I never had a DM that taught me how to edit the photos nicely. I never had a DM that helped me to shoot the subject when it’s getting tough under the water.
Most importantly, I never had a DM that sat down with me and taught me clearly how to maximise the utilisation of my underwater camera. Sharing knowledge is not everyone’s appetite. It is uncommon in today’s world.
Cause that’s not a DM’s job actually. But it’s absolutely amazing knowing that this kind of people still exist, still offering some good values to strangers. Like he had options to just keep his knowledge but he chose to share with me and other divers.
I invested for underwater camera solely for the memories. So my concept more towards try and error and asalkan sedap mata memandang sudah. But this guy really made me explore my own camera. Like this kindness still exist in today’s world? What are the odds!
Apart from the great DM, I am surprised and totally amazed with the creatures here. I didn’t expect that the creatures to be as good as Anilao.
I did 17 dives and I really enjoyed my stay with them. I would definitely love to come back and visit them in future.read more
Simple yet cozy and comfortable sea view room. Was here for open water diver course. Learn from an awesome Instructor... and the crew were amazing. Definitely I will come back for the next leisure dive or upgrade to advanceread more
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.read more
I like it very much...... it is homey with peaceful, calm and relaxed ambience. Such a wonderful place to be especially... when you wake up every morning with a nice view of crystal clear water and blue turqoise sea while watching exquisite sunrise and sunset from your room. Everything is soooooo owesome - the place, room, bathroom (with fresh water), kitchen, food and the team.read more
a place like your home..
can cook by your ownself if u want..
Meals provided for breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Free flow... for drinks like milo, coffee & tea and just do by yourself.
Awesome place to go for vacation.read more
Great services. Excellent hospitality. Location very near to Semporna and dive sites. Most important thing is fresh... water provided in our bath room. Very convenient for us to clean ourselves and shower. The foods are nice too and got open kitchen for guest to cook. We love Luma’ Selakan.read more
A perfect dive getaway. Great service and hospitality by the awesome dive team & boat crew. Quiet, calm and peaceful... place to rejuvenate. Great food and clean & comfortable rooms. Breathtakingly beautiful dive sites. Indeed, it was an amazing experience. Highly recommended.read more
Highly recommended!! Great service by Mr Zul & Fatihah and also driver that pick up n send us back to airport. Diving... was great, the place itself was superb!so relaxing & calm. Definitely we will come back to this place.read more
This place is so good for relaxation and privacy. You will feel at home. The food is so marvelous. You wont feel... hungry. The room is clean and the staff is helpful. They will do everything for you in your diving trip to the extent they put on your fin.read more
It's been over a month since I stayed at Luma' Selakan for a four days' snorkelling, and I am still wishing I could go... back right now. The accommodation was fantastic, not just because of the large, clean and comfy rooms, but the stunning location. Being able to sit quietly and watch the fish, coral and seastars beneath my feet under in the moonlight, or enjoy the sunrises and lightning storms rolling in over the mainland while I enjoyed a delicious meal and coffee was like a dream. Being out amongst the reefs instead of being based in Semporna meant you could spend more time snorkelling and feel like a part of the life out there.
Our host, Zul was incredible. He was so attentive, kind and patient and had so much to share in the biology and culture of the area. He has a passion for the ocean and you will come away with a shared sense of excitement and lots learnt. Zul's knowledge of the local reefs meant we were taken to ideal spots teaming with fish and other reef life including a diversity of healthy coral. We were also taken on some fantastic island hikes which I enjoyed a great deal.
We were very well looked after. The locally made meals were excellent and we were provided with all the gear to be comfortable snorkelling. You snorkel at your own pace and can wind down in the evening relaxing on the deck or having a swim straight from your bedroom.
There's no way I won't be returning to Luma' Selakan, I cannot recommend it enough!read more
Wow, what a great place to stay. Firstly, the communication and booking process prior to arrival was fantastic. Amin... is super easy to deal with and nothing was an issue for him. Airport pickup and transfer was seamless. Originally, went so my husband could do some diving, while the kids and I chilled, swam, snorkelled and relaxed. Unfortunately, due to a head cold, my husband was unable to dive, so we spent our whole time Island hoping and Snorkelling. Zul was an unbelievable guide, housekeeper, translator, local cultural advisor etc, etc. We had our 10 and 12 yo kids with us and Zul took a keen interest in sharing his knowledge and passion for the local marine environment. The local foods provided were fantastic. The little treats for the kids (and us) were fantastic. Plan is to get myself and the kids dive certified in the next few years and get back over there to explore a bit more of the undersea world. Having said that, we all would be happy to go back again and island hop and snorkel. Thanks again Luma’ Selakan for some very special lasting memories.read more
Very private, food were very good, newly build. 24 hours electricity (solar) and water (rain). Very suitable for divers... as there are many diving sites surrounding the place. Nearby to Sibuan Island, Bohey. Owned and managed by the local people of Pulau Selakan. Highly recommended 👍🏽read more
Great ambiance, hospitality and just love It’s bathroom.
Good simple food and the most expensive of all... the scenery... and its Cool breeze. Plus the feeling of being at home.
As for divers, their dive Guide is just superb....read more
Everything is awesome at Luma' Selakan...the place, people, dive site, rooms and atmosphere is absolutely awesome...the... only thing not good is i cant stay longer at Luma...definitely will come back.read more
I am staying at their water chalet now as I am writing this. Just had one of the best sleep staying in Semporna's... islands. It felt so private, because it's only your group is staying there. The island and area is way way way way way wayyyyy cleaner than Mabul Island. I was a Mabul Island fan before, now that's gonna change. Selakan Island, please stay clean and stay low traffic.read more
Luma 'Selakan!!!The best diving place that i ever been.DM Zul is just like an"angel" with very good connection with... all the micro under water. His is very low profile, once u dive with him he will shows u a lot of micro down there + he will teach and share with u on the technique for the micro.The one and only place i have experince it.Other reason for this place is, i felt VERY safe during my stay and diving activity.DM Zul and DM Osman is the best DM so far.They will take care everything for you until u feel like 10 star diving centre.This is the best place to start and continue your diving activity.Operation Manager Amin was very cooperative and overall i feel like staying with the family- and of course will come back to Luma Selakan again.-Sam-read more
We came with 4 persons. 2 divers and 2 took OWD course.Beautiful place to dive and chill. Staff very friendly and... accomodating. Dive master’s are expert in macro hunting. They can find small macro that are very difficult to find by us mere mortals (untrained eyes). We even had a chance to explore the nearby village and see agar-agar farm and buy seafood from Bajau people.Rooms are breezy at night with no air-conditioning needed. You can also rent a stand up paddle board if you want to.I reserve one star for future improvements:1) Punctuality. Instructor arrive to Island late (afternoon on the 2nd day we were there) then had to cram the OWD syllabus. I think it would have been better to at least give some reading materials to the students beforehand to fill up the lost time so that it is not too rushing.2) Faulty dive equipment ruined some of our dives thus scheduled equipment maintenance should be done. I apologize if this has already been done, maybe just a coincidence that the equipments happened to fail during one of the dive days as the previous day, the equipment was fine.-Regulator auto-inflate making it difficult for the diver to descend.-Alternate air source auto purges when entering the water causing diver to lose air before even starting the dive.Regardless, we would definitely come again if given the oportunity!read more
Its been 2 weeks since I came back from Luma' Selakan, and I've been thinking of you everyday. If only I could give a 7... star rating, I would!Came here with my 2 girlfriends with no expectations whatsoever. Have only seen a friend repeating coming here several times for her dive trips and thought, instead of going to typical/commercial areas, why not try it here.We basically just wanted to chill and relax since the 2 year lockdown kept us home and occupied with work, and decided to venture Sabah waters as we've never been to their islands before. And it is indeed the best decision we made this year! Stayed 4 days 3 nights, and wished we stayed longer.Location wise, it is very strategic, only 20-30 minutes boat ride from the main land/jetty. Luma's Selakan is the only resort at the Selakan island, and the view is breathtaking all day all night 24/7. Every rooms are sea facing, and guests are able to enjoy both sunsets and sunrise view. Rooms are basic, but very clean, comfortable, properly built and well ventilated. It is windy all the time and the sea breeze are refreshing. I realize from this trip that we are happy and content even with the most basic things in life. At night, we could stargaze and see the milky way. Beautiful!Food was served the local way 4 times a day, sitting on the floor on a low table, feasting together with other guests. Food is home cooked by villagers. Thought this is such a good way of supporting local villagers too. They were delicious. The best thing is, guests can cook too since they let us use the kitchen and fridge anytime. Do bring some groceries, coffees, teas on your own if you were to stay long here.We were so happy with our stay that we immediately booked for a 6 days trip in February 2023 and bought our flight tickets right away. I wish I could stay much longer someday when time permits.Thank you to Mel, Zul, Pak Jand and all crews for hosting us and looking after us throughout our stay. Wish you all well, and see you again soon! read more
The overall experience defines true holiday, a complete relaxation from the time we board the transport in Tawau to the... time we had to leave. Breathe taking view with simple homely hospitality, will make you feel peaceful and at ease. And this translate to me taking up DSD during my stay with Pak Jandri and yes ~ I’ve booked for my next trip in Feb! Racun mengena 😊 Terima kasih Luma’Selakan! See you soonread more
One of the best trip in my life.A homey and cozy lodge, surrounded by beautiful waters.I came here with no... intention of pursuing diving. A bit resistance to the idea of diving actually. Then I met the instructors there, fellow divers and new friends. Made me change my mind to take.up DSD. And the experience was superb. It's not a far fetched thing to say that this place broke the ice for to diving.And then, it's not only about the experience, but it is the place, the cozy and homey environment that brings people from all walks of life together. Talking about their lifes, sharing their enthusiasm in sea creatures and of course, we were visited every night by different sea creatures that we would not see in other places.Would I repeat this again? Heck, I wish I would be moving to Sabah just to come every weekend.read more
Came back here again for the second time for one good reason - its Malaysian/ Sabahan hospitality!. Rooms were super... clean and should fit any island-goers for sure with private balcony to hang your wet clothes or hangout. Its a connected floating/ partial floating accommodation that allows you to hangout at their living area and yard as well. That makes it a plus point for big groups to hangout. They’ll make you feel at home even you are in a small group or alone.Food prepared was good as well and you can buy and cook yourself in their kitchen. There are Bajau or village fishermen selling cheap and sometimes live seafood caught nearby. Tip - If you intend to buy and cook, get their crew to negotiate (its super cheap even before you negotiate). You can get basic groceries within a walkable distance in the same island and mosque nearby too or just head back to Semporna by their boat which is just 30 mins away one way from Pulau Selakan.Known as the underwater macro heaven which undoubtedly is, you can ask for any custom trip to dive/snorkel at nearby islands (went to Timba timba, Mataking and Sipadan island). Dive crew and guide were super helpful - they’ll do almost everything for you except getting yourself in the boat. They’ve mastered the nearby dive site in Selakan Island and you should be safe. Dive sites in Selakan are definitely full of macros and healthy corals for you to capture with your camera. Their spotters are absolutely highly recommended, to the extend of sharing photography tips and trick to a noob like myself.Anyhow, this is not a paid review but an honest one ☝🏻. To all the crew of Luma Selakan, thank you for making scuba diving a safe sport and your hospitality makes a memorable holiday for us.Credit to to all the crews for our second trip (Zul, Sir Basir, Usman, Imran, Amy, Cheng, Iqbal, Raziq, Pakcik Asri and Mohsin) and to Bg Amin for making this trip possible.read more
A marvellous place / lodge/ small resort to stay, snorkel and dive.You can customize your stay n activities. The... staffs are like family, warm n welcome. My son just loves it there too much! We have been there twice and do t mind to go there again n again!You can experience dusk n dawn from the platform. The food is good for a small resort.I really recommend you to stay there and experience like a luxury treatment resort!read more
This dive lodge is amazing! The people there are crazy helpful and friendly :) it also doesn't hurt that the view is... so great! The dive masters that took us out were also experts at spotting all the tiny stuff.A really nice touch is also how eco friendly everything is. They've got solar power for electricity (back up generators in case), sea water to flush your toilets, and rain water for your shower (they'll get more water for you if that runs out which it never did).I'd definitely make many many trips here!read more
Luma Selakan is one of the places you will remember forever. Worthy experience outside of the noisy world. The diving... around is very beatiful, big underwater gardens, occassional turtles, lots of macro allien thingies :) very cute. Bob and Zul made everything perfect. Also food was fresh and delicious. We will try to go back in these uncertain times. Thank you Luma' Selakan team!read more
Highly recommended.Good place, good food. Cooked by local Bajau villagers. You can enjoy dinner while gazing at the... stars.Zul briefed us in very detail about the place, stay, activities and safety.They treat us like families. Make yourself at home.Most of them are here for diving. We're here for snorkeling but it's quite good as well.I'll miss this place.read more
feels like staying at 5star resort on a peaceful private island.. 5star hospitality and service..fresh water, high... pressure water to the room..free flow kitchen supplies. Experience full moon and star gazing view at night. got to see sunrise and sunset at the same dock...read more
We were a group of 3 divers and 1 swimmer. I would like to give 6 stars but unfortunately google only allows maximum 5... stars. 'Luma' means home in Bajau language.We were welcome on the first day by Zul and the team as if we were the guests of home. Meals are provided 4 times a day including an evening tea time. Food are local cuisines prepared by villagers depends on the catch of the day, which would be seafood almost every night!Room is simple yet comfortable. No air conditioning but the fan and the sea breeze are cool enough. View from our room is superb as well! We went to total 5 diving spots in Sibuan island, Arkish Garden and Mantabuan Island in this 4 days 3 nights trip. Visibility is good but could be better in October according to Zul. We were all beginners but Zul treated us patiently and is very eager to show us the macro-organism in the underwater. Our non-diver is very lucky to swim along with the turtles in mantabuan island!Unfortunately it was the raining season and Boheydulang was closed from hiking. My group enjoys the hospitality from Mr Zul very well. We will definitely come back again one day. 😊read more
Absolutely the place to go if you’re after some place to unwind and relax. They offer local delicacies/home cook dishes... by local villagers, organised our trips that avoided crowds, not to mentioned the lookouts for macros and many other sea critters for beginner divers like us. Highlight of the night of our stay was when the stars were twinkling in the night skies, the planktons put up a performance in the sea, shimmering across the jetty. It was definitely an absolute divine! The place was definitely safe and secure, giving us a peace of mind when you’re on this holiday. We watched the sun rises and set from our room. This would have cost us thousands, but Luma made it possible for us who are tight in our pockets :)Thank you for having us, will definitely be back for more.read more
- photo advertised is 100% as real condition- food was local, well above average- dive master is responsible, and is... good at photography (both under water macro/sea creature and photo for the guest!) - diving equipment is complete (long sleeve wet suit, BCD, regulator, mask, you might want to bring your own booties, torch, pointer) - perfect spot for both sunset and sunrise. - amazing for honeymoon - the island is right next to Boheydulang- you can bring your own beer, but please don’t over indulge and cause trouble, balance is the key.read more
Can't recommend enough. We stayed here for 4 days and 3 nights and wish I had stayed longer. The rooms are simple, but... spectacular, with amazing views to the ocean. You can snorkel right outside the room and you can see several animais (managed to spot nudibranches, shrimp, clown fish, small moray eels, puffer fish, sea snake and an array of other animals). The food is brought fresh everyday from the village and all the guests eat together, creating a quite homey environment. All the snorkeling/hiking/diving activities are well organised and care is put into them so crowds are avoided. We were always the first to arrive at the sites. Can't thank Zul (the dive master and our host) enough for the amazing companionship and care he received us with.We will return for sure.read more