The local currency is the Malaysian Ringgit (MYR).
In general, transport, food and accommodation in Sabah is a bit more expensive compared to other South East Asia countries.
Where to get money in Semporna
Foreign currencies and travelers' cheques and can be changed for Malaysian Ringgit at Semporna's MayBank.
The local MayBank ATM will allow you to withdraw a maximum of MYR 4,500 (MYR 1,500 per transaction x 3) - accepts Visa, Mastercards, Maestro, Visa Plus, Union Pay, etc.
There are also a money changer kiosk available in Tawau airport.
Free Online Currency Converter: xe.com
Monday through Friday from 9.30am to 4pm
Exchange rates (valid only at the time of writing).
100 MYR = 23 USD
100 MYR = 21 EURO
100 MYR = 19 GBP