Located in the Celebes sea off the east coast of Sabah,
Malaysia, Sipadan is an oceanic island rising up 600m from the
ocean floor. Upwellings from the very deep waters surrounding this
tiny island transport cold, nutrient-rich water to the surface
which in turn brings in a huge variety and abundance of marine
life, attracting divers from all over the world. The diving here
really is world-class.
Turtles, both green and hawksbill, are around every corner along
with a large number of white-tip reef sharks, huge schools of
barracuda, jack and trevally, bumphead parrotfish as well as the
occasional ray so keep your eyes peeled! There are around 12 dive
sites to choose from around the island including dramatic
drop-offs, sloping reefs and the famous turtle cavern.
There are government regulations about how many people can dive
at Sipadan per day which keep changing so do speak to us before
booking a trip. This means that you may not be able to dive Sipadan
every day but there is still fantastic diving around the island of
Mabul, specifically muck diving with all the weird and wonderful
critters, and around Kapalai which has incredible macro life.
It is no longer possible to stay on the island of Sipadan itself
as the government seeks to protect this unique and incredible
marine ecosystem. Instead, you can stay on one of the excellent
resorts that lie a short distance from the island itself.