SIPADAN

Scuba Diving Paradise

Surrounded by the Sulawesi Sea, Sipadan lies 35km off Semporna of  Sabah mainland is an internationally famous diving site. It was made famous by a french oceanographer in his documentary ‘ The Ghost of the Sea Turtle’ and it’s most thrilling feature ‘Drop Off’ when shallow water suddenly give way to a 600m drop.

Sipadan situated at the Indo-Pacific Basin which is the richest marine habitat in the world has more than 3000 species of of fish and hundreds of coral species. The seascape is decorated with huge gorgonian sea fans, barrel sponges and gigantic soft tree corals.

The Ghost of The Sea Turtle

The steep walls from the sudden drop allows schools of different fishes and turtles swim gracefully. Another unique feature of Sipadan is the Cavern that contains skeletons of turtles that were lost and drown in the tunnels.

Excited  encounters with barracuda and big- eye trevally which often gather in thousands forming spectacular tornado-like formations can be expected. Other species like  hammerhead sharks and whale sharks,  eagle rays are possible to be sighted. Sipadan is so full of diversity and abundance of marine which earn its reputation of being one of the top ten dive locations in the world.

Delicate Ecosystem

The island is also well known for its unusually large numbers of green and hawksbill turtles which gather there to mate . To preserve the delicate ecosystem, accommodation is only provided at the neighbouring islands of Mabul and Kapalai. Tours must be prearranged. The nearest airport to Sipadan is Tawau, which is about 1 hour drive to Semporna before proceeding with a 40 minutes speedboat ride to the island.

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