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Sipadan Island - Malaysia





  • Sipadan is the main maritime island in Malaysia, rising 2,000 ft from the seabed.
  • It is situated in the Celebes Sea off the east bank of Sabah, Malaysia.
  • It was developed by living corals growing on top of a wiped out volcanic cone that took millennia to create.
  • Sipadan is situated at the heart of the Indo-Pacific bowl, the focal point of one of the wealthiest marine living spaces on the planet.
  • More than 3,000 types of fish and several coral species have been arranged in this environment.
  • Sipadan Island was at its top spot with 2 different destinations known for the assorted qualities of their marine life.
  • Green and hawksbill turtles which mate and home there, gigantic schools of barracuda in tornado-like developments and also substantial schools of enormous eye trevally and bumphead parrotfish.
  • Pelagic species, for example, manta beams, bird beams, scalloped hammerhead sharks and whale sharks likewise visit Sipadan.
  • A turtle tomb lies underneath the segment of the island, shaped by a submerged limestone hollow with a maze of passages and chambers that contain numerous skeletal stays of turtles that get lost and suffocate before reaching the surface.


  • Turtles and Reef Sharks are extremely common around the island.
  • It is additionally easy to spot Leopard sharks, Grey sharks and even Hammerhead sharks on the off chance that you are fortunate.
  • Manta rays are likewise to be gliding around.
  • The coral is perfect. You will discover extraordinary ocean gorgonians fans and barrel sponges along the steep walls.




Barracuda Point 

There is a huge shoal of thousands of barracudas here. You can also see bumphead parrotfish, dozens of turtles and reef sharks patrolling the area. Sometimes there is also hammerhead sharks. The site is composed by a steep wall going down to 22 m deep often with strong currents. After your nice dive, you finish your dive in the shallow in the coral garden.


Coral Gardens

The dive site is located on the South Side of Similan Island. Like the name says, it is a very shallow spot featuring a superb reef on a fine beach. This is a perfect place for Snorkelling to enjoy the reef life. This location is a Reef. This is great place for spotting and diving with sharks, octopuses, manta rays, triggerfish, pufferfish and turtles.



Hanging Gardens  

Located in the South of the Island. It is a beautiful wall with a great variety of colorful hard and soft coral, barrel sponges and sea fans. Along the wall you can discover a whole range of damselfish, chromis, sweetlips on black coral, clownfish, lobsters hiding in the cracks and tiny sea slugs. Sometimes, there are so many turtles that you can see dozens in a single dive! There also many reef sharks swimming around.


Mid Reef

Situated a bit South of Mandarin Valley. Like all the diving around Kapalai Island, you can find here many small stuff and critters like Harlequin Ghost Pipefish, Frog Fish, Stone Fish, Octopus, Mandarin Fish, Mantis shrimp, Lobsters, Ribbon eels and many rare Nudibranchs. The dive site is famous for its Pygmy Seahorse hidding in the Coral, so be patient and open your eyes sharp.

South Point

Famous for its magnificent wall going deep down into the blue fully covered with untouched coral. There are many pelagic fishes swimming in the current with schools of barracudas, trevallies and many turtles. You can also see manta rays here quite often. If you are an experienced diver, you can go down deep in the early morning and maybe have the chance to spot hundreds of Hammerhead Sharks swimming together. You can also encounter the rare thresher shark.


Staghorn Crest

Dive site is located in Sipadan just north of South Point. It is a great coral garden in the shallows followed by a 15m deep plateau.

Turtle Cave  

The entrance of the cave is located about 18 m deep. You enter the cave for about 21 m then you arrive in the second chamber. From there, there is another tunnel connecting with the dive site Turtle Tomb. Along the cave there are several turtle skeletons, making it an eerie sight deep within the reef.


Turtle Patch 

Dive site in Sipadan for turtles, whitetip sharks, parrotfish shoals and large table corals. Turtle Patch is similar to the Coral Gardens.


Whitetip Avenue  

Dive site in Sipadan for its proliferation of sharks, manta rays and turtles. The wall is nicely covered by black coral and sea fans. The more experienced divers will dive below 30 m and can observe many grey and whitetip sharks.




The climate of Sipadan and nearby islands can broadly be described as hot and sunny all year round. The Sipadan area is blessed with a cooling ocean breeze and scattered rains.

There are no monsoon or typhoons. The Sipadan scuba diving season is year round. The best visibility conditions are between March and July.

Peak Tourist Seasons

  • July and August
  • Christmas and New Year
  • Chinese New Year
  • Golden Week (beggining of October)
  • Golden Week (beggining of May)

Live Coral Count: 60.40%

Dive sites: 11

Protection Status: Sipadan Island Park

Average temperature: 30-32°C.
Water temperature: 27-30°C.




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