Sipadan Island

Sipadan is a small island located to the south-east of Sabah state (Borneo Island), 35km/21mi from Semporn city. It rises on the mountain of volcanic origin, which is covered with tropical jungles and surrounded with sandy beaches. The nearby islands are Mabul and Kapalai. The beauty of the island’s underwater world was known for a long time. Once famous sea traveler Jacques Yves Cousteau visited the island and noted: “45 years ago I used to see places like Sipandan Island, but nowadays there are no similar ones anymore. We’ve found a totally unexplored corner of the Earth, a true rarity.”

In fact, there are plenty of flora and fauna species that can be found in the waters of Indian and Pacific Oceans. Divers can admire a beautiful combination of reef walls, caves, coral gardens with soft, hard and needle corals, actiniae, sponges of all possible colors. Gorgonarias create beautiful ornaments by hanging down from the walls like garlands. There are interesting dive sites at South-Point cape.

There is a strong current that constantly changes its direction. Inside the current there are astonishing schools of barracudas and caranxes. They swirl into magnificent ornaments that look like large bowls. they unite and fall apart again and again, surrounding the divers from all sides. Divers can get truly amazing impressions.

On the shore and under the water there is an unbelievable large amount of large turtles. They lay eggs in August. The dives are performed from the islands or from small boats or from the shore. Depending on weather conditions and diver level , almost any dive program is available, starting with the simplest dives at the near coastal area till drift diving. Excursions along the steep walls and night diving are also possible.

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Location: Celebes Sea, south-east of Borneo Island, 35km/21mi from Semporn city

What to see: Beside colorful coral fish there are also barracudas, caranxes, large turtles, whitetip and grey reef sharks, hammerheads, leopard sharks, rays and mantas, jellyfish, sweetlips fish, mulluses, parrotfish, scorpionfish, crocodilefish, various corals, actinae, sponges, gorgonarias etc.

Depth: 10-30m/32-98ft

Currents: 1-3knots

Visibility: 10-30m/32-98ft

Season for diving: The best period for diving is from April to December. The average water temperature is 26-29C/78-84F.

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