Introduction to Sipadan
Sipadan lies right in the middle of the richest marine habitat in the world and is ranked in the top 10 dive sites in the world! Known to have more than 3000 species of marine life including large numbers of hawkbill and green turtles, Sipadan was actually formed by corals growing on top of an extinct underwater volcano rising up 600m from the seabed.
Sipadan claims to be the world’s best dive site. While this is a big claim, the diving here is certainly world class. Sipadan used to have resorts but to protect the environment these were closed around the year 2002. To dive on Sipadan you have to stay somewhere nearby, such as on Mabul, Kapalai or in Semporna, and take a boat onto the island.
Diving in Sipadan
One of the highlights of diving in Sipadan is the famous spectacular tornado– like formations of the schooling Barracudas and big eye trevally. There is a possibility of spotting hue pelagic like Manta ray and Whale Sharks!
Sipadan is under the protection of the wildlife department, which had put a stop on overnight facilities on the island itself. This is the aid of protecting the unique wildlife both on the island and the sea. Divers visiting Sipadan would have to make a day trip, there while spending the nights at the nearby resorts. There are a limited number of permits to Sipadan daily.
Best Time to Dive Sipadan
|Best Dive Season||March to October|
|Water Temperature||30C (82F)|
All year round diving but recommended during dry season in March to October.