Sipadan Info

Please Book your Sipadan Dive Permit in Advance!

Sipadan is an island of exceptional natural beauty. The internationally famous island of Sipadan lies five degrees north of the equator in the Sulawesi Sea (Celebes Sea). Lying 35km south of Semporna, on Sabah’s mainland, like many tropical islands it is thickly forested and surrounded by sandy beaches. Sipadan is an oceanic island and was formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct undersea volcano, which rises 600m from the seabed.

The geographic position of Sipadan puts it in the centre of the richest marine habitat in the world, the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin. More than 3000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species have been classified in this richest of ecosystems. Sipadan is well known for its unusually large numbers of green and hawksbill turtles which gather there to mate and nest and it is not unusual for a diver to see more than 20 turtles on each dive. Another unique feature to divers visiting Sipadan is the turtle tomb, an underwater limestone cave with a labyrinth of tunnels and chambers that contain many skeletal remains of turtles that became disoriented and then drowned.

‘Pulau Sipadan’ (in Bahasa/Malay) is only 30 acres (12 hectares) and is covered by rainforest. The amazing bio-diversity and quantity of underwater life found at Sipadan makes it without doubt the most famous scuba destination in Malaysia.

Sipadan is regularly featured in the world’s top 10 dive spots along with other diving hotsposts such as the Galapagos.

”I have seen other places like Sipadan 45 years ago. Now we have found again an untouched piece of art” – Quoting Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau, 1988.

Scuba Diving In Sipadan

Divers: Please book your Sipadan Permit long time in Advance!
A deposit is required.

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It is not only the big fish that amaze divers coming to Sipadan, the macro life is equally mesmerizing. Garden eels, leaf scorpion fish, mantis shrimps, fire gobies, and various pipefish are guaranteed at various dive sites. The diversity and abundance of marine found at Sipadan gives it its reputation of being one of the ten best dive locations in the world.

Experience scuba diving with the swirling vortex formation of Barracudas, big-eye trevallies, 1000′s silver jack fishes, giant parrot fishes, numerous turtles and many others marine life such as giant mantas, eagle rays, tunas, reef sharks, hammerhead sharks and 3000 more species of fish.

There a total of 12 dive sites in Sipadan Island namely the West Ridge, North Point, The Drop Off, Turtle Cavern, Barracuda Point, Coral Gardens, Whitetip Avenue, Mid Reef, Turtle Patch, South Point, Staghorn Crest, Lobster Lair, and the Hanging Gardens. The most popularly recommended dive sites are the Turtle Cavern, Barracuda Point, South Point and Hanging Gardens.

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Experience amazing marine events such as:

  • 1000′s of baraccudas in a vortex formation.
  • Mating hawksbill and greenback turtles.
  • Big-eye trevally in tornado.
  • Pelagics such as reef sharks, manta rays, eagle rays and hammerhead sharks.

Scuba diving Sipadan is year round with the best visibility being from March till July.

Important: Book your Sipadan Dive Permits in advance!

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Diving In Sipadan

Scuba Diving In Sipadan Divers: Please book your Sipadan Permit long time in Advance! A deposit is required. It is not only the big fish that amaze divers coming to Sipadan, the macro life is equally mesmerizing. Garden eels, leaf scorpion fish, mantis shrimps, fire gobies, and various pipefish are guaranteed at various dive sites. …

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Diving In Mabul

Mention Mabul Island and visions of swaying coconut trees and idyllic water villages come to mind. And that’s just above the water. Located only about 15 minutes by speedboat from the famous Sipadan Island, Mabul has gained its own recognition as one of the best muck-diving (a term used to describe limited visibility dives at …

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Diving In Kapalai

The island of Kapalai, just 15 kilometers off Sipadan, was a beautiful island two hundred years ago, but now it is only a sand bar. Erosion has reduced the island to sea level and the village now sits on the edge of the extensive Ligitan Reefs. Kapalai – The mere name conjures the image of …

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Top Dive Sites

Top 10 Diving Sites Sipadan Island Barracuda Point Turtle Cave South Point White-Tip Avenue Hanging Gardens Mabul Island Lobster Wall Seaventures Paradise I Kapalai Reef The Jetty Mandarin Valley CLICK HERE to find-out MORE about diving sites of Sipadan, Mabul & Kapalai   Follow us on social media

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Dive Maps

Here are the dive-maps for Sipadan, Mabul & Kapalai. Sipadan Dive Sites Mabul Dive Sites Kapalai Dive Sites   Follow us on social media

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How To Get Here

Visitors usually fly to Tawau airport or come by bus or minivan from Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Lahad Datu. There are inexpensive flights from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau airport (2h45) and from Kota Kinabalu (less than 1 hour). Once you arrive in Tawau airport, most visitors take a taxi or shuttle bus to Semporna (1h30). …

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Sipadan Weather

Climate & Weather The weather of Mabul, Sipadan and nearby islands can is warm and sunny all year round. The area is blessed with a cooling ocean breeze and sometimes evening rains. Average temperature: 23-32°C. Water temperature: 25-30°C. Sipadan Scuba Diving Season With no monsoon and no typhoons, the scuba diving season is year round …

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History Of Sipadan

In the past, the island was at the center of a territorial dispute between Malaysia and Indonesia. The matter was brought for adjudication before the International Court of Justice and, at the end of 2002, the Court awarded the island along with the island of Ligitan to Malaysia, on the basis of the “effective occupation” …

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Health And Safety

Guide to a safe diving holiday: Buy a diving and health insurance prior to your arrival. Listen carefully to all dive briefings given by instructors and dive within safe limits. PADI is the largest diver training organization in the world and all of its professional members work within rigidly defined safety standards. Do not dive …

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