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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.


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.


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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