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Sabah has 6 Marine Parks open to the public :

Tunku Abdul Rahman Park
Pulau Tiga Park
Turtle Island Park (Pulau Penyu National Park)
Tun Sakaran Marine Park
Pulau Sipadan Park
Tun Mustapha Marine Park

Sipadan  Island
...a coral island first introduced to the world by Jacques Cousteau and made famous by Abu Sayyaf...

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Sipadan, Sabah  

Further south off the seas of Semporna lies Sipadan, Mabul & Kapalai islands. Sipadan is Malaysia's diving haven. Rated as the top dive destination of the world, it has since applied for the World Heritage Site status. Free of dive operators, the island is now maintained by Sabah Parks.  

This unique outcrop yoometres from the ocean floor, has provided a sanctuary for more than 3000 species offish, including Grey Reef Sharks, Great Barracudas, Eagle Rays, Hammerhead Sharks and Manta Rays just to name a few, with scores of colourful Anthias and Butterfly Fishes set to be your eye candy as you comb the reef along the walls. The ever present currents on both sides of the island, challenges the diver to drift along or nn alongside the almost stationary school of Jacks or the whirling barracudas in numbers exceeding a thousand. On the more shallow reefs near the surface, drifting along with the numerous Sweetlips and Surgeonnsh with almost perfect visibility makes you feel like you are in a borderless aquarium.

Sipadan Island conjuring images of twirling torn patrolling hammerhead sharks, millions of technicoloured reef fish and, above all, dozens of sea turtles swimming peacefully everywhere. This description is not far from reality: it might even actually downplay a little bit, as Sipadan is considered one of the five top diving destinations in the world. This small, rainforest-covered tropical island rising from a 700 meter abyss in the Celebes " cannot miss.

Resorts nearby Sipadan Island :

  Reference Price
Snorkeling at Sipadan Rm 225 per person
2 Dives at Sipadan Rm 310 per person
3 Dives at Sipadan Rm 360 per person
Snorkeling Gear Rm 15.00
Scuba Gear Rm 40.00
Park Fee for Sipadan Island Rm 40.00

Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman has given the go-ahead for the construction of tourist facilities on the eco-sensitive diving haven of Sipadan.  More...

Sipadan's resorts were removed from the island as a protective measure to ensure the environmental well-being of this tiny island.

The removal of all structures dive resorts on Sipadan Island in 2004 greatly benefited the nearby Mabul island and Kapalai Island where dive resorts are rebuild here.

The removal of human structures away from Sipadan Island was a bold move aimed at conserving the fragile ecosystem on the tiny 12ha island which had become congested with tourists.

Sipadan Island is consistently being voted one of the top five dive sites in the world.

Sabah is being blessed for having many beautiful and top class islands, especially at the east coast of Sabah i.e. near Semporna, a fishing village. Sipadan is one of few really top class place for divers around the world. But recent years, there are many bad publicity about the island i.e the kidnapping case, then the state government decision to demolish all the island building structures and then later to decide to build basic amenities structures and a club house  .. then .. a barge that carried the building materials accidentally dropped its entire cargo onto the fragile sea bed of the island ...

  Malaysians divers should dive in Sipadan once in lifetime. Sipadan is in the top 3 dive sites on the planet.......Everyone has their own version of paradise, mine would be Sipadan.

I floated downward through shoals of colorful fishes, darting in and out, following the current as they go along. Sipadan is all about wall diving and one can see unusual coral gardens hanging on all sides, the perplexity of shapes and sizes of all the marine life.

A few meters away from me a white tip shark swims alongside and a moray eel below darting in and out from a tiny gap between the corals. Schools of baracudda and jackfish swerve to a certain direction like they all knew their oceanic passageway. A hawksbill turtle came out of nowhere and white tip sharks laid at the sandy bottom getting all too familiar with Sipadan divers.

The highlight for me was entering a cave called Turtle's Tomb. Apparently, turtles swim into the cave, gets disorientated, suffocate and die. Until today, nobody knows why the turtles swim there. I touched a couple of turtle bones and leave immediately.............


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Teoh Yew Aun
Sipadan-Kunak-Tawau Weekend Adventure


- Sipadan dive resort  
- Article about Sipadan island - by David Lim
- Sipadan-kapalai resort
- Sipadan Water Village Resort
- Terrestial Life Forms of Sipadan Island
- Sipadan Island - an untouched piece of art found by Jacques Cousteau

Diving celebrity Jacques Cousteau's discovery of Sipadan Island's divers marine life turned this island into a dive mecca scuba destination in Malaysia. One of the big fish capitals of the world!

This island shared its top spot with two other destinations - the Galapagos Islands and Truk in Micronesia.

At Barracuda Point you can find yourself surrounded by a spiralling vortex of barracudas, so large the school that the sunlight is often clouded out.

At South Point there are scores of reef sharks, large schools of passing trevally and herds of massive marauding bumphead parrotfish.

You'll see turtles everywhere you dive in Sipadan, munching on the sponges and algae, or lazing on the wall ledges.

Look closely at the walls you'll see a wealth of macro life and fish species to rival most destinations, although this is often overlooked due to the other major attractions vying for your attention.

Dive points include :

West Ridge, North Point, The Drop Off, Turtle Cavern, Barracuda Point, Barracuda Point, Cotal Gardens, Whiteip Avenue, Mid Reef, Turtle Patch, South Point, Staghorn Crest, Lobster Lair, Hanging Gardens.

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 then 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.

The residential schooling barracuda and big-eye trevally, which often gather in thousands forming spectacular tornado-like formations, are one of the highlights on every diver's wish-list. With the possibility of seeing pelagic species such as mantas, eagle rays, scalloped hammerhead sharks and whale sharks, each dive at Sipadan is a highly anticipated event.

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 life found at Sipadan gives it its reputation of being one of the ten best dive locations in the world.

The Government of Malaysia has decided that all existing onsite dive resort operators are to move their operations out of Sipadan Island by 31st December 2004. The move is mainly to conserve and maintain a balanced marine and land eco-systems on Sipadan and its environs. Diving will continue in Sipadan for divers to be ferried in by operators operating from the mainland or nearby islands other than the islands of Sipadan and Ligitan.

How To Get To Tawau

From Kota Kinabalu City, Tawau is accessible by road via the East-West and East Coast Highways. The journey should take about 8 hours. For a speedier alternative, the flight from Kota Kinabalu to Tawau takes only 45 minutes.

From Kuala Lumpur, tourists can hop on AirAsia flights which flies to Tawau twice a day. The familiariasation trip to Tawau was organized by AirAsia and Sabah Tourism.

   External Links ...
Pulau Sipadan 1996   by David Lin
Sipadan Island Report
More Photos by Raman Ying
More News on Sipadan
Sipadan 2000
Dive sites in Sipadan, Mabul and Kapalai
Sipadan Water Village
Travel Tips

INDEX - Islands of Sabah  July 23, 2016 10:17:10 PM

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