Fast Facts

  • Location: Located in the Sulawesi Sea, 35 km away from the east coast of Borneo in Malaysia.
  • Attraction Type: Aquatic Adventure.
  • Significance: One of the top 5 diving destinations in the world. Arguably the best.
  • Best time to Visit: Can be visited throughout the year. However, April through December is the best.
  • Visiting Hours: During daytime.
  • How to Reach: Reach Tawau Airport from Kuala Lumpur or Kota Kinabalu. Take a minivan or taxi from Tawau to reach the port town of Semporna. Then take a fast boat to reach Sipadan in an hour.
  • Nearest Airport: Tawau Airport (TWU).

Sipadan Island is known best for its amazing scuba diving facilities. A rendezvous with the patrolling hammerhead sharks, thousands of colorful reef fishes and dozens of sea turtles — a diving experience at Sipadan is truly an exciting one. Being one of the most popular names in the world of scuba diving, plenty of tourists, especially those who love die for this sort of aquatic adventure, go for diving at Sipadan every year. However, one has to be a good diver in order to go for scuba diving there.

Located in the Sulawesi Sea, 35 km away from the east coast of Borneo in Malaysia, Sipadan Island is a diver’s paradise and also a protected site. As a result, only 120 divers are allowed everyday here. So, go early to avoid rush.

Things to Do
Diving at Sipadan is full of excitement. The crystal clear water, tropical scenery and the convenient dive sites are what which have made this place one of the 5 most popular diving destinations in the world. There are around 40 diving sites in and around Sipadan, which include Sipadan, Mabul and Kapalai.

South Point: This is a colorful diving site with a number of walls, sharks, turtles and schools of fish. Unlike other diving sites in Sipadan, one can find no hanging around in the blue doing a tedious safety stop. It is an amazing experience for everyone to hover over the coral gardens.

Barracuda Point: This is one of the popular diving sites. Bannerfish, vast school of jacks, and snapper are the highlights of this site. While diving here, you can spot variety of sharks.

Turtle Cavern: This site is comparatively less popular comparing to the others. There were a number of resorts in this site, which have been closed down a few years back. However the marauding horde of gigantic bump-head parrotfish can make the day for you here. The large and intriguing cavern is a wonderful piece to explore. You will find the turtle skeletons resting on the seabed.

The Drop Off: One of the popular diving sites at Sipadan. It is arguably regarded as the best beach dive in the world. Hundreds of jacks circling overhead is a known scene that you will come to see immediately after entering this site.

All the resorts in Sipadan have been closed recently. Therefore, you need to stay at the nearby town Semporna. You may also stay at the resorts on the nearby Mabul islands.

Seafest Hotel
Jalan Kastam
Semporna 91308, Malaysia

Borneo Divers Mabul Resort
Mabul Island
Sabah, Malaysia

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