While the average traveler may not be familiar with the name, any SCUBA diving aficionado will tell you that Sipadan ranks as among the world’s best diving destinations. Rated consistently as top-5 dive sites, Sipadan will leave any traveler breathless. Both under water to experience the spectacular coral gardens, and coral reef teeming with over 3,000 species of marine life, and above water. Any water-bound activity you choose will put you in direct contact with sharks (yes, but there are of course good sharks and bad sharks!!), barracudas, hawksbill sea turtles and manta rays.
Sipadan is unique in that it’s Malaysia’s only oceanic island, rising 600 meters (2,000 ft) from the seabed. It is located in the Celebes Sea (Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island) east of the major town of Tawau and off the coast of East Malaysia. It was formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct volcanic cone that took thousands of years to develop. Sipadan is located at the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin, the center of one of the richest marine habitats in the world. More than 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species have been classified in this ecosystem.
Sipadan is located in Eastern Malaysian state of Sabah on Borneo. Get there before all the world’s diving crews discover it!
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