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Dive Sipadan

“I have seen other places like Sipadan, 45 years ago, but now no more. Now we have found an untouched piece of art.” ~ Jacques Cousteau, French marine biologist.

Sipadan, voted as one of the Top 10 Dives by Scuba Travel, UK and Top 50 Best Dive Sites in the World by sportdiver.com, is home to over 3000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species. This oceanic island located in Celebes Sea boasts over 100 dive sites, with 12 internationally famous ones including the renowned Barracuda Point.

Sipadan is understandably famous for its wall diving. Just 20 feet from the shore, the wall plunges a staggering 2,000 feet down, encrusted with a multitude of living corals. An incredible diversity of marine life from pelagics to reef dwellers and turtles abound, even the occasional dolphin!

Now a fully protected conservation zone, work is in progress to list Sipadan as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Borneo Divers is proud to support this conservation effort and is working with the Malaysian government to secure Sipadan’s future.

Good for: Large marine life, small marine life, dive value-for-money
Experience level: Beginner – advanced
Depth: 5 – 40m
Visibility: Good
Currents: Gentle to strong
Surface conditions: Calm
Water temperature: 25 – 30°C
Number of dive sites:  13

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Drop Off/Sipadan Jetty

A popular dive spot a mere 9.1 metres from the beach. With a 600-metre drop, it is excellent for marine biology, free diving, snorkelling, and underwater photography. A recommended site for children’s dives and first dives.

Depth: 5 – 40 metres
Visibility:
Dive Type: Wall, Reef
Location: North of Sipadan Island Jetty
Requirements: Advanced Open Water / Open Water

Turtle Cavern/Turtle Tomb

One of the highlights of Sipadan. An opening on the wall leads into a massive underwater cave extending over 65 metres into the island, with stalactites and stalagmites in the far reaches. Also called Turtle Tomb as skeletons of turtles (and a dolphin) can be found here. Fusiliers and Trevally are common sights at the entrance. This dive requires special equipment and an experienced local guide who is familiar with this underwater cave. Only experience cave divers are permitted to go beyond the light zone of the cave.

Depth: 17 – 23 metres
Visibility: 30 metres
Dive Type: Cave
Location: East of The Jetty
Requirements: Advanced Open Water / Dive Master

Barracuda Point

The best in Sipadan. This place gets its name from the huge schools of Chevron Barracudas that are often seen in a tornado formation. Schools of Jacks, Batfish and Bumphead Parrotfish, together with dozens of turtles and whitetip sharks (and the occasional hammerhead) are a common sight.

Depth: 5 – 40 metres
Visibility: 30 metres
Dive Type: Wall, Reef
Location: North East of Sipadan Island
Requirements: Advanced Open Water

Coral Gardens

Great for living corals and marine life such as Manta Rays, turtles and Reef Sharks.

Depth: 10 – 23 metres
Visibility: 30 metres
Dive Type: Wall, Reef
Location: Northeast of Sipadan reef
Requirements: Open Water

White Tip Avenue

Famous for sharks (White Tip and Grey), mantas and turtles. Below 30m, Black Corals and Sea Fans abound.

Depth: 17-40 metres
Visibility: 30 metres
Dive Type: Wall, Reef, Sharks
Location: East side of Sipadan, south of Barracuda Point and Coral Gardens
Requirements: Open Water

Mid-Reef

Home to some of the best coral formations with black coral, knotted fan corals and gorgonian sea fans below, together with cabbage corals, table corals, green tree corals and stony corals above. Green and Hawksbill Turtles and White Tip Reef Sharks are often abundant too.

Depth: 5 – 40 metres
Visibility: 30 metres
Dive Type: Wall, Reef
Location: South of Whitetip Avenue
Requirements: Advanced Open Water

Turtle Patch

Home to turtles, White Tip Sharks, Parrot Fish and Table Corals.

Depth: 5 – 12 metres
Visibility: 30 metres
Dive Type: Wall, Reef, Sharks
Location: Southeast of Sipadan
Requirements: Open Water

South Point

Offers an incredible wall of corals and occasional sightings of the Blue Ringed Octopus. Early morning dives give rise to the potential for encounters with pelagics such as Manta Rays and Hammerhead Sharks.

Depth: 20 – 40 metres
Visibility: 30 metres
Dive Type: Wall, Reef
Location: The Southernmost point of Sipadan
Requirements: Advanced Open Water

Staghorn Crest

A coral garden dominated by Staghorn Corals. Underwater photography enthusiasts will delight amongst Triggerfish, Groupers, shrimp, Nudibranchs, Gobies, Angel Fish and Grunts.

Depth: 20 – 40 metres
Visibility: 30 metres
Dive Type: Wall, Reef, Sharks
Location: Northwest of South Point
Requirements: Advanced Open Water

Lobster Lair

Has an abundance of lobsters, with more potential with encounters with Mantas and Reef Sharks. Another great site for macro photography with Seahorses, Leaf Fish, Frog Fish and Pipe Fish.

Depth: 25 – 40 metres
Visibility: 30 metres
Dive Type: Wall, Reef, Big fishes
Location: Southwest of Sipadan Reef
Requirements: Advanced Open Water

Hanging Gardens

Another of Sipadan’s best. Great for free diving, underwater photography and snorkelling. This multicoloured wall of soft coral is home to Damselfish, Chromis, Sweetlips and Clown Fish. Common sightings include turtles, reef sharks, whitetips and a big school of Bumphead parrotfishes.

Depth: 5 – 40 metres
Visibility: 30 metres
Dive Type: Wall, Reef, Sharks
Location: South of Sipadan island
Requirements: Open Water

West Ridge

Great for snorkelling, free diving, underwater photography or wall dives. Black Corals, Groupers, turtles and sharks are commonly seen.

Depth: 18 – 40 metres
Visibility: 30 metres
Dive Type: Wall, Reef, Sharks
Location: West of Sipadan
Requirements: Open Water

North Point

A wall dive with incredible marine bio-diversity. Sponges, sea squirts, anemones and turtles are commonly spotted.

Depth: 25-40 metres
Visibility: 30 metres
Dive Type: Drift, Wall, Reef, Sharks
Location: Northwest of Sipadan reef
Requirements: Advanced Open Water