SCUBA DIVING IN BORNEO
Sipadan Island has been closed since 2003 to all accommodation. This small tropical
island is to be preserved by the Malaysian Government as a World Heritage
area. For this reason, all existing structures on the island have been demolished
and all dive operators have moved to nearby islands to build their new
bases to bring divers in for the world famous Wall Diving called "DROP - OFF" at Pulau Sipadan.
The island is currently in the care of the Wildlife Department under the Ministry of Tourism and Environmental Development.
If diving at Sipadan, you can pack your tank and dive gear and walk across the beach, wade through 3 to 6 metres of water, and then off you go on a 600 metre wall dive! The contours of the drop-off also form gullies and overhangs and together with the marine life combine to offer magnificent diving.
Turtle Tomb, located between the jetty (Drop Off) and Barracuda Point - a must dive site!
As a diver, once you dip into the water, you will be welcomed by the abundant coral growths of all sizes and colours, frequented by masses of marine life such as Turtles, Barracuda, Hammerhead Shark, Giant Parrot fish, Manta Ray, Lionfish, Sweetlips, Goby, Jackfish, etc.
Favourite dive spots on Sipadan include:
- Turtle Tomb
- Barracuda Point
- Coral Gardens
- White Tip Avenue
- Turtle Patch
- South Point
- Staghorn Crest
- Lobster Lairs
- Hanging Garden
- West Ridge
- North Point
Sipadan has an incredible variety of coral, huge schools of Barracuda, Jacks and sharks.
You can dive here all year round. Overall, the best conditions at Sipadan Island exist from April through to December, especially July and August. January to March can see some unsettled weather and a decrease in visibility but the island still sees plenty of divers at this time as the diving can still be fine.
Photographs and map courtesy of Pulau Sipadan Resort and Tours Sdn. Bhd.