The island is the crown of a volcanic island in the Celebes Sea. Formed millions of years ago, Sipadan has coral reef covering almost 160 hectares. At the northern tip of the island, just five miles of the shore, the sea suddenly drops 850 metres.
This feature has won it "Best Beach Dive in The World Award". Apart from a profusion of hard and soft corals, you would also catch regular sights of schools of barracuda, sharks, jacks, tuna and turtles.
However, turtles are the star attraction of diving in Sipadan.
This is the turtle capital of the world.
Green turtles share the water with the hawksbill, a species more commonly encountered elsewhere in the world. Shoals of batfish follow the turtles - and resting white-tip reef sharks are common. In fact, the whole gamut of under- water life found in the Indo-Pacific Basin lives here. More than 3000 species have been recorded to date, and you will encounter everything from hammerhead sharks to the smallest and prettiest nudibranch in and around Sipadan's reef. It is an underwater photographer's paradise
There is even a network of marine caves - Turtle Cavern, Whitetip Avenue, Barracuda Point, and Hanging Gardens.
Location: 30km south of Semporna
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