Sipadan Island, Sabah is located off the Northeast coast of Borneo. Volcanic activity is very prevalent here and rises about 700 metres from the sea life. It attracts diverse marine life from the blackness of the open sea. Sipadan was declared a Marine Park since January 2005, and as a result accommodation is no longer available on the island.
Sipadan Island is known for its attractions and Barracuda Point. This is a spectacular diving point. As you dive into you begin with the reef on the right and will be greeted by fusiliers and bum head wrasses. There are abundant growth of coral life with huge barrel sponges, black coral trees, sea whips and soft corals. Some of the various types of marine you will come across include black marble stingrays, surgeonfish, large tunas, manta rays and clouds of pyramid butterfly fish. You will also come across barracudas, jacks, turtles, hammerhead sharks, gray reef sharks and leopard shark.
Hanging Gardens as the name suggests is also a pretty diving site. This site has plenty of colorful soft corals, some even shaped like cauliflower plants. Some of the marine life you would come across here includes plenty of reef fish such as butterfly fish, angelfish, squirrelfish, boxfish and lots of nudibranches. This site is also great for under water photography.
South Point is the furthest dive site in the Sipadan islands and can be reached by a 10 minute boat ride. Some of the underwater life you might come across include manta rays, leopard sharks, Napoleon wrasses, groupers and a kaleidoscope of smaller reef fish abound. You might also come across tip sharks and leopard sharks.
The Turtle Cavern is situated in the Northern end of the island. Divers are often warned not to enter the cavern if they are diving for the site. It is believed that turtles enter the cavern accidentally to get some rest but get lost in the labyrinth and become disoriented and drown. The cavern is about 21 metres in depth. If you enter the cavern you will come across skeletal remains of perished turtles scattered all round the cavern floor. Experienced divers are only allowed to enter the cavern.
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