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  • Snorkeling

    Snorkeling
    For non-divers, snorkelling is an option on Sipadan. From the beach the reef is easily accessible, and parts of the reef further out can be reached by boat. A wide variety and number of reef fishes, corals, and with a bit of luck, the sharks, barracuda and turtles can be seen without leaving the surface.
    Snorkeling
  • Barracuda Point

    Barracuda Point
    Barracuda Point is regularly ranked amongst the top 5 dive sites in the world.This outstanding dive site has a great barracuda shoal (thousands) often seen in a tornado-like formation.You will see dozens of turtles in one dive, schools of whitetip sharks, batfish, jacks and barracuda. And everything from nudibranchs to hammerhead sharks.
    Barracuda Point
  • Hanging Gardens

    Hanging Gardens
    It's great for snorkeling, free diving, and underwater photography. The reef wall is very colourful, covered in soft corals, seafans and large barrel sponges. The coral gives home to a great variety of smaller fish including damselfish, chromis, sweetlips on black coral, clownfish, lobsters in cracks.
    Hanging Gardens
  • Mabul Island

    Mabul Island
    Mabul possesses beautiful sandy beaches lined with coconut palm trees. There are six resorts here, which provides accommodation for scuba divers - most located on the island or on stilts over the water.
    Mabul Island
  • South Point

    South Point
    South Point is famous for its fantastic wall of coral formations and pelagics such as manta rays and hammerhead sharks (early morning).It's a deep wall dive with the wall dropping at a vertical angle into the depths. The dive ends on the reef where you may spot the blue ringed octopus.
    South Point
  • Turtle Cavern

    Turtle Cavern
    Turtle Cavern is one of the highlights of Sipadan island thanks to its incredible geological formations and turtle skeletons. This is a small cave system which contains many turtle skeletons. This is due to the great number of turtles that they simply enter the cave and are unable to find the exit .
    Turtle Cavern
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    How to get there

    Most visitors fly to Tawau from either Kuala Lumpur (3 hr) or Kota Kinabalu (50 min), continue by minivan or taxi to the port town of Semporna (1-2 hr) and from there to Sipadan itself (1 hr by fast boat). It is not possible to stay on Sipadan itself. To dive on Sipadan you have to stay somewhere nearby, such as on Mabul, Kapalai or in Semporna, and take a boat onto the island. Because Sipadan is a protected site, only 120 divers are allowed daily

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