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Diving in Sipadan

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Location

Widely considered as one of the top diving destinations in the world, Pulau Sipadan lies at the heart of the Indo-Pacific basin. This area is one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world and boasts of over 3000 fish species and several hundred reef species. Located in Celebes Sea and just an hour’s ride from mainland, Sipadan Island is Malaysia’s only oceanic island. The nutrient rich currents entering this area attract almost every member of marine food chain including small fish, large fish, sharks and turtles. There are numerous dive sites in the close proximity of diver resorts and all can be accessed fairly easily through boats. Turtles are the most common specie in Sipadan and can be seen in every dive site. Sipadan is the best place to see larger species. At Barracuda Point, expect to see hordes of barracuda while at South Point scores of Reef Sharks and parrotfish can be witnessed. Sipadan offers more view of different species than any other place in the world and is therefore considered the best places to see big fish. Lucky divers can expect to run into hammerheads or thresher sharks occasionally. Barracuda point is perhaps the best of all dive locations in Sipadan and also has substantial populations of jacks, snapper and banner fish. The area is dive-able all round the year but the best time is between April to December.