The scenic oceanic island of Sipadan was formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct undersea volcano that rises 600 meters from the seabed. It is best known as one of the best dive locations in the world.
World renowned oceanographer, JacquesYves Cousteau, once spoken of Sipadan: “I have seen other places like Sipadan 45 years ago. Now we have found again an untouched piece of art”. Indeed it is. Sipadan lies at the centre of the richest marine habitat in the world—with 3000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species. A place with one of the richest ecosystems in the world, Sipadan is also a heaven for nature conservationists.
Sipadan is famous for its vast population of green and hawksbill turtles. The turtle tomb—an underwater limestone cave with a labyrinth of tunnels and chambers containing the skeletal remains of turtles—is another unique feature to be explored by underwater enthusiasts. One of the wishlist of every diver is the spectacular whirlwind formation by the residential schooling barracuda and bigeye trevally, which often gather in thousands at a time. Underwater photography aficionados will also be awestruck by Sipadan’s multifarious pelagic species and her mesmerizing macro life.