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Sipadan

 

Sipadan is the only oceanic island in Malaysia, rising 600 meters from the seabed. It is located in the Celebes Sea off the north-east coast of Sabah, Borneo Malaysia. It is located at the hear of the Indo-Pacific basin, the center of one of the richest marine inhabitants in the world. More than 3,000 species of sih and hundreds of coral species have been classified in this ecosystem. Sipadan has been rated by numerous dive journals as one of the top 10 dive destinations in the world. The diving in Sipadan is renowned of its deep vertical wall dive and its pelagic. Frequently seen in the waters around Sipadan are green and hawksbill turtles, enormous school of barracuda in tornado-like formations as well as large school of big-eye trevally and bumphead parrot fish. Pelagic species such as Manta rays, eagle rays, grey reef sharks, leopard sharks, scalloped hammerhead sharks, thresher sharks and whale sharks are often visitors in Sipadan. However, pelagic is not the only attraction for divers from all over the world. There are different types of nudibranch, leaf fish, frog fish, shrimp, moray eel, sea snake and other macro creatures can be found in a single dive as well. In 1989, Jacques Cousteau's film "Ghost of the Sea Turtles" brought international fame to Sipadan, the jewel of Celebes Sea. Nowadays, the safest and most secured way to dive Sipadan is on a liveaboard, the "Celebes Explorer". It is the only cruise in the area that guarantees daily diving in Sipadan and also offers diving in Mabul and Kapalai islands. Usually 3 to 4 dives per day.

 

The diving of Mabul and Kapalai are very different than those in Sipadan. The unique attractions are those rare macro creatures such as mandarin fish, the extremely venomous blue-ringged octopus, pygme seahorse and rare nudibranch are found in these islands. They are the heavens for muck diving lovers and underwater photographers. Staying at Hotel combines dives in Sipadan, Mabul and Kapalai. One can expect 3 boat dives per day and unlimited beach dive. All dives (except those made on the house reef) are conducted by a well trained dive guide with an "Eagle eye" specialized in finding the most difficult to see, camouflaged and rarest macro creatures in the area.