The island of Sipadan in Malaysia is well known for its diverse marine life. Being the only oceanic island in Malaysia, situated between Sabah and across the north east coast of Borneo, Sipadan is famous for its diving. The crisp, clear blue waters are accompanied by exotic and tropical scenery, making for a beautiful setting by anyone’s standards! However, it is beneath the water where the beauty truly lies.
The waters of Sipadan are home to some of the most amazing big fish in the world, alongside turtles and a wealth of other marine life. Green and Hawksbill Turtles come to nest ashore from April to September although there are turtles present all year round. You will also find barracuda, bumphead parrotfish, manta rays, whale sharks, scalloped hammerhead sharks and an abundance of other species.
The waters are perfect for advanced divers, however they are not so good for beginners. The best time for diving spans from April to December, being especially good in July and August. Sipadan was voted ‘the top dive destination in the world‘ by Rodale’s Scuba Diving Magazine Gold List – joint first place with the Galápagos Islands and Truk in Micronesia.
Malaysia’s rainy season falls between December and March with January and February being the wettest.
Be sure to book your trip here early as local resorts become full very quickly, especially during peak seasons – from March to August, Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year.0