Sipadan Island is a tiny island is Malaysia’s only oceanic island, rising 700 metres from the ocean floor. The diversity of marine life here is apparent. There are many dive sites around the island which serve as home and transit points for a wide variety of marine life, including fish, turtles and sharks. It is no wonder that it continues to attract a growing number of underwater enthusiasts. Located in the Celebes Sea east of the major town of Tawau and off the coast of East Malaysia on the Island of Borneo, Sabah.
Sipadan island formed by living corals growing on top of an extinct volcanic cone that took thousands of years to develop, for this Sipadan is one of the richest marine habitats in the world. More than 3,000 species of fish and hundreds of coral species have been classified in this ecosystem. Sipadan Island – Ranked as one of the top ten dive sites in the world.
Sipadan was declared a Marine Park in 2005 and in order to protect the marine life, there is no longer accommodation available on the Island. The number of divers is also limited to only 120 persons per day. However, nearby Mabul and Kapalai Islands or Mataking Island or Pom Pom Island (distance about 1 hour boat ride) hosts a number of accommodation for divers, including a unique offshore converted oil platform that is used as a dive base.
We can arrange for a Diving trips to Sipadan Island from resorts located on the nearby islands of Mabul (20 minutes away) and Kapalai (15 minutes away). Resorts on Mataking and Pom Pom Island (1-2 hours away, depending on conditions).
Currently, the 120 permits are allocated to ten (10) dive operators and they are located in and around Semporna area. Based on this allocated quota, we are able to offer you with certainty, a visit to Sipadan island at least once if your duration of stay is at least 7 days/6 nights.The time restricted by the Government for Diving at Sipadan Island is from 6am to 6pm
The closest airport to Semporna is in Tawau, approximately 1 hour away. We can arrange for transport (usually by air-conditioned minivan) from the Tawau airport to Semporna.
Dive Resorts near to Sipadan